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Here Best of John Mayer

It really is hard to choose which of John Mayer’s current discography warrants to be called his best since he really doesn’t have much that isn’t top notch, but I were to pick 5 songs that encapsulated the strength of his lyric writing, melody, chord structure and command of storytelling all while balance the pressures of a major label to be “listenable” without turning full cheese or hokeyness, I’d list these five in no particular order, if you think they should be ordered, let me know below.

Gravity – This may be his crowning achievement of ALL TIME. From the lyrics to the melody to the singing, almost crying guitar solo in this song, it’s a great testament to his abilities as a player, a songwriter and a singer. It’s even more amazing when you see him do it live.

In Your Atmosphere – Few artists have ever written a more easy to digest pop themed song with such intricate guitar playing. This song really bends melody in a way that makes your heart just start getting that longing feeling like you want to call your ex and say you’re sorry for everything you did. His live performance of this song from “Where the Light Is” is the perfect punch in the mouth for anyone who’s ever said John Mayer is an overrated guitar player.

Stop This Train – Time is a train that is never going to stop. You cry and plead and beg to just stop for a second, maybe to go back and be a kid again, maybe just pause for a week or so and catch up on calling your family and friends you haven’t talked to in a while, but it doesn’t slow for a moment. John captures this notion masterfully in this heart pulling song on his album continuum, arguably his best album to date.

Nothing drives home your sense of impending mortality more than this:

“So scared of getting older, I’m only good at being young
So I play the numbers game to find a way to say that life has just begun”

The falsettos on the bridge during the line “he said turn 68, you’ll renegotiate” seem to hit every word with every right note. The way this song makes me instantly contemplate my own life and begin to miss my family members that aren’t even gone yet is why this very powerful song goes into my list of the best of John Mayer.

Walt Grace’s Submarine Test – the first song John ever wrote in the third person and he went through great lengths to prevent a single soul from hearing it until the album it was on “Born and Raised” was released. After listening you know why. It is pure storytelling genius. Chris Botti’s sailing trumpet helps bring some unexpected tones and perks up the ears or what’s to come. Walt Grace, the main character of the story, is a bit of failed mad scientist, doubted by his own wife, laughed at by people… until he builds a one man submarine and travels to the shores of Tokyo… his first true success story. He rises up through the criticism and doubt and does something his loved ones can be proud of.

“One evening,
When weeks had passed since his leaving,
The call she’d planned on receiving,
Finally made it home.
She accepted,
The news she’d never expected,
The operator connected,
A call from Tokyo.”

This is likely to be John creating a character to serve as a metaphor for his own struggles as a musician. The madness of claiming greatness before it happens, the ambition that leads you and all the struggles in between seem to be encapsulated by Walt Grace and his eventually successful home-made fan blade one man submarine ride.

Slow Dancing in a Burning Room – What metaphor could be any better to describe the dying moments of a relationship?

“It’s not a silly little moment
It’s not the storm before the calm
This is the deep and dying breath of
This love that we’ve been working on”

Imagine it. You and that person you’ve so frustratingly tried to love to no avail. So you embrace each other for one last dance as the house around you burns to the ground. I’ve felt it before, I’m sure you have too. This metaphor alone makes this song a strong candidate for one of John’s finest.

Whiskey, whiskey, whiskey – You know those phases of life where you get into a funk you can’t get out of? Symptoms may include: drinking excessive amounts of alcohol, crying yourself to sleep, reevaluating your life into another convoluted mess of meaninglessness.

“whiskey, whiskey, whiskey,
water, water, water, sleep
dream somebody missed me,
wake up shake it off and repeat
and repeat and repeat after me”
Whiskey, whiskey, whiskey
Water, water, water
Sleep
Whiskey, whiskey, whiskey
Cut me off and pour me in the street”

Can’t you see it? Heading to the bar every night. Sitting down and feeling that upwelling and unexplained sadness as you sip on whiskey until the bartender cuts you off and throws you out? This very sad but very earnest look into this phase of John’s life is very antithetical to his “New Deep” Heavier Things days, this time of is life may have been to heavy for even him to carry, but makes for a very, very good song.

Paper Doll – After his quick lived romance with Taylor Swift, she wrote “Dear John” about him. He responded with this piercingly accurate song about her charades.

“You’re like 22 girls in one
And none of them know’s what they’re running from
Was it just too far to fall
For a little paper doll”

Nailed it. This is borderline Shakespearean-elegant insulting right here )(a little less languid and flowery but just as beautiful). Such a harsh accusation said so beautifully, you know exactly what went down in the relationship from this chorus alone. The catchy rotating guitar riff and ambient tones just transmit this message so beautifully it makes it into the best of John Mayer.

(fast forward to :30 seconds to skip the intro by the bizarre “Prancerize” lady”)

If you like John Mayer, you can get a free original song from songwriter Dylan Galvin

DJ or Band for Your Wedding

You have most of the details worked out for your big day but have not yet decided if you are going to use a wedding DJ or a band at your reception. Whichever you choose can make or break the wedding reception and if it is dull or enjoyable.

What to consider

• Vibe- the type of music you pick can set the tone of the reception. People remember the wedding but they seem to remember the reception more and whether it was enjoyable or not. Think about what music genre reflect both of your personalities. The way the music is delivered will also affect the atmosphere.
• Variety-make sure that the band or the wedding DJ will play fast and slow songs and new and old tune so all of the guests will be encouraged to dance.
• Budget-a wedding DJ is less expensive but the actual cost will depend on the equipment they use and if it is on the weekend or during the weekday. The price of the band will vary by the amount of time you want them to play, what time of the year it is, day and time of the week, and how many musicians there are.
• Space-you will need to check to see if the reception venue has any limitations on the pieces of equipment and number of musicians you can have in the venue and if there are noise limitations and enough electric outlets. A wedding DJ only needs enough space to set up his equipment and one or two electrical outlets.
• Referrals-with both the band and wedding DJ you should ask for referrals to see what others who have hired them had to say.

Wedding DJ

Before you decide on a wedding DJ, ask to see some of the music that they play or offer them a playlist to see if they have those songs. You do not want to hire someone that is dull and appears if they are doing the job just for the money so try to get a feel of their personality. They can also set up quicker and take down their equipment faster.

Band

If you do not know the band ideally you would want to see them in action before you commit to having them play at the reception but may not be possible. Ask if they have a taped performance of hosting a wedding reception. One thing against a live band is that will not have as a large repertoire of music as a wedding DJ.

One test to see if they are right for the job is to ask if they can play your song as a married couple. If they cannot, move on.

Ways to Choose the Best Subwoofer Size

Within it, one can find a moderately large driver, something that actually produces sound, and the amp that empowers it. To make the device perform in the best fashion, the driver must have some space within the cabinet behind this. On a general note, a driver of around twelve inches can be expected to have a fair size box. There are also the eight inches drivers available, but their box size is obviously a bit smaller.

Best recommended size of driver:
Box sizes are given so much importance as these play the most crucial part in generating sound. The sound waves of the bass are quite long in comparison with the conventional sound waves. Hence, the driver often has to put some added effort for generating those waves in desired volume that someone prefers in general. One can use 12 inches driver for better results, though the fifteen inch editions are preferred for high-end purposes. In fact, some subwoofers even come up with numerous drivers.

Interesting here is to mention that having a couple of drivers of six inches each, can’t really meet the level of a single twelve inch driver. Undoubtedly, a single 12 inches driver is a better performer in comparison with the two six inches idea.

Boosting the power efficiency is also one of the frequently tried methods for improving the subwoofer performance. It is essential to depend upon more power with diminishing size of the drivers and cabinets. Here the power balances the size factor of the device. In fact, with boosted power, an eight inches sub in a small cabin could generate equivalent sound as of a twelve inches sub within a large box, upon being offered with sufficient power.

To generate greater sound:
Proper positioning of the subwoofer is extremely important for significant power generation. It is recommended always to have the sub against the wall for generation of decent sound. If you want more volume from the subwoofer, place the sub at the corner. However, such positioning may not guarantee you about the best bass effects. But yes, it definitely generates greater sound, something that most people want from their subwoofers.

How best positioning generates best bass effect:
You can enjoy a better bass effect from your subwoofer simply by sitting at a central position inside the room, and asking someone to adjust the sub, so that you can ensure when it produces the best effect. Anyway, the best result can be experienced if the sub is placed exactly at your hearing position. It means if you are sitting on a chair, the sub position should be equivalent with your ear level. Naturally, you can set the subwoofer size based on that. To make things even better, just empty the wall behind, and shift towards the wall to realize its best effect.

News Fans Say Farewell To Popular Radio Station That Is Changing Formats

Several friends and I were discussing the demise of our favorite local radio station, which has been sold to a Christian broadcasting company. We will miss the eclectic mix of alternative rock, pop, and folk on the station, and we began to wonder what would be an appropriate last song to play before the change in format.

Here are ten tracks, all from bands who were often heard on the station, that would serve as a fitting coda.

One More Last Song by Kaiser Chiefs

This indie rock tune from Education, Education, Education and War epitomizes the station’s dedication to alternative acts.

Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now by the Smiths

Morrissey’s band, born about the same time as the station, has always been a favorite artist on it. The title sums up how many of us will feel after that final song is played.

Losing My Religion by REM

Some folks rely on spirituality for comfort, but many supporters of the station turn to the radio for that very reason. This title also makes sense in that a Bible company bought the station and will begin airing a Christian format in April.

Where Will You Go? by the Minus Five

This title from Down With Wilco is the question many of us fans are asking right now, for the radio choices in our city are rather narrow.

Up the Junction by Squeeze

Lyricist Chris Difford took this Cool For Cats title from a common British phrase for being in a troubled situation without much hope.

Troubled Times by Fountains of Wayne

Before “Stacy’s Mom” became a huge hit for this New England indie rock quartet, our station had several tracks from their first two albums in heavy rotation.

No Sunlight by Death Cab For Cutie

Ben Gibbard and all of his projects remained favorites of the disc jockeys, who will unfortunately be no longer a bright spot on the radio dial.

You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go by Bob Dylan

In dark times there is no better record to play than Blood On the Tracks, which features this poignant heartbreaker.

1985 by the Minor Leagues

Ben Walpole’s band fills two characteristics of the station, in that they are a local band as well as an indie rock act.

Not the Same by Ben Folds

The oldies station plays “Brick” occasionally, but it was our station that brought us dozens of other tracks by the guy who recorded “Rockin’ the Suburbs.”

Whatever serves as the last song, as soon as it ends we agreed that we will all need to find a different station for the preset 1 button on our dashboard radios.