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.
Sometimes we forget how we used to be. I’ve always been an undying eternal romantic which has definitely helped with my music writing since about 65% of my songs are usually ‘love’ oriented. This is a song I made last year to help me remember that. Thanks for listening!
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.
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.