One of my favorite albums this year has been John Mayer’s, The Search for Everything.
I’ve noted that my past few favorite albums all have had heartbreak on the lips of their respective singers. It seems that despite a nearly two-year gap between my last relationship, I’m still mending a broken heart with music, like metaphorical band-aids.
But luckily, I think that this album put the nail in the coffin of that relationship.
As Mayer does, he finds a way to blend contemporary pop with the blues, creating a mystical, magical world that fits my many different moods. From the opening track, Still Feel Like Your Man, Mayer finds a way to get me grooving to a rather sad idea that I’ve dealt with a lot this past year. In the same way, I sympathize (and groove) with him.
The album is chock-full of amazing songs like Love on the Weekend (a tear jerker for me), Rosie (my second favorite track), Roll it on Home and my favorite on the album – Emoji of a Wave.
I think I resonate with the second track on the album the most because it perfectly sums up the fits of depression I’ve often faced. As some of my closest friends grow up, find love and get married I’m constantly fighting the idea of love lost. I’ve had to stop and take a few days to remind myself that I will find someone else someday.
I’ve always loved John Mayer’s music, from my earlier memories of jamming to his 2006 album, Continuum to this his country-like albums that provided the soundtrack to many great adventures (Queen of California, Wildfire) – his songs have always gotten me through good times and bad.
In a way, I’ll look back on this album as a turning point. I’m leaving an old life behind – leaving sorrow and grief about someone that’s been long gone and starting a new chapter. I graduate college in less than a month and start a job. Frankly, I don’t think I’ll have time to be sad over this anymore and I’m glad these waves are over.
I thank you, Mr. Mayer, for making another album that will forever be influential in my life. Now it’s time for me to move on and get over it all.