Another brutal day (psychically) recycling today. The economy must be getting better because people seem to be throwing a lot more stuff away. And on the positive side for our business the price of recyclables has gone up.
Cardboard went up a dollar (4.5 cents a pound) and newspaper went up fifty cents (3 cents a pound) which makes a world of difference when you’re picking up four or five thousand pounds worth of stuff a day.
Although we have to pay to dump plastic and glass.
Anyway, something got me thinking of a character when I sat down tonight. He is an old man nearing the end of his life and not able to do much but sleep and sit around trying to remember things about his life.
That’s the just of “Epithet”. Thanks for listening!!
February seems to be a month where I’m contemplating existentialist views with my songs. Maybe it was the Buddha biography I listened to earlier in the month or maybe it’s just my neo-psychological chatter.
I do use songs as a forum for positivity even though I do play characters in songs that sometimes aren’t so pleasant. My main goal is to be positive however. Although I don’t like to limit myself when creating story situations in my songs. The message is usually positive even if all the words aren’t. I’m pretty tongue in cheek if you haven’t noticed yet.
Anyway, “No Such Thing as Luck” is a love song. It contemplates past life situations and how you sometimes seem to have known some people for several lifetimes. Especially when it comes to deep connected love affairs.
Three or four days a week I drive up and down the mountain about a hundred and ten miles. I usually listen to a book on CD. Mostly biographies, but I’ve listened to every biography in the Buncombe Co. Public Library system so now I’m unfortunately into fiction. Currently I’m listening to the 26 disc Anna Karenin, book I’ve already read in my college days.
Anyway, today’s song “Favorite Song for the Moment” is about driving and getting lost listening to music (not a book on Cd). Sometime’s, even when you’re feeling really bad, a song will come on the radio and make everything okay, at least for a little while. That’s what this song is about.
Do you have that friend that remember’s every thing that you have ever done. Well I have a few and I’m really grateful for them. They’re always recounting tales of the olden days that I don’t have any recollection of whatsoever.
As soon as they bring it up it all comes flooding back in and I try to make note of it for future reference (which typically proves to be futile).
That’s the basis of “Always Remember to Always Remember”. This is dedicated to John Crowe, Rob Sankey and all my other friends that remember every day of their life. Cheers to you.
Tonight’s song was fun. I had a crazy day recycling in Morganton drove back Asheville and now that it’s gonna snow again tonight I’ve got to go back down the Mountain to make sure the good people can get their pick up rain or shine (I’m hardcore like that).
But I managed to come out here to the studio and write this one in my very short time allotment (I do have a home life too).
When I sat down at the computer and saw the yahoo headlines about Peyton Manning being a poor sport for not shaking hands last night after the Super Bowl and they actually penned that as a controversy I laughed. Which then led to writing and recording “Caught Up in the Controversy”. This song is not about Peyton, it’s more about the really narcissistic celebrities who tend to create controversy to fuel their career.
I wish I could create controversy, I admit I love when I get press too. Thanks for listening!!
My gig down the mountain got canceled last night so I spent a late night in the studio writing and recording. I haven’t done that in a while. I did manage to write and record guitar and bass parts for seven new songs. I’m trying to get ahead before my crazy work (and gig) week next week.
So now, I’ve got a bunch of songs to put words to, which is a great luxury to have. “Dreaming Through the Zig Zags” is by no means the best of the bunch from last night musically. It’s just the first one that came up when I sat down to write tonight.
It turned out pretty spacey with a lot of atmospheric delay on the vocals. I need to experiment as much as possible seeing as how I’ve got 300+ songs left to record this year.
The words are kind of a little motivational speech I’m telling myself to hang in there and keep dreaming big. Even if I am doing hard labor for a living.
Thanks for listening!! Hear “Dreaming Through the Zig Zags” below.
I must be in a philosophical mood today or something. I think this is two in a row that I’m waxing a little bit.
I’m told a lot that I have an old soul. This is probably because not a lot surprises me and I’m the laid back go with the flow type. I’ve never done a past life transgression yet, but I’ve heard awesome stories from friends who’ve done it.
Basically, the take away from this song is, not to listen to what society tells you about your body, you can feel as old or as young as you want to. It’s up to you.
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.