Song 10 has my favorite musical passage on the album. This is simple acoustic number with lead guitar, strings and of course french horn. It’s about that perfect time to let your loved one know how you feel and being in the moment during those special times in life.
Even though the guitar work is in my usual ultra-simple style, for some reason it seems to remind me of Nels Kline’s work with Wilco. When it hits the solo after the second chorus is the part that is my favorite part of all of “Life’s a Love Song”. It goes to show you don’t have to always be ripping guitar solos. Sometime’s space is the best note you can play. Thanks for listening!
Easily one of the most powerful and emotional songs I’ve ever recorded, the fourth song on the album is a co-write with my good friend Jefferson Taffet (check out his albums by searching Lionz). We’ve collaborated before on a song called “Give it Up” available on the Stranger Things Have Happened CD.
He originally recorded this song in my studio in Athens about fifteen years ago and I always loved it. Even though it’s a drastic departure from the rest of the album, I felt compelled to get it out into the world.
Moonlight Madness is just me on guitar, vocals, strings and my signature french horn. I tried to keep it as stark and simple as possible to highlight the love and desperation of the great lyrics.
“Will you hold me up, and never let me slump, give me two good shoes, we’ve got some walking to do”
Below is a picture of the skyline and moon at Atlantic Station where I recorded it.
Here’s the acoustic version of “3 Putt King” which seemed to be the most popular song on my first golf album Triple Bogey with 17 Holes to Play. However, this is the acoustic version from my new golf album Funny Golf Songs. If you’d like to hear it with guitar solos, Chris Singleton’s brilliant bass and Jared Callahan’s rocking drums feel free to dig up the original version too! Thanks for listening.
I’m working hard on being a full time musician again. It’s a long process but it’s rewarding in it’s own way. I’m glad I love to practice. This is one of my most inspirational songs. I use it to remind myself about my passion and my purpose from time to time. But not often enough. Thanks for listening!
I’ve really taken a liking to this song and have been rewriting it and working on it a lot lately. I originally wrote it August 30th of last year. That seems so long ago now that I’m living in a different state with a different life completely.
I heard a popular quote the other day that basically said ‘get your heart-broken at 15 and you’ll have something to write songs about the rest of your life’. A good break up song is always compelling for some reason. I guess it’s the same thing as watching sad movies. Well prepare to be sad, that’s where this one is coming from. No reflection of myself personally, I’m as happy as I’ve been in quite a while. Thanks for listening!
Crushed it (literally) on the recycling truck today and got home early enough to lay on the floor for a few minutes. But I got around to posting yesterday’s final cut and to write today’s shimmering jewel. I haven’t done a month oriented song in a while, so I guess it’s about that time.
However, I didn’t finish the recording yet, so I’ll have to post it tomorrow. I’ve got gigs to drive to and rock music to rock.
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.