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“I think we live in a time now where people are trying to decode things and I think that’s ridiculous. Although maybe they always did and I’m just picking up the wrong part of history but I feel like there’s so much— doing anything other than listening to it. As if abstract thinking is just completely dead, the idea that you could just listen to an abstract idea instead of saying ‘What’s that for? What’s that about? Who’s that to?’ I write e-mails to people, I don’t write songs to people. I’ll call people on the phone if I have a question, or I’ll write a farewell letter, I’m not gonna write a song, ‘cause if I wrote it in a song there’s a chance that person wouldn’t understand it was for them, right? I mean, I’m a pretty explicit guy so I would much rather write the farewell letter, it’s easier that way and it doesn’t have to rhyme.”—John Mayer (via cemawe)
John Mayer is back and ready to redeem himself. Mayer knows he’s talented. We can all agree on that. But what sets Born and Raised apart from John Mayer’s other works is that he’s finally humble to his talent. In this record, Mayer…
“…The album is about “deciding that you want to be happy, or fighting to be happy or discovering that there even is such a thing as happiness. They’re all songs that say, ‘Let’s get down to living. I want to be happy. I want love in my life.’ Born and Raised is about realising it before it’s too late.””—John . - (The Australian May 26, 2012)
What is your favorite book, movie, musician (other than JM)?
Book: My heart is divided between Brave New World and The Catcher in The Rye and I’m a huge Chuck Palahniuk fan. Movie: right now, Blue Valentine. Musician: Bob Dylan but it’s the hardest one to answer because I love a lot of artists.
What is something in your life that you can’t live without?
Music and my loved ones.
What JM song best describes your love life?
Perfectly Lonely. I’m happy to be single at the moment, I don’t need to be with someone to define who I am, I’m in a really good place right now and I take all the heartbreak that I’ve experienced in my lifetime as something positive that’ll lead me to the real thing someday.
What is something you always do in the morning and something you always do at night (besides use the bathroom, lol)?
Coffee in the morning because I’m not a morning person and I need caffeine to function as a semi-normal person, which is super hard for me. At night I like to read in bed and I always check my phone to make sure my alarm is set for the next day.
Describe your perfect date, from what you would wear, what you would eat/drink and where you would go/what you would do?
I don’t need anything fancy, good food, some margaritas and a nice quiet place with good music and I’m a happy girl. But the most important thing is the company.
What are some of your other most visited sites on the internet besides tumblr?
Gmail, YouTube, Twitter and ocasionally Facebook. And I love Instagram
Name 5 things you must carry in your purse/bag?
iPod, sunglasses, gloss, wallet and keys.
What is your greatest strength/weakness?
Strenght: Patience. Weakness: Laziness
Where is the furthest place you’ve traveled away from home?
If you could pick the opening act for JM’s next tour, who would it be?
I’d love to see a Mraz/ Mayer show but the truth is I’ve read Teagan’s answer and all I can think about is Tron Mayer, I think it’s the best idea ever! haha
Are there any guys on tumblr (other than JM) you’d be interested in meeting?
No one in particular. I’m interested in meeting the ones that I’m closer to, my friends from the fam, including you!
Can you start putting "read mores" on the long article text posts so they don't take up so much space?
You’re right. I don’t usually post texts and the interview it’s a bit long, I edited it and the read more option is not working on my blog. I’m sorry if it takes too much space but it’s a really good read.
BY: IAIN SHEDDEN From: The Australian May 26, 2012
YOU could forgive John Mayer for not wanting to talk. For one thing he’d be following doctor’s orders; for another, it would save him the pain of explaining why, just as he releases a new album, he can’t go on tour to promote it. Indeed, after concluding this interview he cancelled all his other media commitments.
Mayer, whose fifth album Born and Raised is released this weekend, is in temporary retirement from performing due to a recurrence of an illness he developed last year.
The 34-year-old New York-based singer, guitarist, writer and occasional stand-up comedian has granulomas - tiny growths - on his vocal cords, which were first diagnosed in September last year and for which he had surgery a month later.
At that point his new album, a sharp left turn into stripped-back Americana territory after the polished pop of 2009’s Battle Studies, was finished and Mayer, after recovering from the operation, made plans for a world tour this year. In March,however, the granulomas came back and he was forced to cancel a US tour and give up singing indefinitely. He’ll have more surgery in September. After that, it could be another nine months before he can take the stage.
In the circumstances, the Grammy-winning, multi-platinum-selling star is remarkably upbeat. “It’s just an ordeal,” he says. “It’s very stubborn, the thing in my throat, but it doesn’t pose any health concern. It’s like a blister in the worst possible place if you’re a singer.”
He admits, however, that not being able to do what he has been doing professionally since 2000 has caused him some grief. “I remember it being very frustrating even before there was surgery on the books,” he says. “It’s frustrating to go to an ear, nose and throat doctor, get a scope, have a very hopeful outlook and then see that it’s still there. After that it was disappointing to have it recur, but ever since then I’ve sort of accepted it.”
If he didn’t do that, he adds, “it would be frustrating for the next eight months and I think my brain is protecting me from having to deal with that”.
Mayer’s brain hasn’t always been so helpful. He made tabloid headlines two years ago, and not for the first time, when in an interview with Playboy magazine he described his former girlfriend, singer and actress Jessica Simpson, as sexual napalm. Mayer has dated a number of high-profile stars during his career, including Cameron Diaz, Taylor Swift and Jennifer Aniston. He’s also on record as saying that the break-up of his relationship with Aniston was one of the worst times in his life.
When Mayer released Shadow Days, the first single from the new album, in February, some US media reported that the song was about his break-up with Aniston. He won’t confirm that but said recently he regrets making those kiss-and-tell comments in the past.
Indeed, the Mayer of today seems a lot less the archetypal rock star and much more the reflective, thoughtful male trying to connect with his inner, sensitive soul. That’s as apparent on Born and Raised, a collection of 12 songs with titles such as If I Get Around to Living and The Age of Worry, as it is in his conversation.
He insists this new, almost folkie twist to his music is not a reaction to the fame and notoriety that came immediately before it. “No, and I didn’t want it to be that,” he says. “I don’t think it would be a very good record if it was a reaction to that. It’s a lot more thoughtful than that. It’s not reactionary. It’s not upset. It’s not pissed off at anyone. It doesn’t have any of that darkness in it.
"I never thought that I wanted to step away from fame. I just wanted to refocus my energy back on the basics and the things you should never be tired of. You should never be bored writing songs on the guitar with a piece of paper and a pen and then going on tour and playing it to people.
"You can go two ways as a musician or as an artist of any kind as you get older," he goes on. "You can either judge the future you want based on how well known you are and how high you are on the charts … or you can base it on how true you are to your path. Some people choose to live in this industry in a certain way. I’m 34. It’s OK to stop trying to keep up with the times."
FOR all that Mayer is a changed man, fame, Grammys and celebrity girlfriends might have been the dream when he left his home in Fairfield, Connecticut, to study at the renowned Berklee College of Music in Boston in 1997. Mayer, then 19, had been playing guitar for six years and had a particular fondness for the blues. His considerable guitar chops had been honed from studying artists such as Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughan. (One of Mayer’s many tattoos features the initials SRV on his shoulder.)
His Berklee education didn’t last long, however. He moved to Atlanta, Georgia, the following year and it was from there his solo career evolved. His first album, Room for Squares (2001), boasted a hybrid of pop, blues, folk and soul that would become the template for later releases. It also gave him his first Grammy when the song Your Body is a Wonderland was named best male pop vocal performance in 2002.
The albums that followed, Heavier Things (2003) and Continuum (2006), brought more Grammys and increasing worldwide acclaim. Mayer was the whole package, an artist with rock cred, good looks and the ability to craft radio-friendly pop songs.
His pop leanings reached a peak in 2009 with Battle Studies, an album that to some degree dumped an organic approach to recording in favour of a more technology-enhanced sound. It was a commercial success, debuting at No 1 on the Billboard chart, and produced the hit singles Heartbreak Warfare and Half of My Heart (featuring Swift). Reviews, however, were less favourable than for his previous albums, with some criticising it for being too safe and lacking direction.
Today Mayer has mixed feelings about it too, and it’s no accident that its successor is a largely acoustic, organic and inward-looking affair. It’s a reaction, partly at least, to “songs that were developed through technology”. “You get a different song when you use a piece of technology to write it than when you rely 100 per cent on the idea and the melody and the vocal and the connection,” he says.
His mood suggests that, looking through his back catalogue, it’s the songs without that studio sheen that are the keepers. “There’s a line in the sand between the songs that are still very vital to me and the ones that are more historical relics than forever songs,” is how he sees it.
"The ones that have stuck around in my mind like that are the ones that have a strong compositional essence to them. Not drum machines. I’m going to make whatever record has to come out now. If the goal was still selling millions and millions of copies and headlining shows I think that would trickle down to where you were writing a song and you’d say, ‘This isn’t marketable enough.’
"This album goes back to the time when songwriters had a tape recorder and a guitar and typewriter. That was the essential rule of making this record. No distractions. No trickery. Born and Raised is extremely personal in the sense that there is nothing in the way between the feeling of the song, the expression of it and the recording of it. It’s organic and soulful in that way. It’s not thinking about what it has to be to be soulful, which is a beautiful way to make art. I think when you’re 10 years into your career you can do that."
What you can do also, if you have a mind to, is take stock of your life and turn it into an album, which would seem to be Born and Raised’s raison d’etre. “I made the decision to evolve in a natural way,” Mayer says. “That means evolving out of constantly making music that can be played on the radio 24 hours a day on four different formats and be on heavy rotation lists.”
More than that, the album is about “deciding that you want to be happy, or fighting to be happy or discovering that there even is such a thing as happiness. They’re all songs that say, ‘Let’s get down to living. I want to be happy. I want love in my life.’ Born and Raised is about realising it before it’s too late.”
Phew. And is he happy? “I’m very happy with a slightly smaller set of expectations,” he says, “which I think is the key for me right now. I’m not asking for the world. I’m not asking for this concept of worldwide recognition.”
LONG before fame, Mayer had a pivotal moment not dissimilar to the one he is going through now with his inability to perform. When he was 17 he suffered from an irregular heartbeat, which at one point landed him in hospital for a weekend.
While convalescing he made up his mind to be a songwriter, and penned his first lyrics immediately after being discharged. Seventeen years later Mayer is planning to put his enforced professional confinement to good use by writing and recording (at least instrumentally) another album.
"There’s not much that can be explored because I can’t promote this record and I can’t tour with it," he says. "There’s something in the air or in the water around me that might lend itself to another record.
"I’m just trying to make the best of it. It knocks out all of the other distractions. I see nothing left to do but to write another record, because all I really want to do is go out on tour. Instead of being frustrated about not being able to do that for a whole bunch of months, I’m just going to pretend I didn’t want to anyway."
If the muse does hit him it will be a welcome distraction. The rules surrounding his illness aren’t listed in the rock ‘n’ roll life manual.
"The lifestyle that accompanies surgery and goes on for about six months after surgery is very disciplined," he explains. "It involves, obviously, no speaking. It also involves perfect diet, which pretty much means anything you enjoy eating or drinking is off the table."
Mayer knows this because he has been through it once already, only recently, and wasn’t expecting to have to endure it again. For that reason he has delayed having the repeat surgery for a few months.
"Having already done that for six months, actually longer, I couldn’t go right around the block and do it again," he says. "So I’m going to take a rest for a while, write as much as I can, and then round about September reapply myself to that sort of lifestyle.
"Then maybe by this time next year I’ll have two records," he adds.
As to his absence from radio, television and the print and digital media round to promote Born and Raised, he’s not overly concerned.
"I’m happy to be able to make a record. Obviously I have no control over not being able to tour, so I don’t think I’ll ever have an opportunity like this to see what happens when people just notice the record on the shelves or however they come to discover it. One thing’s for sure, if people really like this record, if it gets successful, it’ll be on the record alone. It wouldn’t be from any promotion."
Even if he’s not in interview mode, Mayer is hoping there may be a few other ways of keeping himself busy during this career lay-off. His reputation as a guitar player could be one such avenue.
Mayer has diverted into several areas of the arts during his career. He had a stint as a stand-up comic in the mid-noughties and made a half-hour television program called John Mayer has a TV Show in 2004. He has explored writing as well, first as a columnist for Esquire magazine and more recently as an avid blogger incorporating music, comedy and snippets from his diary. He has also designed signature guitars and amplifiers.
And should he want to play guitar with or for other people, there would be plenty of performers happy to enlist his services. He says that since his voice problems became known a few offers have “come down the line”. Keith Urban is just one performer - and no slouch as a guitarist either - with whom Mayer has shared a stage in recent years.
"I’d love to do more of that kind of thing," Mayer says. "That would be something I might not be able to do if I was on my own tour. I don’t know that that’s the first thought people have of me, though … as a guitar player. I’d love to spend some time playing music with other people. Maybe you could help with that … the power of the written word."
Now it’s out there, as is the album. “It’s interesting to put a record out and not be at the breakneck pace of touring,” he says with just a hint of resignation. “For one thing, you have a lot more time to worry about the record. And there’s a lot of free time to worry about things not going well.”
John Mayer Going for Third No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart
John Mayer’s new album “Born and Raised” is heading for No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart next week. Industry sources suggest it could sell around 220,000 to 240,000 copies by week’s end on Sunday, May 27.
The new Billboard 200 chart’s top 10 will be revealed on the morning of Wednesday, May 30.If the album starts atop the list, it will mark his third leader on the chart. The ailing singer also hit No. 1 with 2003’s “Heavier Things” and 2009’s “Battle Studies.” (Mayer has a throat condition called granuloma which prevents him from singing, and he canceled a planned spring tour earlier this year.)
"Battle Studies" bowed with 289,000 in its first week according to Nielsen SoundScan, while "Heavier Things" launched with 317,000. He released another solo studio album between those sets, 2006’s "Continuum," which entered at No. 2 off a 300,000 start.
Other albums looking to make a high entry on the chart next week include MercyMe’s “The Hurt & the Healer,” Sara Bareilles’ EP “Once Upon Another Time,” Slash’s “Apocalyptic Love” (featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators) and Kimbra’s “Vows.”
Two former “American Idol” finalists are set to arrive on the tally next week as well. 2009 winner Kris Allen will likely see his sophomore album “Thank You Camellia” bow in the top 20. Last year’s third-place finisher, Haley Reinhart, is on course for a top 20 debut as well with her debut set, “Listen Up.”
“The rule was, write songs, just write em’. And don’t worry if they’re good or bad while you write them. If I was going to have a songwriting class, the first day would be 15 mins long. I’d say “write me a song as bad as you can make it.” And you would see a lot of people not coming in for that next class, cuz they’d be too afraid to write the bad song. You gotta start from 0. If you start writing bad songs you start writing better songs and then you start getting really good. If you try to get in the building on the 12th floor you’ll never make it. You have to get in the basement floor and work up from there.”—John Mayer (via geoffreyt)
As we enter a very active Memorial Day weekend for our community team, I wanted to give the increasing number of social media followers (thanks to JM and team…) a chance to understand what we do at NCIRE. Thanks for reading, thanks for following, thanks for sharing, thanks for caring…
Hello and thank you for the link, dearest:) but there's one thing I found out. Is it only me or do the videos have no sound? I've got three clips from the download posted earlier by our lovely friend, Cesilie and dirtytaylorswift, but it's not the whole interview or at least one clip is still in the mystery, and a man crush part is missing. I can't believe that looking for this interview is harder than searching for a needle in the ocean.
Hello! The videos work fine on my computer, try to open them with quicktime or vlc. The whole interview is not available, only two short clips: the hat one and the plead the fifth one which is also the man crush one, he talks about Ryan Gosling at the end and we have 20 minutes from the Aftershow, so we can’t complain! :) But I do hope we get to see the whole thing soon!
i was checking out john’s revamped site and i saw that his custom strat from continuum and a framed, autographed photo of john taken by danny clinch are both up for auction, with all proceeds going to NCIRE. check it out: http://bit.ly/JWIJTp.
If anyone has a Youtube video of the latest episode or a video that isn’t linked to the Bravo website, please, please let me know. When I try and watch it on the website, I get an annoying woman who says; “This content is unavailable”. Maybe it’s because I’m in the UK that I can’t watch it, I don’t know. Help me out JM fam :)