Easily one of the most powerful and emotional songs I’ve ever recorded, the fourth song on the album is a co-write with my good friend Jefferson Taffet (check out his albums by searching Lionz). We’ve collaborated before on a song called “Give it Up” available on the Stranger Things Have Happened CD.
He originally recorded this song in my studio in Athens about fifteen years ago and I always loved it. Even though it’s a drastic departure from the rest of the album, I felt compelled to get it out into the world.
Moonlight Madness is just me on guitar, vocals, strings and my signature french horn. I tried to keep it as stark and simple as possible to highlight the love and desperation of the great lyrics.
“Will you hold me up, and never let me slump, give me two good shoes, we’ve got some walking to do”
Below is a picture of the skyline and moon at Atlantic Station where I recorded it.
I’m in merry England this week traveling through the country side looking at sheep and cows. It’s nice to get a way from the hectic pace of Atlanta living. It made me think of this song from my album of the same name. Thanks for listening!
They were talking about cosmic rays on NPR this morning and it reminded me of this song from my “Getaway Plans” album. At one time this song was called ‘Melody Juice’ before it finally made it on a record. Wait for the harmonica solo in the middle. Thanks for listening!
This is a sad break up song I did a few years back but never put on an album. It was on the sparsely release ep ‘…sneak preview’ but it got formatted out of the next album because it was acoustic. It was one of the first songs I recorded when I moved to Asheville. Thanks for listening!
I heard a popular quote the other day that basically said ‘get your heart-broken at 15 and you’ll have something to write songs about the rest of your life’. A good break up song is always compelling for some reason. I guess it’s the same thing as watching sad movies. Well prepare to be sad, that’s where this one is coming from. No reflection of myself personally, I’m as happy as I’ve been in quite a while. Thanks for listening!
It’s getting a little tougher now. I got up this morning around 6 drove the 50 miles to Morganton and picked up recycling for around 85 places with Dad. It was 17 degrees this morning but it really didn’t seem to bad. I think I have more trouble when the temperatures are in the 40’s than the teens.
It must be those four years I spent in Boone.
Today’s song reflects nothing of what I have experienced today, it’s just what came out between 6:30 and 7:00pm, my alloted time to write tonight. I’m still sticking with my ‘first thought best thought stategy’.
“Soul Bread” is a story song that’s a bit tragic and a bit humorous with a little secret ‘Belle and Sebastion’ jam at the end.
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.