…when you hear a great song you get an idea of what it needs in the bass line. I think most players have that ability deep down, but it’s a matter of having the confidence to not overplay, to not have an ego that says I have to put my stamp on the track—instead, just trying to fit into the song.
John Mayer/Steve Jordan/Pino Palladino/Chick Corea/Wallace Roney
Here’s a full seven minute tune I loosely composed called “Little Sur,” recorded last February in New York City. I got together with some of my friends and favorite players for six amazing days of playing music with no rules, no plans, and no pressure. Oh, and no vocals. What came from it was a really inspired batch of recordings. Hours of music that I’ll need to sift through at some point should it ever become an album. (I hope it does.) If you’re wondering where I am in the mix, that’s me playing a Music Man long scale guitar… Pino and I are kind of both living in the bass space. As soon as Chick came in on the piano, I knew something really deep was taking place. This is the rough mix that was given to me at the end of the day, as it has lived on my laptop since.
I tried to find a minute, two minute clip to share with you, but these recordings just don’t work any other way than in their unabridged form. So here it is. Free music. Played freely, shared freely. Put it on and go for the ride… If you dig all seven minutes, then surely you deserve them.
There are times for marketing strategies, and there are times for just p l a y i n g. The original design for all musicians. Hope you enjoy hearing this as much as I did.
John Mayer brought all of his musical personalities to the O2 on the first of two shows here, the Connecticut guitarist’s only UK appearances on his current tour. Dividing his show into “chapters”, he played hits and new material with a seven-strong band, was solo and acoustic with just a wheeled-on Japanese bridge for company and tackled the blues as a trio with drummer Steve Jordan and bassist Pino Palladino.
Personality was lacking, however, between songs. This sometime stand-up comedian made a crack about deep album track If I Ever Get Around to Living being an ideal “bathroom break song” but otherwise it was all grateful platitudes.
It seems he’s learned to keep it zipped after a couple of controversial interviews in 2010 — in which he appeared to feel the need to compensate for his square soft rock by being as jagged a person as possible — and a period of being better known for his girlfriends than his songs. Taylor Swift wrote a song about what a bad boyfriend he was and Jennifer Aniston also fell victim.
Now he’s the humble, heartbroken one, with a new album, The Search for Everything, which seems largely to be about his break-up with Katy Perry. Emoji of a Wave was a prettily plucked sad one, suited to his lightly toasted voice.
His fingers danced effortlessly across his instrument, providing a year’s supply of guitar solos. He was most watchable when getting looser and louder as part of the trio, though the crowd reacted more enthusiastically to mild older songs such as Why Georgia.
There was an interesting man out there somewhere, somewhat stifled.
Video description:“Be Lucky” is The Who’s first new material in eight years. The track was produced by Dave Eringa best known for his work with the Manic Street Preachers and Wilko Johnson + Roger Daltrey.
Recorded at the end of the Summer at British Grove and Yellowfish Studios. “Be Lucky” features long time Who live players Zak Starkey (drums) and Pino Palladino (bass) with the keyboards being provided by ex Style Council and Dexys sideman Mick Talbot.
In keeping with their ongoing support for Teenage Cancer charities, the band have donated their royalties from the song to Teen Cancer America, a charity founded in 2011 by Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend.
johnmayer Let’s have fun and share the music we make. Gone are the days of the dramatic unveiling. This is what I worked on today and it put a big smile on my face. It’s a song called “Golden.”
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