Category Archives: Motivational / Spiritual Songs

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

May 7th’s song “What A Beautiful Feeling”

A welcome day of rest after a killer recycling week.   Luckily studio work doesn’t take a huge amount of physical energy.   My new mower is already on the fritz, so I don’t have the tremendous urge to mow with “Mow Mow Mow the Grass” (my song from April 11th) playing my head constantly.

“What a beautiful Feeling” turned out to sound a little motown-y.   I’ve been writing on the piano this week, it seems to be where the songs are popping out of.

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April 28th “Spirit in Human Form”

I was feeling a bit rough today after staying up to watch the Lakers then getting up at 5.   We had to pick up recycling from 220 houses in Hildebran which didn’t help my situation much, but alas I persevered and made it through another work week once again.

I haven’t done a spiritual type song in a while, the idea comes from a quote that Wayne Dyer says a lot “we are spiritual beings living in human form.

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April 22 “Pushing Through the Fog”

I made it through another week recycling.  This week was a killer for some reason.  I started out tired and that seemed to be the trend all week.   I barely had the energy to write this one tonight.  Especially after eating some Papa’s and Beer take out.

Today’s song is once again letting go of old things that are dragging you down.

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April 19th “Decision Precision”

I’ve been accused a few times about not being able to make a decision..  Mostly when it comes to which restaurant to go to, but there have been several times in my life where I honestly couldn’t decide which way to go.   and I usually chose the wrong way. That’s kind of what this song is about.  You can get in the habit of making bad decisions.   You really can.   But the good news is, you can also get in the habit of making the right decisions.     Thanks for listening!

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April 17th “Good Energy”

Looking forward to my gig tonight.  We’re not playing as much this year which is good and bad.  It definitely makes it more intense when we finally get together.    The NBA Playoffs, my favorite time of year is also starting today.   I’m surprised I didn’t write a song about that.

Today’s song sprang from a conversation I had with a new author friend this morning.  I haven’t done one of these spiritual type songs in a while.  I guess I was due.

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April 5 “The Simple Idea of Love”

Today started off a little shaky after staying  up late watching Duke win it while mixing Metal songs for some friends of mine.   But I made it through a hot day recycling.  The first day I wore shorts.   They’re already asking when I’m breaking out the work sandals.   I said “Very soon”,  “very soon”.

“The Simple Idea of Love” seemed to flow out of me tonight.  I think this song might turn out to be pretty good.  I might come back and add a keyboard when I get a chance.

Thanks for listening!!                  Click below to hear “The Simple Idea of Love”.

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March 4th “Don’t Listen to Losers”

I’m finally back in the studio for an extended amount of hours to get a few things done.   I’m also looking forward to playing my gig tonight with my new loop pedal which will make acoustic shows much more interesting.

“Don’t Listen to Losers” is kind of like a quasi motivational song with a funny tag line.   I see pattern of that in my songs in general.  Humor must be my way out.

Anyway, instead of keys, guitar or synth parts, I decided to play a triple harmonica part for the lead parts.  It actually turned out pretty good.

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Feb 11th “Always Remember to Always Remember”

Do you have that friend that remember’s every thing that you have ever done.  Well I have a few and I’m really grateful for them.   They’re always recounting tales of the olden days that I don’t have any recollection of whatsoever.

As soon as they bring it up it all comes flooding back in and I try to make note of it for future reference  (which typically proves to be futile).

That’s the basis of “Always Remember to Always Remember”.   This is dedicated to John Crowe, Rob Sankey and all my other friends that remember every day of their life.  Cheers to you.

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Feb 3 “Geometrically in Perfect Touch”

Success!!  I’ve now finished all of the rhythm guitar for the Chris Cates & the Master Plan “Follow the Feeling” album.  It’s been tough working it in with the song a day thing and my other projects.   It’s kind of wierd spending lots of time on a song, like I need to do with the Master Plan album, after doing these one a days as fast as I can.   That album is for the big market so it has to be perfect.   These songs can be a little loose and can also be any sound I want.

I’ve fallen in love with this way of writing and recording because I’m not held back by normal conventions.

Anyway, “Geometrically in Perfect Touch” let me play a little bit of the Euro beat on the drums and it turned out to sound a little bit like The Sea and Cake, a band I really like a lot.  The words build on a parallel between love and mathematics (a subject through school I didn’t pay much attention to).

This song is one of my favorites that I’ve ever done.    Thanks for listening!!

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Feb 2 “A Little Extra Love Today”

Playing catch up once again with the songs.  Busy week recycling in Morganton while entertaining company (and myself) from out of town in Asheville every night.

We went out and caught some great jazz down town at Mo Daddy’s.  There’s a lot of good players in Asheville and any selection from ‘Kind of Blue’ is always transcendent to see live.

Anyway, today’s song is probably inspired by my hurting body.  I worked a lot faster than usual this week so that I could get home faster and I’m a bit sore for it. That and lack of sleep directly lent to my foul mood the last few days, so today I am trying to work it all out and get back to feeling good.   My wife Adair has a blog based on feeling good every day you should check out if you haven’t.  followthefeeling.wordpress.com/

So basically “A Little Extra Love Today” is that I’m feeling like I’m needing a little extra today as I record guitar parts for another 6 or 8 hours.

Thanks for listening!!

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