I’ve collected all of these random 70’s self-help and psychology books much to Adair’s annoyment (that’s not a real word). They’re all over the basement and in obscure sections of my studio. On my piano for instance, someone has lined them up like a bookshelf. I’m all for alternative placement of objects so I’ve left them there (even while recording). And as I’ve anticipated, they’ve been a great source for song material. That’s where today’s song comes from, I sat down at the piano and wrote this (pen to paper) while looking at the titles of the random books on the piano. Obviously the book “Looking Out for Number One” by Robert Ringer was in the mix. The song’s actually pretty good.
I got the quote that started today’s song from a great book I’m recording editing for author Kathy Godfrey called F’d. It’s really good. She’s got a lot of great phrasing in it and “Seven Ways from Sunday” is one that popped out at me.
I love to revert back to my major jazz chords to write. I guess that’s my signature songwriting move (aside from trying to be funny). 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.