PROUD TO BE A JM FAN
When June 27th was declared John Mayer Appreciation Day last year, I had no idea the concept would catch on. I underestimated the JM fandom (shouldn’t have, I still celebrate Pedamundo).
As evident by my “A Simple Little Kind of Free” tat, I wear my JM SUPERFAN status like a badge of honor. I’m damn proud of my allegiance to John “freakin” Mayer.
JM fans…well, we’re a special bunch and by special I don’t mean “don’t eat the paste” special. We are different and often misunderstood. I believe it’s because of the man that you are. With all of my heart, I believe that you attract the kind of fans who are similar to yourself. Put 100 JM fans in a room and I guarantee you’ll have a room full of intelligent, witty, creative, artistic, and talented people. We are passionate, emotional, hard to please, slightly obnoxious, and the most kind and warm hearted people you’ll ever meet. We come from different places. We’re not all female. We’re different ages, shapes, sizes, and colors. We have one thing in common.
Music lives within us.
We all may not be musicians but we breathe, sleep, eat, live for…the sound of music. It is our saving grace, our happy place, the light at the end of the tunnel. It is our life. Without it, we’d be nothing. Kinda like you.
You are the tie that binds us all together. Would we have found each other if not for you? Probably not. Would we be able to get through a rough time without “keep me where the light is”? Not likely.
Has there been another artist who exposes his fans to so many other types of music, so many different cultures, so many different things we normally wouldn’t see? None other come to mind.
Do you realize how often your words lead to a Google search of that topic just to see what the hell you’re talking about, only to be exposed to something new and exciting, whether it be food, music, a new word, or simply something to make music with?
I’ve always believed that the quality and longevity of an artist’s music can be judged by the type of fans he attracts. And your fans…well, we’re pretty freakin’ awesome.
JMAD is supposed to be about showing appreciation for you and your music. I appreciate you for so much more. I am truly honored to be one of many who get to call you one of my favorite artists. I appreciate you for changing & saving my life and for bringing me closer to so many wonderful people.
You may not have personally introduced me to the greatest people I’ve ever known, but I know that they wouldn’t have come into my life without you.