Acoustic Sessions: James Bay’s ‘Let It Go’

Hey y’all,

I was in the studio working on my next project for most of February and early March, which is why I’ve slowed down on the acoustic covers. I was planning on putting this up the week after the GRAMMYs, but alas, I couldn’t get my $#!%! together.

If you watched the GRAMMYs maybe you saw the Tori Kelly/James Bay performance where they “mashed up” their respective hits “Hollow” and “Let It Go.” I liked the performance (Tori, is incredible, and I really love her instincts as a singer,) but I didn’t LOVE these two songs put together necessarily.

I wanted to feature “Let It Go” because in some ways it’s everything “Nashville writing” is not. And I mean that in the best way.

There’s nothing “tricky” about it. It’s a very simple straight forward chorus, with a great melody. The verses are really loose lyrically. It’s not buttoned up the way a lot of country writing (mine included) tries to be. But sometimes, when you’re not trying so hard to be something. You can tell a more straightforward truth.

This is the chorus:

Come on let it go. Just let it be. Why don’t you be you, and I’ll be me.

Everything that’s broke, leave it to the breeze. Why don’t you be you, and I’ll be me. And I’ll be me.

It’s so simple. “Why don’t you be you, and I’ll be me.” That’s really a very beautiful, thoughtful sentiment for a breakup. It’s not blamey. It’s not ugly. It’s assertive, but kind. You be you, and I’ll be me.

There is a cool Nashville tie-in too–although James is from the UK, the debut album was record at Blackbird Studios, with Jacquire King producing, and a bunch of Nashville guys played on it.

Personal side note. I do my best to wash my hair as little as possible–which means I use a lot of dry shampoo and wear ball caps on the weekend (long locked ladies– who feels me!?)

Here are some ball caps if you need to cover that up!  I’m wearing the #PimpinJoy hat which supports medical efforts including working St. Jude Children’s Research center and a medical clinic at an orphanage in Port au Prince. Get it here.  Also, these Aviate brand baseball hats are everywhere right now. I like the BNA one (obviously.) I also think this faux black leather hat is amazing.

Here are some of the best dry shampoos I’ve tried…

What’s next? I think we need to get country for the next cover…but let me know what you want to hear. On twitter @kelleighbannen or in the comments here.

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