Jan 26 “Chalk it Up to Acting Like a Fool”

This song is starting to grow on me a bit.    It’s about remembering old times of acting crazy growing up.

Maybe recycling in my old Oak Hill Bulldog territory brought this one out of me today.  Congratulations to my classmate Leon Johnson for his Burke County Hall of Fame honors in a few weeks.  He killed it at Carolina and was a great pro too.   With the Jets was my favorite part of his NFL career.

Anyway, “Chalk it Up to Acting Like a Fool” can be put into any adolescent context you want (or any adult for that matter).  It’s about how we always thought we were indestructible too, which led to lots of air time for our respective vehicles and landings that as long as you kept a firm grip on the wheel, you could land it with minimal damage to adjacent shrubbery.    Frank Zappa cassette intact.       Thanks for listening!!

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Jan 25 “My Old Soul”

I must be in a philosophical mood today or something.   I think this is two in a row that I’m waxing a little bit.

I’m told a lot that I have an old soul.  This is probably because not a lot surprises me and I’m the laid back go with the flow type.    I’ve never done a past life transgression yet, but I’ve heard awesome stories from friends who’ve done it.

Basically, the take away from this song is, not to listen to what society tells you about your body, you can feel as old or as young as you want to.  It’s up to you.

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Jan 24 “Revelation of Education Dedication”

I’m catching back up today after being a song behind for about a week.  I’ve got another one almost ready to go that I’ll finish a little later today.

My amp is still in the shop so not much electric guitar in the near future.  Which is fine for now.  After all I have another 341 songs to write for this blog.

“Revelation of Education Dedication” is about enjoying the journey even when you’re upgrading yourself.  It actually sounds a little like “Give it More Time” a song off of the upcoming Chris Cates & the Master Plan album.

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Jan 23 “Heavy Metal Nice Guy”

Well back to the heavy metal comedy songs again I guess.  As soon as I heard this riff with the drums and the synth I thought “I try to be a gangsta but I’m a heavy metal nice guy”.

That’s how it was born.  I speak from experience on this one as well.  I used to be a heavy metal guy through my teens and even had hair down to my waist for a while.  However, my tastes for music have always been all over the place.  Which led me to be a rap producer in Athens, Georgia for about five years.

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Jan 22 “Dark Lit Violet Groove”

Well I kept the funk going last night and this morning with this one.   I really love this kind of deep trancy funk groove.

I also love playing way to notey stuff on the bass.  What can I say I’m a guitar player.

This song is basically a ‘club’ song pretty much.  No huge world issues solved here, but they probably could be if everyone would get down to a funky beat like this every once in a while.

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Jan 21 “Glass Pack Mufflers and Overhead Cams”

What a day.  I worked on a hilarious rap song for a new cartoon that’s going to be on Fox.  My Damn! Show friends are the one’s doing the show and they ask me for some music every now and then, usually when it involves rap beats.  I actually got to rap the lyrics today for the demo so that their actor can get an idea.

That’s what inspired “Glass Pack Mufflers”.  I’m kind of half rapping this.   My rap voice is not my forte which is why I generally refrain from it.

The chorus makes up for my raps because it is the old school funky jam.   I got my drums set back up so I figured I better make with the funk.  Adair lent some vocals to the mix as well.

The lyrics are about speed demons with loud mufflers and a proclivity to be the annoying guy at the light .  I can make fun because I used to be a little like them in my younger days.  I’m a gas conserver now because I drive a lot.

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Jan 20th “A Place Between Awake”

Still playing catch up with the songs but I had a fantastic day in the studio with Chris Singleton finishing all of the bass lines for our “Follow the Feeling” album.

We’re really excited about it.  It’s a new sound for us, dance music/disco/synth/rock/party music.   It’s actually an album that’s mainstream, maybe a first for me.

Anyway, today’s song “A Place Between Awake” is about my returning home late at night from my music/work endeavors that keep me away from home and my comfy bed with my wife.

I guess that’s a recurring theme this month, “Sleeping Sweetly” was kind of about this a little a week or so ago.  But it was more about the cold weather than my sojourns.

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Jan 19th “Scratches in the Woodgrain”

Honestly, I had an uneventful day recycling for the big city of Hildebran (no wrecks this week) and a pleasant evening tonight in Asheville.   I even got to hear a decent band doing “All Blues” from  Miles Davis’s transcendent ‘Kind of Blue’ album.

Yet somehow, I sat down in my studio tonight and wrote my first horror song.   It’s not blood and guts and all that.   But it’s got a little suspense, a little confusion and a trick ending.

I don’t think Rob Zombie will be calling anytime soon though.

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Jan 18th “Daytime Worker Honky Tonk Nighttime Singer”

Big day on the recycling boat today and a trip to the dentist to boot.   Dad and I had a good time stuffing cardboard into every crevasse of the truck.

Today’s song is the first thing that popped out when I sat down in the studio today.   I broke my good acoustic back out after confining it to a dark place to get some moisture back in it’s wood.

“Daytime Worker” is also the first blues style song I’ve done in this endeavor.  I’ve purposely not written much blues for this because it can be perceived as the easy way out.  Mainly, however, I prefer to jump around musical genres to keep things interesting.

You never know, like the song says “one of these days, I’m gonna be an overnight sensation”.

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Jan 17th “Pep Talk”

I went old school today and actually wrote in an old notebook of mine instead of on the computer.  What a trip to put pen to pad without actually touching my iPhone.

I found one of my little old carry arounds and as I sat down at the piano to write tonight a seperate page fell out.

Part of it turned into “Pep Talk”, I was feeling the key of F all day and the words seemed rather Key of F-like.  The song reminds me of all the old piano stuff I used to do and have gotten away from.  It’s awesome to be frequently writing again, even after working all day.

Thanks for listening!

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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.