Category Archives: Novelty Songs

June 4th “Sugar Sugar Sugar”

It was only a matter of time before I wrote a song about sugar.   Food tends to be a recurring theme in my song a day’s..  Probably because it’s a constant thing that we have to think about.    Sugar is definitely one of my favorite foods.   I realize that it’s also an epidemic that is killing people everywhere daily.  I’ve even heard from many sources that by cutting out sugar you can conquer cancer.   Undoubtedly it feeds on sugar as well.

By the way I’m writing this while drinking extremely sweet tea.

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May 16th’s song “Debt Sounds Like Death”

I don’t know how I got off on the subject of debt.  Probably because I’ve got a new Lowes card that I keep buying wood for my massive back yard fence.   Actually, I’m in a place in my life where I’ve mentally moved away from worrying about money and mostly have good money thoughts these days.   Not really because I’m making that much more money, more that I’m just in a better place.   And without that pressure I’m feeling much better about making money and paying off my credit cards,  until I run them up again.

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Song for May 12th “Birthday Birthday”

Today’s my birthday and it’s funny how things like facebook connects you with so many people on that day.   I actually didn’t even check it until late tonight and was amazed at how many people wished me happy birthday.  And looking through them you actually connect with the people who sent it to you (even it you don’t respond).

That’s what inspired me to do a birthday themed song.  Actually, I’m not one to care much about my birthday.  It’s not something I overwhelmingly want to celebrate.  Anyway, thanks for listening!

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April 24th “Value Meal Sonata”

It’s funny when I’m at home in Asheville or even going out up here, I eat ultra healthy.  Everything organic, mostly salads, moderate meat and wheat.  But when I’m on the recycling path working in Morganton, I basically eat fast food at least once a day.   I try to limit myself to one burger a week but that usually turns into at least two.   Not to mention all of the other $1 items there is these days.  I’ve gotten so brainwashed into thinking everything should be a dollar that I get mad when lunch is more than $3.

The dollar menu is one of the greatest economic mutations of the down turn the last few years.

Anyway, that’s kind of what “Value Meal Sonata” is about and it’s zero calories!

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April 14th “Leave it to My Furry Friends”

Well, it only took about two weeks after getting a new puppy to start writing songs about it.  I’ve refrained so far because something else has always popped into my head thus far.  That is until today.   “Leave it to My Furry Friends” ponders the reason why Man is not Man’s best friend.

Thanks for listening!!             Click the play icon below to hear it!

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Hear’s a picture of my inspirations for this song.

April 11 “I Mow and the Grass Grows”

I started to go rent an aerator and buy fertilizer to get my yard going the right way this year.   But I got some sage advice from a lawn guy who made me realize that that would mean much more mowing and maintenance.  Don’t get me wrong, I actually love yard work and my back yard is a 16 hole chipping course complete with elevated greens, fairways and rough.   I’m pleased to say that I do everything gas-free once again.  No gas will be consumed in the mowing of my yard this year.

Anyway, I guess that’s where “Mow Mow Mow the Grass” came from.   I actually wrote the catch phrase on the recycling route the  other day while I was watching people mow yards all day.

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Barbeque Rules this Town. March 23

I can’t believe this is the first song I’ve written about barbeque since I’ve been doing this song a day thing (or anytime for that matter).    On my recycling route and generally driving everywhere in the South, you see a barbeque place every few miles.     When I lived in Athens, Georgia I was quite the connoisseur, that is until I got debilitating ulcers.   But I’m over that now and eat BBQ a few times month and I’ve tasted hundreds of different kinds, even what they call BBQ in remote places like Germany and Amsterdam.

After all my travels,  Hursey’s BBQ in Morganton is still my favorite.   I used to convince Amy to eat there every day when I worked at Schoenen Pool and Spa about twelve years ago.  That’s what I thought of when I wrote this song.

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Jan 3rd “Sunday Afternoon Blues”

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!

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Jan. 2nd “Snow Day”

Day two in my quest to write a song and brief commentary every day of 2010.

I’ve had a rare Saturday off on a windy cold snowy day and have gotten to work in the studio all day.

I worked on “Let Out the Zoo” from my upcoming album ‘Follow the Feeling’ and then I wrote and recorded this one.

“Snow Day” is obviously inspired by the coveted snow day school cancellation each student and teacher anticipates each year.

All the instruments are one or two takes and I got to play Jason Peeler’s drums for the 2nd day in a row!


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Jan 1st “2010″

This is my ambitious blog experiment for 2010.

In 2010, starting today, Jan. 1st, I am going to write a song each day and post it here and write about the experience in this popular “blog” format which I am still weary of with my Gen X DNA.

My criteria will be

1.  The song has to be around a minute long minimum

2. It has to be from good effort (I can’t phone it in,  however, I can record it on my iPhone)

3.With lyrics is a plus but I can contribute instrumentals  (I do love my Triton keyboard)

4. I can collaborate (making music is fun with other folks )

So here it goes.  Today I decided to write a cheesy feel good anthem about getting things kick started for 2010.   I’m very optimistic about this year and this song is a little pep talk.

WordPress is not making it easy to upgrade their services to play mp3’s,  so I will have to redirect to my main website to play the song.    In the future I hope to be displaying the mp3’s for people to upload free directly from this blog.


Read the lyrics @ chriscates.com/jan1.html