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Bass Solo by Chris Singleton

This is Chris Singleton, founding member and bass player for Chris Cates and the Master Plan (also currently in Buick MacKane.

He’s rocking an impromptu bass solo during our song “Tumbleweed” with Jason Peeler providing accompaniment on drums.

 

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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 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 17 “Living Life After the Fact”

Ah Springtime is finally almost here.   No more mornings working in sub-zero temperatures I hope.   The downside, now the sweating begins.

That must be why I seem to be writing themes with recuperative nature lately.  “Living Life After the Fact” is along that route.   It’s got a beachy old school vibe to it and I kept it simple  (for time reasons mainly).  This is really the kind of music I like doing a lot, I’m a big Donald Duck Dunn fan and love to write bass lines like his.

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Jan 22 “Dark Lit Violet Groove”

Well I kept the funk going last night and this morning with this one.   I really love this kind of deep trancy funk groove.

I also love playing way to notey stuff on the bass.  What can I say I’m a guitar player.

This song is basically a ‘club’ song pretty much.  No huge world issues solved here, but they probably could be if everyone would get down to a funky beat like this every once in a while.

Read the lyrics @ chriscates.com/jan22.html