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Today's mystery is why charliemonterey.com doesn't come up when you search for "Charlie Monterey" in Google. Wolf says it did on Monday, but on Tuesday it didn't. How strange. Yahoo still has it, or at least it has a link to the Geocities address (www.geocities.com/woodenmusic).

As of now, the top link is to a page I had forgotten about, my Metro Times musician profile at http://metrotimes.com/guide/musicians/artistprofile.asp?id=2219. They made it possible to update it (for a while, you couldn't), so I sent in updated information on Sunday and am waiting for it to go live.

The second link is to my Myspace page. Oddly enough, though, Google picked up a version of the page that said I was 102 years old and female. Funny, you'd think I would remember undergoing age reassignment surgery as well as gender reassignment surgery. Age and gender are no longer displayed on my page, probably because the software didn't get it right.

If you go really deep, six pages in, you find versions of the Geocities URL that no one ever uses. That ain't exactly convenient. So I filled out the little form on Google's website to submit my URL to their engine.

I did discover a review of There's Gotta Be a Road that I never knew existed. It's on a site that is "temporarily closed" according to its front page, but I managed to retrieve the review itself.

Great Lakes Twang - Review Archives Page
http://www.geocities.com/Nashville/Stage/9596/review-archives.html
[accessed May 24, 2006]
Charlie Monterey There's Gotta Be A Road (2283 Waltz Lane, Warren, MI 48091, #90843, 2001)
This CD contains some great simple folk music with more modern stories. Charlie has a comfortable presentation, and it shows in a number of these cuts.
Although he's from Detroit, Charlie writes a lot about going out west, or at least his songs have that feel to them. A lot of traveling and open spaces are sung about here. That's cool, but it just seems like he should either be out there, or write more about life in the city. His song "'67" is a prize package for that, all about the Detroit riots and how he was only 5 years old at the time and it never really sunk in then. Other good cuts are "Lone Wolf" (which has a similar subject matter to Los Lobos' "Will the Wolf Survive," but a more folky take) and a very sweet song called "Hawks." This one is simple in content, but just puts the listener is a relaxed mood.
The backup musical work is minimal, with occasional second guitars, percussion and such. It works for the most part, as the showcase is on Charlie and how his voice can tell stories. . Charlie's voice is quite distinctive. Not deep-sounding, more like Pete Shelley of The Buzzcocks without the irritating quirks.
My only big problem with this CD is that Charlie has put copies of each song on the disc in both audio CD and mp3 format. I like ot listen to the disc while I write about it, so I usually throw it into my CD drive of my computer. It took the PC 15 minutes to operate properly. Other than that, it is a pretty good listen, for anyone interested in easy-going folk music. (Frank Holly, November 2001)

[cm note: I have a re-released version of TGBR that doesn't have the mp3s; it's just CD Audio files, like a normal CD.]

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ferndalealex
May. 24th, 2006 01:26 pm (UTC)
Hmmmmm...it's sounds like a good review. Though I take exception to the it just seems like he should either be out there, or write more about life in the city remark.

Good job, Dude!
songdogmi
May. 24th, 2006 04:18 pm (UTC)
I don't really wanna write more about the city, so... bye!

er, no, guess I can't go anywhere. *sulk*

Thanks :)
jjfmi
May. 24th, 2006 01:53 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you mentioned the Metro Times page. I've got one there as well, and haven't checked it for a while. (The last update was apparently in '04 - one can tell from the old press photo.) I just sent in updated CD information, and may well send them an mp3 or three to post there. (I need to find/rip some first....)

An updated photo probably wouldn't be a bad idea, either...

Cool review, btw!

"102 and female...?" Y'know, maybe it's a good thing I haven't yet done anything on MySpace....
songdogmi
May. 24th, 2006 04:21 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I wish I had known about that review a few years ago. I could've used it. Well, guess I still can....

The last time I thought about the Metro Times musician listings, they didn't have any way to update them conveniently. Unless I had just missed the link. But now it's easier, as you know. Although it's not automatic, since my page isn't updated yet.
songdogmi
May. 24th, 2006 05:13 pm (UTC)
Update
The charliemonterey.com website is now the first result when I searched Google for "Charlie Monterey."

I just happened to think that this is fine if someone actually searches for "Charlie Monterey." But what happens if someone searches for an acoustic singer/songwriter in Detroit? Ack, this search engine business is too complicated.
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