Category Archives: Acoustic / Singer Songwriter

Chris Cates songs that are either acoustically oriented or singer / songwriter oriented.

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!

 

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Karma Dharma #8 from My Old Soul

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.

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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!

We Still Get By – #7 from My Old Soul

“We have laughed and we have cried, fallen down and learned to fly, we still get by”

Once again, work and life has prolonged my song postings from my new album My Old Soul.  Today’s song has some rather existential words and feel good chorus about hope and some very Burt Bacharach-esque musical sections.  I will never shy away from using lots of french horn (my favorite instrument) and when you add that in with John Kell’s sax, only good things can happen.   Thanks for listening!

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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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Also available on Spotify.

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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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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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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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

Winter’s Coming Back Again

I wrote this song in my dorm room at Appalachian as I was watching the leaves turn and start to fall. Even though I recorded this version 18 years later, it still brings back the feeling of watching the shadows roll across the dorm room while I played guitar and contemplated life as only a teenager could.

Timeless Times Like These

Song 10 has my favorite musical passage on the album.  This is simple acoustic number with lead guitar, strings and of course french horn.  It’s about that perfect time to let your loved one know how you feel and being in the moment during those special times in life.

Even though the guitar work is in my usual ultra-simple style, for some reason it seems to remind me of Nels Kline’s work with Wilco.  When it hits the solo after the second chorus is the part that is my favorite part of all of “Life’s a Love Song”.  It goes to show you don’t have to always be ripping guitar solos.  Sometime’s space is the best note you can play.  Thanks for listening!

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Click here to listen to or buy the entire album.
Click here to listen on iTunes
Click here to listen on iTunes