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Feb 20 “I Like the Way it Looks But I Hate the Way it Shows”

I need to listen to my song from yesterday more and feel like I have more time in my day.   I had a late gig last night and slept a little late which cut into my studio time today.   As did that 18 holes at Reem’s Creek Golf Course where I fired a mid winter 73, maybe my best score in February to date.

Anyway, “I Like the Way it Looks But I Hate the Way it Shows” is a silly almost heavy metal number.   I honestly meant to spend more time on the song but that’s just the way it goes I guess.

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Feb 14 “Nascar and Valentine’s Day”

Valentine’s Day, holiday or not?   Daytona 500, definite holiday for millions of people (especially in the South).

Every so often they both fall on the same way and it brings lovers closer together or really pisses one of them off.  I’m lucky enough to have an average interest in Nascar.   I typically watch the last ten laps of a race  and passively pull for Tony Stewart and Dale Jr.  Although the banter from DW and the commentators is usually pretty funny throughout the race.

And Valentine’s Day is always a good reason to go out and have fun with my wife.

Anyway, “Nascar and Valentine’s Day” is a song about a husband who wants to celebrate a romantic Valentine’s Day but his wife is too tied up with the Daytona 500 because Little E (Dale Jr.) is on the pole.

He pulls a twist at the end of the song and makes up for it.

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Feb 11th “Always Remember to Always Remember”

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.

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Feb 6 “History of Deviant Behavior”

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!!

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Jan 29 “Driving in Two Directions”

Over a foot of nice fluffy snow and a whole weekend to be snowed in.  It’s nice to look out of the studio window and see it hanging from all of the trees outside.  And I think it gave me a good photo to use as the album cover for January’s songs.

I will be putting out a cd every month with all of the songs.  Look for the first one in about three weeks.  I can’t believe it’s been 29 days already.

Anyway I wrote and recorded music to four songs today and so far have managed to put words to just this one.I’m also doing the guitar parts for our “Follow the Feeling” album too, so I’ve been switching back in forth between the two.

“Driving in two Directions” is kind of an analogy comparing driving to healthy relationships.  The character in the song seems to always drive but never actually get there.  I coaxed Adair into playing the keyboard parts on this one too.         Thanks for listening!!

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Jan 28 “Lookin’ Fine All the Time”

Just getting yesterday’s song up even though I wrote it today.  The song I wrote yesterday is still in the computer but I haven’t been compelled to listen to it, so it must not be mind blowing.

This one’s a jazzy soul piece about “how I find you look so fine”.   I’m loving my snare drum sound.  Adair had fun lending some synth solos and backing vocals.

I’m still going with my first thought best thought thing, so it’s always interesting to see what the subject leads to when I start writing the song.

Thanks to  Jared Callahan for lending me a great vintage amp for the weekend.

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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. 5th “Financial Planning for Dogs

This song stems from hourly listens to NPR all day.

I started a different song but this insane ‘avant gangsta garde’ piece just popped out.  I guess working in the cold will pull that right out of ya.

I had just thought of ‘Financial Planning for Dogs’ after misreading a yahoo ad.   Then shortly thereafter, Adair and I started talking about giving dogs loans.   Hilarious interjection ensued as you can imagine.

That’s where the tag line “Don’t give that dog a bone, give that dog a loan” came from.

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Read the lyrics @ chriscates.com/jan5.html

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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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Jan 1st “2010″

This is my ambitious blog experiment for 2010.

In 2010, starting today, Jan. 1st, I am going to write a song each day and post it here and write about the experience in this popular “blog” format which I am still weary of with my Gen X DNA.

My criteria will be

1.  The song has to be around a minute long minimum

2. It has to be from good effort (I can’t phone it in,  however, I can record it on my iPhone)

3.With lyrics is a plus but I can contribute instrumentals  (I do love my Triton keyboard)

4. I can collaborate (making music is fun with other folks )

So here it goes.  Today I decided to write a cheesy feel good anthem about getting things kick started for 2010.   I’m very optimistic about this year and this song is a little pep talk.

WordPress is not making it easy to upgrade their services to play mp3’s,  so I will have to redirect to my main website to play the song.    In the future I hope to be displaying the mp3’s for people to upload free directly from this blog.


Read the lyrics @ chriscates.com/jan1.html