What can I say, I guess I was in a silly mood this morning when I wrote this.
I’ve been shopping for mini keyboards online and was looking at demos of different one’s on YouTube. They all tend to be called ‘Fooling around on the..”. I guess that’s the trend for demoing keyboards.
That’s where I started the song from and then it slowly degenerated from there.
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As this day goes every week, I’m worn out from recycling and ready to go to bed at a decent hour. I was inspired to get home and write today after listening to Bob Dylan’s ‘Chronicles’ auto biography on my iPHone as I worked today. What an amazing story his is. His first recording session was as a harmonica player for Harry Belafonte. That’s pretty cool.
We go see him play every few years and I’m the only one that gets it. He plays his voice like a jazz instrument and people don’t realize that.
Some phrase Dylan says in the book is similar to the title of “Things happen for a reason for no reason”. That along with Dylan’s biography and the George Washington biography I’m also listening to inspired this song.
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Today started out looking like a beautiful day. After raining for a few days it actually looked like spring was finally here. Then about eleven it became grey and cold again. Oh well. It was too wet to play golf today anyway.
“Daydream Sharing” is about lying around on a rainy day being lazy. This is actually the opposite of what I do on lazy days. I usually work extra hard in the studio on those days.
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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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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.
Do you have that friend that remember’s every thing that you have ever done. Well I have a few and I’m really grateful for them. They’re always recounting tales of the olden days that I don’t have any recollection of whatsoever.
As soon as they bring it up it all comes flooding back in and I try to make note of it for future reference (which typically proves to be futile).
That’s the basis of “Always Remember to Always Remember”. This is dedicated to John Crowe, Rob Sankey and all my other friends that remember every day of their life. Cheers to you.
Windy again and once again the curbside recycler’s nightmare. I was chasing papers all over the street in front of the Waldensian Bakery in Valdese today. But you do what you have to do, the business is slowly growing and that’s always great to see. Check out SimplyGreenRecycling.com if you haven’t already.
Today’s song is one of my uplifting motivational type songs. My wife and I have a lot of irons in the fire and we’ve been both waiting to get over that next hump for quite a while. But we both now realize that we also have to enjoy where we are.
That’s kind of what “Something’s on the way” is about.
This character in this song reminds me of a lot of folks in my teenage years. Not me of course. For some reason all guys have to go through a time period where tearing things up is cool. Getting away with it was always a plus.
That’s what “History of Deviant Behavior” is about. That kid you see walking down your block that you know doesn’t have the best intentions in mind. Maybe this song stems from the kid that threw a snowball at our house the other night and ran up the street.
The music has a little bit of a Curtis Mayfield vibe. Thanks for listening!!
I’m catching back up today after being a song behind for about a week. I’ve got another one almost ready to go that I’ll finish a little later today.
My amp is still in the shop so not much electric guitar in the near future. Which is fine for now. After all I have another 341 songs to write for this blog.
“Revelation of Education Dedication” is about enjoying the journey even when you’re upgrading yourself. It actually sounds a little like “Give it More Time” a song off of the upcoming Chris Cates & the Master Plan album.
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.