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.
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!
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.
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”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.