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 can’t believe this is what came out today after an intense work day and the two hour commute. I even thought I was getting the flu this afternoon and by the time I sat down in front of the computer to start the song for the day I was not feeling real energetic.
I resisted the urge to go lay down which may have been for the night and grabbed the bass and started the song. I still don’t have my amp so I’m having to do things a little differently, luckily I like different. Now I’m feeling better but I am definitely ready for bed and was hoping to have come back out to the studio to finish the vocals way earlier.
I did manage to recruit Adair, PJ’s, Snuggie and all to come lend me some old school motown sounding backing vocals.
I’ve really been digging the dance stuff I’ve been doing so I continued that trend.
Big day on the recycling boat today and a trip to the dentist to boot. Dad and I had a good time stuffing cardboard into every crevasse of the truck.
Today’s song is the first thing that popped out when I sat down in the studio today. I broke my good acoustic back out after confining it to a dark place to get some moisture back in it’s wood.
“Daytime Worker” is also the first blues style song I’ve done in this endeavor. I’ve purposely not written much blues for this because it can be perceived as the easy way out. Mainly, however, I prefer to jump around musical genres to keep things interesting.
You never know, like the song says “one of these days, I’m gonna be an overnight sensation”.
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.
Today is a joyous day, Jason Peeler came up and finished all of the drums on our new album “Follow the Feeling”. Now I’ve just got to do my work on guitars, vocals and keyboards and get Chris Singleton and John Kell here to do their parts and we’ll have it done.
Hopefully we can release it by March!
Today’s song takes me back to my elementary school days at Forest Hill. I still think about playing outside and down in the woods. I think I did actually marry a lucky girl in the 2nd grade, luckily we signed a pre-nup.
Our first day with a decent temperature in a while was quite a treat. My college buddy Rob from Chicago just got to town and my other college buddy and Morganton friend Plemplum came to town for the afternoon reunion. We played an awesome 9 holes at Asheville Municipal Golf Course and then had some sushi with a few more good friends.
Then I retired to the studio around 10pm to write and record this song while my friends walked to Chili’s to watch the end of the Carolina game (debacle).
They got home just in time to add some color to the background of tonight’s song. They definitely had a great time doing it and it shows.
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.