This is one of the greatest hits written by Chris Cates for 365 songs for 2010. He is writing and recording a song a day in 2010 and blogging about it. Chris Cates is a recording artist from Western North Carolina.
I got up fairly early and worked on other stuff and then I wrote this right before lunch and then recorded it after the Patriots started getting completely romped.
“The Sweetest Thing is Everything” started with a few old words about inspiration and ended up like it ended up. I finally got to put some of my favorite french horns into one of these new songs (Burt Bacharach style)!
Today I’m actually home on Saturday which is a bit rare. I was scheduled to play for the writers on the High Country Media tour at Beech Mountain but the frozen roads up that way forced me to stay home.
I absolutely hate not making it to gigs.
Oh well, I made the best of it cleaning up my studio and making it a little more recording ready. I also fixed a clearer path to the drums so I don’t have to frantically run to them every time I’m doing a drum take. And I set a permanent mic up on my piano, so we’ll probably be seeing a few solo piano numbers in the future.
Anyway, today’s song “Easy Breezy” was s inspired by “The Shift” a movie by Wayne Dyer that we watched this morning.
I’m still running behind but I did write this yesterday. I didn’t get around to recording it until this morning. It took about an hour to record which is still a little longer than I would like to take but my drums are getting a lot better already.
I’ve played and recorded drums five times this week which is five times more than I played them all last year. This blog is definitely going to get my off instruments more tight.
“Good Liver” comes from something I misread on a medical flyer while recycling the other day. It turned into a funny song with a tragic message about that friend of yours who loves to party.
I finally broke out the distortion pedal on this one.
Day three and I’m already seeing how hard this is going to be from a time standpoint.
Because I’ve been off from recycling and haven’t had gigs this weekend I’ve had more time than usual. So the last two days I’ve spent about 3 hours each day making the songs and giving them a little extra production.
Today I tried to limit myself to an hour but ended up taking an hour and a half. Writing the song, then recording the guitar, keys, drums, bass, synth, lead guitar and six vocal parts takes a minute as you can imagine.
I’m trying to go with ‘first thought best thought’ in the writing process, so whatever the first subject I think about will be the theme of the song.
Today’s song “Sunday Afternoon Blues” is inspired by my dread of the 16 degree temperatures I’ll be working in tomorrow morning and my desire to have fun today. Now that I’m done with this song and all of the studio work I did on my other projects this morning, I’m hoping to talk Adair into going bowling. Wish me luck!
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.