A friend rightly said, “Mayer will always be that teenage love one never gets over”.
I had taken a break from his music until he released the first two installments of his recent album – ‘The Search For Everything’.
Okay, I adore his music. He’s a fantastic guitarist, a fine singer-songwriter, and sure, his good looks are a bonus too. Though his themes center largely around love and heartbreak – an instant crowd-pleaser (and fodder for mediocrity) – he has managed to carve a niche for himself in a competitive industry.
The Internet is abundant with articles about his achievements, his infamous link-ups and relationships. I am not here to elaborate on that. Mayer, the Casanova, is also an incredible musician. His music has saved me from many a rough patch. It inspires me to challenge my guitar skills. When I think of Mayer, the words that come to my head are ‘passion’ and ‘dedication’. The image of a thirteen year old boy earnestly practicing scales on his beloved Fender Strat, makes me happy.
Mayer’s songs are powerful mood-changers with melancholic to sunny undertones. Often, I find myself quoting his lyrics because they resonate with me. Here are my favourites –
A song that gets me through my anxious phases
I worry, I weigh three times my body
I worry, I throw my fear around
But this morning there’s a calm I can’t explain
The rock candy’s melted, only diamonds now remain
–Clarity (link to my previous post)
A song to boost my confidence when I feel dejected
Down to the wire
I wanted water, but I’ll walk through the fire
If this is what it takes to take me even higher
Then I’ll come through, like I do
When the world keeps testing me, testing me, testing me
A song that nails what discontentment feels like,
I’m not alone
I wish I was
‘Cause then I’d know I was down because I couldn’t find a friend around
To love me like they do right now
A song that voices my fear of growing up and outliving my parents
So scared of getting older
I’m only good at being young
So I play the numbers game
To find a way to say that life has just begun
-Stop this train
And finally, this one’s been on loop for the longest time. There’s a difference between falling in love with the idea of a person, and that with the person himself.
Who do you love?
Me or the thought of me?
Me or the thought of me?
-I don’t trust myself (with loving you)
This list isn’t exhaustive by any means.
There is no way I’ll tire of his music. Nope.
J is for John Mayer’s music
My theme for the A-Z Blogging Challenge is ‘The A to Z of some my favourite things’. Stay tuned for more posts, this April!