Here I go again with the raps. I may have created a monster.. I realize my flow is pretty 1992 (or ’87 for that matter). But what are you gonna do, it’s pretty fun to do actually. We all want to be a rapper at some time or another in life. Rapping is very cool because you focus on the lyrics more than the melody. That also frees you up to do rhythmic stuff with words and use them like a percussive instrument.
Or in my case, just to be silly. Thanks for listening!
Back to my fence building obsession for the weekend. I’ve gotten 15% of my 700 foot endeavor done so far. Only 85% to go!
As for my song a day for 2010, I’m fairing much better. Can you believe I’m closing in on halfway already. This is my 135th song, that’s probably as many as I wrote last decade. Hopefully this one is worthy of it’s 135th song importance. Actually, this one is mostly just a funky groove number (shocker).
Well Lebron lost, as I said yesterday, I hope he stays. I was going to do a song about that today but it didn’t come out the way I wanted it to, so I arrived at this one. Maybe I’m subconsciously speaking to Lebron in the song telling him to smile and get over it. I think that’s why they lost. They quit having fun. That’s something we should never do. Always have fun, even if things aren’t so great. I know, better said than done. At least it’s a nice thought.
Something compelled me to go back and dig up this song and re-create it today. Part of this recording is something I recorded in the original Mealtime Brown studios in Athens, Georgia around 1998 or ’99. I don’t even know who the guys are that are playing the awesome banjo and upright bass. I went and found it, re-arranged it, added some funk, junk and rewrote the vocals. But I was sincerely trying to keep the original vibe we had cooking that day.
Today’s title is fitting, I put in a big week of work but it’s over now. Now it’s time for a big weekend of work. Luckily it’s studio time, which is a little less strenuous as curbside recycling. Although it’s funny, my fingers actually hurt worse from using a mouse for 30 hours than from lifting 12,000 pounds in 30 hours. Actually, since I’ve been taking a lot of Fish Oil, I hardly have any pain any more. Maybe it’s mental. Of course it’s mental.
A typical Sunday in that there’s a ton of great sporting events on TV and a ton of stuff to do. Rory McIlroy my favorite golfer put on the greatest golf exibition in history today in Charlotte, that was pretty cool.
I’ve been writing songs every day but haven’t been able to finish the recordings this weekend. They should all be up by Monday night.
Today’s song is “Light Peeking Through the Clouds”, I’ve been writing songs with a little more vivid in their wordplay lately. I kind of continued on that trend today.
Maybe it’s the immense yard project I’ve taken up (a 700 foot wooden fence) but I’m feeling kind of funky today. This one didn’t turn out as good as it started. I did another Minute Men sounding tune last week if I’m not mistaken. Maybe I need to break out some old fireHose and Minute Men re-appreciate Mike Watt, one of the greatest bassists ever.
I was feeling a bit rough today after staying up to watch the Lakers then getting up at 5. We had to pick up recycling from 220 houses in Hildebran which didn’t help my situation much, but alas I persevered and made it through another work week once again.
I haven’t done a spiritual type song in a while, the idea comes from a quote that Wayne Dyer says a lot “we are spiritual beings living in human form.
I’m starting to put together the show that Chris Cates & the Master Plan is going to play this summer at several Friday Night Concert style events in several different cities. We always string together four or five disco songs during the night because they’re all in the same beat and usually the same key. I’ve now got about six pretty good disco songs of my own to string together which will be lots o’ fun. This is the latest in this style. It may be the best one yet. “Hot, Cold & Out of Control” is a close second.
This one’s chorus is “You better call a doctor, this is the sickest beat, it’s making people sweat and shake the ice cube’s out their drink”. Thanks for listening!
Once again the Einstein biography I’m listening to inspired another song. It’s 18 discs long, so I’ve been listening to it for quite a while. Einstein was a great man. Not only for science, he was indispensible in his pursuit of equality for all races and nations.
Anyway, as he argued with his colleagues, the hypothesis that time didn’t actually exist came up. I guess that’s what helped this song to pop out. 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.