I talk about John Mayer’s songwriting

John Mayer is, if nothing else, a brilliant songwriter. He is also a damn good guitarist, but not everyone agrees. However, his sheer talent in songwriting should not be glossed over.

I’m going to try to quantify his skills through various lines in his songs, whether or not I feel they’re some of his best written songs. Exposition may or may not follow each quote.

Tracing

And if you want to know the moment / I knew that I was still alone / I found I never learned your number / I only stored it in my phone / You’d think by now / I’d know the shape of calling home

A hidden gem among his collection. These lines are somehow both raw and premeditated. The emotion is straightforward and breathtakingly honest (something I look for in great songwriting) but the word usage is outstanding.

In Your Atmosphere

I’d get lost on the boulevard at night / Without your voice to tell me / I love you, take a right

The ten and the two is the loneliest sight

This song, in particular, is completely a masterpiece in writing and composition, but these lines are where it shines the most.

Split Screen Sadness

And it stings when it’s nobody’s fault / Cause there’s nothing to blame at the drop of your name, it’s only / The air you took / And the breath you left

This song, but this line specifically, deserve more recognition. That first line. Wow. Talk about concise.

Half of My Heart

Half of my heart’s got a right mind to tell you that / Half of my heart won’t do

Simple, but damn good.

A Face To Call Home

You know my paper heart / The one I filled with pencil marks / I think I might’ve gone and inked you in

One of his best written songs to be released in recent years. The above line is just beauty.

Waitin’ On The Day

Will you tie me tight in little strands of paradise?

Not as familiar or emotionally significant to me as other songs or lines, but this doesn’t take away from the significance.

Made the list but no lines in particular to be pointed out (not limited to)

  • Stop This Train
  • My Stupid Mouth

I talk about The 1975

Thinking about music in a categorical manner, placing them into lists for different reasons, is fun for me and a very interesting concept. Often, though, I find it very difficult to make the list and justify a song’s placement in it without repeating myself, which gets increasingly difficult as the playlist grows.

Say, for example, I make a playlist for sleeping. I personally have at least seven playlists comprised of songs with different moods, depending on my own. But if I breakdown what I usually gravitate toward when making a new one, usually the songs are quieter and rely on a I/IV guitar riff, as in Falling Over Me by Demi Lovato, or are ballads of sorts, like All Too Well by Taylor Swift.

I don’t know what my point was.

I’m just listening to The 1975, and I was inspired to write by both the music and the fact that it’s been a while.

I like using words to identify what I like about something. It makes me appreciate it more, it makes me think about the subject matter more (which is good because I usually enjoy these things), and it makes me feel more confident about my command of English.

I really enjoy the sharp consonants of his singing, usually in a word like “don’t,” which sounds a lot bigger than it ever really does in music. I really like the voice of the snare drum and the varied rhythm patterns in the hi-hat. I really dig the emphasis on the bass line; the bass feels just as, if not more than, important than the guitar riffs, which, in my opinion really influences the mood of a song.

Those are the biggest factors. In my very humble and unimportant opinion.

My favorite The 1975 songs include but are not limited to, in no order:

  • Settle Down
  • Head.Cars.Bending
  • Menswear

Three very different songs with very different sounds, but I feel these songs represent the best production, writing, and instrumentation from the band. Or maybe I just love the bejeezus out of these songs.