All posts by Chris Cates

Lifelong prolific writer, producer, musician and sportsman. This site constantly showcases Chris Cates original songs both new and old.

Outer Banks

Today seems like an Outer Banks kind of day.   This is the story of a man trying to talk a woman into dropping everything in city life and move to the beach to spend the days in the ocean’s waves and the nights singing songs in the beachfront bars.

Carolina Songs by Chris Cates
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Wild Man

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!

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The song is available everywhere online and is from my “Getaway Plans” and “Getaway Plans Anniversary Remix” albums.

Egg Sandwich (Kid’s Charity Song)

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 is available on all platforms (iTunes etc.) and at https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/chriscates18    –  This is the $.99 option and is at my trusted distributer CDBaby.

If you would like to contribute more towards charity email chris@chriscates.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!

Too Far to Give Up Now #15 from My Old Soul

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!

What if Time Doesn’t Exist #14 from My Old Soul

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.”

Seven Ways from Sunday #13 from My Old Soul

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!

Magic on the Water # 12 from My Old Soul

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!

 

Window Philosophy #11 from My Old Soul

“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!

Hidden Meanings #10 from My Old Soul

“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!

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Constant State of Motion #9 from My Old Soul

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!

 

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Click here to listen on iTunes
Also available on Spotify.