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April 23 “Doctor Sick Beat”

I’m starting to put together the show that Chris Cates & the Master Plan is going to play this summer at several Friday Night Concert style events in several different cities.  We always string together four or five disco songs during the night because they’re all in the same beat and usually the same key.   I’ve now got about six pretty good disco songs of my own to string together which will be lots o’ fun.  This is the latest in this style.   It may be the best one yet.   “Hot, Cold & Out of Control” is a close second.

This one’s chorus is “You better call a doctor, this is the sickest beat, it’s  making people sweat and shake the ice cube’s out their drink”.   Thanks for listening!

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Jan 19th “Scratches in the Woodgrain”

Honestly, I had an uneventful day recycling for the big city of Hildebran (no wrecks this week) and a pleasant evening tonight in Asheville.   I even got to hear a decent band doing “All Blues” from  Miles Davis’s transcendent ‘Kind of Blue’ album.

Yet somehow, I sat down in my studio tonight and wrote my first horror song.   It’s not blood and guts and all that.   But it’s got a little suspense, a little confusion and a trick ending.

I don’t think Rob Zombie will be calling anytime soon though.

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Jan 15th “Walking In Molasses”

Playing catch up with the songs again.   Time limitations from my gig yesterday (and golf outings I must admit) have put me behind.  However, I did get to take my house guest (Rob from Chicago) to play at Mimosa Hills which is his and my favorite course in the area.

Tomorrow will be my big workday to catch up and to record drums for the new Chris Cates & the Master Plan album with Jason Peeler.

“Walking in Molasses” is another heavy metal jammer.  It seems to be what was in my head this morning after a raucous jamfest last night at Bourbon Street in Hickory.  The words are about getting (or not getting) stuck in a rut.  I’m trying to go out more this year and not let work make me tired and homebodylike.

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Jan 1st “2010″

This is my ambitious blog experiment for 2010.

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.


Read the lyrics @ chriscates.com/jan1.html