The work week is going once again and once again I’m pretty sore. This week I’ve decided that I’m going to starting getting up earlier (around 4:30 am) to work on these songs. Once I travel out of town to do recycling, it puts me behind every week. So far I haven’t worked my way all the way down to 4:30 but I’m working on it. I’ve got to make myself go to bed earlier for one thing.
Today’s song comes from an old song of mine that I’ve rewritten. For some reason this song was on my mind. It touches on saving someone from depression and suicide. Kind of depressing stuff in it’s own right, I guess they all can’t be happy songs.
“The more things change the more they stay the same”, they say. I don’t know if I agree with that exactly, I’ve changed a lot in my lifetime and even in the past month. Hopefully I’m changing into someone who makes a lot of birdie putts.
Aside from material stuff like that, I hope I’m changing as a person for the better. I do realize I’m generally a recluse but I manage to get out and talk to people pretty often.
I guess this was all inspired by “The Tao of Willie Nelson”, the book on CD I’m listening to right now. He’s got a sage like brand of wisdom that everybody can relate to. That’s where “The Winds of Change” came from.
A rainy day in the studio recording and mixing Wicked Addiction. We finished the tracking, I just need to put a final mix on it.
As for my songs, I managed to write this one right as my time for the night is winding down. I’ve got a long week ahead and need to rest up tonight because it may be my only chance.
“As the Earth Spirals Around” was started from some of my old words that I’ve put into my ‘random lines’ section in my computer. As I’ve mentioned, I was very prolific as a youth and can sometimes get some good stuff from my old writing.
As I mentioned in my last blog. I’m trying out a new keyboard for my live shows and I’ll admit my dream is to move to Vegas and perform house music. I love Kraftwerk and stuff like that. That’s probably where this jam came from.
This is half me and half MINIAK the keyboard I’m playing. I overdubbed a few more parts on the initial improvisational track. So for all of you up tempo house music fans this is for you. It gets your blood flowing.
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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.
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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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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We all tend to speculate about the future or about what might happen in certain situations. That’s fine with me, it’s just when you start to over-speculate or just repeat the same things over and over that I get annoyed.
I personally try not to speculate at all and just focus on the task at hand when the time comes. That helps me to remain more in the present moment instead of thinking about the future or the past all the time. I used to do that a lot and have found it unproductive.
That’s kind of what ‘Speculation’ is about. This is also the first song I’ve done with my new Tube Screamer, a pedal I’ve been meaning to buy for years. Now if I could just get my amp back from the shop I’d be set.
I don’t know about you but I am thoroughly enjoying this once thought impossible task of writing, recording and blogging about a song a day. Some days it’s sucks, I won’t lie. Today was not the ideal time for me to have to write and record a song after basically working or gigging 18 hours a day the last few days, but I still managed to enjoy myself making it happen.
The second this becomes a burden is when things go downhill. Luckily, I can’t wait to hear what I write next. That’s what usually keeps me going.
Today’s song “For No Good Reason” reflects on how some people sabotage themselves and never get what they want. I’ll admit I was a member of this category for a long time. It’s very important to be clear about what you want.
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.