Here’s a song for you lucky folks that are going out on a lake this weekend. “Magic on the Water” is a song trying to convey the feeling of being out on the water in the evening taking it all in. The water can be very meditative. Something unfortunately, I don’t get to experience that often.
Oh well, at least I’ve got a song about it. Thanks for listening!
“We’re living, we’re on this planet, find a good song on the radio and jam it”.
It took a while for me to get this one up to my normal levels of jamtronic standards. I was leaning heavily towards wind instruments (flute, french horn and oboe) as I like to do. But it took the addition of the lead guitar to get it to come around. Chris Singleton put some tasty bass on it to get it going as well.
“Philosophy would go right out the window, if we would only be this happy all the time”. Thanks for listening!
“Time has a way of acting with no delay”. This is a song with a nice laid back groove featuring cool sax from John Kell mixing with my harmonica and guitar. The just of the song is that we sometimes read too much into things when we typically make it out to be what we want it to be anyway (whether we like it or not). So why not choose the best option! Thanks for listening!
Moving on through my My Old Soul album. “My biggest fear is being scared to live the way I want to”. Words to live by, but also not the easiest thing to overcome with our minds that have a deep set aversion to being uncomfortable. Unfortunately, that uncomfortable feeling is one of the obstacles we have to overcome while trying to break through to the next level in life.
“Life is the ocean, cresting over the nearest wave”. Thanks for listening!
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.
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!
“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!
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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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.
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!
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.