I saw a ‘Git R Done’ sticker on a truck today and totally related to it. I left Asheville at 6am and got home at 8:30pm, but I got r done. I hit a hundred and nine houses with the recycling truck in Morganton and then hit a bunch of businesses to get a jump start on tomorrow. Amazingly I’m still feeling pretty good here near the midnight hour. But of course I better feel good, because I have to get “It is What it Isn’t”, today’s song up. Thanks for listening!
Looking forward to my gig tonight. We’re not playing as much this year which is good and bad. It definitely makes it more intense when we finally get together. The NBA Playoffs, my favorite time of year is also starting today. I’m surprised I didn’t write a song about that.
Today’s song sprang from a conversation I had with a new author friend this morning. I haven’t done one of these spiritual type songs in a while. I guess I was due.
My brother came up to work on my house today so we streamed the new Slayer album off of myspace. It’s awesome! They just keep getting better. Anyway, I actually wrote this song while listening to Slayer, my brother hammering and during website project I was trying to finish.
It kind of just leaked between the cracks. I haven’t done a metal-ish song lately, so I was definitely due.
I started to go rent an aerator and buy fertilizer to get my yard going the right way this year. But I got some sage advice from a lawn guy who made me realize that that would mean much more mowing and maintenance. Don’t get me wrong, I actually love yard work and my back yard is a 16 hole chipping course complete with elevated greens, fairways and rough. I’m pleased to say that I do everything gas-free once again. No gas will be consumed in the mowing of my yard this year.
Anyway, I guess that’s where “Mow Mow Mow the Grass” came from. I actually wrote the catch phrase on the recycling route the other day while I was watching people mow yards all day.
Three or four days a week I drive up and down the mountain about a hundred and ten miles. I usually listen to a book on CD. Mostly biographies, but I’ve listened to every biography in the Buncombe Co. Public Library system so now I’m unfortunately into fiction. Currently I’m listening to the 26 disc Anna Karenin, book I’ve already read in my college days.
Anyway, today’s song “Favorite Song for the Moment” is about driving and getting lost listening to music (not a book on Cd). Sometime’s, even when you’re feeling really bad, a song will come on the radio and make everything okay, at least for a little while. That’s what this song is about.
Do you have that friend that remember’s every thing that you have ever done. Well I have a few and I’m really grateful for them. They’re always recounting tales of the olden days that I don’t have any recollection of whatsoever.
As soon as they bring it up it all comes flooding back in and I try to make note of it for future reference (which typically proves to be futile).
That’s the basis of “Always Remember to Always Remember”. This is dedicated to John Crowe, Rob Sankey and all my other friends that remember every day of their life. Cheers to you.
It must be time to get funky again because that’s what I’m doing. It’s so funny when I started doing the song a day thing, I envisioned recording a lot of acoustic songs because it is so much easier and faster to record. But in general, I have produced full band 16 to 24 track songs instead. I’m addicted to hearing a song develop with the extra instruments.
I rarely listen to any of the takes I do, so that when I hear the final thing, it’s like I’m hearing it for the first time.
Today’s funky song reminds me of a groove that my buddy Will Clay in Rabun, Georgia used to kick with his band Field Trip. The lyrics of the song are random ‘party lyrics’ that are based on my current habit of putting Louisiana Hot Sauce on everything (including sweet potatoes). What can I say I’m gourmet all the way. Thanks for listening!!!
Success!! I’ve now finished all of the rhythm guitar for the Chris Cates & the Master Plan “Follow the Feeling” album. It’s been tough working it in with the song a day thing and my other projects. It’s kind of wierd spending lots of time on a song, like I need to do with the Master Plan album, after doing these one a days as fast as I can. That album is for the big market so it has to be perfect. These songs can be a little loose and can also be any sound I want.
I’ve fallen in love with this way of writing and recording because I’m not held back by normal conventions.
Anyway, “Geometrically in Perfect Touch” let me play a little bit of the Euro beat on the drums and it turned out to sound a little bit like The Sea and Cake, a band I really like a lot. The words build on a parallel between love and mathematics (a subject through school I didn’t pay much attention to).
This song is one of my favorites that I’ve ever done. Thanks for listening!!
What a day. I worked on a hilarious rap song for a new cartoon that’s going to be on Fox. My Damn! Show friends are the one’s doing the show and they ask me for some music every now and then, usually when it involves rap beats. I actually got to rap the lyrics today for the demo so that their actor can get an idea.
That’s what inspired “Glass Pack Mufflers”. I’m kind of half rapping this. My rap voice is not my forte which is why I generally refrain from it.
The chorus makes up for my raps because it is the old school funky jam. I got my drums set back up so I figured I better make with the funk. Adair lent some vocals to the mix as well.
The lyrics are about speed demons with loud mufflers and a proclivity to be the annoying guy at the light . I can make fun because I used to be a little like them in my younger days. I’m a gas conserver now because I drive a lot.
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.