Karma Dharma #8 from My Old Soul

It’s no secret I’m in to #personalgrowth.  My songs reflect it more than occasionally and heck, my wife,  has two #selfhelp books out on the market (adaircates.com).  That doesn’t mean I can’t poke fun at it a bit every now and then.  With all the seminars, countless books and spiritual practices I’ve consumed, I feel like I can do that and still “feel light” as they say.

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That said, I have to say just how much getting into self-help changed the trajectory of my life.  It started with reading The Secret and going to the Millionaire Mind Seminar, loving Jerry and Esther, Eckhart Tolle and Wayne Dyer and has it been going ever since.  I went on to perform for Bob Procter, one of The Secret’s main stars, and on to making my own self-development auto suggestion rock album called Passion and Purpose.  More importantly, I changed my “money consciousness” which coincidence or not, I now make much more than what I did when I first went to the Millionaire Mind Seminar.

Of course, it is not the cure-all and my life is still not exactly how I want it.  For example, I’m heading into “work” today when I would rather be home in the recording studio finishing my new Kids music album and possibly sneaking in 9 holes at Candler Park Golf course.  But don’t get me wrong, I’m visualizing that life.

“Karma Dharma” is a funny take on all that and a reminder to try to break away from being on auto-pilot, “The creature of habit living inside me, is so tough to scare away”.

All seriousness goes out the window with the first line: “I was thinking about reaching Nirvana but I was delayed by a few petty crimes”.  The punchline is in the second verse:
“I realize now how to reach Nirvana, first I need to work on my karma, but the only way to affect my karma, is to change all the things about my dharma”.  Ah, spiritual humor, you either have to laugh or be offended I guess.

Happy journey to everyone, no matter what path of righteousness you choose to take.  Thanks for listening!

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We Still Get By – #7 from My Old Soul

“We have laughed and we have cried, fallen down and learned to fly, we still get by”

Once again, work and life has prolonged my song postings from my new album My Old Soul.  Today’s song has some rather existential words and feel good chorus about hope and some very Burt Bacharach-esque musical sections.  I will never shy away from using lots of french horn (my favorite instrument) and when you add that in with John Kell’s sax, only good things can happen.   Thanks for listening!

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Skyscrapers – #6 from My Old Soul

Let’s kick the weekend off with a jam!  Pump this one up and sing it loud.

“Skyscrapers” is inspired by the #EckhartTolle book A New Earth, which I’ve read (to my newborn kids) or listened to at least five times.  The music is inspired by #ManuChao, another favorite who really doesn’t release enough music these days.

I’m on all the instruments except for the killer bass by Chris Singleton.  There’s also some cool backing vocals from Kerry Jones, Jeramy Lamanno, John Kell and Adair Cates.

Thanks for listening!

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My Old Soul – Track #5

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“It’s my old soul, that keeps me on the edge of chaos and control, part spirit part human part animal”.

The title track which features some nice backing vocals from Adair, Jeramy Lamanno, Kerry Jones and John Kell (who also contributes to the mellow instrumental interlude).  Thanks for listening!

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Cool Air Attitude – Song #4 from My Old Soul

I’m back posting songs from My Old Soul.  I took a brief hiatus to respect the memory of a good friend.

Anyways, I should have posted this one last week as we were experiencing our final cold spell of the year.  This is one of my favorites to play at home on acoustic.  It’s simple but has a fun chorus for sing a longs.  The middle instrumental section is especially #burtbacharach – esque with John Kell intertwining sax with my lead guitar theme.

Thanks for listening!

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Breathing Means Dreaming – Song #3

The third song from “My Old Soul” has the classic four on the floor kick drum beat that makes booty shaking a must.  Add in some synths, guitars, strings and lyrics questioning life’s struggles and how to sift through them and you’ve got a jam.

“I’ll always be dreaming, if I’m breathing I’m dreaming and one won’t stop before the other”.  Thanks for listening!

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Not My First Go Round – Song #2

This song is about keeping it going no matter how many mistakes you make along the way.

“Sometimes I get closer, sometimes I miss it all

Sometimes I stay standing, sometimes I slip and fall

It’s not my first go round and it probably won’t be my last”

Thanks for listening!

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What a Beautiful Feeling – New Album Song #1

My new album is finally complete and out today!!  It took a while to record and finish and there were some casualties along the way but now it’s here!  “My Old Soul” mixes R&B elements with synthesizers, sax and guitars and has a general concept of loose spirituality and consciousness.  I’m playing guitar, keys, drums, harmonica etc. with Chris Singleton playing bass on most of the album and John Kell on Sax.    Adair Cates, Jeramy Lamanno, Kerry Jones and John Kell sing back ups.

“What a Beautiful Feeling” is the first song and it gets the good vibes going right away.  I tried to show a little motown influence on it while throwing in a big #TreyAnastasio like guitar solo to bring it home.  Thanks for listening!     #newmusic  #chriscates   #myoldsoul

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The Square Root of Joy

“The square root of Joy is love. Divided by two and it’s us. Geometrically in perfect touch. We fit together like a glove.”

This song used to be called “Geometrically in Perfect Touch” but I had to change the name in tribute to my one and only Joy Kincaid Cates.  I do have a song called “Coral Cove” might I add, that can represent Coral.

This song was written when Adair and I were trying to figure out whether we should move out of Asheville to further our careers. “What will we be doing in August and September?”.   Needless to say, we decided to move to Atlanta and everything else is history.  It’s hard to believe it’s been almost six years!

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Your Lucky Umbrella

 

“I know I don’t understand exactly what you’re going through

I’m just here to tell you, I’m standing right there beside of you

Because you’ve got to believe that things will get better

You gotta believe, we’re gonna make it through this stormy weather

And I’ll be there to hold the umbrella”

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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.