On Cody Jay's acoustic rework of his "Love Game," which came out a year ago, we get a similar tale, but presented from a different standpoint. This is music that makes me wish I could wake up early in the morning and be one of those people who eat cereal and yogurt with the dawn.
But morning mists aside, the song is pretty explicit about the focus on forward-looking positive thinking. The song is balanced with killer on-point harmonies. It stands in contrast to the original, which focused more on the chase, the play, the adventure. But once you strip off the clothes, I mean musical layers, things change. So here we have a song for a morning after that isn’t so dark and full of shame. I feel like musicians, and just dudes in general, could probably learn a lot from Mr. Cody Jay. We’ll just have to wait for more of this valuable knowledge.
Listen to "Love Game (Acoustic)" here, and learn more about Cody Jay in our interview below!
Hello Cody, could you please introduce yourself to our readers?
Hey! My name is Cody Jay, and I am a self-produced independent artist. I’ve been making my own music for over 5 years and I’m proud to say that I’m working on my 4th album as an independent artist.
Why did you decide to go back in and put a different, more organic, spin on your songs?
As I’m growing as a person, not just an artist, I find myself wanting to connect with things on a deeper level. I love the material I’ve written, but having grown in many ways I wanted to revisit them and strip them down to their most bare form. I think they speak differently and say different things when there’s less going on.
What have you learned since you released the more “electric” version of Love Game that changed your approach to the creation process?
Great question! I’ve learned that sometimes less is more. I’m still going to produce full tracks, but for the time being I’m enjoying the simplicity that goes along with acoustic material - whether they be recreations of older songs, or new ones that I’m creating now.
Do you prefer writing songs or performing them?
I don’t think I can pick one! They’re SO different. If I had to choose however, I would currently choose performing because once I’ve reached that level with the material, I know the songs so well that I can truly perform them in the moment. The process of writing a new song, although it’s very rewarding, can be very long & tedious at times. Performing involves an energy that sometimes feels unmatched.
Any notable fan interactions you care to share?
Lately I am SO happy to find that people are enjoying the acoustic material, and they are voluntarily sharing it on their pages. I can’t explain how much that means to me.
What are you most proud of so far?
I am proud to say that I have produced and written 99% of my material thus far. Although I am very much hoping to collaborate more this year, when I look at my catalog I am proud to say that it’s something I created from the ground up. Something I can stand behind.
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