One of Yoder’s first songs of the night, “Deep Down”, an anthem about showing who you truly are, was reminiscent of pop music of the 1960s. The lyrics, stating, “deep down, there’s a map inside of you,” proclaim that each person is an individual, a common theme of hippie-era music.
While slower tunes like “Deep Down” showed off Yoder’s clear, high register, songs such as “World on Fire” showed a fun, upbeat, less perfect side to his voice.
Yoder’s two most enjoyable songs were “The Wedding Song,” and “Waiter.” Both songs were written for songwriting contests. “The Wedding Song,” won first place in the contest in 2013 and “Waiter” won first place in the contest in 2009.
Yoder used a white board to describe his writing process to the half-full music room. He wrote words like love, rings, bride/groom, cake and music on the board, explaining that he was required to use those words in “The Wedding Song,” to be considered for a prize.
Yoder’s best moment of the night, however, did not have anything to do with his music. He told a funny and captivating story about his trip to Pitt-Greensburg that involved a missing guitar strap, parkway traffic, and leaving the flashers of his car on for a few hours.
Yoder does various shows around Pittsburgh and anyone that missed his coffeehouse tour can go to bradyoder.com for show dates and more information.