Category Archives: Euro / Indie Rock

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!

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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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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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

Dead Man’s Suit – Live in the Studio

It’s hard to believe it’s been seven years since Chris Singleton and I recorded this in my studio in Asheville.  A lot has changed since then but he’s still my best bud and favorite musical collaborator.

“Dead Man’s Suit” is the title track from our album of the same name and has always been one of our favorites to play because it has a fun bass line and harmonica part.  You gotta love the key of F# major.   Thanks for watching!

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Let the Rain Come

This one was a last-minute addition to “Life’s a Love Song” but I am really glad it made the cut. Nothing like bringing the album to a close with an anthem-like finish.  Somehow it slipped through the cracks when I was picking songs from my backlog for the album until I randomly heard it playing on my computer one day.  I rewrote the verse, added a few instruments and one more large guitar solo, then spent my normal three weeks to mix it.

It’s pretty bad that I’ve written so many songs that I literally don’t remember writing or recording songs I hear from time to time.  It’s almost like someone else wrote them.  Which is cool I guess.  If I’m a fan of my music that makes at least one right?   Thanks for listening!!  Only one more song from “Life’s a Love Song” to be posted.

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View all Chris Cates albums on iTunes here.

The City Tonight

Today’s song is about the snow silencing the city and walking around falling in love while taking in the stillness of it all.  Written in Asheville but it is perfect for Atlanta.  Because when it snows here, everything shuts down (unlike NC).

I’m especially proud of my drum part on this one.  I’m not considered a “drummer” anymore (since 9th grade), so I’ll take any bright spots I can get.     Thanks for listening!

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The Sweetest Thing

The sixth song is why I love making albums.  Since an album is a complete entity in itself, there’s no need to feel compelled to pack it with as many “singles” as possible.  Albums are all about flow and feeling and that’s what the “The Sweetest Thing” is all about.  This one is a “glue” song keeping the vibe going long enough to hit you with the next song (September Flies)  and also to hit you with some huge french horn, accordion and tenor sax.  Total rock n roll stuff.

The lyrics are about finding the inspiration to write a love song that does justice to the actual feeling of being in love.  I love the second verse:

“It’s the bugs and the bees and the birds up in the trees,  the fish out in the sea,  lovely melodies

The joy when you sing softly along with me,   It’s the sweetest thing,  the sweetest thing”

I put a pic of Joy up yesterday, so I figured I put one up of Coral today.  Even though the word Joy was also in this song’s lyrics.  I actually have a song called “Coral Cove” from the old days (my ‘Summer’ album from college).  Maybe I need to break that one back out.  I digress.    Thanks for listening!

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Click here to listen to or buy the entire album.

The Square Root of Joy

This one has been my favorite song of mine for a few years now.  I love the four on the floor bass drum and of the course major seventh chords that I have a proclivity for using.   This happens to be one of my better drum performances too, I’m not a polished drummer these days so I’ll take any bright spots I can get.

The words are about change and looking ahead.  I wrote this one when we were just starting to make a move.  We were living in Asheville spinning our wheels and knew we had to make an upward move.   Atlanta was not yet a sure thing, we were exploring all of our options (I of course wanted to move to Las Vegas which is not a practical family decision).

“What will we be doing in August and September,  will we look back to this moment right now and remember”.

This song also has my favorite line I’ve written:

“The square root of Joy is Love, divided by two and it’s us, geometrically in perfect touch, we fit together like a glove”.

The song used to be called ‘Geometrically in Perfect Touch’ but since we had our twins and named one Joy, I had to change the name of the song to give her some props.

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Joy, showing some metal
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Click here to listen to or buy the entire album.