Happy Friday! Here’s a southern rock jammer to get your weekend going, featuring great guitar from John Tuggle (creator of the awesome website learningguitarnow.com). The song is about the partying lifestyle of old rockers being on the road and how what keeps them going is what kills them.
“I’ve been traveling with a wild man, it’s gonna get me yet, whiskey, women, cigarettes, breaking hearts and taking bets, living harder than the rest, no remorse and no regrets, he puts his soul to the test”
The end of the song has a twist to the story. You’ll have to listen to find out!
The song is available everywhere online and is from my “Getaway Plans” and “Getaway Plans Anniversary Remix” albums.
This is my first foray into making kids’ songs, as well as, my first song for charity and I can’t be more excited! “Egg Sandwich” is a song that’s had several versions since Jeramy Lamanno and I wrote and recorded it in my parents basement many years ago. However, the latest and greatest one, written specifically for kids is quite different to say the least.
The proceeds from the song will go to benefit charities that feed kids when they are in and out of school. A lot of kids don’t excel in education because they are properly nourished and don’t have the energy. So getting them some proper nutrition actually helps on several different levels.
I’m giving folks the chance to buy it at the normal $.99 price or with a larger donation that will go to the charity. The song will soon be available on all platforms (iTunes etc.) but currently is only available at:
If you would like to contribute more towards charity email email@example.com and I’ll set you up with a PayPal button.
The video features my twins, Joy and Coral, and a cast of characters that include Adair, Jeramy, Singleton, John Kell and more of my friends’ kids that texted me some video.Thanks for checking it all out and supporting a great cause!
Well we’ve come to the end of my My Old Soul album posts. It only took me three months. Unfortunately, my time is a bit stretched these days as I travel the southeast developing solar farms, playing a few gigs here and there and taking care of my 2 1/2 year old twins. Anyway, here it is and just in time. I’m about to release my next musical endeavor already.
“Too Far to Give Up Now” is a fitting end to the album. It’s about looking towards the future and taking some risks along the way. Something I need to heed a little more myself. Thanks for checking out the My Old Soul album! To purchase a copy click on a link below or stream it at all online locations. Thanks for listening!
This song was inspired by an Albert Einstein biography I read. It’s a song about metaphysical and existential questions wrapped around a love song. “What if time doesn’t exist? That means potentially I could be reliving this. If that’s the case I’ll give you a kiss. We could be eternally in bliss.”
I put this song on the album because I like the way the chorus comes in. It almost sounds like a key change but it’s not. “Sometimes I like to think that I might just get away from the little things. But more and more they grow and grow, become much bigger things. I’m left out to debate… seven ways from sunday”. Thanks for listening!
Here’s a song for you lucky folks that are going out on a lake this weekend. “Magic on the Water” is a song trying to convey the feeling of being out on the water in the evening taking it all in. The water can be very meditative. Something unfortunately, I don’t get to experience that often.
Oh well, at least I’ve got a song about it. Thanks for listening!
“We’re living, we’re on this planet, find a good song on the radio and jam it”.
It took a while for me to get this one up to my normal levels of jamtronic standards. I was leaning heavily towards wind instruments (flute, french horn and oboe) as I like to do. But it took the addition of the lead guitar to get it to come around. Chris Singleton put some tasty bass on it to get it going as well.
“Philosophy would go right out the window, if we would only be this happy all the time”. Thanks for listening!
“Time has a way of acting with no delay”. This is a song with a nice laid back groove featuring cool sax from John Kell mixing with my harmonica and guitar. The just of the song is that we sometimes read too much into things when we typically make it out to be what we want it to be anyway (whether we like it or not). So why not choose the best option! Thanks for listening!
Moving on through my My Old Soul album. “My biggest fear is being scared to live the way I want to”. Words to live by, but also not the easiest thing to overcome with our minds that have a deep set aversion to being uncomfortable. Unfortunately, that uncomfortable feeling is one of the obstacles we have to overcome while trying to break through to the next level in life.
“Life is the ocean, cresting over the nearest wave”. Thanks for listening!
It’s no secret I’m in to #personalgrowth. My songs reflect it more than occasionally and heck, my wife, has two #selfhelp books out on the market (adaircates.com). That doesn’t mean I can’t poke fun at it a bit every now and then. With all the seminars, countless books and spiritual practices I’ve consumed, I feel like I can do that and still “feel light” as they say.
That said, I have to say just how much getting into self-help changed the trajectory of my life. It started with reading The Secret and going to the Millionaire Mind Seminar, loving Jerry and Esther, Eckhart Tolle and Wayne Dyer and has it been going ever since. I went on to perform for Bob Procter, one of The Secret’s main stars, and on to making my own self-development auto suggestion rock album called Passion and Purpose. More importantly, I changed my “money consciousness” which coincidence or not, I now make much more than what I did when I first went to the Millionaire Mind Seminar.
Of course, it is not the cure-all and my life is still not exactly how I want it. For example, I’m heading into “work” today when I would rather be home in the recording studio finishing my new Kids music album and possibly sneaking in 9 holes at Candler Park Golf course. But don’t get me wrong, I’m visualizing that life.
“Karma Dharma” is a funny take on all that and a reminder to try to break away from being on auto-pilot, “The creature of habit living inside me, is so tough to scare away”.
All seriousness goes out the window with the first line: “I was thinking about reaching Nirvana but I was delayed by a few petty crimes”. The punchline is in the second verse:
“I realize now how to reach Nirvana, first I need to work on my karma, but the only way to affect my karma, is to change all the things about my dharma”. Ah, spiritual humor, you either have to laugh or be offended I guess.
Happy journey to everyone, no matter what path of righteousness you choose to take. Thanks for listening!
Welcome to Chris Cates.com. 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.