This song started out funny. I was singing ‘he is a machine’ when I was writing the music. I think it was inspired by whatever game was blaring in the background. But I was also using it as a metaphor for the roll I was on that day writing songs. Or I could have also been subliminally thinking about Drazen Petrovik, a great basketball player who I got to see play once. Anyway, thanks for listening!
I got to play in a golf tournament today and had a blast. Golf is good stuff, I used to be obsessed but now I’ve managed to get it out of my habits. That is to not to say that I still won’t write some funny golf songs now and then.
Tonight’s song ended up being simple. I started to build on what I had going but my french horn (keyboard) solo rocked so hard that I had to leave it like it is. Thanks for listening!
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.
I’m still running behind but I did write this yesterday. I didn’t get around to recording it until this morning. It took about an hour to record which is still a little longer than I would like to take but my drums are getting a lot better already.
I’ve played and recorded drums five times this week which is five times more than I played them all last year. This blog is definitely going to get my off instruments more tight.
“Good Liver” comes from something I misread on a medical flyer while recycling the other day. It turned into a funny song with a tragic message about that friend of yours who loves to party.
I finally broke out the distortion pedal on this one.
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.