Jan 11 “Dumpster Diving”

Leave it to the recycling to bring out the absurd in my lyrics.    I thought about dumpster diving today as I was digging in some of the big recycling totes at Morganton Trading Co.

I guess that spurred this song because I distinctly remember thinking ‘they should put dumpster diving in the olympics’.

I love the words to the chorus “all forms of love are accepted here”.

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Jan 10th “The Sweetest Thing is Everything”

Today has been a really creative day for me.

I got up fairly early and worked on other stuff and then I wrote this right before lunch and then recorded it after the Patriots started getting completely romped.

“The Sweetest Thing is Everything” started with a few old words about inspiration and ended up like it ended up.  I finally got to put some of my favorite french horns into one of these new songs (Burt Bacharach style)!

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Jan 9th “Easy Breezy”

Today I’m actually home on Saturday which is a bit rare.  I was scheduled to play for the writers on the High Country Media tour at Beech Mountain but the frozen roads up that way forced me to stay home.

I absolutely hate not making it to gigs.

Oh well, I made the best of it cleaning up my studio and making it a little more recording ready.  I also fixed a clearer path to the drums so I don’t have to frantically run to them every time I’m doing a drum take.    And I set a permanent mic up on my piano, so we’ll probably be seeing a few solo piano numbers in the future.

Anyway, today’s song “Easy Breezy” was s inspired by “The Shift” a movie by Wayne Dyer that we watched this morning.

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Jan 8th “Sleeping Sweetly”

Today has been a great day spent recovering from my work week and catching up on my studio work before my gig tonight back down the mountain.

Today’s song, “Sleeping Sweetly” was inspired this ultra chilly weather we’re having a how good it is to be in bed late at night under the covers with your loved ones and animals.

It’s an acoustic number, pretty simply recorded.  I hope you enjoy it!

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Jan. 7 “Bad Liver Good Liver”

I’m still running behind but I did write this yesterday.  I didn’t get around to recording it until this morning.  It took about an hour to record which  is still a little longer than I would like to take but my drums are getting a lot better already.

I’ve played and recorded drums five times this week which is five times more than I played them all last year.  This blog is definitely going to get my off instruments more tight.

“Good Liver” comes from something I misread on a medical flyer while recycling the other day.  It turned into a funny song with a tragic message about that friend of yours who loves to party.

I finally broke out the distortion pedal on this one.

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Jan. 6th “Love Your Girl”

Well, this is my first late post.  After an exciting day recycling in the big city of Hildebran and a near death experience, I got home late.   Which left me only a little time to hang out with Adair before I left for my bi-annual poker game with my golfing buddies.    Long story short, I should have stay home and saved the money.  Oh well, I had a good time though.

I got home a little after midnight and started working on a tune but after getting up at 5:30am that morning I didn’t get something recorded before I started to crash.

Anyway, this is what came from those efforts last night and my efforts (and choppy drumming) from this morning.

It’s called “Love Your Girl” and it’s a story song about not forgetting to remember that sweet love in your life.

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Jan. 5th “Financial Planning for Dogs

This song stems from hourly listens to NPR all day.

I started a different song but this insane ‘avant gangsta garde’ piece just popped out.  I guess working in the cold will pull that right out of ya.

I had just thought of ‘Financial Planning for Dogs’ after misreading a yahoo ad.   Then shortly thereafter, Adair and I started talking about giving dogs loans.   Hilarious interjection ensued as you can imagine.

That’s where the tag line “Don’t give that dog a bone, give that dog a loan” came from.

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Jan. 4th Song “Soul Bread”

It’s getting a little tougher now. I got up this morning around 6 drove the 50 miles to Morganton and picked up recycling for around 85 places with Dad. It was 17 degrees this morning but it really didn’t seem to bad. I think I have more trouble when the temperatures are in the 40’s than the teens.
It must be those four years I spent in Boone.
Today’s song reflects nothing of what I have experienced today, it’s just what came out between 6:30 and 7:00pm, my alloted time to write tonight.  I’m still sticking with my ‘first thought best thought stategy’.
“Soul Bread” is a story song that’s a bit tragic and a bit humorous with a little secret ‘Belle and Sebastion’ jam at the end.
Thanks for listening.

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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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.