“Don’t be scared to walk alone, don’t be scared to like it”…
Thank you, Kurt Swanson
Prior to being silenced by the return of a throat granuloma, John Mayer recorded an acoustic performance of “Queen of California” – and PEOPLE.com has a first look.
The studio version of the tune is the second single off of Born and Raised, the musician’s…
John Mayer makes me horny. (x)
OMG. Listening to B&R now. OMGOMGOMG. Soooooo fucking amazing. John did absolutely great.
Now. I just have ONE teeny tiny little question. I know a lot of you had the links to the leak. Does anyone have a download link for Fool To Love You?
Tonight, I had the incredible privilege of attending ‘An Evening With John Mayer’ at The Clive Davis Theater inside The Grammy Museum. It was such a treat, and by far the most surreal experience I’ve ever had. I was a good 15 feet from the man who has inspired me so much.
The evening started off with a showing of the Shadow Days video, then John came out. He talked a lot about making the album, where his mind is/was at during the recording of the album, and it was really cool to see John in a much more comfortable place with himself. He seems much more in tune with his emotions and feelings, and has really found a very cathartic method of making way for new ideas. He mentioned how one of the rules for the album was that no humming was allowed. No fake fill-ins for lyrics he didn’t think he had, he just forced himself to say anything. The songs seem to have come from a very pure place. He wrote them all in silence, some on a typewriter he bought for himself.
We got to listen to 4 tracks off the album in their entirety; Queen Of California (the next single, by the way), Age Of Worry, If I Ever Get Around To Living, and Born and Raised. It was just amazing to listen to the songs for the first time and watch John react to them. To see him mouthing the words and even smirking at certain lyrics, like there is some sort of back story behind that verse we’re not aware of, was beyond cool. I loved all the songs we heard, and If I Ever Get Around To Living is pretty out of left field. It’s almost like 3 songs in 1. But I have to say, Born And Raised stuck with me A LOT. It almost made me want to cry. It sounds so open and honest. Really vulnerable and beautiful. The harmonies, lyrics (some of which I think have been added since the versions we’ve heard), and the phrasing is just all beautiful. Everything I heard sounds so well produced. Don Was (who was also at the event) really did a great job with this record.
John also touched on his vocal issues, saying that he will probably get his next surgery in either September or October of this year, and hopes to be touring around this time next year with TWO albums worth of material. He’s currently writing for the next record, which he hinted at being released “fairly soon”.
All in all, it was a great night, and I’m so happy I was able to attend this. One of the top 5 best events I have had the pleasure of going to, without a doubt.
John Mayer on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on May 22