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Meg Says, Listen to This: “Split Screen Sadness”

Over the past few months, I’ve found myself returning again and again to the ever amazing catalog of John Mayer’s music. I’ve been a fan since my middle school nights spent falling asleep to the sounds of Room for Squares. Mayer has had an interesting evolution of style over the years, but he never loses that touch of such deep emotional connection, a mastermind of lyrical poetry, and awe-inspiring guitar skills. I’m always waiting in anticipation for whatever soul stirring album he’ll put out next, but in the meantime, I fall in love all over again with the old stuff. So, today’s a day I’m sharing a throwback. One song I keep coming back to is “Split Screen Sadness” from the Heavier Things album. I know I have a habit of sharing favorite lines from songs here, but this one is so hard to pick a few. The WHOLE song has some of my favorite lyrics of Mayer’s. The energy in this song is so raw and real. And in a way only John Mayer can do – he finds a way to encapsulate what so many of us are feeling post break-up. That indecision and lingering compulsion to call them. Or the realization that it wasn’t really either person’s fault (it really is so much harder when there’s no one to blame.) Then you’re just left with that heavy sadness. If I force myself to be conclusive in picking something, I’ll leave you with this because some days when the words resonate in my mind I feel as if I wrote them myself.

“I called because I just
Need to feel you on the line
Don’t hang up this time
And I know it was me who called it over but
I still wish you’d fought me ’til your dying day
Don’t let me get away”

If this song passed you by somehow the first time around, I recommend giving it a listen now:

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Listen to This: “In Your Atmosphere”

I have to say, I think “In Your Atmosphere” might be one of John Mayer’s most under-rated songs. I have this live version on my phone from the Live at the Nokia Theatre album. I was listening this morning in the gym, and instead of singing along (because I try not to do that in the gym – I think it’s weird and distracting,) and it kind of stopped me in my tracks.

I mean, honestly…

“I don’t think I’m gonna go to LA anymore
I don’t know what its like to land and not race t0 your door
I don’t think I’m gonna go to LA anymore” 

Have truer words been sung? You know, those times in life where “home” becomes less about a place, and more about a person, and when you return to somewhere it’s not about walking to your own doorstep, or your head hitting your pillow, but walking into the arms of someone who’s face replaced whatever you’d considered home up until then? And I guess sometimes those things last, and sometimes they don’t. And I think the energy he sings this song with, that urgency and the emotion? It captures those times. And sure maybe I’m wrong, but that’s what I always get out of it. And I love the simplicity in the truth.

There at the end he goes into:

“Wherever I go, Whatever I do
I wonder where I am in my relationship to you
Wherever you go, Wherever you are
I watch that pretty life play out in pictures from afar”

And maybe he means when you’re dating a celebrity you can see their lives play out in magazines. Then again though, think about our generation…we might not have talked to someone in person in the past eight years, and we could still see pictures of their lives on Facebook. Their weddings, children, breakups, promotions, birthdays – so much of it is displayed for all to see. We can watch it unfold right in front of us.

Not everyone’s a Mayer fan, but if you haven’t listened to this song, or you’re in need of a reminder of what a great one it is, go give it a listen.

 

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Music Monday, Listen to This: “I Don’t Trust Myself (With Loving You)”

Good morning everyone! Over here, it’s “dark and ominous” outside, according to the radio. Well, it is dark but it’s Monday and if we start giving into the morning gloom now we’ll be doomed for the week. So skip that and forge on. Did you watch the Grammys last night? I for one enjoyed them a lot. I thought those were some of the best live performances they’ve had in years. Some pretty dang awesome musicians were getting some overdue recognition. Did you see John Mayer in that blue velvet suit? Ohh, Johnny.

Well, for some reason I was still thinking about it this morning, so in lieu of sharing a song you heard last night for Music Monday I thought I’d revisit an old Mayer favorite. It’s basically impossible for me to choose a favorite album or single song of his. It depends on the day, my mood, the weather – what strikes me. I will say there’s nothing like seeing this man perform live, regardless of what you think about his personal life, his talent is undeniable. So, here you go: John playing “I Don’t Trust Myself (With Loving You)” from his album Continuum live at the Nokia Theatre on the Where The Light Is tour!

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Watch This: The Perks of Being a Wallflower trailer

Good morning everyone! Alas, Monday has greeted us again. I guess I should say I’m glad I made it to this one, since last night my ceiling fan decided to start hanging by a cord in my bedroom. Over my bed. Of course my over active imagination could only picture it falling off completely, in the middle of the night, directly on my bed, crushing my legs. To my delight – this did not happen. But it is definitely a Monday as I didn’t put in my contacts this morning, and forgot to wear my glasses. Le sigh. So! I can tell you that I’ve been reading Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley, (which I’ll be sure to tell you about when I’m finished) and listening to John Mayer’s new album Born and Raised. Pretty sure when the time feels right, they’ll be posts to come on these. Last night I watched the Royal coverage of Kate and Harry on CNN, instead of the MTV Movie Awards, but my friend Lauren texted me and I knew I needed to hunt down this trailer! They’ve only been talking about it on the internet for years, and now the trailer has officially been released. Lauren and I made a virtual pinky promise pact not to watch anymore trailers after this, but I have to say I was pretty pleased. (There were a lot of “p” words in that sentence, yay for alliteration.) It seems like they got the old school 90s feel of the movie right, and I teared up when Charlie said “we accept the love we think we deserve.” Also, when they showed the scene with Sam standing up in the bed of the truck in the tunnel, and Charlie’s famous “infinite” quote, it was just how I had imagined it. The Perks of Being a Wallflower is one of my favorite books (I can’t tell you how many times I’ve read it or loaned out my copy or given it as a gift,) and I’ve definitely been anxious about the transition to the big screen. What do you think? If you haven’t seen it yet, check it out here: