Tag Archives: a song a day

April 15th “Love Taco Supreme”

I’m gradually working on this site as I get a little more free time.    Being able to listen to the songs here is much better.   Anyway, it’s been nice to be at home, not traveling and being productive.   I had a really good time writing and recording this one today.

This is one that just kind of flowed out.   The punch line is “Love reigns supreme,  It’s just that humans don’t believe it yet”

Thanks for listening!!

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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!

April 9 “Adrift in a Cosmic Shift”

Today was the first time that I’ve had a true collaboration while writing my songs for 2010.  My talented musician friend from Asheville, Chris Campbell came over and we pretty much wrote this song in a few minutes.   I was jamming on my mini keyboard and he was playing guitar.  I had written the words before he got here but modified them as we went along.

We started with the guitar and mini keys playing with a click track,  then I did the drums and he played the bass part.  I then did my vocal with him doing the backing and we finished up with Chris playing the lead guitar.

I hope to do more songs like this.  I have a tendency to work by myself and be a recluse, so collaborating is a welcome change.

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March 30 “Bad Reputation”

I was a crazy youth.   I did lots of super insane things but luckily I never got a legitimate bad reputation.  I always managed to stay out of trouble and or getting caught.

This song’s about a reputation preceding a new romance.    “Now you know my secret, I’m a bad bad man, but you’ve got to admit it, it’s the most fun you ever had”.

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March 28 “That Old Grey Hawk”

I’m officially letting go of winter with this song.  No more snow references or the wind or the temperature.   It’s been a good winter to write about however.    Hopefully that doesn’t mean it’s gonna be a summer to write about (weather related that is).

Anyway, I heard most of the ‘Sweet Baby James’ album by JT today recycling and that’s definitely what inspired this song style.  I added the accordion to give it that french cafe  ambiance that I’ve been longing for.

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March 22 “Guitar Days”

Today was a busy start to the work week.   I’m sore already but that means we got a lot of stuff recycled.

Speaking of recycling, the sequence of this song was something that was made on my Triton some time in the last few years.   I happened to hear it and decided to take it in a different direction.   This used to be the way that I’d demo all of my songs.   I was more comfortable playing keyboard drums.    Now you can’t keep me off the real drums.  That’s why I made a concerted effort to do a song like this today.

This is my tribute to those long-lost guitar days.   Not particularly what I feel in real life but it paints a funny picture.

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March 19 “Back Roads Directions to the Rave”

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”

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March 18 “Six Second Delay”

I had a good time recording some friends of mine today.   Wicked Addiction, a heavy metal band out of Hickory also features my bass player Chris Singleton on drums.   He rocks it too.   It was fun wearing my engineer hat again for the weekend.

Somehow I managed to get up early and write this one.   I just got a new analog synthesizer for Chris Cates & the Master Plan live performances and I got to use it on this.   I’m now going to be doing synth solos live along with the harmonica and guitar solos.   For you techies, I got a Akai  MINIAK and I’m liking it so far.

“Six Second Delay” is my Coldplay inspired song for the month.   It’s got surreal imagery about the vagueness of life.

Read the lyrics @ chriscates.com/march18.html

March 13 “We Still Get By”

We all go through ups and downs in life.  Some tragic, some comic, some completely absent of all reason.   That’s just the way it goes I guess.   But no matter what we always seem to get by.

That happens financially too, no matter how broke you think you are, you still always seem to get by and maintain your normal standard of living.   I was just reading about the Russian planter aristocracy, they basically never had any money at all but still lived their whole life in extreme luxury, despite immense debt.   Mainly because they were used to that standard of living and mentally and psychically wouldn’t accept a compromise, whether they knew it or not.

Anyway, “We Still Get By” focuses more on getting by from a domestic standpoint.   Thanks for listening!!

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March 9 “For No Good Reason”

I don’t know about you but I am thoroughly enjoying this once thought impossible task of writing, recording and blogging about a song a day.   Some days it’s sucks, I won’t lie.  Today was not the ideal time for me to have to write and record a song after basically working or gigging 18 hours a day the last few days, but I still managed to enjoy myself making it happen.

The second this becomes a burden is when things go downhill.  Luckily, I can’t wait to hear what I write next.  That’s what usually keeps me going.

Today’s song “For No Good Reason” reflects on how some people sabotage themselves and never get what they want.  I’ll admit I was a member of this category for a long time.   It’s very important to be clear about what you want.

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