Thursday, June 18, 2009

130 Songs: John Mayer (14-21/130)

He kind of looks like Jonathan Rhys Myers here

We all know him as Jennifer Aniston's annoying ex, that jerk from TMZ, Sir Tweet-A-Lot, and Mr. Wonderland Body. But no matter how much of a douchebag John Mayer is, we must admit that he has an understanding of profound sadness. Makes you wonder if he's really playing the part, if Hollyweird gobbled him up and filled his head with dreams of stardomhood, or if he's really just a jerk with a big heart. Even so, I still like him and his gut-wrenching, soul-crushing songs. Besides, he's the first person whom I've heard coin the term quarter life crisis, and my god, does he know a lot about it.

Some peope may want him for his funk songs or his made-it-big-in-the-acoustic-crowd *ehemYOURBODYISAWONDERLAND* songs, but for me, I like his twenty-something existential anguish and break-up songs for no particular reason at all. I think I just gravitate to these types of songs from him because I like seeing his big ego broken.

14. Something's Missing by John Mayer

Poor little rich girls, rich little poor girls, burnt out middle class employees, quarter-life crisis victims, this is our song. From the sound of that first guitar strum to lyrics like

I'm dizzy from the shopping mall
I searched for joy but I bought it all
It doesn't help the hunger pains
And a thirst I'd have to drown first to
ever satiate

I can't be sure that this state of mine
Is not of my own design
I wish there was an over-the-counter test
For loneliness
For loneliness like this

you know that John Mayer already verbalized what we've all been feeling -- the emptiness, the alienation, the loneliness. If only for that, I'd forget that he didn't call Jason Mraz back and greet him for his birthday before.

Also, here's a version with the John Mayer Trio. I like the adlibs he do whenever he goes live, but not always. I'd still prefer the album version. He gets too talkative when he's live.

15. Gravity by John Mayer

Continuum is probably the best John Mayer album, hands down. There are a lot of gems in this one including, but not limited to, the sap When You're Dreaming with a Broken Heart and I'm Gonna Find Another You, but Gravity trumps everything. It's honest, it's pensive, and it's hopeful.

Also, House season 3 episode 2!

16. New Deep by John Mayer

Continuing with the twenty somethings' 'What am I here for?" woes as a theme for Heavier Things, there's New Deep. Perfect when you're barely getting by with your life.

The following songs make up this story in my head about a relationship that crashed and burned, all scored and with the story told through John Mayer songs.
17. My Stupid Mouth by John Mayer

For awkward first, second, third, and fourth dates. Call me Captain Backfire.

18. Back to You by John Mayer

And then here is where it starts getting sour. You're still all pa-cute over losing your OTL, so you listen to this song.

P.S. No mid-20-year-older can deny ever liking this song in college and when Paolo Santos started milking this song for what it's worth. Never liked the Paolo Santos covers though. Ugh.
19. Split Screen Sadness by John Mayer

How do I begin to explain how much I love this song? Split Screen Sadness is a break-up song that perfectly undergoes Elizabeth Kubler-Ross' Five Stages of Grief. Let me illustrate:

Cause I can't wait to figure out what's wrong with me
So I can say that this is the way that I used to be

All you need is love, is a lie cause
We had love but we still said goodbye
Now we're tired, battered fighters

I called
I just
Need to feel you on the line
Don't hang up this time

And it stings when it's nobody's fault
Cause there's nothin' to blame at the drop of your name
It's only the air you took and the breath you left

So I'll check the weather wherever you are
Cause I wanna know if you can see the stars tonight
It might be my only right

20. Comfortable by John Mayer

Who among you dreamt of being the Comfortable girl, raise your hands! *sigh* Didn't we all? The girl who can distinguish Miles from Coltrane (in the live version, he used "Can distinguish me from Jack Jonson". Lulz!), who still looks perfect and flawless with gray sweatpants on, and is wanted back.

21. Why Did You Mess with Forever by John Mayer
This is where you throw away the wedding invitation drafts that you've had printed. Just in case.

I can't believe John Mayer can write a song like this.

Eight songs for John Mayer. Wow, I didn't know I like him THAT much! I really don't care what John Mayer does with his personal life as long as he keeps producing good music like this. But seriously, you can't deny talent like this, no matter how pompous said TALENT gets.


Anonymous said...

haaay Mara. :) *speechless happy*

d$mania said...

Gravity live is something to be seen. Mayer is awesome... good piece.

Anonymous said...

ang galing ng description sa Split screen sadness /sigh

yay #21 na! :)

ANDOi said...

Finally, got somebody here in the Pinas who sees the same way I do.

sillygirlwaves said...

@Alex :D Where's your list!!
@Kath, yay! I'll try to do a mixed set next time. Nakakasawa na ang 1 artist per post.
@ANDOi, you hate Paolo Santos, too? Lulz.

Andalusia said...

I love Something's Missing the most.

Anonymous said...

OMG yeah Continuum! Slow Dancing in a Burning Room, Vultures, overall it's a superb album! I like John Mayer most especially for his talent but I hate his taste in girls.. Jessica Simpson? Ew.

18. Eh kadiri naman talaga kasi si Paolo Santos. Ugh talaga.

19. Uuuy that's some creative thinking! Galing!

sillygirlwaves said...

Oh yean, Vultures! Almost forgot about that one.

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