All posts by Chris Cates

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

Skyscrapers – #6 from My Old Soul

Let’s kick the weekend off with a jam!  Pump this one up and sing it loud.

“Skyscrapers” is inspired by the #EckhartTolle book A New Earth, which I’ve read (to my newborn kids) or listened to at least five times.  The music is inspired by #ManuChao, another favorite who really doesn’t release enough music these days.

I’m on all the instruments except for the killer bass by Chris Singleton.  There’s also some cool backing vocals from Kerry Jones, Jeramy Lamanno, John Kell and Adair Cates.

Thanks for listening!

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My Old Soul – Track #5

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“It’s my old soul, that keeps me on the edge of chaos and control, part spirit part human part animal”.

The title track which features some nice backing vocals from Adair, Jeramy Lamanno, Kerry Jones and John Kell (who also contributes to the mellow instrumental interlude).  Thanks for listening!

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Cool Air Attitude – Song #4 from My Old Soul

I’m back posting songs from My Old Soul.  I took a brief hiatus to respect the memory of a good friend.

Anyways, I should have posted this one last week as we were experiencing our final cold spell of the year.  This is one of my favorites to play at home on acoustic.  It’s simple but has a fun chorus for sing a longs.  The middle instrumental section is especially #burtbacharach – esque with John Kell intertwining sax with my lead guitar theme.

Thanks for listening!

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Breathing Means Dreaming – Song #3

The third song from “My Old Soul” has the classic four on the floor kick drum beat that makes booty shaking a must.  Add in some synths, guitars, strings and lyrics questioning life’s struggles and how to sift through them and you’ve got a jam.

“I’ll always be dreaming, if I’m breathing I’m dreaming and one won’t stop before the other”.  Thanks for listening!

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Not My First Go Round – Song #2

This song is about keeping it going no matter how many mistakes you make along the way.

“Sometimes I get closer, sometimes I miss it all

Sometimes I stay standing, sometimes I slip and fall

It’s not my first go round and it probably won’t be my last”

Thanks for listening!

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What a Beautiful Feeling – New Album Song #1

My new album is finally complete and out today!!  It took a while to record and finish and there were some casualties along the way but now it’s here!  “My Old Soul” mixes R&B elements with synthesizers, sax and guitars and has a general concept of loose spirituality and consciousness.  I’m playing guitar, keys, drums, harmonica etc. with Chris Singleton playing bass on most of the album and John Kell on Sax.    Adair Cates, Jeramy Lamanno, Kerry Jones and John Kell sing back ups.

“What a Beautiful Feeling” is the first song and it gets the good vibes going right away.  I tried to show a little motown influence on it while throwing in a big #TreyAnastasio like guitar solo to bring it home.  Thanks for listening!     #newmusic  #chriscates   #myoldsoul

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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!

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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

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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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