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John Mayer - The Search for Everything

Posted by Kat Cullen on 2017/05/23

You know how, back in the old days, you'd get a brand new album (or CD or cassette or ohmygosh 8-track) and listen to it over and over again? That's me right now in 2017 with the brand new John Mayer collection The Search For Everything. I am absolutely madly, passionately, crazy in love with these songs. This voice. The words, the vibe, the guitar, the variety ... it's all here with Mr. Mayer.

From the kickoff single "Moving On and Getting Over" to the pleasantly upbeat "Love On The Weekend" to the catchy yet poignant "Still Feel Like Your Man," John never disappoints with his clever lyrics -

"I still keep your shampoo in my shower
In case you wanna wash your hair
And I know that you probably found yourself someone somewhere
But I do not really care
'Cause as long as it is there
I still feel like your man"

But his pain is also on display and he never skirts the issue. Allegedly about his breakup with Katy Perry (and it doesn't really matter because these songs touch on feelings we have all tested) John is flexing some newly mature grownup muscle with these new songs. Not that he hasn't always been brilliant. He has. It's just that these new "confessions" shine a positive and more measured light on the relationship experience.  "Emoji Of A Wave" and "Never On The Day You Leave" are two perfect examples. You feel the heartache. You feel the melancholy. But you also feel acceptance and hope.

My son, singer-songwriter Sam Drysdale (new EP coming later this year on Warner Canada!) has long been a John Mayer fan. Dare I say it was John himself who led Sam to his career in music. Sam couldn't wait to share "In The Blood" with me (this new album was released in three waves, and this particular song was part of the final one).

"How much of my mother has my mother left in me
How much of my love will be insane to some degree
And what about this feeling that I'm never good enough
Will it wash out in the water or is it always in the blood?"

Yep. It is that kind of eloquent, truthful, even painful self-analysis that places Mr. Mayer into an elite stratosphere of musical poets. I could read his words in silence and be (almost) as fulfilled.

My favorite track on the record (yes, it is available on vinyl and yes I do love them all) is "You're Gonna Live Forever In Me." If there ever was a coming-of-age, seasoned response to the end of romantic love, this is it.

"Life is full of sweet mistakes
And love's an honest one to make
Time leaves no fruit on the tree
But you're gonna live forever in me
I guarantee, it's just meant to be"

I'm pretty sure The Search For Everything marks a new chapter in the personal evolution of John Mayer. His musical evolution continues also and I for one am truly grateful for grownup, articulate, insightful verse. Add to that his obvious musical brilliance and the search concludes with this masterpiece. For now. As ever, I cannot wait to see what dear John gives us next.

I think I'll go listen again ....

 

Vickie van Dyke

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Posted by patrick driscoll (mississauga) on 2017/09/05
Cant get enough thank you. Pat.
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