The song "Tracy Loves Ray" was written by an incredibly talented songwriter from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania named Jay Hitt. Jay has been writing and performing music for many years. Jay was inspired to write the song "Tracy Loves Ray" by a sign on an overpass on I-71 enroute to Lodi, Ohio.
Somewhere in Ohio, there's an overpass marked
with graffiti. It declares, "TRACY LOVES RAY". The first few
times they see it, most folks probably wonder if there isn't a
story hidden there, but over time they come to accept it as part
of the landscape. Probably a couple of love-crazed kids who went
their separate ways and no longer admit to knowing each other.
Who's to say?
Jay Hitt opens his new collection of songs by
giving life to Tracy and Ray. They meet, and the spark of love
is kindled, but who really believes in love these days? She
follows the call of her career. Time and distance do their dirty
work. But people who dare to love in Jay Hitt's world are
ultimately rewarded. As in a fairy tale, his narrator can barely
suppress a smile. You know that eventually the protagonists will
live happily ever after, but the real winners are the romantics
who dare to believe in love.
Jay's songs are built around melody and acoustic guitar, and
nothing in the production clutters or obscures. Percussion,
harmony, counterpoint melody, subtle orchestration- the listener
feels the effect without being distracted by the effect, a rare
achievement in this age of recording gadgetry. Songs range from
sweeping cinematic epics to simple love songs celebrating family
Jay Hitt has a lovely singing voice. He hits
the high notes effortlessly but manages to keep the melodies
within the range of the average listener who might wish to sing
along. The tunes are instantly likeable and become downright
infectious with repetition. The writing is impeccable. The
lyrics roll off the tongue without a stray syllable in the
Source: Robert Wagner, Calliope Music News & Pittsburgh Post
Check out Jay's website at www.jayhitt.com to see when and where he’s playing in the near future. The song "Tracy Loves Ray" is on the CD Gentle Persuader.