Windy again and once again the curbside recycler’s nightmare. I was chasing papers all over the street in front of the Waldensian Bakery in Valdese today. But you do what you have to do, the business is slowly growing and that’s always great to see. Check out SimplyGreenRecycling.com if you haven’t already.
Today’s song is one of my uplifting motivational type songs. My wife and I have a lot of irons in the fire and we’ve been both waiting to get over that next hump for quite a while. But we both now realize that we also have to enjoy where we are.
That’s kind of what “Something’s on the way” is about.
My gig down the mountain got canceled last night so I spent a late night in the studio writing and recording. I haven’t done that in a while. I did manage to write and record guitar and bass parts for seven new songs. I’m trying to get ahead before my crazy work (and gig) week next week.
So now, I’ve got a bunch of songs to put words to, which is a great luxury to have. “Dreaming Through the Zig Zags” is by no means the best of the bunch from last night musically. It’s just the first one that came up when I sat down to write tonight.
It turned out pretty spacey with a lot of atmospheric delay on the vocals. I need to experiment as much as possible seeing as how I’ve got 300+ songs left to record this year.
The words are kind of a little motivational speech I’m telling myself to hang in there and keep dreaming big. Even if I am doing hard labor for a living.
Thanks for listening!! Hear “Dreaming Through the Zig Zags” below.
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!!
Playing catch up once again with the songs. Busy week recycling in Morganton while entertaining company (and myself) from out of town in Asheville every night.
We went out and caught some great jazz down town at Mo Daddy’s. There’s a lot of good players in Asheville and any selection from ‘Kind of Blue’ is always transcendent to see live.
Anyway, today’s song is probably inspired by my hurting body. I worked a lot faster than usual this week so that I could get home faster and I’m a bit sore for it. That and lack of sleep directly lent to my foul mood the last few days, so today I am trying to work it all out and get back to feeling good. My wife Adair has a blog based on feeling good every day you should check out if you haven’t. followthefeeling.wordpress.com/
So basically “A Little Extra Love Today” is that I’m feeling like I’m needing a little extra today as I record guitar parts for another 6 or 8 hours.
I took it back to that old school slow funk jam on this one. I am absolutely loving playing drums every day, even though it’s just for five minutes. My drum parts are finally getting done in one take. They’re not perfect, but I can’t really be perfect in my recordings for this format; because I have to squeeze the song in each day on top all of my normal life.
I’m a country boy but I love the big city vibe. Places like Vegas, or Chicago or New York are great just because there is lots of people and energy. And house music. A good beat keeps everybody happy and it’s not used in that way enough. I guess that’s what “Country Boy Funk in the City” is about.
I’m also kind of giving my own song “Country Funk” a shout out. If you haven’t heard “Country Funk” (featuring my old friend P-Noid) Search: Parakeet Nelson “Risky Biscuits” and give it a spin. It’s also pretty funky.
Over a foot of nice fluffy snow and a whole weekend to be snowed in. It’s nice to look out of the studio window and see it hanging from all of the trees outside. And I think it gave me a good photo to use as the album cover for January’s songs.
I will be putting out a cd every month with all of the songs. Look for the first one in about three weeks. I can’t believe it’s been 29 days already.
Anyway I wrote and recorded music to four songs today and so far have managed to put words to just this one.I’m also doing the guitar parts for our “Follow the Feeling” album too, so I’ve been switching back in forth between the two.
“Driving in two Directions” is kind of an analogy comparing driving to healthy relationships. The character in the song seems to always drive but never actually get there. I coaxed Adair into playing the keyboard parts on this one too. Thanks for listening!!
I got up fairly early and worked on other stuff and then I wrote this right before lunch and then recorded it after the Patriots started getting completely romped.
“The Sweetest Thing is Everything” started with a few old words about inspiration and ended up like it ended up. I finally got to put some of my favorite french horns into one of these new songs (Burt Bacharach style)!
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.