I believe “Yellow Note” is the perfect example of a song that people should know the backstory of after listening to it. The song is available for streaming and I highly recommend checking it out. Keep in contact with Cody on social media for updates on new music releases from him in the future at the links below. You can also watch a video of Cody performing this song at the end of this page.
Who are the writers?
Just me on this one, the band was given their creative freedom on their parts, but I had a pretty clear vision for this one.
Who are the performers?
Jarrad Morrissey on electric guitar and backup vox, Lucas cardoso on the bass, Gaucho on the kit and yours truly on acoustic and vox.
Where did the inspiration come from?
I was sort of inspired by mid-2000s Hillsong worship music. The powerful rythyms with heartfelt lyrics in that type of music is moving. Also, my friend that I wrote the song about played with me in our youth group worship band when we were young, so that seemed to fit.
I also wanted it to have a vintage rock sound, nobody in particular, just 70s/80s anthem rock.
What came first, the music, the words, the idea?
I was just awake late thinking about it and started coming up with phrases and saying them to a melody, I ended up writing the whole song right there on my laptop at 2am in bed. It just kind of came to me, I wasn’t planning on writing it.
Is it going to be a part of a larger collection, such as EP or album?
Probably not, I think this one will just stay a single. A tribute to my friend. But who know what the future holds!
Lyrically, what perspective is the song told from?
The perspective of a someone who loses his friend to suicide, specifically friends who made music together. So many suicides in this industry, so I wrote this one for the hurting musicians.
Were there any challenges while writing it?
The biggest challenge was just trying to get through it vocally, I would choke up almost every time I tried it. I kept some of that emotion in the final mix, but man it was rough.
What sets this song apart from your previous work?
I think it’s got a totally different sound and a different approach lyrically. I really wanted to get right to hard stuff. No lead up. It’s almost immediately clear it’s a tragic song about suicide.
What sets this song apart from what is being played on the radio today?
I think most of the stuff on the radio these days is just commercialized and watered down. I think it’s hard to find music that makes you really feel something these days. And I hope this song makes you feel something.
Will you be releasing a video with this song?
I don’t think so, we discussed it, but I think our next video will be for a new song called “New Suede Boots”, which is totally different than anything I’ve ever written before!