Monday, March 22, 2010

the twenty-first century poet

John Mayer is the poet and songwriter of my generation, the 21st century poet. If you can listen to his music and not agree at least 10% of the above statement being true, then I'm not sure how you get up every morning.

Just kidding.

But really, Mayer's music is so beautiful and true, that it's somewhat un-imaginable for me to think that one could completely hate all of his music and songwriting. Granted, I don't LOVE every single song he's written or performs, but it's pretty damn close. The lyrics he writes are just so brilliant and sucker-punch you with memories and thoughts you didn't know existed or you probably had forgotten about. I'm a true fan and don't just love the big hits, in fact they're some of my lesser favorites; so here, I'd like to introduce you to my favorites of the moment and to a memorable quote by the poet.

I Don't Trust Myself With Loving You
No I'm not the man I used to be lately
See you met me at an interesting time
If my past is any sign of your future
You should be warned before I let you inside

Hold on to whatever you find baby
Hold on to whatever will get you through
Hold on to whatever you find baby
I don't trust myself with loving you

Good Love Is On The Way
Three years broken hearted
But now her ghost is finally gone
I'm done with broken people
This is me
I'm working on (cause I know)

Good love is on the way
I've been lonely but I know, I'll be okay
Good love is on the way

"I've tried every approach to living, I've tried it all. I haven't tried everything but I've tried every approach. Sometimes you have to try everything to get the approach the same but...haha. I've tried it all, I bought a bunch of stuff and I went 'Nah, I don't like that; I kind of came in and out of that a couple times. Thought I would shut myself off, I thought maybe that's cool, maybe that's what you have to do to be a genius is you have to be mad. So if you get mad before the word genius, then maybe you can get the word genius to appear, right? That doesn't work either. And I'm in a good place, I've paced myself pretty well, I'm thirty, I've seen some cool stuff, made a lot of stuff happen for myself, I've made a lot of stuff happen for myself. That's a really cool sentance when you're in your twenties, 'I made it happen for myself'.

But all that means is that I've just somehow or another found a way to synthesize love or synthesize soothing; but you can't get that and what I'm saying is I've messed with all the approaches except for one and it's gonna sound really corny but that's just LOVE. That's just LOVE. I've done everything in my life I wanna do except just give and feel love for my living.

And I don't mean like, uh, 'roman candle, firework, Hollywood hot pink love'. I mean 'I got your back' love! I don't need to hear I love you. You guys love me, I love you, we got that down.

But some of the people who will tell you that they love you are the same people who are the last to just have your back.

So I'm going to experiment with this love thing. Giving love, feeling love. I know it sounds really corny but it's the last thing I got to check out before I check out."

Here's to not reading the tabloids and seeing an artist and person for who they truly are and what they're actually trying to do and put forth into this world.

John Mayer, you're amazingly talented and I cannot wait for your next (LIVE) album.
- L

PS: Thanks to everyone who commented on my last post! I know to some of you, ten comments isn't much, but that's HUGE deal to me. So, thank you everyone, that was a wonderful little highlight of my weekend.


  1. I like his music. I sued to listen to it a lot and I really like the lyrics. I guess we are more than ever making good music, and to who think that only in the past there was good music and artists, musicians like Mayer shows it isn't like that at all.

    Have a great day (and lovely blog you have)


  2. Hey! I just searched for "I Don't Trust Myself" in my iTunes because that was the exact song I needed to listen to. I agree with you about John Mayer. He's great. I especially love "No Such Thing"; actually it was the song that made me really listen to his other songs. "Why Georgia" was not impressive at the time, but "No Such Thing" really spoke to me.

    Good Love is great too. :D

    But I always thought that speech about love was a little corny. And he sounds so ironic saying it. I tend to skip over the speech in the CD and listen to more music.


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