It’s “Shit John Mayer Says” 2.0! This time the musician has given a soulful interview to NPR that honestly makes him sound like a pretty thoughtful person who’s at an interesting junction in his career. But also Mayer’s gonna Mayer.
In speaking about his songwriting process, he was very pleased with himself. “There were a couple of weeks in the very beginning of making this record that were astounding weeks. Astounding writing weeks. The songs wouldn’t stop. I started frightening myself.” He’s just too good.
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The main thing Mayer gets across is that he is into John Mayer. “I mean I’m way into myself, but I don’t love myself, but I’m literally into myself,” he says about the process of making emotionally resonant music. When asked to clarify, he said “Well, like, I’m about myself, I’m self-centered, but I don’t think everything I do is great. But I think about everything I do all of the time.” John, what does that mean? Everyone thinks about everything they do. It’s called consciousness.
The interviewer says as much, but Mayer insists he does it more than everyone. “All I do is think about what I do. Horrible, it’s a horrible existence.” Actually, wait, this is getting real.
Later, he speaks about the public’s perception of him as kind of a dick. “I think you’d probably find some people if you’d poll them — ‘He just goes out with people. Like no, listen to this record and you’ll be like, ‘Oh, that’s not an animal. He’s not an animal.'” And when asked how he got over being frustrated by that perception, he said. “Just die and come back to life.”
On second thought, maybe don’t get yourself a man who talks about you the way John Mayer talks about John Mayer.