Meet The Song: “Heavy Load” by Cody Weaver


Who are the writers?
Just me.

Who are the performers?
Me and my wife Britney on backup vox. session musicians did all the instruments.

Where did the idea come from?
My personal struggle with PTSD, it’s a look into the mental and emotional wrestling match that I deal with.

What came first, the music, the words, the idea?
I kind of came up with the words and melody at the same time while driving. I put some chords to it and made it complete while in a hotel room in Sommerset, KY.

Is it going to be a part of a larger collection, such as EP or album?
I would like to add it to an EP, I have even thought of adding another verse to it as well.

Lyrically, what perspective is the song told from?
From a man who is struggling with PTSD (or any mental/emotional crisis) and the toll it takes on a relationship.

Were there any challenges while writing it?
Not really, for me this song just came out of me and portrayed how i was feeling at that time.

What sets this song apart from your previous work?
What sets this song apart from what is being playing on the radio today?
Its different than previous work because its a serious song that I was hesitant to release, it shows my own struggle and vulnerability, I was embarrassed of my PTSD diagnosis for a long time. I finally decided to release it and use it in a way to help others dealing with the same thing. I donate all the proceeds from this song to The Code Green Campaign.
It’s different than whats on the radio because mental struggles aren’t sang about very often. Its raw and real. Also i think musically the use of dobro and mandolin gave it a bluegrass/newgrass feel.

Will you be releasing a video with this song?
Probably not with this one, but I am not opposed to the idea.


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