I can’t believe another month is gone this year. I’ve written a song every day for five months now and pretty much recorded them the same day. I never thought I couldn’t do it but I’ve also been amazed at my sheer will to do it. Honestly, most of the time I’m excited because it’s something new to listen to. I guess that’s my number one suggestion to young musicians. Be a fan of your own music, it makes things a little easier when things get tough.
I dug the bones of this song out of my unreleased archives and rewrote several parts of it. Including the guitar interludes and the verses. “What It Gonna Take” is kind of a rockin’ break up song. I wrote the first version of this song in Amsterdam in 2005. This song features Mike Lowdermilk on bass guitar and Dave Brockway on drums.
The golf tournament was fun. I played great for about 11 holes making 4 birdies and an eagle in that span but I was mediocre after that. I couldn’t seem to get over the hump. We had a whole lot of fun though and I played a lot of tunes with my friend Will for some folks on Lake Rabun. My golf songs were part of the agenda of the golf themed weekend of course.
Anyway, I dug back into my archives for the music of this one. This is a song Parakeet Nelson never released. This was recorded at Elixir in Athens, Georgia around 2003. Today, I took the music and re-recorded a few parts, re-wrote the lyrics and resurrected it from the dead. Which is one of the things I love about this format, now I can let the world hear John Wayne Tuggle’s slide guitar, Dwayne Wallace’s bass guitar, Dave Brockway’s drums and John Kell’s sax.
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.