The eleventh song from “Life’s a Love Song” is a funky blues number with funny lyrics. “This ain’t no ranch in Cukamonga, no time to reheat your chimichanga. Just a redneck samba, I’m a little country and sometime’s it shows”.
Randomly enough the second verse is about Columbus, Georgia even though I wrote this a few years ago. Since then I’ve worked and stayed in Columbus the equivalent of about six months. It’s a nice city with a cool river running through the down town. And it has a fantastic tennis facility that I frequent often when I’m there.
Anyway, I’m playing all the instruments on this with John Kell adding the sax embellishments. I recorded it in Asheville and on the road in Statesboro, Georgia while building a megawatt solar project. Mastered by Ricky Rodriguez at Bomb House Recording.
The pic below is an article written about my old band, Parakeet Nelson for the Columbus paper back in the day. We used to have a regular gig there and also played the historic Bradley Theatre one time. The header pic is of my dogs in Columbus after getting filthy on the solar site that day.
Who’s ready for some smooth easy listening? This song sounds like wearing a velvet coat and having cocktail. Thanks to John Kell’s sax, the bass line and my meandering guitar, we were really able to create a certain vibe. Kind of a Burt Bacharach meets James Taylor’s ‘JT’ album kind of feel.
The words are about thinking back to a special September night a long time ago.
“It was great, it was tragic, a slight of hand mixed magic, we reached out but we couldn’t grab it, now it’s back and then gone again”
Featuring me on drums, bass, guitar, synths, strings and vocals and John Kell on sax.
Mastered by Bomb House Recording in Morganton, NC. #bombhouserecording.
The sixth song is why I love making albums. Since an album is a complete entity in itself, there’s no need to feel compelled to pack it with as many “singles” as possible. Albums are all about flow and feeling and that’s what the “The Sweetest Thing” is all about. This one is a “glue” song keeping the vibe going long enough to hit you with the next song (September Flies) and also to hit you with some huge french horn, accordion and tenor sax. Total rock n roll stuff.
The lyrics are about finding the inspiration to write a love song that does justice to the actual feeling of being in love. I love the second verse:
“It’s the bugs and the bees and the birds up in the trees, the fish out in the sea, lovely melodies
The joy when you sing softly along with me, It’s the sweetest thing, the sweetest thing”
I put a pic of Joy up yesterday, so I figured I put one up of Coral today. Even though the word Joy was also in this song’s lyrics. I actually have a song called “Coral Cove” from the old days (my ‘Summer’ album from college). Maybe I need to break that one back out. I digress. Thanks for listening!
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.