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Merry Xmas - A Free Album From Me
I Mean, It's On Spotify And YouTube So It's Free

Not to sound bitter but all of the places an independent recording artist has to put their music for any exposure means that everybody can listen to it without paying. No worries. I did it anyway with this recent live album. Enjoy, it's all good.

* Posted by Charlie Recksieck on 2023-12-26 Read post
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We're Going To Be In The Movies
2024 Documentary About Us!

It still feels weird to say but there is going to be a documentary about The Bigfellas in 2024 called "You Are Here" from Rick Bowman and Backyard Green Films. Read on about an idea so stupid that it just might work.

* Posted by Charlie Recksieck on 2023-12-12 Read post
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My TV Friends
The Story Behind The Song

Of all the songs we've done about how terrific television is, this is definitely our favorite. All about the horn section song that gives a taste of what we'd sound like as a 7-person band.

* Posted by Charlie Recksieck on 2023-11-21 Read post
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Independence Day
The Story Behind The Song

Everything you want to know about "Independence Day" by Chuck Charles - the origin story, lyrics meaning, the rehearsing and recording. Listen to it here with lyrics and personnel.

* Posted by Charlie Recksieck on 2023-07-04 Read post
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Our Polka Moment
I Wish That I Were Gay - Polka Version

Once upon a time we made an EP with some remixes of our song "I Wish That I Were Gay". If you can turn that song-loving market over to polka: bingo! Jackpot! (That joke works if you've seen The Last Polka with John Candy and Eugene Levy.)

* Posted by Charlie Recksieck on 2023-03-14 Read post
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Dollar For Every Dime
aka "The Lotto Song"

Why don't more people write songs about money and more specifically: not having enough money? We're doing our part.

* Posted by Charlie Recksieck on 2022-11-29 Read post
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Always Be
An Unusual Song ... For Us

Reflections on a song that doesn't really sound like us about a topic most people don't sing about. (Spoiler Alert: it's about suicide)

* Posted by Charlie Recksieck on 2022-09-20 Read post
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The Ballad Of Bob Dylan
"Like A Maggie's Positively Leopard-Skin Homesick Blues"

Full disclosure: I'm about to brag a little about a song I love that I wrote and performed. It's a LONG love letter to Bob Dylan that sounds like mid-1960s Dylan while singing in 2020 about his past 55 years.

* Posted by Charlie Recksieck on 2022-08-09 Read post
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Adam & Eve & Ted & Alice
The Comic Book That Instead Became A Song

Once upon a time, we wrote and recorded a song called "Adam & Eve & Ted & Alice" which isn't as irreverent as one would think. Here's everything you want to know about the song. And more.

* Posted by Charlie Recksieck on 2022-05-31 Read post
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4:20
Bah Humbug

Why we wrote and recorded the 4:20 song about the tradition of 4/20

* Posted by Charlie Recksieck on 2022-04-19 Read post
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Score One For Our Side (Part 2)
How Our Music Fit Into A Movie

Reprint of Charlie article for San Diego Troubadour. Second of 2-part article detailing how we came up with music for an indie documentary.

* Posted by Charlie Recksieck on 2022-04-05 Read post
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Score One For Our Side (Part 1)
Writing Music For Film & TV

Reprint of Charlie article for San Diego Troubadour. First of 2-part article detailing how we came up with music for an indie documentary.

* Posted by Charlie Recksieck on 2022-03-29 Read post
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Why It Took 3 Years To Release A Finished Album
Hiya

Our album Hiya was pretty much in the can in Summer 2017. Why in the world did it take us until October 2020 to release it?

* Posted by Charlie Recksieck on 2022-03-08 Read post
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California King
More Than You Wanna Know About Our Song

Plenty of info about our original song, California King. A reaction to a state recall election in California prompted our most beloved piece of music.

* Posted by Charlie Recksieck on 2022-01-18 Read post