After 3 years away, John is back on tour. So when the chance arose, and fate allowed, for me to check him out this year in Atlanta, I took it. Unfortunately, I lost all the decent pics I managed to snap– and that is a long, long story fraught with anger , frustration, and second guessings, so it’s best to not delve into that right now.
Armed only with the few images I snapped with my phone, I present my recap of John’s 2013 Paradise Valley stop in Atlanta, GA.
Queen of California
Half of my Heart
I Don’t Trust Myself (With Loving You)
Waiting on the Day
Something Like Olivia
Going Down the Road Feeling Bad
Slow Dancing in a Burning Room
Your Body is a Wonderland
Waiting on the World to Change
If I Ever Get Around to Living
Why Georgia *encore*
This was my 3rd time seeing John in concert and he continues to remind me why I’ll always go see him live if I have the chance. The thing I love about musicians vs. acts is their focus on the music, on the heart and soul of their performances, NOT the razzle dazzle and production of the event. I’m not discounting production, I understand all about showmanship and the importance of pleasing the crowd with certain gimmicks (like guest performers, scantily clad dancers, heart pounding choreography, etc.).
But for me, I absolutely love not only listening to the sounds, but feeling the performance as well. I want to be mesmerized and caught up in the melody’s hidden meanings that are only unlocked when the one singing and playing them truly dive off into it, open a vein, and have the courage to expose whatever raw nerve they tapped into when they penned it.
That said, wonderful concert. John sounded great and is getting his range back. Every concert, I go into it with a list of 3-5 songs that I really, really want to hear, but I don’t get my hopes up about it. The songs I tend to like and connect with are usually not the single releases or big hits. My list for this concert included:
Bigger Than My Body
I Don’t Trust Myself
If I Ever Get Around To Living
For various reasons, I didn’t think he’d play any of these. Now, Clarity and Bigger Than My Body were definite long shots, but these are 2 of my all time favorite songs of his and I will never go into any of his performances and not want to here those. And with the different feel of his 2 latest albums, I figured he may to distance himself a bit from Continuum and I Don’t Trust Myself wouldn’t make the list. So glad I was wrong and he performed it. The crowd went wild at the opening strings.
If I Ever Get Around to Living is one of those songs that spoke to me instantly the very first time I heard it. It touches something in me everytime I listen to it. There are about 5 of John’s songs that, depending on my mood, I will interpret a different way. It’s these songs that I find the most powerful. But being I didn’t think this was one of the songs the “masses” connected (as it is not a single, there is no video, and I’ve only heard him perform this once since he’s been doing PR for the new albums)I definitely didn’t think it would make the playlist. So I was pleasantly surprised that he not only played it, but he played THE HELL out of it. Including a stretch were he had one guitar strapped to his front while he played the a second one strapped on his back.
He played this song in, what he called, 4 acts. Each section with a different feel and flavor that lent itself the meaning and message behind the melody and lyrics. It was an experience that I can’t properly put into words, you had to be there to feel it for yourself.
I was surfing the net (oh the places I find myself in sometimes… ) and came across a post on the Celtic Tree Zodiac. I’m not into astrology or zodiacs because I’m just not. However, I do find them useful in some cases, like when I’m brainstorming new characters or worlds, but I’ll digress since this is not my author site … Anywho, this is the first one I’ve come across that actually paints a pretty accurate picture of me.
Ash – The Enchanter February 18 – March 17
Those born under the Celtic tree astrology sign of the Ash are free thinkers. Imaginative, intuitive, and naturally artistic, you see the world in water-color purity. You have a tendency to moody and withdrawn at times, but that’s only because your inner landscape is in constant motion. You are in touch with your muse, and you are easily inspired by nature. Likewise, you inspire all that you associate with and people seek you out for your enchanting personality. Art, writing (especially poetry), science, and theology (spiritual matters) are areas that strongly interest you. Others may think you are reclusive, but in all honesty, you are simply immersed in your own world of fantastic vision and design. You are in a constant state of self-renewal and you rarely place a value on what others think about you. Ash signs partner well with Willow and Reed signs.
Here’s a link to a site showing all the signs, their descriptors, plus info on the trees as well. Which tree are you and how close do you think it comes in describing you?
Walt Grace’s Submarine Test, January 1967 is my favorite track off John Mayer’s Born and Raised album. John posted a link to a video, created by Virgilio Viloresi, for this song. The video is stunning and beautifully made. It channels the vibe I get whenever I listen to it. BTW, The video was shot 100% live action with no post production.
I’m always purchasing stuff in bulk from a local food co-op. This time I ordered mangos and 5 lbs each of black beans and lentils. Yes, that is a lot of beans, but I have a ton of good recipes to try out and it’s beans, they keep really well. Plus, I won’t have to buy any of each for the rest of the year probably, so it’s a win win for me.
So I woke up this morning with mangos on my mind, and since they are already ripe, I figured I’d better go ahead and prep them for storage before they go bad. I sliced and diced them all up, and I now have fresh mango on hand for general snacking and cooking purposes. (Mango Salsaanyone?) I’m also going to freeze a good bit of them to use in my morning breakfast smoothies.
But then I thought, “Hey, let’s put these super sweet and ultra delicious mangos to good use” and BAM! Out came the vodka! I decided to try my hand at infusing two small batches of vodka. I did a quick internet search on “Infused Vodka” and all the recipes are basically the same, they differ on the number of mangos to use based on the volume of vodka you are making. So instead of following a recipe, I just played the entire thing by feel. I used one mango per 12 oz Ball quilted jar (left over from last year’s Christmas gift project–homemade hot chocolate mix) They should be ready in about a week or so, give or take a couple of days. Its’s going to be real hard having to taste these every couple of days, but hey somebody’s got to do it.