I have a history with John Mayer. He was one of the first musicians I followed after my boy band, 90’s pop days. I could listen to him play the guitar for hours. I own every one of his albums and have seen him in concert more times than any other artist. I’m still a fan but I don’t follow him as much as I used to. That being said, his music will always be like home to me. I listen to his songs when I need to feel something familiar and comfortable. When I’m stressed, his voice calms me down. I always wished I could meet him, have a conversation with him and tell him that. But I’m not as obsessed with that happening anymore. It is what it is.
Room For Squares might be my favorite album by JM. It’s sort of in a three-way tie with Continuum and Where The Light Is. I enjoy the electric guitar as much as the next person and John can play the shit out of it but there’s just something about his acoustic songs that I love. From the first few chords on “No Such Thing”, RFS is one of those rare albums that I can listen to from beginning to end. It reminds me of younger days when I was still in college and first realized that I had a special connection with music. It reminds me of buying my first pair of JM tix (Holmdel, NJ 2006). My dad came with me. We had great seats. John played an amazing live version of “Neon” and the rest is history.
“St. Patrick’s Day” was never initially a favorite of mine. I was more the ‘Why Georgia’, ‘Your Body Is A Wonderland’ girl. But one day I listened to the album and realized how much I liked the song John decided to end it with. The song has this dreamy, white wintery sound to it. Big jackets. Hats. Scarves. Hot chocolate. Non-annoying snow. You kind of get lost in all the visuals you can create from listening to the song.
Here’s hoping John goes on tour again soon!