April is already almost gone. This year is going quick. I can honestly say I’ve utilized every second of every day this year. That’s one cool thing about doing this song a day thing, I really get the best out of every second whether it be working, writing, hanging with Adair, recording, driving etc.
At this point I am feeling pretty level and good, that’s quite an accomplishment. That’s kind of what “Fine Line Between Life and Dreams” is about.
I got the quote that started today’s song from a great book I’m recording editing for author Kathy Godfrey called F’d. It’s really good. She’s got a lot of great phrasing in it and “Seven Ways from Sunday” is one that popped out at me.
I love to revert back to my major jazz chords to write. I guess that’s my signature songwriting move (aside from trying to be funny). Thanks for listening!!
I’ve been accused a few times about not being able to make a decision.. Mostly when it comes to which restaurant to go to, but there have been several times in my life where I honestly couldn’t decide which way to go. and I usually chose the wrong way. That’s kind of what this song is about. You can get in the habit of making bad decisions. You really can. But the good news is, you can also get in the habit of making the right decisions. Thanks for listening!
I’ve been listening to Einstein’s biography driving up and down the mountain for the last few weeks. With all the relativity stuff I have to listen to the same cds over a few times to try to comprehend it. And not being a physicist, I still don’t comprehend it.
But I can write a song about it! Thanks for listening!
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.
Today started off a little shaky after staying up late watching Duke win it while mixing Metal songs for some friends of mine. But I made it through a hot day recycling. The first day I wore shorts. They’re already asking when I’m breaking out the work sandals. I said “Very soon”, “very soon”.
“The Simple Idea of Love” seemed to flow out of me tonight. I think this song might turn out to be pretty good. I might come back and add a keyboard when I get a chance.
Thanks for listening!! Click below to hear “The Simple Idea of Love”.
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.
My first full day to do things in the studio for more than a week. I spent the morning recording a song in Garage Band for a contest for City Mac and 98.1 The River, a damn fine radio station I might add. Garage Band is an interesting program. I’ve still never seen a sampling program as good as the old ACID program for PC. That’s what I used to sample with way back in 1999.
Anyway, today’s tune is called “Clean Living with a Few Dirty Thoughts”, once again inspired by “The Tao of Willie” that I’m listening to.
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.
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.