‘Someday I’ll Fly’: Documenting John Mayers

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“Someday I’ll fly, someday I’ll soar, someday I’ll be so damn much more.”Bigger than my body, John Mayer.

‘Someday I’ll fly’ is a documentary made by Eastwood Allen on John Mayer featuring his rare interviews, songs and clips. When you watch it, you believe in flying, in dreaming, in music and in finding yourself living your dream some day. He has been inspired by the blues, has grown up listening to the blues and provided us all a big relief from all blues! From producing slow songs to more aggressive pop music, he has experimented with a lot and still created magic.

I’m not exaggerating when I say that he is a blessing to all mankind. Whenever you listen to him, you tend to wonder what you have done in your lifetime to deserve such beautiful, heartfelt and honest music.

Once you listen to his music, you immediately connect with it, there is no two way. It’s a one way street and it only goes to heaven.

One of the most influential musicians of our time, he graduated from Berklee College of Music in Boston and started his career when he moved to Atlanta. At 13, John Mayer knew he wanted to go into the field of music. He wrote in his high school yearbook, “I know that school never did anything for me. I knew when I was 13 what I wanted to do.”

Here’s a brief summary for anyone who has not listened to him yet, and would like to start. Really, spreading happiness is as easy as sharing a John Mayer song!

“Never underestimate the power of music. It’ll heal your soul”

point-1His first album, ‘Room for Squares‘, consisted of his famous tracks such as ‘Why Georgia’, ‘Your Body is a Wonderland’, ‘Neon’, ‘St. Patrick’s Day’ and ‘No Such Thing’. The album subtly represented his love for blues, and brought with it a new wave of music style.

“Everything happens for a reason is no reason, not to ask myself if I’m living it right” – Why Georgia, John Mayer

“I just found out there’s no such thing as a real world, just a lie you’ve got to rise above” – No Such Thing, John Mayer

Mayer, more relaxed and focused on his art, in his second album ‘Heavier Things’ actually gave us all an answer, or maybe a question no one asked about the actual heavier things (not the album). Not only did he win a Grammy for the track ‘Daughters’ but also won all of our hearts with songs like ‘Home Life’, ‘Something’s Missing’, ‘Bigger Than My Body’, Split Screen Sadness and Clarity’.

“How come everything I think I need, always comes with batteries?”- Something’s Missing, John Mayer

“By the time I recognize this moment, this moment will be gone…But I will bend the light, pretend that it somehow lingered on”- Clarity, John Mayer

point-2-and-3Mayer wrote, “I’m obsessed with time lately, constantly crunching the numbers to get some sense of where I stand in the continuum”, and that’s how came into life his boldest, most beautiful and most vibrant work ‘Continuum’. Songs like ‘Waiting on the World to Change’ gave us the freshness and motivation we all deserved and his most soulful songs included ‘Stop This Train’, ‘The Heart of Life’, ‘Gravity’, ‘Slow Dancing in a Burning Room’ and ‘Vultures’.

“Pain throws your heart to the ground,

Love turns the whole thing round,

Fear is a friend who’s misunderstood

But I know the Heart of Life is good”– John Mayer

His next album revealing a pop side to his music came as another beautiful shade of John Mayer displaying his fun, aggressive and bold music style. ‘Battle Studies’ brought together all the conflicts, pain and beauty in our lives. ‘Heartbreak Warfare’, ‘Half of my Heart’ and ‘Who Says’, all these tracks are a refreshing break from reality.

“Who says I can’t be free?

From all the things that I used to be?”– Who Says, John Mayer

point-4-and-5‘Born and Raised’, probably his most honest and raw album had many problems in its way, initially, being delayed due to granulomas discovered in his throat. The granulomas were found next to the vocal chords and were treatable. Mayer described this as a “temporary setback”, and released his most breathtaking album just after a little while. ‘Shadow days’ being the first track followed by one of his most inspirational song, Walt Grace’s ‘Submarine Test’, January 1967.

“Cause when you’re done with this world,

You know the next is up to you” – Walt Grace, John Mayer

“If I ever get around to living,

It’s gonna be just like I dreamed,

I’m gonna take the love I’m giving and set it free.” – If I Ever Get Around to Living, John Mayer

Last but not the least, ‘Paradise Valley’ has made us all cry, laugh and be reborn again! Being one of the most profound albums, it has left us all only wanting for more of Mayer. John had a throat surgery right before the release of this album and yet he produced an album, enchanting as ever.

And, all the beautiful albums have only left us wanting for more. Each of his album is incomparable, none of them being better than the others. He has talked about trying new genres and styles of music in each of his albums and even with all the new things, we have never seen him lose his originality and quality of music he makes. Here’s a man who is not afraid to experiment, change, evolve and still make music beautiful as ever.

About the Author:

Pragya Pasricha (Dept. of Economics, PU Campus)

Pragya Pasricha
(Dept. of Economics, PU Campus)

Constantly shifting from super energetic to unimaginably lazy while watching Sherlock episodes all day. I’m an enthusiast for good food, great music, enthralling conversations and of course, beautiful literature. Trying to make a difference, one word and one place at a time.

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