#JohnMayerDoc EXTRAS | Demo Tracks
Over the course of making the documentary John Mayer: Someday I’ll Fly I came across a handful of John Mayer demos.
The video snippet (above) was an early draft for part of the Battle Studies segment of the documentary. This edit uses a demo version of Heartbreak Warfare which was originally intended to introduce the segment
I thought I’d share some of my findings. Here’s a collection of John Mayer demos that eventually ended up on Mayer’s studio albums. (some of these you can purchase)
- 3x5 (Demo) | John Mayer’s MySpace Music, 2000
- City Love (Demo) | John Mayer’s MySpace Music, 2000
- Not Myself (Demo) | John Mayer’s MySpace Music, 2000
- Daughters (Home Demo) | Daughters single - Rerelease 2004
- Belief (Live Demo) | Played live during Mayer’s 2004 tour as ‘Simmering’
- Assassin (Live Demo) | Berklee College of Music Clinic, 2008
- Heartbreak Warfare (Demo) | iTunes LP Battle Studies (Deluxe Version) 2009
- Half of My Heart (Demo V1) | Battle Studies iTunes LP (Deluxe Version) 2009
- Half of My Heart (Demo V2) |Battle Studies iTunes LP (Deluxe Version) 2009
- Friends Lovers or Nothing | Battle Studies iTunes LP (Deluxe Version) 2009
- Can’t Take That Plane (Demo) | John Mayer’s Radio Show Broadcast, 2009
Here’s a few tracks which were recorded in the studio but left off of Continuum.
Good Love Is On The Way (Studio Version) | Waiting On The World To change - Limited edition single EP
Who Did You Think I Was (Studio Version) | Originally set to feature on Continuum after the TRY! single release You can hear Mayer talk about these recordings in an interview from 2005 HERE
I think demo tracks are a great insight into the evolution of a song. As a fan, I’m fascinated by the process of demoing and the progression during an artist’s recording sessions, inevitably resulting in the album version we all get to hear.
If you’re a fan of this stuff I’d highly recommend buying the interactive iTunes LP for Battle Studies. It comes with a neat set of video extras along with a collection of demos. A brilliant example of a digitally presented record.
Thanks to the YouTubers for sharing the tracks.