Tag Archives: 2010

Every Now and Then. December 31st!!!

I did it!!!  365 songs in 365 days.   What a year.   Over 14 1/2 hours of new music, a total of more than 25 days total of studio work all done while holding down a steady hard labor job with Simply Green Recycling.   And then searching and finding a new job in Atlanta (not to mention commuting back and forth between Asheville and Morganton and then Atlanta and Asheville).

The funny thing is I honestly want to keep going.   I feel like I’ve got thousands of songs left to write.   That’s why I’m going to continue this blog, now called chriscates365.com.   Except I’m going to post songs from my entire catalogue along with the occasional new song and songs that I’ve produced or collaborated with other artists.   It has been a blast!   Thank you to the more than 20,000 visitors that have dropped by to listen!!    I truly appreciate it!

September 27th “Black Sheep in the Family”

It’s Monday once again and a rainy one too.  I’m not sure what inspired today’s song, it’s another one of those that just popped out when I sat down in front of the MacBook.  I love playing simple, bluesy, chicken pickin’-style solos like what I do all through this one.  You gotta love blues in F.   Thanks for listening!

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September 25th “Your Anything is Everything”

Down to 98 songs after this one.   I’m really starting to see the end.   I’m also four songs ahead that are completed and I have music for another fifteen at least.  I finally realized it’s a lot easier when I’m ahead.   This song started out as an impromptu guitar recording and blossomed into a pretty decent indie rock song.

I can’t get away from using strings.  I know I use them a lot and the songs could start sounding the same but I guess I just can’t help it.  Thanks for listening!

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September 24th “100 Days Left in the Year”

Can you believe there is only one hundred days left in 2010.  That is crazy.  This year has flown by.  I’ve only got a hundred songs left to write and record!  In the old days that would have sounded preposterous, now it seems like a piece of cake.

So far I’ve spent around 33,125 minutes recording

which breaks down to 552 hours

which breaks down to 23 days!!

I have spent 23 days in my studio recording for this blog this year.   Thanks for listening through all the ups and downs!

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July 5th “I Never Do That”

We had a great show down in Georgia last night.  It was on the lake and it was beautiful.  Once again my song “Crazy or Crazy in Love” from this blog project was the biggest hit.   I’m pretty excited about the second half of the year.   I guess I feel that since I’ve gotten this far, I may as well use some of the things I’ve learned about myself and my commitment to making music.

Anyway, “I Never Do That” came from something I heard someone say tonight as I was out scoping conversations for song tidbits.   This is one of those songs that shows you don’t have to have a lot of different words to create a song.

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May 23rd “Be Careful How Hard You Search”

We had our first band practice this morning for all of our summer concert series gigs and it’s amazing how many of my ‘365 songs for 2010’ are going to be part of the program.  It’s gotten so I could completely use new songs instead of my old staples (which number in the 40’s).    We’re sounding really good with the addition of Chris Campbell, our new guitarist and vocalist.

Today’s song is called “Be Careful How Hard You Search”.

April 10 “100 Days to Say”

This is my 100th song so far!!!   I can’t believe I’ve written a hundred songs in a hundred days, plus a few more that I had to write for other things.   I don’t know how many songs I’ve written in my lifetime (probably around 500-600), so this is a pretty significant chunk.

The best part is that a lot of the songs are some of my best ever.  To me “Walking Around the City” and “Geometrically in Perfect Touch” may be my best songs ever.  And the funk stuff I’ve been doing is definitely my most funky.

Anyway, thanks for listening and helping to plug along and keep writing and recording.   Only 265 songs to go!!

100 Days to Say – Chris Cates’s 100th song for 2010!

Feb 28 “A February Dream”

I can’t believe it’s been two months already!!  Is it really March?   I’m psyched that I’ve managed to write and record  59 songs during that time.   It’s been easy at times and it’s been a real pisser a few times.

February was another snowy and cold month, which meant lots of interesting days doing curbside recycling.  I had a pretty good time for the most part.  And this song a day thing has forced me to itemize every second of my day.  I’m left wondering however, when do my aching hands get a rest?

2 months in 306 songs to go!!!

Read the lyrics @ chriscates.com/feb28.html

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. 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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