Posts tagged 15 days of john mayer
Posts tagged 15 days of john mayer
A PIECE OF JOHN MAYER MERCHANDISE THAT YOU OWN
I’m not a big merch whore - I only really have the CDs, a tee, a poster, some picks and a hat. But this is by far my favourite item. I was away when he ‘toured’ in 2006 (do two shows count as a tour?), so my best friend wrangled a meeting and got him to sign an album for me. The phonecall that followed still brings a smile to my face.
A JOHN MAYER MEMORY OF YOURS
Most of my memories come from his live shows. From the way he had a ‘conversation’ with his guitar at the Hordern. To watching him play his guitar behind his back at the SEC. To an awkward moment when he said, “This is Comfortable!” before launching into ‘My Stupid Mouth’ at NEC.
But my favourite was when he chanelled his mother to share some advice she’d given him: “John, play the chorus - these people work hard all day, give them what they want. The guitar, what is that? It’s musical masturbation!”
FAVOURITE JOHN MAYER TWEET
He updated his Twitter with this status shortly after his gig at the Metro in 2009 and it just seemed to validate the electricity, warmth and genuine appreciation radiating around the room throughout the whole show. It was a really unique experience.
FAVOURITE JOHN MAYER PERFORMANCE
Sydney Entertainment Centre, 2004.
I’ve seen him play seven times and my enjoyment of the show usually varies depending on the set-list, the sound quality, the audience and his engagement. This concert ticked ALL the boxes and then some.
He played for well over two hours to a vocal yet respectful arena and included a great mix of songs - some of which I never thought I’d hear live (Split Screen Sadness, Covered In Rain, Man On The Side). The only one that gives it a good run for its money was his Metro Theatre show in 2009 - incredible energy and excitement.
FAVOURITE PICTURE OF JOHN
This isn’t the exact photo but it’s from the same shoot and has a much better resolution than the one I prefer. The suit, the guitar, the eccentricity of the set-up in its ‘washed up rockstar’ portrayal… I dig.
FAVOURITE THING ABOUT JOHN MAYER
I was listening to John Mayer’s music years before his tabloid presence became more prominent than his chart presence, so I don’t really care what mindless publications purport him to be.
He’s a class musician and holds his own alongside artists ranging from contemporary rappers to jazz legends. But what I love most about him are his songs and the way his clever lyrics weave a story.
From silly stories about the awkwardness that follows a foot-in-mouth moment (My Stupid Mouth). To devastating ones about breaking up because the relationship isn’t working, despite still loving each other (Split Screen Sadness).
They’re relatable (83), they present a different viewpoint (Man On The Side), they’re emotional (Covered In Rain), they ring true (Stop This Train), and they’re honest (Comfortable).
FAVOURITE SONG ON INSIDE WANTS OUT
I’ve heard several versions of this track and, while I prefer the live recordings for his ad libs, that doesn’t detract from the song itself. While the general notion is reminiscing about an ex (despite being in a new relationship), it’s about the way nostalgia romanticizes the past; about relishing in the comfort of an old relationship, not taking it for granted because it’s not new and exciting anymore; about the fact that the heart wants what the heart wants - regardless of the odds, complications and logic that stand in the way.
FAVOURITE SONG ON ROOM FOR SQUARES
This album is packed with fantastic songs and it was hard to shrug off 83, Why Georgia and St. Patrick’s Day, but 3x5 is my feel-good song! I love the guitar, the melody, the imagery it conjures and the great lyrics:
“Didn’t have a camera by my side this time
Hoping I would see the world through both my eyes
Maybe I will tell you all about it
When I’m in the mood to lose my way with words”
FAVOURITE SONG ON HEAVIER THINGS
Split Screen Sadness.
Quite possibly my favourite John Mayer song of all time; it is perfect from start to finish - the intro alone gives me goosebumps. The raw sincerity is heart-wrenching and the lyrics are absolutely gorgeous:
“I called because I just need to feel you on the line
Don’t hang up this time
And I know it was me who called it over
But I still wish you’d fought me ‘til your dying day
Don’t let me get away”
FAVOURITE SONG ON CONTINUUM
Slow Dancing In A Burning Room.
The title is such a beautiful euphemism for a relationship on the brink of breaking down and the song doesn’t disappoint. He took a really bluesy direction on this album and it’s especially evident in this song, which just adds to the morosity.