On January 25th, 2007, I was lucky enough to be graced with tickets to one of the greatest musicians of our time- John Mayer.
Now, I know John gets a lot of crap- mostly he is poked fun at for his Room for Squares days. (Yeah, yeah, Your Body Is A Wonderland was hilarious.) But if you are driving down the highway and don't sing along to Why Georgia, something is seriously wrong with you.
His sophmore album Heavier Things really collided his two styles of music- pop-fluff, and serious rocking out. (Bigger Than My Body is a personal favorite.)
Now his new album Continuum has been on shelves for a while now, and it is simply amazing. You know how on every album, there's a song you don't particularly care for? Well, for me, there isn't one song that I skip when listening.
And my favorite part about this new album is the sheer genius of not only the guitar and whatnot, but how he got there: he has beat the system. And by the system, I mean they. You know, The Man. This new album is a way of him saying, "Hey, I totally fooled you guys. You thought I was just a fluffy crooning balladeer, but HA! I only did that stuff to get your attention. Check this out, bitches- I'm seriously going to rock your mind."
And somehow, I am no longer wearing pants by the end of Slow Dancing In A Burning Room.
I went to the concert that kicked off his winter tour. It truly was the best night of my life. John talks with the crowd, which I love. He talked about how he learned to make stir-fry over his break, and how now, it was time to "get down". He opened up with "Vultures". I originally had "VULTURES" written on a sign in black marker, but ditched the sign before leaving the house. So of course I was thrilled.
All night long, beautiful notes emitted from his guitars- (he used many, including my favorite, the one my friends and I call the Dr. Seuss guitar.)
I screamed all night long, and without a doubt, I bothered those around me. In fact, the lady that was originally sitting next to me switched seats with her boyfriend because I was too rambunctious. Dancing is something I never thought I could do- actually, now that I think about it, I was probably doing some sort of Elaine dance- but I boogied throughout it all. (Did I just say "boogied"?)
He ended with "In Repair". I shed a few tears, mostly from happiness. When the lights finally came up and everyone was filing out, a man a couple rows ahead of me sarcastically asked "Did you have fun?" I grinned and shouted "HELL YES!"
That was in January. I left wanting more.
So last week, I joined the Local-83 Listener's Union and bought tickets to his Atlanta show. I am in the fifth row. I am overjoyed. It's in August though, so I've got quite a while to wait.