As I mentioned in my last blog. I’m trying out a new keyboard for my live shows and I’ll admit my dream is to move to Vegas and perform house music. I love Kraftwerk and stuff like that. That’s probably where this jam came from.
This is half me and half MINIAK the keyboard I’m playing. I overdubbed a few more parts on the initial improvisational track. So for all of you up tempo house music fans this is for you. It gets your blood flowing.
Thanks for listening!! Click the play icon below to hear “Back Roads Directions to the Rave”
Remember back in the day when Chuck Taylor’s were the only high tops you could get. Luckily when I came along Jordan was just starting to change the game of the basketball shoe.
I went to basketball camp one time at Furman in some old Jordan’s and they were like wearing boots.
Anyway, this song is about seeing an old basketball article with a picture of someone I know in short tight John Stockton shorts, Chuck Norris and or florist-like hair, a moustache and “Sweet Classic High Top Shoes”.
It must be time to get funky again because that’s what I’m doing. It’s so funny when I started doing the song a day thing, I envisioned recording a lot of acoustic songs because it is so much easier and faster to record. But in general, I have produced full band 16 to 24 track songs instead. I’m addicted to hearing a song develop with the extra instruments.
I rarely listen to any of the takes I do, so that when I hear the final thing, it’s like I’m hearing it for the first time.
Today’s funky song reminds me of a groove that my buddy Will Clay in Rabun, Georgia used to kick with his band Field Trip. The lyrics of the song are random ‘party lyrics’ that are based on my current habit of putting Louisiana Hot Sauce on everything (including sweet potatoes). What can I say I’m gourmet all the way. Thanks for listening!!!
In 2010, starting today, Jan. 1st, I am going to write a song each day and post it here and write about the experience in this popular “blog” format which I am still weary of with my Gen X DNA.
My criteria will be
1. The song has to be around a minute long minimum
2. It has to be from good effort (I can’t phone it in, however, I can record it on my iPhone)
3.With lyrics is a plus but I can contribute instrumentals (I do love my Triton keyboard)
4. I can collaborate (making music is fun with other folks )
So here it goes. Today I decided to write a cheesy feel good anthem about getting things kick started for 2010. I’m very optimistic about this year and this song is a little pep talk.
WordPress is not making it easy to upgrade their services to play mp3’s, so I will have to redirect to my main website to play the song. In the future I hope to be displaying the mp3’s for people to upload free directly from this blog.
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.