The Square Root of Joy

“The square root of Joy is love. Divided by two and it’s us. Geometrically in perfect touch. We fit together like a glove.”

This song used to be called “Geometrically in Perfect Touch” but I had to change the name in tribute to my one and only Joy Kincaid Cates.  I do have a song called “Coral Cove” might I add, that can represent Coral.

This song was written when Adair and I were trying to figure out whether we should move out of Asheville to further our careers. “What will we be doing in August and September?”.   Needless to say, we decided to move to Atlanta and everything else is history.  It’s hard to believe it’s been almost six years!


This song is available on iTunes, spotify, amazon etc. is part of my “Life’s a Love Song album.Life's a Love Song Cover

Your Lucky Umbrella


“I know I don’t understand exactly what you’re going through

I’m just here to tell you, I’m standing right there beside of you

Because you’ve got to believe that things will get better

You gotta believe, we’re gonna make it through this stormy weather

And I’ll be there to hold the umbrella”

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Slow Beach Music

I’ve got a few hundred songs online streaming and for sale but for some reason this one song has been lapping them all lately as far as how many times it has been streamed and bought.  “Slow Beach Music”, from my Carolina Songs album, is about the last song the band is playing in the bar at 2am.  You don’t have to go home but you can’t stay here.  Thanks for listening!  #beachmusic #shagsongs

Carolina Songs by Chris Cates
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Decatur Funk / Lionel Up!

I’ve been so busy I haven’t posted anything from my new instrumental electronic / hip hop album that came out in April.  Fresh Beet Suite is a collection of songs I composed on my Triton keyboard over the years.  I kept them very minimalist to keep the original charm and vibe of the times when they were written.

Some of the 30 songs were recorded in Athens, Lawrenceville, Morganton, Asheville and Atlanta.  Basically everywhere I’ve lived for the last fifteen years.   The album starts with “Decatur Funk”, a slow rolling hip hop beat, and quickly moves into the upbeat 80’s dance inspired “Lionel Up”.  From there it meanders through 27 more tracks that are basically all over the place in musical styles.

Thanks for listening!


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Whatever Swanson (You’ve Gotta get a Real Job)

As I sit here grinding it out at the job again, I can’t help but reflect back on my 20’s when I was a struggling touring musician.  Those were good times (or were they).  That’s the catch 22 of life and whatever professional route we take ourselves in the pursuit of making a living, are we totally content?  I am not blessed with contentment undoubtedly.  I need to make that mind shift.  Or do I just need to solely be a recording artist with a golf bug which is my ultimate goal.  Would I be content then?


“They tell me You’ve Got to get a real job and stop living like a slob”

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If You Feed it, It will Grow

I was playing this on piano last night and thought it would be a good post for today since there seems to be an abundance of extra hate floating around these days.  “All these times I go through life’s crazy changes, love is all I know, and I really hope that it’s contagious, and if you feed it, it will grow”.  Thanks for listening!

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Beach Beat

In lieu of my Dad’s birthday yesterday, I thought I’d post one of my #shag songs I wrote about him.  In this tune, I tried to simulate the 50’s style blues beat that he loves to dance to.  “Old rubber legs Jim is on the loose again”.   “Beach Beat” is one of several #beachmusic songs featuring Chris Singleton, Jason Peeler and John Kell on my #CarolinaSongs album.

Carolina Songs by Chris Cates
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Welcome to Chris I'm an old school independent artist with lots of albums, songs, solar panels etc. This site tries to encapsulate what it is I've been doing since I played my first professional gig at 13. I post a song of the day occasionally from my somewhat excessive original song catalogue and I'm constantly recording new material when I'm not building solar farms, trying to play golf or tennis or taking care of my new twin girls.