I listened to Manu Chao last week on our trip to the mid-west and remembered how great his music is. He does a lot with drums and percussion without playing them in the traditional way. That’s what I had in mind with this song. I actually started with the drums and then wrote the music and words.
Also today is my parents 50th Wedding Anniversary!
I guess this is instrumental week because I don’t seem to have time for anything else. Not only did I put in my normal eleven hour day with a two hour commute, I also got to be car salesman as I try to sell my old Volvo wagon. That said, I really like this song!
I’ve had a lot of interesting experiences playing music over the years. It gets a little late and amped up dudes get a little tanked and start telling you anything. Mostly, their supreme connection to a guy they know that hangs with Jay Z’s god-daughter. I’ve heard it all and it’s all pretty funny. Sad but funny.
That might be what today’s song is about. Thanks for listening!
One summer in my teens, my friends and I lived in this old house out the country and had a blast. I had a studio set up with the same drums I’m still playing here today. I wrote tons of songs about the wonders we had around us and all of our shanigans. I always used to play this chorus back then but I never wrote a song to it. Until today. This transports me back to 1993. We were always waiting on Kelly to get back so we could go to the river.
Another scortcher working outside on the recycling truck today but we made it through and that part of the work week is over. Now it’s gigging time, three shows this weekend in three different places (2 states). Today’s song is just what popped out when I sat down to write today. I just started the song and it flowed right out. I’ve been trying to write with the mandolin more. Thanks for listening!
I just finished an audio book called “Rasputin’s Daughter” that was pretty good. I’ve always been intrigued with Rasputin and his roll in taking down the Romanov dynasty. My favorite class in college was ‘Russian Culture through Film’ which featured a great Russian movie about Rasputin.
This song is kind of about the rumors surrounding his family. His daughter did move to LA and become a Lion tamer and she was mauled by a bear eventually. Kind of a morbid subject, but I put a little light twist on the chorus.
We’re playing at an apartment complex grand opening tomorrow (rain pending). It didn’t rain for years and all of a sudden last year we got rained out of gigs several times. And once, at a wedding, we set up our big PA and then got drenched. The entire system, subs, mains, monitors, etc. got totally soaked. Jason had to air it out in my parents garage for a week before we could turn it on. Luckily, I had another small PA in my car.
I’m endeavoring to have sunny weather for all of the Chris Cates & the Master Plan outdoor gigs this year.
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.