This was the first song I ever wrote with open chords on the guitar and it was probably my most popular song (at least with the ladies) in high school. That is until I wrote “Flannel Dreams” a year or so later. After listening back and mastering this album, this song seems so out of place with all the other hard driving funky numbers we played. That’s been the story of my career, I love to play ballads like this but I equally love to rock and get funky.
The video was recorded by Joe Long at Comma in Morganton, NC around February in 1990 and is highlighted by Jason Peeler hunched over the keys making it happen (he was a guitar player at that point before switching to bass and then ultimately landing on drums on which he still performs with me to this day). Greg Beaver is always great on bass and of course Jeramy Lamanno (aka Hiro Noodles) is a legend in his own right. I’m still learning to play guitar and sing at this point so bear with me.
What a week. I’m finally back home after an entire week out of town. Needless to say today is catch up day on the song a day project. I’ve actually had them written and some partially recorded, so I should be posting three more songs today.
This week is worth noting I guess (since this blog thing is supposed to be somewhat personal). I started out with three heavy days recycling in Morganton (55 miles away), then after work Wednesday, my band performed at a grand opening for Audubon Place apartment complex in Arden, Thursday night we performed on the Morganton square for the Young Professionals then went across town and guest hosted at Momma Sarah’s a new venue, Friday I played in a golf tournament with my brother (shot 65 2-man captions choice) then played a show at Yianni’s, Saturday we teed off early at Quaker Meadows (shot 66 2-man best ball) and lost by a stroke, I then went to Mimosa Hills Golf course and performed for their Member Guest, finished and ran out of there to step on stage 15 minutes later at Momma Sarah’s for a 4 hour Chris Cates & the Master Plan show. It was a lot of fun actually and besides a few yelled profanities at Quaker, I had a pretty good week.
“Some of that Something Something” is another funky one. I seem to be trending that way lately.
I’m playing in a golf tournament starting today in Clayton, Georgia, so I figured it was time to do another golf song. “Texas Wedge” has been brewing for a while. When I play in the dogfight at Quaker Meadows Golf Course, I always witness lots of Texas Wedging both by my teammates and myself. It’s the kind of course where you can do that which is always an adjustment for me since I predominately play “mountain golf”.
For non-golfers, ‘Texas Wedge’ is what you call your putter when you putt from off the green instead of chipping it. I’ve known some masters of the Texas Wedge (and still do). Some folks can putt from thirty yards away and have a good chance of making it. Thanks for listening!
It’s funny when I’m at home in Asheville or even going out up here, I eat ultra healthy. Everything organic, mostly salads, moderate meat and wheat. But when I’m on the recycling path working in Morganton, I basically eat fast food at least once a day. I try to limit myself to one burger a week but that usually turns into at least two. Not to mention all of the other $1 items there is these days. I’ve gotten so brainwashed into thinking everything should be a dollar that I get mad when lunch is more than $3.
The dollar menu is one of the greatest economic mutations of the down turn the last few years.
Anyway, that’s kind of what “Value Meal Sonata” is about and it’s zero calories!
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!
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”
Today is my brother Bryan’s birthday! We celebrated by recycling a few thousand pounds of curbside goodies.
My music flow is going a little better this week. I seem to be able to create exactly when I need to which is nice. I felt like it was a struggle a week or so ago. I think it has a lot to do with getting proper sleep.
Today’s song is just another random act of wordplay. Once again it just popped out when I sat down to write today. Thanks for listening!
I can’t believe this is the first song I’ve written about barbeque since I’ve been doing this song a day thing (or anytime for that matter). On my recycling route and generally driving everywhere in the South, you see a barbeque place every few miles. When I lived in Athens, Georgia I was quite the connoisseur, that is until I got debilitating ulcers. But I’m over that now and eat BBQ a few times month and I’ve tasted hundreds of different kinds, even what they call BBQ in remote places like Germany and Amsterdam.
After all my travels, Hursey’s BBQ in Morganton is still my favorite. I used to convince Amy to eat there every day when I worked at Schoenen Pool and Spa about twelve years ago. That’s what I thought of when I wrote this song.
A rainy day in the studio recording and mixing Wicked Addiction. We finished the tracking, I just need to put a final mix on it.
As for my songs, I managed to write this one right as my time for the night is winding down. I’ve got a long week ahead and need to rest up tonight because it may be my only chance.
“As the Earth Spirals Around” was started from some of my old words that I’ve put into my ‘random lines’ section in my computer. As I’ve mentioned, I was very prolific as a youth and can sometimes get some good stuff from my old writing.
Ah the joys of taking on a project like this. I’m still a song behind and to avoid going two down, I stayed up late writing and recording a song last night. Then I got up early this morning to write and record one before I leave Asheville to work for a few days in a row out of town.
Luckily I seem to be just as creative at 7am as I am at 7pm. Actually maybe more so, although I’m not as energetic as you can imagine.
Now I’ve got to decide, do I start another song to get ahead tomorrow or do I try to get a last minute appointment with my chiropractor.
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.