Our show at Pinehurst last night turned out to be a blast. We had some issues getting there and getting home but we made it safe and sound at least. Playing wedding gigs is always a lot of fun because it’s such a joyous occasion. I played mandolin on about ten songs which I haven’t done in years. Pinewild Country Club looked pretty nice and I’ve heard that it’s a good track as well.
Today’s song is based on an old song I wrote when I was a governer’s page in Raleigh one week back in high school. I remember spending most of my time reading Frank Zappa’s autobiography.
Big week on the recycling boat once again. But it’s over now and I’m heading to a golf tournament in Georgia. I have barely played this year so I’m mainly going to have fun and to play some music with an old friend of mine. I must admit, tonight’s came pretty fast and I recorded it as quickly.
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).
Today’s my birthday and it’s funny how things like facebook connects you with so many people on that day. I actually didn’t even check it until late tonight and was amazed at how many people wished me happy birthday. And looking through them you actually connect with the people who sent it to you (even it you don’t respond).
That’s what inspired me to do a birthday themed song. Actually, I’m not one to care much about my birthday. It’s not something I overwhelmingly want to celebrate. Anyway, thanks for listening!
A lovely Sunday in the studio with lots of great sports to watch. I love to have four different things going at once while I work. I will literally be watching basketball on one TV, golf on another TV, be recording on pro tools, listening to iTunes, surfing the internet, writing a song on guitar and a song on keyboard and writing lyrics, while designing websites. For some reason I work a lot better when my work involves eight things at once.
Kind of like how I listen to a book on CD on my iPhone everyday while listening to music at the same time.
I don’t know how this song popped up today. I guess I was thinking about Vegas. I love it there and I don’t gamble, I’ve tried to get Adair to move there but she’s not convinced.
And like the song, we did get married in Vegas and it was the best. It could not have been better. This song’s not about our experience exactly it’s talking about in more general poetic terms. Songwriter stuff, I guess. Anyway, real estate is super cheap in Vegas. Invest and let me know.
A welcome day of rest after a killer recycling week. Luckily studio work doesn’t take a huge amount of physical energy. My new mower is already on the fritz, so I don’t have the tremendous urge to mow with “Mow Mow Mow the Grass” (my song from April 11th) playing my head constantly.
“What a beautiful Feeling” turned out to sound a little motown-y. I’ve been writing on the piano this week, it seems to be where the songs are popping out of.
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.