Sometimes you need a little wind in your hair even if that wind is from descent.
John Mayer Quote of the Day
The Alan Light interview.
Quote of the Day.
I was going to Berklee College of Music in 1997. My mom and dad would give me $250 a month to spend, but I started overdrawing from the bank, so I was below broke. My dad sent me a check for $250 and wrote, ‘John, remember me when you go platinum.’ I held onto that note through everything. Two days ago, he got his platinum plaque with that very piece of paper inside the glass.
John Mayer, 2002
I like being a nice guy. I think a lot of artists are purposely not nice because they feel like it really augments their whole image. I like the idea of not having an image to uphold. I like making records and being good at making records and playing the guitar and singing. And when I am off the job I’m like, ‘Hi, how are you?’ It must be hard to be a hard ass because it takes a lot of dedication to ignore someone.
I knew what I wanted early in life. The biggest blessing was that I never lay [in] bed looking at the ceiling saying, ‘What do I want to be?’
My lyrics are clearly by somebody who’s doing nothing but sitting down and thinking [to himself] all day. It’s not ‘Hey, how are you doing?’ but ‘Please let me purge and tell you what it’s like right now.’ I think the people who latched onto my music live inside their own heads and have been second-guessed for it a lot.
I look at Justin with *NSYNC and I think, ‘Okay, these guys are wearing matching jackets that are made of Twizzlers, but there’s something waiting to happen there!’ I have this fantasy of coming up with three songs for Justin, with my approach to melody and his approach to singing.
JM on Justin Timberlake, 2002
I remember every Tuesday walking down the aisles of the record store and finding nothing – coming back with a record that had like a couple good songs and the rest were anemic, in terms of melodies or hooks. And I remember saying to myself, ‘I’m just going to have to make that record [I’ve been searching for]
John Mayer, 2002
John Mayer, on being asked if he has any advice for aspiring young artists
If he were a stock, I would cash out all my publishing and buy it. I think Justin Timberlake is the next Michael Jackson. That kid is walking around with this melody bomb in his head and nobody knows it’s about to go off.
John Mayer on Justin Timberlake, July 2002