John Mayer’s Continuum came out on this day 10 years ago. I don’t even know how that’s possible.
I lost my father on September 14, 2004, and Continuum came out nearly two years to the day, September 12, 2006. Forever ago, I was deep into tape trading a lot of Mayer’s live shows. I remember having my first brick iPod and listening to the John Mayer Trio’s version of “Gravity” sitting in the hallway between classes in community college. And “Heart of Life.” And “Stop This Train.” And, so many others. It helped me make sense of the things that made no sense.
Gravity saved my life. I wear it on my sleeve every day.
I was here in the fall of 2005 at the Bowery Ballroom, and so many other times Mayer played in the city during those years.
“Gravity is working against me. And gravity wants to bring me. Oh, twice as much, ain’t twice as good. And won’t sustain like one-half could. It’s wanting more, that’s gonna send me to my knees…”
When nothing else in the world made sense, “Gravity” made sense. Why the hell am I here?
“Gravity has taken better men than me, now how can that be? Just keep me where the light is…”
Over a decade later, I am still praying to keep me where the light is. Oh, Lord, please, keep me where the light is.
I am here. And, I am here for a reason. And, all these years later, I am still trying to find out why. I work my ass off every day, and I am trying to figure out why I am here, when better men have gone too long ago too soon.
I’ve never really gotten to say thank you to Mayer for everything. Kind of, but not really. I was a different person back then. I’m still evolving into the best imitation of myself.
Listen to this live version of “Gravity.” Or another one. You have to hear a live version to really get it. And, I hope you really get it.
It’s been a long, strange crazy ride, guys. But you keep me where the light is.
Just keep us where the light is…