Tag Archives: North Carolina

April 28th “Spirit in Human Form”

I was feeling a bit rough today after staying up to watch the Lakers then getting up at 5.   We had to pick up recycling from 220 houses in Hildebran which didn’t help my situation much, but alas I persevered and made it through another work week once again.

I haven’t done a spiritual type song in a while, the idea comes from a quote that Wayne Dyer says a lot “we are spiritual beings living in human form.

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April 20th “It is What it Isn’t”

I saw a ‘Git R Done’ sticker on a truck today and totally related to it.   I left Asheville at 6am and got home at 8:30pm, but I got r done.   I hit a hundred and nine houses with the recycling truck in Morganton and then hit  a bunch of businesses to get a jump start on tomorrow.   Amazingly I’m still feeling pretty good here near the midnight hour.    But of course I better feel good, because I have to get “It is What it Isn’t”, today’s song up.   Thanks for listening!

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April 16th “To the Center of the World”

My brother came up to work on my house today so we streamed the new Slayer album off of myspace.  It’s awesome!   They just keep getting better.    Anyway, I actually wrote this song while listening to Slayer, my brother hammering and during website project I was trying to finish.

It kind of just leaked between the cracks.   I haven’t done a metal-ish song lately, so I was definitely due.

Thanks for listening!

April 15th “Love Taco Supreme”

I’m gradually working on this site as I get a little more free time.    Being able to listen to the songs here is much better.   Anyway, it’s been nice to be at home, not traveling and being productive.   I had a really good time writing and recording this one today.

This is one that just kind of flowed out.   The punch line is “Love reigns supreme,  It’s just that humans don’t believe it yet”

Thanks for listening!!

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April 6 “You Know You’re Gonna Do it”

An eventful uneventful day today.   I took the puppy (Mozart) with me on my 110 mile commute which was a first.  He hasn’t hit the recycling route yet, but hopefully someday.

I’m loving these Spring afternoons.   I’m recording with the door open all the time.  I just cut the mic down low and none of that noise even comes in.  Kind of like the way I recorded every song this winter with the heater blasting in the background.   Horray for Pro Tools.

Today’s is another one that just flowed out.  I wrote all the words to nothing but a click track running at 128 Bpms.  Then grabbed the guitar and changed them to 144 Bpms and we were off and running.

“You Know You’re Gonna Do it” is about how everybody pretty much makes up their mind about something the first second that the situation arises.  Trust your intuition, it’ll save you a lot of headache in the end.

Thanks for listening!!

Read the lyrics  @  chriscates.com/april6.html

March 29 “If She Was Mine”

The work week is going once again and once again I’m pretty sore.  This week I’ve decided that I’m going to starting getting up earlier (around 4:30 am) to work on these songs.   Once I travel out of town to do recycling, it puts me behind every week.  So far I haven’t worked my way all the way down to 4:30 but I’m working on it.   I’ve got to make myself go to bed earlier for one thing.

Today’s song comes from an old song of mine that I’ve rewritten.  For some reason this song was on my mind.  It touches on saving someone from depression and suicide.    Kind of depressing stuff in it’s own right, I guess they all can’t be happy songs.

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Barbeque Rules this Town. March 23

I can’t believe this is the first song I’ve written about barbeque since I’ve been doing this song a day thing (or anytime for that matter).    On my recycling route and generally driving everywhere in the South, you see a barbeque place every few miles.     When I lived in Athens, Georgia I was quite the connoisseur, that is until I got debilitating ulcers.   But I’m over that now and eat BBQ a few times month and I’ve tasted hundreds of different kinds, even what they call BBQ in remote places like Germany and Amsterdam.

After all my travels,  Hursey’s BBQ in Morganton is still my favorite.   I used to convince Amy to eat there every day when I worked at Schoenen Pool and Spa about twelve years ago.  That’s what I thought of when I wrote this song.

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March 21 “Working on Working it Out”

Back on the grind.   5:30am came a little early this morning.  I’m the type that can’t make myself go to bed early, so calling it a night at 10:30pm is really a huge undertaking for me.

Especially when I have countless things to do in the studio and a work week looming that’s basically keeping me away from home until Saturday.   That’s my sob story for the night.

It snowed in Asheville today for a few hours and I laughed at Spring which is supposed to be around the corner.  Then I went and bought a new cordless mower.   I guess Spring is around the corner.

“Working on Working it Out” came from something I said in a conversation with Chris Singleton today.  It features my new keyboard once again.

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March 18 “Six Second Delay”

I had a good time recording some friends of mine today.   Wicked Addiction, a heavy metal band out of Hickory also features my bass player Chris Singleton on drums.   He rocks it too.   It was fun wearing my engineer hat again for the weekend.

Somehow I managed to get up early and write this one.   I just got a new analog synthesizer for Chris Cates & the Master Plan live performances and I got to use it on this.   I’m now going to be doing synth solos live along with the harmonica and guitar solos.   For you techies, I got a Akai  MINIAK and I’m liking it so far.

“Six Second Delay” is my Coldplay inspired song for the month.   It’s got surreal imagery about the vagueness of life.

Read the lyrics @ chriscates.com/march18.html

March 16 “Foolin’ Around”

What can I say,  I guess I was in a silly mood this morning when I wrote this.

I’ve been shopping for mini keyboards online and was looking at demos of different one’s on YouTube.   They all tend to be called  ‘Fooling around on the..”.   I guess that’s the trend for demoing keyboards.

That’s where  I started the song from and then it slowly degenerated from there.

Thanks for listening!!    Click the play icon below to hear “Foolin’ Around”

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