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.
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)
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!!
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”.
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!
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.
Nothing like a funky motivational song to get the mid-week juices flowing. Speaking of juices I started a two day juice detox today and six hours in I’m already super hungry. Undoubtedly that will go away (I hope). We’ll see about that, especially if I sneak away to play nine at Candler Park Golf course this afternoon.
This song was inspired by Napolean Hill’s “Think and Grow Rich” a must read for literally everybody.
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.