Mr.Burns wrote:I didn't say his phrasing wasn't "like Jerry". It's clunky and wrong, plain and simple. Big difference. Maybe he wasn't "making mistakes" per se, but listen to that lead again, it hits a brick wall and he instantly starts a new phrase in the middle of a measure. Not exactly Jerry-esqe, or professional even. It helps to watch that video with your eyes actually open, and without stars in them. There's quite a few members here who could probably play circles around him on FOTD. If we as musicians and Deadheads give everybody that comes down the pike equal praise then praise for the truly great means that much less.
I'm not disrespecting Mayer, quite the contrary. But that guy is a celebrity first and a musician second. He was a TMZ magnet because he wanted it that way. Why is he the only guitar player or musician period they care about? He isn't trying to make more $ by playing GD tunes, he's shoring up his fan base for the future, and it comes off as a business decision, since he seems a little mechanical and calculating.
He is not on par with the Beatles. Why is that the go-to? The are lots of other great pop bands, but why not just compare every yahoo we see to the Beatles? The worst Beatles song (whatever that may be) is infinitely more listenable than the best Mayer song. Hands down. Not trying to put anyone down but the correlative logic in "If I like the Beatles, and they were pop then I must like John Mayer because he is pop" is flawed. Totally illogical.
I watched the vid with eyes open, no stars in them, and I liked it. Unique take on the solo section, with the band cycling thru the verse, with no resolution to the chorus until the end of the song. Nice take. Also, I couldn't give a rat's ass about his supposedly sordid personal life. Furthermore, whatever decisions he's made, business or otherwise, seems to have paid off for him, regardless of the motives behind them. He's a musician making a living doing what he loves to do. What's wrong with that? Last time I checked, this is an acceptable, and even encouraged, way of living here in the good ol' U. S. of A. Finally, you're presenting your opinions as if they're facts. That's totally illogical, Mr. Burns.