John Mayer

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Mayer performing on the CBS Early Morning Show in August 2006

John Clayton Mayer (born October 16, 1977) is an American Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and guitarist.


On himself

  • Who I am as a guitarist is defined by my failure to become Jimi Hendrix.
    • From his essay on Jimi Hendrix for Rolling Stone 946
    • Mayer, John (2004). "Jimi Hendrix" (accessed March 21, 2007)
  • I am not in Us Weekly. I'd have to be going out with someone who is in there to be in there myself.
  • I won't ever get on stage at a comedy club when people know about it.
  • If you told me I was going to live to 240, I would take 10 years off and try and act. I don't have that kind of time, so I'd much rather stick to playing guitar.
  • It was so frightening at the time to be seventeen and have heart monitors hooked up to you. That was the moment the songwriter in me was born. I discovered a whole other side of me. I came home that night and started writing lyrics. I discovered it all at once: It was like opening up a lockbox, and inside was a depth that I didn't even know I had as a person, or a writer — incredible creativity and vision and neurosis, complete neurosis. They all go together in a package.
  • What I've learned in my life, it's a very interesting social study for me, to go back and forth between being the guy at home and being the guy on the road and being the guy in studio and being the guy in the interview. The environment around you has so much to do with your character, and when I'm home, my character really changes quite a bit. I become very domesticated, it becomes riding my bike, and the music thing — the music thing doesn't leave but it's kind of less put upon me by other people as a musician.
  • Sometimes it feels like my life is just one long day.
    • On rediscovering his huge collection of Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan posters he had as a teenager
    • Mayer, John (October 4, 2007). "Proof" Retrieved September 4, 2007

On music

  • Everybody enjoys arguing about the current state of music because it feels as if you are talking about something incredibly important, yet it requires little understanding of the subject matter at hand. It's like world politics meets the pink questions in Trivial Pursuit. Points are made but nothing gets accomplished.
  • I love the Grammy nominations this year. Anybody who really loves what they do got rewarded for it. It's not a death match between Ray Charles and Jessica Simpson.
    • No byline (2004-12-20), "John Mayer". Newsweek. 144 (25):71

  • Songs can be Trojan horses, taking charged ideas and sneaking past the ego's defenses and into the open mind.
    • Esquire magazine (November 1, 2004)
  • There's a real self-serving element to hip-hop that threatens its life span.

On others

  • Sheryl's heroes are in black and white photos, and so are mine.
  • I went to my library, right? And I started to research the Bill of Rights and I did not technically find anything that said all Americans shall eat shrimp with whoever they like, but I found some things that are close enough to infer that I am within my legal rights to enjoy seafood with whomever I choose.
  • I never worked with T.I. Here's the back story to that Wikipedia nugget: I was a guest on TRL and happened to get my hands on the list of goofy, un Andrew-Miller-like questions I was going to be asked before I walked on set. One of the questions was "Who do you like more, T.I. or [I forgot the other southern rap artist]?" So I snuck to the bathroom and searched "T.I." on my Blackberry. I memorized as much information as I could and then announced that we were working together.
    • On how rumors got started that he was working with rapper T.I. (and how they made it to Wikipedia).
    • Mayer, John (2007). "10 ANSWERS FOR ANDREW MILLER" (accessed January 25, 2007)
  • ジェシカはとてもすてきな女性で、一緒にいられて最高です
  • Translation: Jessica is a lovely woman, and I'm glad to be with her.
    • When asked by Ryan Seacrest if he was dating Jessica Simpson, and, if so, when they were coming out.
    • Malkin, Marc (2007). "Mayer & Simpson's Post-Grammy PDA" (accessed February 27, 2007)


  • The saddest kind of sad is the sad that tries not to be sad. You know, when Sad tries to bite its lip and not cry and smile and go, "No, I'm happy for you?" That's when it's really sad.
    • Rolling Stone magazine/iTunes podcast (December 2005)
    • On the "chin-up sad" tone of one of his new songs on his upcoming album "Continuum"
  • I find myself in situations that I know would be unbelievable pictures and I have to gauge, Is this worth taking the camera out? Am I gonna lose the moment? Am I gonna get a dirty look from Sting?
  • So I was thinking about relationships and about how it pertains to songs about relationships, And uh, I was trying to think, well it occurred to me that the key, I figured out the key to a relationship and how to make it work. Check it out, this is, this is, a tip from your uncle John, check it out. When you first meet somebody, you find out they like you, first of all, a friend of a friend of theirs say, he or she really really likes you, and it kills you, floors you, sends you to the ground, you've got to pick yourself up off the ground; then you get their phone number and you call them up, right, and you say "Yeah, that's a really great phone conversation, can I see you some time?" and then they say this, they say, "I'd like that." Nothing feels better than "I'd like that". So now, your blood pressures' goin, you're six feet off the ground, you can't sleep, because of "I'd like that". So then you hang out for a while, and you call and you talk on the phone all the time, and then you drop the bomb, what feels like the bomb, you say, "You know what, I've been thinkin about you a lot." And she goes, "Ahhhhhhh!" And you go "What happened?" and she goes, "I'm sorry, I just, I just, I just, that's, I've been thinking about you too." Bam. Higher into the sky. But now "I'd like that." Tch. Done. Now you're up to "I'm thinkin about you." Then however number of months pass, it makes you feel comfortable saying it, you say "I gotta tell you something." They go "What?", you go "I'm in love with you." And nothing in the world sounds better than "I'm in love with you." And then maybe she starts crying, or maybe he goes "*gasp*". And all the sudden you're like "I'm in." But now what doesn't work?; "I'd like that." and "I've been thinkin about you." Now we're at "I'm in love with you." Then maybe some day it'll move up to "I love you." Fast forward, now you're like "I love you a lot; I love you more than anything in life." Now "I love you." doesn't work. It's a threshold that keeps movin up. Fast forward, like six months, six weeks, whatever the case may be, now you're on like, "I want to marry you." "I want to impregnate you with my love." "I wanna, I wanna just send my love to you." "Damn it, words don't work anymore." And then you say this line, and you know, you know you've used this line before, "I just wish they'd put a new word in the dictionary bigger than love because love just doesn't describe what I feel." And so now he or she starts askin, "Do you love me?" and you start goin, "Of course I love you." "Well say it." And then it becomes "Say it twice." And it goes "Say it three times." And then, you cross a really interesting point, where all the sudden it becomes "I hate you, I hate you." And you go, "Oh my god she hates me." And now it's like "I hate you more than anything." And then it's like "We're over." And then they go "No we're not." And you go "Yes we are." Now the words completely do not work at all, you're left with nothing. You're throwing punches under water. You're done. You know what the moral of that story is, if there is one. Never, ever, ever, ever underestimate the power of "I'd like that."

((Any Given Thursday 2002))


  • I'm good. I'm fierce. And I'm not some gaming overachiever. I just have a skill. I was born to kill bionically augmented men.
    • About the XBox game Halo
  • I have realized that you can use a fork as a spoon if you use it rapidly enough.
  • It's sicking how people come out, and pay good money, just to watch a guy play the guitar..."
    • live at Hersey Park Arena, tour with Ben Folds

About Mayer

James Blake in Miami, Florida in 2007
  • John wanted to take it in more of a pop direction than I did. It was like a marriage that we both knew would go bad once we started touring.
    • Clay Cook, on why he and Mayer's two-man band, Lo-Fi Masters, broke up
    • Guthrie, Blake (2002). "One degree of John Mayer" (accessed February 22, 2007)
  • Neither punk nor prom king, Mayer was a tall kid from Connecticut, driving on the freeways, chasing slippery techno women, inhabiting a world of parents and slipcovers and holidays and gracious Southeastern metropolises; he was smart, inquisitive, articulate, a touch off in places.
  • John Mayer is a very talented brother and you don't know where your blessings are going to come from.
    • The rapper Common on working with Mayer on the song "Go." (From
  • He words stuff with a real, I guess it's a witty, intelligent, very human [sensibility]. I would like to grab some of those qualities...I wish he was my friend.
  • Me and John, we just cool, period. ... We get in the studio and we vibe and then we make music from that point.
  • One time I saw him perform live and he switched up his song at the end, like, [improvised] different chords — he remixed it...He's just not your typical guitar player. He's trying to push the envelope for the way guitarists and vocalists are heard. ... I just respect his musicality.
  • You know, the dude is a real musician. It's like anything you ever loved in Joe Jackson or anything you ever loved in any '70s rock. You're gonna get it out of this dude. He's a real student, and it comes through in his music.
  • I was astonished at how well he played live. I had no idea he was that good.
  • What song do I hate? I think "Daughters," by John Mayer, would be a good candidate. I don't know why he bugs me so bad.
  • Before that it was Halo, and no one could beat him. That's pretty much his MO if he finds an interest in something -- it doesn't matter how incidental it is.
  • No musician is indifferent to the public's perception of him, but the exuberant, logorrheic Mayer takes self-awareness to new postmodern heights. Like a football player providing color commentary on his own career, he muses constantly on his own abilities and his place in the taxonomy of pop.

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