The Legacy of Music
John Mayer over Daughters en meer

John Mayer over Daughters en meer

23, September 2015

John Mayer raakte, als 8 jarig ventje, geïnspireerd door het gitaarspel van Michael J. Fox in de film Back To The Future. Nadat een buurman hem een bandje van Stevie Ray Vaughan had gegeven, raakte hij voorgoed verslingerd aan de gitaar. Heel veel jaren later werd Mayer’s gitaarspel ontdekt tijdens een optreden op South by Southwest en al snel tekende hij zijn eerste platencontract. Inmiddels heeft de Amerikaan een omvangrijk oeuvre aan nummers opgebouwd. Over 10 nummers doet hij hieronder in het kort zijn verhaal.



“ So many beautiful women have “daddy issues”. I loved a girl a lot, but she couldn’t trust men. And if you trace it back, it was the first man in her life she couldn’t trust. I know this song sounds like I’m just sitting around the house, spitballing, thinking of really lofty things to think about, but it really is the result of tracing it backwards to find out how I could possibly love this person. And the answer is: you can’t. Because someone else didn’t before you.”



“This song will grow up with me. You might get one of those in a lifetime. I’ve played ‘Gravity’ with both joy and sadness.”


Half Of My Heart

“I woke up with the song in my head called ‘Half of My Heart, and the idea is that it’s this real sort of updated – not that it needs to be updated – sort of Tom Petty, Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Nicks thing.” 

He added. “I thought, ‘Well, if this is going to be my love letter to that style of music, who’s going to be the Stevie Nicks in this equation?’ And I thought, ‘This Taylor Swift girl is going to be around for a long time.'”


Heartbreak Warfare

Fans speculeerden of het onderwerp van dit nummer de actrice Jennifer Aniston is met wie Mayer een tijdje ‘involved’ was…

Geïrriteerd reageerde Mayer daar destijds op “That would mean that my personal life is more powerful than the music itself, and it’s just not. No one’s personal life is more powerful than music itself, and it’s just not. By the way, I’m not the first person to process a personal life into putting out a record,” he added. “I think if there’s any intrigue – obviously it would be silly of me to ask somebody not to be intrigued – but I think when the music starts playing, you’re not thinking about my life, you’re thinking about yours.”


Your Body Is a Wonderland

Over Mayer’s allereerste vriendinnetje toen hij 14 jaar oud was…

“It’s really a song about when you could love someone enough to jump into bed at 4 and get out when it’s dark, like when you go see a movie and you walk out and it’s dark out – same thing except instead of the movie it’s sex.”


Waiting On The World To Change

Het nummer beschrijft hoe de meeste mensen omgaan met de problemen in de wereld… Mayer: “I wanted to start a debate. Most of us are happy to wait for things to change.”

Hij zingt, “Me and all my friends, we are all misunderstood, say we stand for nothing but there’s no way we ever could,” he’s talking about his generation and their lack of faith in the government – all we can do is wait, and it seems like everyone is waiting for the world to become a better place. We sit on our hands and watch as the government takes control.


Who Says

In een gesprek met Rolling Stone, claimed Mayer dat de tekst niet gaat over soft-drugs:  “When I sing it, I do not think about marijuana – I think about walking around your house naked with a guitar. It’s about being in control of the pleasure in your life.”

“Around the time I was making Continuum, I was having a little sex, and I was listening to Miles Davis’ In A Silent Way. I was naked and playing the guitar post-coitus. I was fiddling around with the guitar, and I went (singing) ‘Who says I can’t get stoned…’ And it was lovely.”


Paper Doll

In 2015 bevestigde Mayer, na vele speculaties, dat het liedje over Taylor Swift gaat…

“The song never got listened to as a song. It became a news story because of the lyrics, I’m not in the business of telling people what the song is about. I never said anything about it. And now I just go, ‘Look, I can say the name Taylor Swift. She’s an artist. I’m an artist. Let’s just… everybody stop. Nobody’s got an incurable cancer. We’re rich people who get to live out our dreams. Let’s just stop it.’ I’m a musician who’s bigger than one song or one record.”


Stop This Train

“The song is about getting older touched on a time when I suffered from a ‘quarter-life crisis’ in 2004. My 20s were so great I could have rented them out. But, at 27, I crashed. Now, at 30, I’m more settled.”


Who You Love

Mayer: “It’s an I love you song based on the fact that I’ve tried to run and I’m not running and I give up.”

Over de bijdrage van ex- Katy Perry: “I immediately thought about Katy and I was like, what a cool voice. What a cool artistic personality to have on. It was a really fun opportunity for her to write like, her answer to that. So you get these two sides to this relationship that are brutally honest but no less universal.”




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