Maybe it’s the immense yard project I’ve taken up (a 700 foot wooden fence) but I’m feeling kind of funky today. This one didn’t turn out as good as it started. I did another Minute Men sounding tune last week if I’m not mistaken. Maybe I need to break out some old fireHose and Minute Men re-appreciate Mike Watt, one of the greatest bassists ever.
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!
Today I got inspired to go back and do some beats like I used to do down in Georgia for the different rap crews I worked with. Believe it or not I was an integral part of the rap music scene in the Athens/Atlanta area for several year. You can even read an article published about me and my rap game in a magazine article archived at chriscates.com.
I miss working with talented folks like Kenya Bloodsaw, Patrick Mattox, Rico Davenport, Ceasar Hudson, Eugene Willis and all the other folks. Maybe this is a funky tribute to them.
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Well back to the heavy metal comedy songs again I guess. As soon as I heard this riff with the drums and the synth I thought “I try to be a gangsta but I’m a heavy metal nice guy”.
That’s how it was born. I speak from experience on this one as well. I used to be a heavy metal guy through my teens and even had hair down to my waist for a while. However, my tastes for music have always been all over the place. Which led me to be a rap producer in Athens, Georgia for about five years.
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.