No mans error becomes his own Law; nor obliges him to persist in it.Thomas Hobbes
- 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" RollingStone.com (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.
- The (now ironic) quote on how he shows self-restraint with his fame
- Small, Mark (2005). "John Mayer '98: Running with the Big Dogs" Berlee.edu (accessed February 22, 2007)
- I won't ever get on stage at a comedy club when people know about it.
- John at his MySpace blog
- (2006). "John Mayer, Stand Up Comedian?" Comedy Central Insider (accessed August 15, 2006)
- 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.
- On why he has no plans to go into acting any time soon
- AP (2006). "John Mayer looks for magic, sneakers" CNN.com (accessed September 22, 2006)
- 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.
- On whether or not he misses being home with friends and family when he is on tour.
- Savino, Jessi, et al (2007) "John Mayer talks life on the road, latest album" NU-News.com (accessed February 14, 2007)
- Sometimes it feels like my life is just one long day.
- I know if it was the Time 99, I would've been off the list.
- On making the 2007 TIME 100
- Graff, Gary (July 2, 2007). "Summer tour is hardly work for now laid-back heartthrob" (accessed July 2, 2007)
- 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.
- Esquire, in the column "The Resident Rock Star: JOHN MAYER" (July 1, 2004)
- 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.
- AIM Celebrity Interview (November 2005)
- Sheryl's heroes are in black and white photos, and so are mine.
- Mayer on why he agreed to tour with Sheryl Crow, despite the fact that he considers her more established and successful
- Mervis, Scott (2006). "Music Preview: John Mayer takes strides with new record" Post-Gazette.com (accessed August 23, 2006)
- 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" JohnMayer.com (accessed January 25, 2007)
- 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" EOnline.com (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?
- On the split-hair decisions of photography
- Ellwood, Mark (2007). "Nikon Podcast #3: Exclusive Interview with John Mayer" (listen) NikonUSA.com. Retrieved September 10, 2007
- 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
- It's the dumbest thing I've ever did in my life.
- About his short lived TV show John Mayer has a TV Show
- 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
- He was over at my house every day between fifth grade and eighth grade.
- 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" CreativeLoafing.com (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.
- 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.
- Kanye West on Mayer (2004) (From MTV.com)
- 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.
- Official John Mayer site
- John Mayer Auction site
- Official John Mayer Trio site
- Mayer's MySpace page
- Mayer's blog at Honeyee.com
- Mayer's photoblog at StunningNikon.com
Written by Mayer
- Segment on Jimi Hendrix that Mayer wrote for Rolling Stone
- Segment on Brett Dennen, that Mayer wrote for Rolling Stone
- Database of Mayer's Esquire column, from FindArticles.com
- John Mayer at the Internet Movie Database
- Comprehensive John Mayer guitar tabs
- "Square pegged", Mayer's first feature article in 2001, from Creative Loafing
- Rolling Stone Q&A Podcast: John Mayer, from December 2005: (listen) (transcript)
- Iceberg Radio interview with John Mayer from September 2006: Listen (32K) (64K)
- John Mayer Exclusive Performance and Behind the Scenes footage on AOL Sessions
- "John Mayer's Soft-Sell 'World'", NPR Morning Edition interview from March 2007. (listen) (read)
- Nikon Podcast #3: Exclusive Interview with John Mayer (listen)