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!
This year is winding down fast. It’s hard to believe I’ve written 365 songs this year. (I’ve actually been finished with the songwriting about a week). Now I can just leisurely post a new song every day from now until Jan. 1st. Like this one, a lot of my last fifteen songs all hinge somewhat on the new years theme. Thanks for listening!
“The more things change the more they stay the same”, they say. I don’t know if I agree with that exactly, I’ve changed a lot in my lifetime and even in the past month. Hopefully I’m changing into someone who makes a lot of birdie putts.
Aside from material stuff like that, I hope I’m changing as a person for the better. I do realize I’m generally a recluse but I manage to get out and talk to people pretty often.
I guess this was all inspired by “The Tao of Willie Nelson”, the book on CD I’m listening to right now. He’s got a sage like brand of wisdom that everybody can relate to. That’s where “The Winds of Change” came from.
As I mentioned in my last blog. I’m trying out a new keyboard for my live shows and I’ll admit my dream is to move to Vegas and perform house music. I love Kraftwerk and stuff like that. That’s probably where this jam came from.
This is half me and half MINIAK the keyboard I’m playing. I overdubbed a few more parts on the initial improvisational track. So for all of you up tempo house music fans this is for you. It gets your blood flowing.
Thanks for listening!! Click the play icon below to hear “Back Roads Directions to the Rave”
Science research just found out that the human brain is not fully developed until men turn 25 and it’s a little sooner for women. So basically we are clinically insane until we’re about 25.
That’s why we do so many crazy things at an early age and eventually start becoming more sensible. And it’s also why we’ll do the craziest things and feel the craziest things when we’re young and in love.
That’s what “Crazy or Crazy in Love” ponders, ‘are you really crazy or is being in love what is making you do crazy things.’
Ah the joys of taking on a project like this. I’m still a song behind and to avoid going two down, I stayed up late writing and recording a song last night. Then I got up early this morning to write and record one before I leave Asheville to work for a few days in a row out of town.
Luckily I seem to be just as creative at 7am as I am at 7pm. Actually maybe more so, although I’m not as energetic as you can imagine.
Now I’ve got to decide, do I start another song to get ahead tomorrow or do I try to get a last minute appointment with my chiropractor.
It’s been fifty days since I started my song a day project!! What a learning experience and an experiment in commitment I’ve endured. There’s definitely been some moments of excitement and of frustration but for the most part I’ve maintained a sense of joy doing it.
This last week has been a struggle but I’ll get back in the swing of things soon I’m sure. I’ve got a gig tonight with my band so that should get the juices flowing.
Fittingly this song is about how I was just complaining that I never had enough time to get all the things done that I want done. I really need about 22 hours in the studio a day to get all my various projects done. Adair was telling me I need to quit worrying about the time and start celebrating what I get done.
What do you do when a complete stranger falls down right in front of you and you want to laugh but you also don’t want to hurt their feelings. Or someone does or says something really embarrassing that they wish they could take back because it made everybody laugh.
That’s what “Kind of Funny, But Not Really” is about. What do you do when you’re really embarrassed except laugh along with everybody. Otherwise you’re just going to be pissed and then nothing will make you feel better.
America’s Funniest Home Videos created a monster I guess.
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.