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Feb 6 “History of Deviant Behavior”

This character in this song reminds me of a lot of folks in my teenage years.  Not me of course.    For some reason all guys have to go through a time period where tearing things up is cool.  Getting away with it was always a plus.

That’s what “History of Deviant Behavior” is about.  That kid you see walking down your block that you know doesn’t have the best intentions in mind.  Maybe this song stems from the kid that threw a snowball at our house the other night and ran up the street.

The music has a little bit of a Curtis Mayfield vibe.        Thanks for listening!!

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Jan 26 “Chalk it Up to Acting Like a Fool”

This song is starting to grow on me a bit.    It’s about remembering old times of acting crazy growing up.

Maybe recycling in my old Oak Hill Bulldog territory brought this one out of me today.  Congratulations to my classmate Leon Johnson for his Burke County Hall of Fame honors in a few weeks.  He killed it at Carolina and was a great pro too.   With the Jets was my favorite part of his NFL career.

Anyway, “Chalk it Up to Acting Like a Fool” can be put into any adolescent context you want (or any adult for that matter).  It’s about how we always thought we were indestructible too, which led to lots of air time for our respective vehicles and landings that as long as you kept a firm grip on the wheel, you could land it with minimal damage to adjacent shrubbery.    Frank Zappa cassette intact.       Thanks for listening!!

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Jan 17th “Pep Talk”

I went old school today and actually wrote in an old notebook of mine instead of on the computer.  What a trip to put pen to pad without actually touching my iPhone.

I found one of my little old carry arounds and as I sat down at the piano to write tonight a seperate page fell out.

Part of it turned into “Pep Talk”, I was feeling the key of F all day and the words seemed rather Key of F-like.  The song reminds me of all the old piano stuff I used to do and have gotten away from.  It’s awesome to be frequently writing again, even after working all day.

Thanks for listening!

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Jan 12th “Tecmo Sol”

I decided to go back to the one rave party I went to at school at App. State with this track.

We were a little out of place with our Eddie Vedder flannel but then again at that point in pop culture, who wasn’t out of place?

This one’s called “Tecmo Sol” a play on words for the immortal ‘Tecmo Bowl’.

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Jan 11 “Dumpster Diving”

Leave it to the recycling to bring out the absurd in my lyrics.    I thought about dumpster diving today as I was digging in some of the big recycling totes at Morganton Trading Co.

I guess that spurred this song because I distinctly remember thinking ‘they should put dumpster diving in the olympics’.

I love the words to the chorus “all forms of love are accepted here”.

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Jan 8th “Sleeping Sweetly”

Today has been a great day spent recovering from my work week and catching up on my studio work before my gig tonight back down the mountain.

Today’s song, “Sleeping Sweetly” was inspired this ultra chilly weather we’re having a how good it is to be in bed late at night under the covers with your loved ones and animals.

It’s an acoustic number, pretty simply recorded.  I hope you enjoy it!

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Jan. 7 “Bad Liver Good Liver”

I’m still running behind but I did write this yesterday.  I didn’t get around to recording it until this morning.  It took about an hour to record which  is still a little longer than I would like to take but my drums are getting a lot better already.

I’ve played and recorded drums five times this week which is five times more than I played them all last year.  This blog is definitely going to get my off instruments more tight.

“Good Liver” comes from something I misread on a medical flyer while recycling the other day.  It turned into a funny song with a tragic message about that friend of yours who loves to party.

I finally broke out the distortion pedal on this one.

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Jan. 6th “Love Your Girl”

Well, this is my first late post.  After an exciting day recycling in the big city of Hildebran and a near death experience, I got home late.   Which left me only a little time to hang out with Adair before I left for my bi-annual poker game with my golfing buddies.    Long story short, I should have stay home and saved the money.  Oh well, I had a good time though.

I got home a little after midnight and started working on a tune but after getting up at 5:30am that morning I didn’t get something recorded before I started to crash.

Anyway, this is what came from those efforts last night and my efforts (and choppy drumming) from this morning.

It’s called “Love Your Girl” and it’s a story song about not forgetting to remember that sweet love in your life.

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Jan. 5th “Financial Planning for Dogs

This song stems from hourly listens to NPR all day.

I started a different song but this insane ‘avant gangsta garde’ piece just popped out.  I guess working in the cold will pull that right out of ya.

I had just thought of ‘Financial Planning for Dogs’ after misreading a yahoo ad.   Then shortly thereafter, Adair and I started talking about giving dogs loans.   Hilarious interjection ensued as you can imagine.

That’s where the tag line “Don’t give that dog a bone, give that dog a loan” came from.

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Read the lyrics @ chriscates.com/jan5.html

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Jan 1st “2010″

This is my ambitious blog experiment for 2010.

In 2010, starting today, Jan. 1st, I am going to write a song each day and post it here and write about the experience in this popular “blog” format which I am still weary of with my Gen X DNA.

My criteria will be

1.  The song has to be around a minute long minimum

2. It has to be from good effort (I can’t phone it in,  however, I can record it on my iPhone)

3.With lyrics is a plus but I can contribute instrumentals  (I do love my Triton keyboard)

4. I can collaborate (making music is fun with other folks )

So here it goes.  Today I decided to write a cheesy feel good anthem about getting things kick started for 2010.   I’m very optimistic about this year and this song is a little pep talk.

WordPress is not making it easy to upgrade their services to play mp3’s,  so I will have to redirect to my main website to play the song.    In the future I hope to be displaying the mp3’s for people to upload free directly from this blog.


Read the lyrics @ chriscates.com/jan1.html