Brandon Lay was heading home from a gig one evening when a new melody swirled its way into his head. Without taking his eyes off the road, the country-rocker grabbed his iPhone and got to work.

"I didn’t have any lyrics yet, so I was just humming, 'yada yada yada' as dummy lyrics," he remembers. "A few days later, I was in a writing room with the voice memo, and [songwriters] Mikey Reeves and Heather Morgan thought that would make a pretty good title in itself, so we went with it. "The result is "Yada Yada Yada," a breezy, unruffled look at the way young love makes nonsense of all other concerns. In this performance, Lay and his four-piece band swap their electric guitars for acoustics, performing a stripped-down version of the song in the dressing room of Nashville's longest-standing rock club, the Exit/In. Driven forward by the percussive pulse of a suitcase subbing in for a traditional kick drum, the song builds its way toward a simple chorus that's primed for audience sing-alongs.

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