Soundbite: “The Search for Everything” by John Mayer

By Bianca Galan

John Mayer has become arguably one of the best singer-songwriters in the world. His incorporation of various styles and lyrics into his work over the years shows his true passion for music.

To start the year off right, John Mayer decided to surprise us all with a new EP release after three long years. Mayer unexpectedly released the song “Love on the Weekend” last November and told his fans that he was going to gift them a few more songs – without an official release date. “Love on the Weekend,” as you can imagine, is all about love.

“The Search for Everything: Wave One” was quietly released in January with three new songs. This EP goes back to his old roots, as Mayer gives us the soulful blues from “Continuum” with “Moving on and Getting Over,” which is a perfect song to jam to. This song talks about the difference between moving on and getting over – literally. Driving to this song in the morning might just be the best way to start your day: the joy that blues brings is inevitable. This is ultimately my favorite song he has ever recorded.

The style of the blues lyrics balances with the more romantic piano found in “You’re Gonna Live Forever in Me,” a beautiful song with amazing and simple lyrics that you can dedicate to someone special. It perfectly explains how no matter what happens, that special person will live forever in you. This song goes hand in hand with “Love on the Weekend,” as they’re both relaxing, romantic songs perfect for a chill day at home, reading or just driving at night.

The last song he released in this EP is “Changing.” It focuses on how you never stop changing and when people judge you, just remember you are always changing.

It seems Mayer poured his heart out in this EP, as he tweeted: “My heart’s racing. These songs represent literally hundreds of hours of living inside of these little worlds. And more to come.”

His hard work paid off. Unfortunately, not everyone enjoys John Mayer. However, his work does deserve respect, as each of his albums are good. Most artists have their bad moments, but in Mayer’s case, even his worst album is great. I can’t wait to listen to the rest of “The Search for Everything,” because if the rest of his songs are like these first four, then this album will be remembered for years. Bravo, John Mayer.


Caption: Mayer’s January release returns to his old roots.

Credit: G. Ducanis

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