For many the name John Mayer works in three ways. 1 - He is an absolute genius of a guitar player and beautiful songwriter who you could listen to all day. 2 - I don't care for him. 3 - Who?.
For me he is number one of these and here is why.
I was introduced to John Mayer by chance in a chatzy group (remember them) when I was 17. I was sent a YouTube link to 'Why Georgia' and I'm not going to lie I thought this is 'nice', I have to also emphasise at this point I was an Oasis fantastic and had my hair just like Noel Gallagher and would be seen sporting an epiphone dot electric guitar and red takamine acoustic guitar.
But as I dug deeper into Mayer's music I found a song called 'Bigger Than My Body'. And, as I have spoken about, as someone who was suffering huge anxiety and panic attacks from my heart operation the lyrics in the song blew my mind. I'd never felt so connected to a song in my life. "Someday I'll Fly, Someday I'll soar. Someday I'll be so damn much more. Because I'm bigger than my body gives me credit for". This lyric stayed with me for years, and still to this day when I hear the song I can't help but get chills and feel deep emotion going through my soul.
So a few years after getting into Mayer's music I was watching a movie called 'The Bucket List', you know the tear jerking, laugh out loud, phenomenal movie which stars Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman who emabark on fulfilling their bucket lists after being diagnosed with cancer. Well if the film wasn't enough at the end credits I hear a very familiar voice. "It's Mayer!" I say to my mate James (who I was pushing onto Mayer, I think I do that to everyone!).. So we sit and listen to the song play out while the credits roll.
Well the emotion on this was even greater, specifically the lyrics "Walking like a one man army, fighting with the shadows in your head, living out the same old moments". Another huge emotional connection with another sublime John Mayer song for me.
Needless to say I have ever since always been a huge fan. Since I was sent that YouTube link I've managed to see at least one show on every tour he's done here in the UK. And overtime I've felt more and more connected.
As a musician and singer-songwriter I'm always learning, but the biggest thing I've learnt from the top guys out there, is emotion and connection is everything.
So I thank John Mayer for his lessons, and support through his music (without him knowing, or possibly he's read this now), music is power and power can lead to great joy if used correctly.
On top of all this by becoming a Mayer fan, I found Tim Bradshaw (Tim was Mayer's keys player and can been seen on the 'Where The Light Is' DVD), who has since produced my music and co-written my latest album with me as well as became a very dear friend.
I recorded an acoustic rendition of the song 'Say' in my bedroom, which has never been available for download. But as a THANK YOU for being one of my subscribers you can download it for FREE by clicking the 'Download Single' box below.
If you like the track you might also consider checking out 'Dig To Locate'. It's my latest album filled with acoustic guitar, beautiful slide guitar and a chilled emotional vocal, as well as some exciting road trip tracks with that clean electric guitar sound, produced by Tim Bradshaw.