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John Mayer

| February 1, 2011 | 1 Comment

I started to learn somewhere between Heavier Things and Continuum that it wasn’t up to me when I was ready to write. I spent a lot of time sitting at the desk, or sitting with a guitar, with no songs coming. I’ve learned to know when a song is actually coming—how you can feel it, stop and sit down for those moments. I don’t have to sit around to make them come anymore. Songwriters can identify that vibration—or “vibe”—when something’s about to shake up. It’s like being half-asleep when you wake up. It’s like being outside your own body. It’s this unbelievable sense of pretend that you get. Then you quit everything and strike, because you don’t know when it’s gonna open up again.

From Performing Songwriter Issue 97, November 2006

Category: In Their Own Words

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  1. Ben Cooper says:

    Great insight!


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