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Hidden Meanings #10 from My Old Soul

“Time has a way of acting with no delay”.  This is a song with a nice laid back groove featuring cool sax from John Kell mixing with my harmonica and guitar.    The just of the song is that we sometimes read too much into things when we typically make it out to be what we want it to be anyway (whether we like it or not).  So why not choose the best option!  Thanks for listening!

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Paradigm Shifting. January 2nd

I figured since I’ve definitely changed my paradigm in the last few months that this song was appropriate for today.  This one’s off my Parakeet Nelson “Risky Biscuits” album.  It was my first collaboration with Dwayne Wallace on bass and it also features Brian Head on drums and Winslow Willard (where are you Winslow?) on guitar as well.  But truly the highlight is my utterly brilliant friend Mike Elam on Flugelhorn.   Have a great Sunday!!

 

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April 15th “Love Taco Supreme”

I’m gradually working on this site as I get a little more free time.    Being able to listen to the songs here is much better.   Anyway, it’s been nice to be at home, not traveling and being productive.   I had a really good time writing and recording this one today.

This is one that just kind of flowed out.   The punch line is “Love reigns supreme,  It’s just that humans don’t believe it yet”

Thanks for listening!!

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April 9 “Adrift in a Cosmic Shift”

Today was the first time that I’ve had a true collaboration while writing my songs for 2010.  My talented musician friend from Asheville, Chris Campbell came over and we pretty much wrote this song in a few minutes.   I was jamming on my mini keyboard and he was playing guitar.  I had written the words before he got here but modified them as we went along.

We started with the guitar and mini keys playing with a click track,  then I did the drums and he played the bass part.  I then did my vocal with him doing the backing and we finished up with Chris playing the lead guitar.

I hope to do more songs like this.  I have a tendency to work by myself and be a recluse, so collaborating is a welcome change.

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April 6 “You Know You’re Gonna Do it”

An eventful uneventful day today.   I took the puppy (Mozart) with me on my 110 mile commute which was a first.  He hasn’t hit the recycling route yet, but hopefully someday.

I’m loving these Spring afternoons.   I’m recording with the door open all the time.  I just cut the mic down low and none of that noise even comes in.  Kind of like the way I recorded every song this winter with the heater blasting in the background.   Horray for Pro Tools.

Today’s is another one that just flowed out.  I wrote all the words to nothing but a click track running at 128 Bpms.  Then grabbed the guitar and changed them to 144 Bpms and we were off and running.

“You Know You’re Gonna Do it” is about how everybody pretty much makes up their mind about something the first second that the situation arises.  Trust your intuition, it’ll save you a lot of headache in the end.

Thanks for listening!!

Read the lyrics  @  chriscates.com/april6.html

March 25 “Clean Living with a Few Dirty Thoughts”

My first full day to do things in the studio for more than a week.   I spent the morning recording a song in Garage Band for a contest for City Mac and 98.1 The River, a damn fine radio station I might add.  Garage Band is an interesting program.   I’ve still never seen a sampling program as good as the old ACID program for PC.  That’s what I used to sample with way back in 1999.

Anyway, today’s tune is called “Clean Living with a Few Dirty Thoughts”, once again inspired by “The Tao of Willie” that I’m listening to.

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March 22 “Guitar Days”

Today was a busy start to the work week.   I’m sore already but that means we got a lot of stuff recycled.

Speaking of recycling, the sequence of this song was something that was made on my Triton some time in the last few years.   I happened to hear it and decided to take it in a different direction.   This used to be the way that I’d demo all of my songs.   I was more comfortable playing keyboard drums.    Now you can’t keep me off the real drums.  That’s why I made a concerted effort to do a song like this today.

This is my tribute to those long-lost guitar days.   Not particularly what I feel in real life but it paints a funny picture.

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Feb 23 “Kobe and Gasol”

I can’t believe I haven’t done more songs with my Triton.   My Triton is a KORG keyboard that you can basically create anything you want with.   I’ve had mine for about eight years and the buttons are literally worn off.

I’m a big NBA basketball fan as you may have noticed and tonight Kobe and the Lakers are playing while I’m working on this song.  Great basketball is like great jazz, so I added a little jazzy guitar to the electronic sounds.

I’ll admit it, I’m a huge Kobe and Gasol fan..   And don’t even mention Ron Artest, the modern-day Rodman, one of the greatest personalities of our day and age.   Don’t worry I pull for Lebron too.   I know as a human being that I’m obligated to do that.     The Lakers in 7.

Read the lyrics @ chriscates.com/feb23.html

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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