In addition to being ridiculous good looking, John Mayer is quite the musician, guitarist — and writer. It’s pretty rare that I listen to one of his songs and don’t really feel something, however momentary. Most of his music hits me straight in the gut, honestly, and I find myself thinking about snippets of songs constantly without even realizing it.
All this thinking about fall brought me to tons of JM’s lyrics, most notably my favorite song of all time: “Stop This Train.” I don’t know what reminds me of the fall persay — he doesn’t explicitly say anything about autumn. I guess “driving away in the dark”? I don’t know. It just seems sort of lonely, retrospective and sad — a song I would listen to while driving home from College Park. Somehow I always feel nostalgic while driving.
Regardless of the sadness of some of the tunes (or because of it?), I love him. His sophomore album “Heavier Things” was one of the first purchases I made with my own money from my first job. I had it on repeat my freshman year of college as I cruised around Southern Maryland, trying to figure out where I was going and what I was doing and if I was making the right decisions about so many — oh, so many — things.
I’m still that 18-year-old kid driving around listening to John Mayer, it’s just that now I have the added five years of experiences to ponder and add to the mix of chaos.