Category Archives: Motivational / Spiritual Songs

Motivational and spiritual songs written by Chris Cates for 365 Songs for 2010.

Our Love Will Show the Way

This is it, the last song on the album!  Thanks to everybody that has listened these last few weeks as I’ve been posting all 15 songs.  If you feel so inclined and feel like supporting independent music, pick up a physical copy at CDBaby or the mp3 album at iTunes.

It’s amazing that I’ve been an independent musician for over 25 years.  It’s been fun a lot of the times, a miserable struggle some of the time and completely rewarding most of the time.  I’ve made it this long so I guess I’m going to keep on, keeping on.  2015 should be a very productive year for me.  I’m almost finished with my instrumental ‘baby music’ album called “Music for Newborns” and I’ve got a ultra-funky classic dance album in the queue called “Super Fantastic”.

“Super Fantastic” will also continue my new collaboration with Ricky Rodriguez and Bomb House Recording, he will now be mixing my music leaving me to solely concentrate on recording.   Mixing has always been what holds me up and now I am finally handing over the reigns to a professional.

Okay, “Our Love Will Show the Way” is a quiet spiritual send out to “Life’s a Love Song”.  It’s very simple but has a wonderful message.  “Our love will show the way, it’s bright enough to light up, even the darkest day”, “Take all you wanna take, what’s mine is yours, things can be replaced, it’s worth the smile on your face”.

This album took a ton of hard work, especially since I was juggling three different major solar farm projects that were all three and a half hours a part.   But perseverance pays off and now I’ve got another music snapshot of my life for posterity.  I’m blessed to be able to make music and I appreciate all of the continued love and support for my blessing and my curse.  It’s hard to be a musician and have to work a “real job”.  I struggle with it mightily but you gotta do what you gotta do.  One day one of these records will hit the right spot and sell twenty thousand units and I’ll look back and laugh.

Thanks again.   Have a great day!

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Moonlight Madness

Easily one of the most powerful and emotional songs I’ve ever recorded, the fourth song on the album is a co-write with my good friend Jefferson Taffet (check out his albums by searching Lionz).    We’ve collaborated before on a song called “Give it Up” available on the Stranger Things Have Happened CD.

He originally recorded this song in my studio in Athens about fifteen years ago and I always loved it.   Even though it’s a drastic departure from the rest of the album, I felt compelled to get it out into the world.

Moonlight Madness is just me on guitar, vocals, strings and my signature french horn.   I tried to keep it as stark and simple as possible to highlight the love and desperation of the great lyrics.

“Will you hold me up, and never let me slump, give me two good shoes, we’ve got some walking to do”

Below is a picture of the skyline and moon at Atlantic Station where I recorded it.

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

Underlying Everything is the Simple Idea of Love #songoftheday

The title says it all.  Thanks for listening and your support.

Even though I only played about 20 gigs in 2014, I sold more songs and albums than ever.   I’ve got a brand new album called “Life’s a Love Song” that will be out in the next month or so and three more in the hopper, so hopefully that upward trend will continue.  Especially now that I have #twins to support.    That said, check out my eleven albums on iTunes  (search Chris Cates, Chris Cates & the Master Plan  or  Parakeet Nelson).   Building 6 mega watts of solar farms a year is cool but I would much rather be writing and recording.

And of course, you can always hear 500 of my songs for free at  chriscates365.com.   Being listened to is still more important  to me than selling music.  (Not the best business model I know)

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Winter’s Coming Back Again

Made it back to the ATL in one piece and figured I’d post another song to celebrate.  I’m a little late on the timing of this one but I figured it would set the mood for the evening, looking out at the snow wherever you are.   I wrote a song similar to this in Cone dorm at App. State back in the day and this is my re-imagined version where I tried to recapture that melancholy feeling of college life and it’s ever  changing challenges. Little did I know real life after college only proves to be way more challenging.  But it can be fun if you let it.   Enjoy the snow!!

Our Love Will Show the Way (song of the day)

Friday is my fifth anniversary being married to my lovely wife Adair so I will continue posting some sweet love songs in celebration.    It is amazing how fast time flies by and plays tricks on us.  All the more reason for “our love to show the way”.

Buy this mp3 here!

The Simple Idea of Love (Song of the day)

I played during and after a really nice wedding at Tybee Island this weekend and was reminded of this song.  Weddings tend to remind me of my sentimental songs.  I’ve actually played this one in a wedding and at a few new age church services.  This is a very rough version because it was recorded on my song a day jaunt last year.  Thanks for listening!

Light Peaking Through the Clouds (song of the day)

 

The storms are over but it’s still going to be raining for  a few days.  Which is great for me because I love the rain.  Maybe I should live in Seattle.  For some reason it makes me way more creative.   This song is from my daily songs from last year.