One of my favorite time’s in history. When Jeramy Lamanno and I were doing lots of recording and writing our first few years in college ( the original Mealtime Brown ). We were very inspired by the non-sensical at this point. That’ Jeramy on the harmonica. Maybe the only time he has ever played one on tape!
I’ve collected all of these random 70’s self-help and psychology books much to Adair’s annoyment (that’s not a real word). They’re all over the basement and in obscure sections of my studio. On my piano for instance, someone has lined them up like a bookshelf. I’m all for alternative placement of objects so I’ve left them there (even while recording). And as I’ve anticipated, they’ve been a great source for song material. That’s where today’s song comes from, I sat down at the piano and wrote this (pen to paper) while looking at the titles of the random books on the piano. Obviously the book “Looking Out for Number One” by Robert Ringer was in the mix. The song’s actually pretty good.
A welcome day of rest after a killer recycling week. Luckily studio work doesn’t take a huge amount of physical energy. My new mower is already on the fritz, so I don’t have the tremendous urge to mow with “Mow Mow Mow the Grass” (my song from April 11th) playing my head constantly.
“What a beautiful Feeling” turned out to sound a little motown-y. I’ve been writing on the piano this week, it seems to be where the songs are popping out of.
I’m starting out the month of April rocking it out on the piano. This is a song I’ve messed with for a while but never sat down and finished it. Today, on the first day of a new month, I felt like getting it done and putting it out for posterity.
I love that about this song a day thing, I get to finish a few old scores with songs (no pun intended) and actually put them to bed and of my brain space. Believe me, I need as much brain space as I can get.
This song started back in my rap producer days. As you can see instead of rapping them I turned it around completely and played and sang solo on the piano. Thanks for listening!
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.
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.