Today’s song is called “Rest” and I guess you could call it a fantasy on my part. My motto is “if I’m awake I’m working”. That’s basically how it has to be to get all of the things I do done. And I still don’t have quite the time I need. I sleep six hours a night which usually works out okay, it’s just that every few weeks I’ve got to really try and sleep a long time to catch up. But I usually just lay and bed and think about all of the stuff I need to do.. Oh well. I’ll live vicariously through this song.
I’ll post the song when I get back to Asheville Wednesday. Thanks for listening.
Monday again and back on the recycling boat. Of course I made the mistake of spending my whole weekend building my massive fence, so I’m starting the week sore; which is not a good thing. Oh well, at least today I managed to work, drive 130 miles, go to the library, return my mower and get a new one, practice for my golf tournament this weekend in Georgia, mow the grass (with my new cordless mower), write this song and the song for tomorrow (because I’ll be out of town) and hang out with my lovely wife and our pets (and watch the Lakers).
For some reason money is the subject for the second day in a row. Honestly, it’s not something that’s on my mind right now for the first time in my life. This must be how I’m exorcising those demons.
I don’t know how I got off on the subject of debt. Probably because I’ve got a new Lowes card that I keep buying wood for my massive back yard fence. Actually, I’m in a place in my life where I’ve mentally moved away from worrying about money and mostly have good money thoughts these days. Not really because I’m making that much more money, more that I’m just in a better place. And without that pressure I’m feeling much better about making money and paying off my credit cards, until I run them up again.
I got to play in a golf tournament today and had a blast. Golf is good stuff, I used to be obsessed but now I’ve managed to get it out of my habits. That is to not to say that I still won’t write some funny golf songs now and then.
Tonight’s song ended up being simple. I started to build on what I had going but my french horn (keyboard) solo rocked so hard that I had to leave it like it is. Thanks for listening!
I’ve enjoyed a weekend without a gig. I’m not playing much this month because next month I’m playing a lot of big gigs. It will be very nice to start the new gig season playing so many of my 365 Songs. I’m gonna start all my shows with “Geometrically in Perfect Touch” my favorite tune that I’ve written so far.
Today’s song is one that just came out when I sat down. I’m making a conscious effort to be out of the studio this weekend, so it’s nice to be productive when I’m here. My fence building has taken precedence so far.
I got the quote that started today’s song from a great book I’m recording editing for author Kathy Godfrey called F’d. It’s really good. She’s got a lot of great phrasing in it and “Seven Ways from Sunday” is one that popped out at me.
I love to revert back to my major jazz chords to write. I guess that’s my signature songwriting move (aside from trying to be funny). Thanks for listening!!
Once again the Einstein biography I’m listening to inspired another song. It’s 18 discs long, so I’ve been listening to it for quite a while. Einstein was a great man. Not only for science, he was indispensible in his pursuit of equality for all races and nations.
Anyway, as he argued with his colleagues, the hypothesis that time didn’t actually exist came up. I guess that’s what helped this song to pop out. Thanks for listening!
I’ve been accused a few times about not being able to make a decision.. Mostly when it comes to which restaurant to go to, but there have been several times in my life where I honestly couldn’t decide which way to go. and I usually chose the wrong way. That’s kind of what this song is about. You can get in the habit of making bad decisions. You really can. But the good news is, you can also get in the habit of making the right decisions. Thanks for listening!
Our new friend Kathy got us thinking about the lives and culture that goes into making a glass of wine. All the history that goes into each glass is astounding. For some reason I started thinking about that this morning and applied it to a fisherman at sea. Probably because I have copy of The Old Man and the Sea in direct view in my studio.
Mix the old man and a little reggae and you get “The Life of a Fisherman”
Success!! I’ve now finished all of the rhythm guitar for the Chris Cates & the Master Plan “Follow the Feeling” album. It’s been tough working it in with the song a day thing and my other projects. It’s kind of wierd spending lots of time on a song, like I need to do with the Master Plan album, after doing these one a days as fast as I can. That album is for the big market so it has to be perfect. These songs can be a little loose and can also be any sound I want.
I’ve fallen in love with this way of writing and recording because I’m not held back by normal conventions.
Anyway, “Geometrically in Perfect Touch” let me play a little bit of the Euro beat on the drums and it turned out to sound a little bit like The Sea and Cake, a band I really like a lot. The words build on a parallel between love and mathematics (a subject through school I didn’t pay much attention to).
This song is one of my favorites that I’ve ever done. Thanks for listening!!
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.