Beginning side-note: I like reading and writing life update posts about what’s been going on in people’s lives. So if anyone has any recent personal life update posts feel free to leave a link to them below! But I digress.
I won John Mayer tickets on the radio and now my life has changed. I’ve been enlightened. His talent knows no bounds. Go see him live, seriously.
Life Lately: The Search for Everything Tour.
A week or two ago I was driving home from the grocery store and listening to the radio when they mentioned there would be a chance to win tickets to see John Mayer in about 10 minutes. Now – a couple of things about this:
- I’ve always wanted to win something on the radio. My mom has talked about how she won concert tickets and things all the time on the radio when she was growing up. But I have never won anything.
- I don’t actually go to concerts very often because I’m paranoid and unnecessarily anxious of crowded, closed-in public spaces (i.e. concert venues.)
But! Regardless of that second note, I have always loved John Mayer’s music – he’s ridiculously talented and ‘Slow Dancing in a Burning Room’ is maybe one of my favorite songs of all time. I was also really into his newest album, The Search for Everything, when it first dropped. So when I got home I decided to just wait in my car for the chance to win the tickets because – why not?
Can’t hurt to try.
A few minutes went by, the radio announcer came on, they said “text this word to this number now for your chance to win tickets to see John Mayer.” – And so I texted that word to that number at that time, and basically forgot about the whole thing.
Then, a couple of mornings later I got a call from a random number (which I didn’t answer because 9 times out of 10 if it’s a random number they want to sell you something). I just let it go to voicemail and when I checked my voicemail my heart about fell out of my whole body.
I won the tickets.
I’m pretty sure my jaw hit the floor.
So this is the part of the post where I gush about John Mayer:
I may not know much about different guitar technical terms or styles – but I know that John Mayer has mastered an insane breadth of guitar methods and techniques. If you love guitar, see John Mayer live. Throughout the concert he must have switched up guitars 9 or 10 times and he knew how to absolutely perform for his life on each and every one of them.
Here’s a video of him playing one of his older songs, Neon, on the acoustic guitar during the ‘Search for Everything Tour.’ (Not my vid.) He’s insane.
Throughout the concert he played with a full band, as an acoustic soloist, and as as part of blues-rock trio with Steve Jordan on the drums and Pino Palladino playing the bass. He was on point the whole night but you could tell he really thrived when playing with the trio.
And he played pretty much everything I was really hoping he would play.
During the concert he played the perfect assortment of his new songs from ‘The Search for Everything’, popular songs from old albums, as well as cover songs that he wanted to play. My favorites from his newest album are ‘Moving on and Getting Over’ and ‘You’re Gonna Live Forever in Me’ – he played both. And ‘You’re Gonna Live Forever in Me’ is more of a slower, softer piano ballad so I really didn’t expect him to play it to a huge venue but he came back at the very very end, after his encore (Gravity) and sat down at a piano to play it.
I was honestly near tears.
In regards to his older songs – he played Gravity, Your Body is a Wonderland, Waiting on the World to Change, Queen of California, Why Georgia, Neon, and like I said – one of my favorite songs of all time – Slow Dancing in a Burning Room. (Again – near tears.)
Also, you guys, John Mayer is funny.
I knew he was funny from Twitter (seriously if you have a Twitter and you don’t follow John Mayer you’re 100% missing out and should get on that immediately) but I am so pleased to know that his humor translates to real life. At one point he saw a sign in the audience that said “I Know You’d Love Me,” and he proceeded to improvise an entire song about it. A good song. (You know, for being made up on the spot).
Here’s the vid: (again not my vid.)
It was definitely the best concert I’ve ever been to.
Everything was stunning – the changing backdrop designs for his songs, the beautiful lighting, the videography shown on the big screens.The big screens kept showing close ups of John playing guitar and it was mesmerizing. I even really liked how the show was divided into “chapters” – full band, acoustic, trio, full band reprise etc. Everything was clearly well thought out and it all came together beautifully.
On top of all that, the concert was probably made up of the most demographically diverse crowd of people I’ve ever seen at a concert. John Mayer appeals to so many different age groups – it was really fun to look around and see people from 6 or 7 years old all the way to 75.
I’m sad this tour is pretty much over now and I happened to catch the tail end of it (in the US at least) because I would legit travel to a different state to see this exact tour again. You can bet that whenever he goes back on tour I’ll be the first in line to buy tickets to see him play. There’s no doubt in my mind that it was the best concert I’ve ever been to – like, leagues above any other concert I’ve seen.
So in conclusion, this is all to say that John Mayer is my husband now.
Have you ever won anything on the radio? Is John Mayer also your husband? He is? Huh. Small world.