The third song from “My Old Soul” has the classic four on the floor kick drum beat that makes booty shaking a must. Add in some synths, guitars, strings and lyrics questioning life’s struggles and how to sift through them and you’ve got a jam.
“I’ll always be dreaming, if I’m breathing I’m dreaming and one won’t stop before the other”. Thanks for listening!
Another week, another Monday. After a long weekend managing jobs and running a booth at the Grant Park Shade Festival it doesn’t seem like I had a weekend. It’s good to be busy, right? That’s one of those oxy-moronic questions I try not to state usually.
Anyway, today’s song is a stream of consciousness song I wrote for my song a days last year. It’s a little wordy, but what can I say, I was making most of it up as I went along. Thanks for listening!
I had such big plans for this song tonight. I wrote it envisioning the Nils Lofgren like guitar parts that were going over top of it. But unforced errands got in the way. Phone problems for the second week in a row etc.
Anyway, maybe I’ll get time one day and treat this song like it was meant to be treated. Thanks for listening!
April is already almost gone. This year is going quick. I can honestly say I’ve utilized every second of every day this year. That’s one cool thing about doing this song a day thing, I really get the best out of every second whether it be working, writing, hanging with Adair, recording, driving etc.
At this point I am feeling pretty level and good, that’s quite an accomplishment. That’s kind of what “Fine Line Between Life and Dreams” is about.
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.
Thanks for listening!! Click the play icon below to hear “Back Roads Directions to the Rave”
I have made it a month! 31 songs in 31 days. It’s interesting to see the trends I’ve had.
I wrote songs in 17 different major and minor keys
9 out of 31 of the songs were slow. In the first few weeks I wrote a bunch of slow songs before getting into dance mode in the late part of the month.
There’s three or four stinkers in there I’ll admit, but I look at each song at least as a learning experience.
There’s actually about 8 or 9 really good ones which is encouraging. “Snow Day”, “Sunday Afternoon Blues”, “Scratches in the Woodgrain”, “Glass Pack Mufflers & Overhead Cams” (super huge), “Heavy Metal Nice Guy”, “Hot Cold & Out of Control”, “Country Boy Funk in the City” are some of the best.
Although my personal favorite is still “The Sweetest Thing is Everything”. What can I say, I love those french horns.
“Snowy Mix of Memories” is a reflection on January and trying to make time move a little slower.
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.