Category Archives: Jazzy Songs

March 28 “That Old Grey Hawk”

I’m officially letting go of winter with this song.  No more snow references or the wind or the temperature.   It’s been a good winter to write about however.    Hopefully that doesn’t mean it’s gonna be a summer to write about (weather related that is).

Anyway, I heard most of the ‘Sweet Baby James’ album by JT today recycling and that’s definitely what inspired this song style.  I added the accordion to give it that french cafe  ambiance that I’ve been longing for.

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March 16 “Foolin’ Around”

What can I say,  I guess I was in a silly mood this morning when I wrote this.

I’ve been shopping for mini keyboards online and was looking at demos of different one’s on YouTube.   They all tend to be called  ‘Fooling around on the..”.   I guess that’s the trend for demoing keyboards.

That’s where  I started the song from and then it slowly degenerated from there.

Thanks for listening!!    Click the play icon below to hear “Foolin’ Around”

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March 13 “We Still Get By”

We all go through ups and downs in life.  Some tragic, some comic, some completely absent of all reason.   That’s just the way it goes I guess.   But no matter what we always seem to get by.

That happens financially too, no matter how broke you think you are, you still always seem to get by and maintain your normal standard of living.   I was just reading about the Russian planter aristocracy, they basically never had any money at all but still lived their whole life in extreme luxury, despite immense debt.   Mainly because they were used to that standard of living and mentally and psychically wouldn’t accept a compromise, whether they knew it or not.

Anyway, “We Still Get By” focuses more on getting by from a domestic standpoint.   Thanks for listening!!

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March 1st “Spring in Asheville”

March is rolling in and like clockwork we’ve got another winter weather advisory.   I think I’ve mentioned that I’ve canceled four gigs already this year because of weather and it’s starting to get old.

Not to mention driving a ten thousand pound truck in the snow and ice.  Actually that’s kind of fun.

“Spring in Asheville” is kind of recognizing a few good and bad things in the world today while wishing for spring at the same time.  I really don’t hate  the cold as much as I make it out in this song.   I actually don’t mind it much.

Read the lyrics @ chriscates.com/march1.html

Feb 28 “A February Dream”

I can’t believe it’s been two months already!!  Is it really March?   I’m psyched that I’ve managed to write and record  59 songs during that time.   It’s been easy at times and it’s been a real pisser a few times.

February was another snowy and cold month, which meant lots of interesting days doing curbside recycling.  I had a pretty good time for the most part.  And this song a day thing has forced me to itemize every second of my day.  I’m left wondering however, when do my aching hands get a rest?

2 months in 306 songs to go!!!

Read the lyrics @ chriscates.com/feb28.html

Feb 12th “Walking Around the City Tonight”

It’s snowing at least six inches again.   This has been a snowy winter to remember which is probably why the snow has inspired several songs in my song a day endeavor.  That is most assuredly because it looks so majestic falling outside my studio window as I begin to write.

Although I’m in the small town environment of Asheville “Walking Around the City Tonight” is more about being in the big city during the snow storm, during the quiet of the night.

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Jan 20th “A Place Between Awake”

Still playing catch up with the songs but I had a fantastic day in the studio with Chris Singleton finishing all of the bass lines for our “Follow the Feeling” album.

We’re really excited about it.  It’s a new sound for us, dance music/disco/synth/rock/party music.   It’s actually an album that’s mainstream, maybe a first for me.

Anyway, today’s song “A Place Between Awake” is about my returning home late at night from my music/work endeavors that keep me away from home and my comfy bed with my wife.

I guess that’s a recurring theme this month, “Sleeping Sweetly” was kind of about this a little a week or so ago.  But it was more about the cold weather than my sojourns.

Thanks for listening!!   Click the play icon below to hear  “A Place Between Awake”

Read the lyrics @ chriscates.com/jan20.html

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Jan 10th “The Sweetest Thing is Everything”

Today has been a really creative day for me.

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)!

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Jan 9th “Easy Breezy”

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.

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Jan 8th “Sleeping Sweetly”

Today has been a great day spent recovering from my work week and catching up on my studio work before my gig tonight back down the mountain.

Today’s song, “Sleeping Sweetly” was inspired this ultra chilly weather we’re having a how good it is to be in bed late at night under the covers with your loved ones and animals.

It’s an acoustic number, pretty simply recorded.  I hope you enjoy it!

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