What a day. I worked on a hilarious rap song for a new cartoon that’s going to be on Fox. My Damn! Show friends are the one’s doing the show and they ask me for some music every now and then, usually when it involves rap beats. I actually got to rap the lyrics today for the demo so that their actor can get an idea.
That’s what inspired “Glass Pack Mufflers”. I’m kind of half rapping this. My rap voice is not my forte which is why I generally refrain from it.
The chorus makes up for my raps because it is the old school funky jam. I got my drums set back up so I figured I better make with the funk. Adair lent some vocals to the mix as well.
The lyrics are about speed demons with loud mufflers and a proclivity to be the annoying guy at the light . I can make fun because I used to be a little like them in my younger days. I’m a gas conserver now because I drive a lot.
Honestly, I had an uneventful day recycling for the big city of Hildebran (no wrecks this week) and a pleasant evening tonight in Asheville. I even got to hear a decent band doing “All Blues” from Miles Davis’s transcendent ‘Kind of Blue’ album.
Yet somehow, I sat down in my studio tonight and wrote my first horror song. It’s not blood and guts and all that. But it’s got a little suspense, a little confusion and a trick ending.
I don’t think Rob Zombie will be calling anytime soon though.
Big day on the recycling boat today and a trip to the dentist to boot. Dad and I had a good time stuffing cardboard into every crevasse of the truck.
Today’s song is the first thing that popped out when I sat down in the studio today. I broke my good acoustic back out after confining it to a dark place to get some moisture back in it’s wood.
“Daytime Worker” is also the first blues style song I’ve done in this endeavor. I’ve purposely not written much blues for this because it can be perceived as the easy way out. Mainly, however, I prefer to jump around musical genres to keep things interesting.
You never know, like the song says “one of these days, I’m gonna be an overnight sensation”.
I went old school today and actually wrote in an old notebook of mine instead of on the computer. What a trip to put pen to pad without actually touching my iPhone.
I found one of my little old carry arounds and as I sat down at the piano to write tonight a seperate page fell out.
Part of it turned into “Pep Talk”, I was feeling the key of F all day and the words seemed rather Key of F-like. The song reminds me of all the old piano stuff I used to do and have gotten away from. It’s awesome to be frequently writing again, even after working all day.
Today is a joyous day, Jason Peeler came up and finished all of the drums on our new album “Follow the Feeling”. Now I’ve just got to do my work on guitars, vocals and keyboards and get Chris Singleton and John Kell here to do their parts and we’ll have it done.
Hopefully we can release it by March!
Today’s song takes me back to my elementary school days at Forest Hill. I still think about playing outside and down in the woods. I think I did actually marry a lucky girl in the 2nd grade, luckily we signed a pre-nup.
Playing catch up with the songs again. Time limitations from my gig yesterday (and golf outings I must admit) have put me behind. However, I did get to take my house guest (Rob from Chicago) to play at Mimosa Hills which is his and my favorite course in the area.
Tomorrow will be my big workday to catch up and to record drums for the new Chris Cates & the Master Plan album with Jason Peeler.
“Walking in Molasses” is another heavy metal jammer. It seems to be what was in my head this morning after a raucous jamfest last night at Bourbon Street in Hickory. The words are about getting (or not getting) stuck in a rut. I’m trying to go out more this year and not let work make me tired and homebodylike.
Two weeks in already and fourteen new songs. There’s definitely been ups and downs in the songwriting.
As to be expected with my work and travel schedule. There’s several good ones like “Snow Day”, “Sunday Afternoon Blues”, “Sleeping Sweetly” and my favorite “The Sweetest Thing Is Everything”. Alright back to work. 50 weeks to go!
Today’s song is my lullaby tribute to love. Have a great day!
Our first day with a decent temperature in a while was quite a treat. My college buddy Rob from Chicago just got to town and my other college buddy and Morganton friend Plemplum came to town for the afternoon reunion. We played an awesome 9 holes at Asheville Municipal Golf Course and then had some sushi with a few more good friends.
Then I retired to the studio around 10pm to write and record this song while my friends walked to Chili’s to watch the end of the Carolina game (debacle).
They got home just in time to add some color to the background of tonight’s song. They definitely had a great time doing it and it shows.
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.