Wednesday, May 23, 2012

And for once in his life, it was quiet

No matter how you feel about John Mayer-- his antics, his music, or his personal growth project-- when he's on, he's on. Personally, I think his new album Born & Raised is pretty on. Especially this one song, which just forced me to pay attention. I believe that some songs are more special. Not necessarily better, but more special. They occupy a more real story telling space. A more specific truth. When people (often) ask, "why musicals" "why a song there?" it's nice to be able to point to examples-- even in pop music. The places where only the song could tell you exactly who that person is, in the shortest time, with the fewest, truest words. 

Walt Grace is a fictional character that John Mayer made up. That doesn't matter at all. I know exactly who he is. I'd know him on the street. I know the part of my own self that is him. And I know the part of John that is him. 

It's kind of a weird song, right? But to me, it's in the same way that Patty Grffin/Dixie Chicks - Top of the World is weird. And very very present. 


  1. I love it! I think is one of his best albums! :)

  2. Excellent review!!! You are spot on about relating to the fictitious character, Walt.

  3. Lovely. And I hope you know how on you are, in regards to many many things. Thanks, as always.

  4. Thanks for the lovely comments, dear readers. Especially you, Emily! Miss you!


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