**Warning** Huge guitar solo! Today’s tune is about how sometimes true love seems more like fate than luck.
“It’s possible, that I knew you in another life, we were like old friends and lovers at first sight”
This one was written and partially recorded in Asheville then completed at my studio in Atlanta and on a solar farm in Statesboro, Georgia.
The guitar solo is another exercise in simplicity and like Billy Talbot said about Neil Young’s lead guitar one time, it’s only “big notes”. I try to use space in a guitar solo as much as I play notes. I guess I’m getting old and don’t want to use acrobatics anymore (that takes too much practice).
Today’s song is about the snow silencing the city and walking around falling in love while taking in the stillness of it all. Written in Asheville but it is perfect for Atlanta. Because when it snows here, everything shuts down (unlike NC).
I’m especially proud of my drum part on this one. I’m not considered a “drummer” anymore (since 9th grade), so I’ll take any bright spots I can get. Thanks for listening!
Who’s ready for some smooth easy listening? This song sounds like wearing a velvet coat and having cocktail. Thanks to John Kell’s sax, the bass line and my meandering guitar, we were really able to create a certain vibe. Kind of a Burt Bacharach meets James Taylor’s ‘JT’ album kind of feel.
The words are about thinking back to a special September night a long time ago.
“It was great, it was tragic, a slight of hand mixed magic, we reached out but we couldn’t grab it, now it’s back and then gone again”
Featuring me on drums, bass, guitar, synths, strings and vocals and John Kell on sax.
Mastered by Bomb House Recording in Morganton, NC. #bombhouserecording.
Song #2. This one has maximum “feel good” vibes. Simple words about love and transition, originally written when we were living in Asheville and thinking about the big move to the ATL. Needless to say, we made the transition and have never looked back (although I’ll always miss the NC mountains).
The music on this one has about as many counterpoint solos as one can handle (or possibly too many) with me playing multiple guitar, harmonica and piano leads and John Kell getting in some jabs on sax. It’s short but sweet and is one I automatically want to turn up.
It’s got me on drums, guitars, bass, ukulele, harmonica, piano/synths, mandolin and vocals, John Kell on sax/backing vocals and Adair and Rob Sankey on backing vocals.
The pic below is the solar farm in Richland, Georgia that I was building at the time when I did a lot of the finishes to the recording on this one. I actually found and negotiated the land and built most of this particular solar farm from beginning to end.
Is my life really this stressful or am I just stressing myself out? I absolutely love Atlanta but I’ve had a hard time balancing work and life since I’ve been here. But I’m working on it. Maybe seeing Danzig live tonight is the answer.
Only in Atlanta. I thought I’d take a chance and go to my neighborhood convenience store for some hot sauce. Not only did they have my favorite brand (Lousiana One Shot hot sauce) they also had at least 10 other brands of hot sauces in large and small sizes! As I said before, only in Atlanta!
We did it! We are now Atlanta residents (even though we haven’t unloaded the truck yet). And I’ve only got one more song to go!!! 364 songs so far! I had to do a final funky disco number to stay true to my funky proclivities. Thanks for listening!
I get my blues jam on today for my final week of songs. What a year! I’m supposed to be in Atlanta but I’m stuck in Asheville. I guess I was meant to spend my last days in NC actually in NC. I hope you’re not stuck where ever you are.
Day two of my new life in Atlanta. Definitely a big change from my reclusive North Carolina life. I love the energy of the city though. I’m out getting my hustle on trying to make some things happen. So far so good although I do miss having my dog Mozart with me (and of course Adair). That’s kind of what today’s song is about. 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.