Funny day today. After getting up and writing and recording a song then driving to Morganton, we ran into some truck issues. We did the whole route in a rented truck which really wasn’t too bad. We then had Dad’s birthday dinner then I drove back up to Asheville to spend about nine hours before doing it all over again (with a gig added to tomorrow night). I’m not complaining, I’m actually kind of pumped up about it.
Luckily tonight when I got to the studio, I had already started this beat and could rap it up fairly quickly. This is a good old fashion feel good techno instrumental. I love writing stuff like this!
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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.
Finally a few sunny days!! Hopefully we’ll get some spring like weather now.
Tonight’s song is about how as we get older we let some of our more romantic habits go. We’ve got to remember to have fun and be more carefree. Too often we get bogged down by real world problems and forget that we’re here to be joyous and to live like children.
Remember back in the day when Chuck Taylor’s were the only high tops you could get. Luckily when I came along Jordan was just starting to change the game of the basketball shoe.
I went to basketball camp one time at Furman in some old Jordan’s and they were like wearing boots.
Anyway, this song is about seeing an old basketball article with a picture of someone I know in short tight John Stockton shorts, Chuck Norris and or florist-like hair, a moustache and “Sweet Classic High Top Shoes”.
March is rolling in and like clockwork we’ve got another winter weather advisory. I think I’ve mentioned that I’ve canceled four gigs already this year because of weather and it’s starting to get old.
Not to mention driving a ten thousand pound truck in the snow and ice. Actually that’s kind of fun.
“Spring in Asheville” is kind of recognizing a few good and bad things in the world today while wishing for spring at the same time. I really don’t hate the cold as much as I make it out in this song. I actually don’t mind it much.
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?
Driving home the other night after the Trey concert I pulled some Santana up and jammed it loud to keep me awake. I guess that’s where inspiration for this song came from.
Santana used to be my absolute favorite and still is up there near the top with me. I wish I could see his show in Vegas this year. That would be awesome. I’ve seen him three times, one of which was with Bob Dylan.
If you’re a Santana fan, “Lotus” his live album from Japan is the very best! He also has a crazy concert with John McLaughlin that’s pretty intense too, although it’s mostly just shredding and not much else. His DVD with Trey is similar and good for a watch.
As usual, after my work week recycling out town and staying away from home a few nights I’m catching up with my songs.
I surprised Adair with a pizza and salad from the grocery store tonight and guess what, that inspired this song.
I’d been watching the PGA tournament and the new kid Rickie Fowler was wearing these awesome Puma pants and that inspired the other half of the song. I love Puma Golf gear, so you’ll probably see me annoying people on the golf course with those same pants this year too.
Another brutal day (psychically) recycling today. The economy must be getting better because people seem to be throwing a lot more stuff away. And on the positive side for our business the price of recyclables has gone up.
Cardboard went up a dollar (4.5 cents a pound) and newspaper went up fifty cents (3 cents a pound) which makes a world of difference when you’re picking up four or five thousand pounds worth of stuff a day.
Although we have to pay to dump plastic and glass.
Anyway, something got me thinking of a character when I sat down tonight. He is an old man nearing the end of his life and not able to do much but sleep and sit around trying to remember things about his life.
That’s the just of “Epithet”. Thanks for listening!!
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.