Sometimes we forget how we used to be. I’ve always been an undying eternal romantic which has definitely helped with my music writing since about 65% of my songs are usually ‘love’ oriented. This is a song I made last year to help me remember that. Thanks for listening!
We had a great show down in Georgia last night. It was on the lake and it was beautiful. Once again my song “Crazy or Crazy in Love” from this blog project was the biggest hit. I’m pretty excited about the second half of the year. I guess I feel that since I’ve gotten this far, I may as well use some of the things I’ve learned about myself and my commitment to making music.
Anyway, “I Never Do That” came from something I heard someone say tonight as I was out scoping conversations for song tidbits. This is one of those songs that shows you don’t have to have a lot of different words to create a song.
More and more I listen to early Bob Marley (before the British producers) and I also listen to Toots and the Maytals. That’s good stuff. In no way does that give me a reggae pedigree. I’ve listened to it for 20 years but I know you’ve got to live it to really live it. I’ve written a fair amount of reggae tunes over the years, probably the best of which is “U Don’t Believe my Traction” my ‘Risky Biscuits’ album. That still is one of our favorite tunes to play live.
“Skankin’ Ain’t Easy” is a little more laid back however. The only way skankin’ should be.
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!
My third song catching up today. This song comes from a line a wrote down a while back. I keep a running file of random lines to choose from if I want some extra help getting a song started. Right now, my random lines file is nine pages long. I’ve gotten really good at listening to what people are saying and pulling some gems out of every day conversation. Late night TV is also good for quotes too, sometimes.
Thanks for listening. I hope you like “This Might Tickle Just a Little”.
Ah the beautiful snow again. Today it poured snow but the roads never really got that bad.
I basically stayed wet recycling but had a pretty good time doing it. Singleton and I also got in a much needed practice. We’re trying to pull off our new album live a little better. It seemed a little easier when we first recorded it.
“The Sky for Sale” is about our wonderful American consumerism. I’m shopping for several things right now, so I guess I have shopping on my mind.
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.