| Mayer recently worked with Steve Jordan and Pino Palladino (collectively known as the John Mayer Trio). "As a songwriter, the Trio helped me focus on being more raw," he says. "As a guitar player, it helped me get a lot out of my system. If it wasn't for the Trio, Continuum would have been less accessible. It let me settle up with my needs as a musician, and get to a point somewhere between the Trio record and Room For Squares - and that's a really good place to be." |
"I wrote 'Gravity' last summer, and it changed everything," he says. "You talk less when you trust that people understand you. 'Gravity' had to be sparse. And when I listened to it - for the first time, holding back - then it was a whole new game. That might be the most important song I ever wrote."
Continuum represents maturity, both musically and thematically, for John Mayer - a concept that he wasn't comfortable with until now. "My generation was never told we were going to get older. We thought we were going to hear our names on 'Romper Room' for the rest of our lives. For a long time, I was really upset about getting older, worried that things were just going to level out."
"But then I realized that everyone around me was all getting older at the same time. We're all fighting it together, and we're always going to be those kids, the first really emotionally aware generation. When I realized that, I could relax about it a little bit. And I thought that maybe I can be the guy to sing about it."
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