"...I go looking for your photograph online Some county judge from Ohio's all I ever find" -John Mayer, Dear Marie
That song came on when I was listening to music last week and I've been thinking about it a lot since. Specifically that line. Allow me to explain...
Dear Marie is addressed to a girl John Mayer dated in high school, before he was a mega-celebrity. In it he wonders what she's up to now and if she still thinks he's the same person he was before he was famous. He tries to look her up online but finds only a "county judge from Ohio" by the same name.
That line stands out to me because it's such a specific reference, and yet so relatable. Everyone knows that feeling of Googling someone from their past or searching them on Facebook and coming up empty or finding the wrong person.
To me, that is the mark of great songwriting. Taking something so seemingly mundane and making it poetic and interesting. Turning something so specific and personal and into something so relatable. That is the true art of songwriting.
The Week That Was It was truly wonderful to be back performing live music for people again this week. I was supposed to have 3 gigs, but one was canceled due to some crazy wind. Nevertheless, it felt so great to be singing in front of live humans and I'm looking forward to doing it much more throughout the rest of this year.
The Week Ahead I'll be continuing to chip away at my upcoming EP. We just knocked off another song and should be breaking ground on another this week. I love the creative process of recording songs, but you definitely hit a point sometimes where you just want to get through and have it all done.