Tag Archives: Chris Cates songs

Jan 18th “Daytime Worker Honky Tonk Nighttime Singer”

Big day on the recycling boat today and a trip to the dentist to boot.   Dad and I had a good time stuffing cardboard into every crevasse of the truck.

Today’s song is the first thing that popped out when I sat down in the studio today.   I broke my good acoustic back out after confining it to a dark place to get some moisture back in it’s wood.

“Daytime Worker” is also the first blues style song I’ve done in this endeavor.  I’ve purposely not written much blues for this because it can be perceived as the easy way out.  Mainly, however, I prefer to jump around musical genres to keep things interesting.

You never know, like the song says “one of these days, I’m gonna be an overnight sensation”.

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Jan 17th “Pep Talk”

I went old school today and actually wrote in an old notebook of mine instead of on the computer.  What a trip to put pen to pad without actually touching my iPhone.

I found one of my little old carry arounds and as I sat down at the piano to write tonight a seperate page fell out.

Part of it turned into “Pep Talk”, I was feeling the key of F all day and the words seemed rather Key of F-like.  The song reminds me of all the old piano stuff I used to do and have gotten away from.  It’s awesome to be frequently writing again, even after working all day.

Thanks for listening!

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Jan 13th “Party on a Wednesday Night”

Our first day with a decent temperature in a while was quite a treat.    My college buddy Rob from Chicago just got to town and my other college buddy and Morganton friend Plemplum came to town for the afternoon reunion.   We played an awesome 9 holes at Asheville Municipal Golf Course and then had some sushi with a few more good friends.

Then I retired to the studio around 10pm to write and record this song while my friends walked to Chili’s to watch the end of the Carolina game (debacle).

They got home just in time to add some color to the background of tonight’s song.    They definitely had a great time doing it and it shows.

Thanks for listening!!

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Jan 11 “Dumpster Diving”

Leave it to the recycling to bring out the absurd in my lyrics.    I thought about dumpster diving today as I was digging in some of the big recycling totes at Morganton Trading Co.

I guess that spurred this song because I distinctly remember thinking ‘they should put dumpster diving in the olympics’.

I love the words to the chorus “all forms of love are accepted here”.

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Jan 10th “The Sweetest Thing is Everything”

Today has been a really creative day for me.

I got up fairly early and worked on other stuff and then I wrote this right before lunch and then recorded it after the Patriots started getting completely romped.

“The Sweetest Thing is Everything” started with a few old words about inspiration and ended up like it ended up.  I finally got to put some of my favorite french horns into one of these new songs (Burt Bacharach style)!

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Jan 8th “Sleeping Sweetly”

Today has been a great day spent recovering from my work week and catching up on my studio work before my gig tonight back down the mountain.

Today’s song, “Sleeping Sweetly” was inspired this ultra chilly weather we’re having a how good it is to be in bed late at night under the covers with your loved ones and animals.

It’s an acoustic number, pretty simply recorded.  I hope you enjoy it!

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Jan. 4th Song “Soul Bread”

It’s getting a little tougher now. I got up this morning around 6 drove the 50 miles to Morganton and picked up recycling for around 85 places with Dad. It was 17 degrees this morning but it really didn’t seem to bad. I think I have more trouble when the temperatures are in the 40’s than the teens.
It must be those four years I spent in Boone.
Today’s song reflects nothing of what I have experienced today, it’s just what came out between 6:30 and 7:00pm, my alloted time to write tonight.  I’m still sticking with my ‘first thought best thought stategy’.
“Soul Bread” is a story song that’s a bit tragic and a bit humorous with a little secret ‘Belle and Sebastion’ jam at the end.
Thanks for listening.

Jan 3rd “Sunday Afternoon Blues”

Day three and I’m already seeing how hard this is going to be from a time standpoint.

Because I’ve been off from recycling and haven’t had gigs this weekend I’ve had more time than usual.  So the last two days I’ve spent about 3 hours each day making the songs and giving them a little extra production.

Today I tried to limit myself to an hour but ended up taking an hour and a half.   Writing the song, then recording the guitar, keys, drums, bass, synth, lead guitar and six vocal parts takes a minute as you can imagine.

I’m trying to go with ‘first thought best thought’ in the writing process, so whatever the first subject I think about will be the theme of the song.

Today’s song “Sunday Afternoon Blues” is inspired by my dread of the 16 degree temperatures I’ll be working in tomorrow morning and my desire to have fun today.    Now that I’m done with this song and all of the studio work I did on my other projects this morning, I’m hoping to talk Adair into going bowling.  Wish me luck!

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