Ahhhh! To say that I was excited about attending the John Mayer concert, was well, a huge under statement. I have wanted to see him live, ever since I heard No Such Thing all those years ago. Oh Goodness. I guess to me, John Mayer, is like the back up... No matter what mood Im in, I can put on any one of his songs, and suddenly with his sweet voice and incredibly musical talent I am taken away to another place. Tonight was no different. My good friend Ruth and I made a split decision, one day before he was due to play in Wellington that we were going to just pay the $100 and go and see him. All yesterday I had been so excited and then, in the afternoon, some stuff happened that, well, to be honest, hurt me more than I can articulate. But that is not for this post... Anyway, I was in an incredibly somber mood driving into the city for the show, the opening act was cute, and kinda cheery, but I still wasnt in the worlds best mood, I was excited for the show, but not like I normally am. Normally when the lights dim, and the band walks on stage, I get that giddy feeling, I didnt last night, which was a strange sensation for me considering how excited I knew I was for this show. Next thing, John Mayer is strumming his guitar and playing No Such Thing, instantly, I felt better.
His set list was wonderful. He played a variety of songs from his albums, old to new, and even played some of the songs I was hoping he would, but thought he wouldnt. I mean He played Vultures! Ah such a good song!! He was talking to the crowd at one point, and he said that he had decided he wanted to play songs tonight that he wanted to play, so during sound check he changed the set list, which to me, is just awesome.
I think the pinnacle of the show for me, was when he played Slow Dancing in a Burning Room. This song is special to me and a certain person in my past, and honestly when I heard it, I couldnt help but cry. It was just so incredibly moving that it was my only reaction. He also played Daughters which is one of my favourite John Mayer songs. Oh man, I get chills even just typing about it.
After almost two hours of sweet sweet music, the band and him, left the stage for a few moments, before the encore began. By this stage, I knew that the encore would be heartbreak warfare, but I couldnt quite pick what other song he was going to play. It was either going to be Gravity, Your Body is a Wonderland, or Why Georgia... I was so stoked when the first few notes of Gravity began to play. Ive read alot about John Mayer, and him saying that this was the most important song that he had ever written. It was so epic to be able to hear him perform it, I had goosebumps and was in total awe of his incredible passion and musical talent.
Oh John Mayer. Marry me?
Oh John Mayer. Marry me?