30 July 2009

Will Dailey - July 28, 2009

The second I opened the door to the Mercury Lounge this past Tuesday, I knew it would be an interesting time. Will Dailey, the singer/songwriter I've been getting heavily into lately, was scheduled to play an early show starting around 8pm and my friends and I were forced to scramble like crazed chickens to the venue following a string of unfortunate incidents. From the recent buzz I had been hearing about Dailey, I expected a large turnout and maybe a spot all the way in the back of the crowd by the time we got there. In a strange turn of luck, the first person we saw as we walked in was none other than Mr. Dailey himself chit-chatting with friends and concertgoers at the bar. While I was put off by this at first, my friend immediately recognized how awesome the camaraderie was. How often is the main act so hospitable?

Within perfect timing, we managed to get our $9 drinks, find seats against the wall, and watch Dailey's one hour set full of songs from his three albums, including the latest, "Torrent Vol. 1 & 2", released this past month and freshly reviewed in this week's Rolling Stone.

It was his night. The audience, that started with what looked like a dozen or so, quickly turned into a packed house at the little lounge and instantly got into Dailey's lovable folksy rock sound. While I was kind of thinking he looked a little like an overgrown Jonas brother, Dailey is actually gorgeous in person and more emotionally connected to his music than many people I've seen live that have been doing this for twice as long. Whether you're into the singer/songwriter style or not, Dailey proves in concert that excitement is infectious. His intensity, clearly written all over his face, echoes a young John Mayer while his movements hint at a little more rock in his soul than his songs suggest. Strength and determination are not usually adjectives I think of when describing a concert experience but they speak volumes in terms of Dailey. He's a terrific little performer in need of a much larger forum. I have a great deal of faith that this is one artist who won't stop until he's at the top.

My friend took a ton of great photographs as well so I'll be posting them eventually but in the meantime,check out this video I found from that evening: even far away you can sense the music running through this guy's veins. He is really impressive.

24 July 2009

Paul McCartney - July 21, 2009

I was one of the thousands - but few - lucky enough to see Paul McCartney perform earlier this week at the new Citi Field/old Shea Stadium in Flushing, Queens, the same place The Beatles made their US stadium debut practically half a century ago, and I'm still not sure what to say.

I know this sounds trite but seeing a Beatle perform so many songs from the classic Beatles catalog was mesmerizing. This was on top of witnessing the greatest stage personality I've ever seen. Paul McCartney is the definition of a consummate performer, a person who transforms an empty stage into a spectacle. It was so genuinely thrilling to see a man who has been singing some of the same songs for 50 years make them sound incredibly fresh and to add to it, seem really excited to be singing for the crowd. At one point he even stopped to "take it all in" while the audience roared with happiness at the sight of a musical giant appreciating their presence.

And you know, this could sound a little over dramatic if not for the fact that this concert was supremely dramatic on its own. I am not embarrassed to say that I cried about three separate times. Of course I didn't tear up for the same reasons the young girls did back in '65 but I cried because of the overwhelming nature of it all. The thousands upon thousands of fans that paid hundreds of dollars to see their idol, the huge stadium with larger than life flat screens displaying one of the only remaining music legends, and the sound of the music that has filled billions of ears for decades with music that will never go out of style. How does someone create that kind of music? It is so untouchable. I can't get my mind around it.

In my own life, The Beatles' music never really trumped other bands of that era and occasionally I resented how much praise they would receive when other bands seemed to be just as impressive and innovative. In the end it was George Harrison who helped me to appreciate The Beatles the way they rightfully deserved. Through Harrison's songs, I saw the epitome of what a musician should be. Songs like "Something", "While My Guitar Gently Weeps", "Here Comes the Sun", etc. were clearly not just 'songs', they were little stories set to these eerie, dream-like sounds that were inescapable. I still don't know what Beatles song is on what album (for the most part) but they are always a solid part of a playlist and I can listen to them for hours on end without even realizing it. They're not a favorite band for me because they become part of the atmosphere - like they were always there and always belonged there.

Upon seeing McCartney, I knew this was one of those unforgettable musical moments but I didn't know how it would reach me on a personal level. His solo songs had always been hit or miss for me. I'm now a little ashamed to admit that. Every single song within the set list Tuesday night was just as good - if not better - than the next. Whether it was a Fireman song, Wings song, or Beatles song, the sound was so good and McCartney's voice was impeccable. This was not a 67 year old man rocking out for one last time, this was a musician doing his job to perfection and ready to go do 500 more shows afterwards. Not once did this man take a sip of water or falter throughout a 2 1/2 hour, 33 song set.

Some of the highlights came in the form of tributes to the fallen Beatles. "Here Today", a song written after the death of John Lennon, was not only a beautiful moment dedicated to the musical master but a standout performance that spoke of the pain that is clearly still there years later. In this and several other songs it seemed like he would get quite a bit choked up which was unbelievably touching. McCartney's solo performance of "Something" in honor of Harrison started with just a ukulele and ended with a full blown rendition of one of the most beautiful songs ever written. All along the way, McCartney would sprinkle little anecdotes about the Beatles or make facial expressions to show his disbelief at the crowd's immense enthusiasm. The guy was so humble in the face of so much acclaim that it was impossible not to fall in love with him a little.

One of my favorite moments came early in the set when he dedicated "My Love" to his late wife Linda, a New York native. Once again, the emotions were high and I couldn't believe the coziness he could bring to a 42,000 seat stadium. My other favorite - contrasting- moment had to be the flames on stage during "Live and Let Die" and the random fireworks display that shot up seemingly from nowhere. In any other concert that would've been overkill, at a Paul McCartney concert it seemed appropriate.

From the moving piano performance of "The Long and Winding Road" to the uptempo "Band on the Run" to the Beatles-only encore of audience favorites, this concert could not have been better orchestrated. It would also be unfair to not mention the incredible band that sounded fresh and natural, not at all imposter-ish.

Just look at this crazy set list:

01. Drive my Car
02. Jet
03. Only Mama Knows
04. Flaming Pie
05. Got to Get You into My Life
06. Let me Roll It/Foxy Lady
07. Highway
08. The Long and Winding Road
09. My Love
10. Blackbird
11. Here Today
12. Dance Tonight
13. Calico Skies
14. Mrs Vanderbilt
15. Eleanor Rigby
16. Sing the Changes
17. Band on the run
18. Back in the USSR
19. I'm Down
20. Something
21. I've got a Feeling
22. Paperback Writer
23. A day in the Life/Give Peace a Chance
24. Let it be
25. Live and Let Die
26. Hey Jude

1st encore
27. Day Tripper
28. Lady Madonna
29. I Saw Her Standing There

2nd encore
30. Yesterday
31. Helter Skelter
32. Get Back
33. Sgt Pepper's reprise/ The end

Very little could top that, whether you're the biggest fan or just a bystander.

All Photos courtesy of WWW.EXAMINER.COM

20 July 2009

Music for Cougars

I'm excited for this: new music from Sugar Ray, a band that hasn't released an album of original material since 2003.

I don't want to call Sugar Ray a guilty pleasure but I'm aware they don't have the greatest reputation in the music industry. They're not really a band people go to see to check out the incredible guitar solos or astounding vocals. None of that matters though when it's summertime and the music is as infectious as itchy mosquito bites. Their recent performance on Conan, complete with horrible audio and a lead singer more famous for hosting Extra, was atrocious but even throught the funky sound quality, you could hear the makings of a summer hit. There's just something about them. The mere fact that their first single, "Fly", could've easily been mistaken for a one hit wonder yet they're still around a decade later is reason enough to be impressed.

Their upcoming album, Music for Cougars, the sixth studio album for the band, is set to be released tomorrow, July 21, just in time to help soak up the harmful UV rays and intense summer heat. Their aply titled new single, "Boardwalk", is already available.

And for your listening pleasure, here's a sample of some of my favorite classic Sugar Ray tunes in case you've forgotten:


"When It's Over"

A cover of "Day 'N Nite" to tie in the last post:

And the great new single:

Somebody to Love: Kid Cudi

Not like I have to tell anyone, he's already well loved, but I adore his sound and I'm in the mood for a celebration having just found out I got enough financial aid to pay for the entire upcoming year of college. To me, Kid Cudi's music always sounds like a celebration.

Cudi was born in Cleveland, Ohio later moving to Brooklyn to pursue a career in music. The release of his first mixtape, A Kid Named Cudi, caught the attention of Kanye West who later signed him to his G.O.O.D. label and gave him a guest spot on his own full length release, 808's and Heartbreak. Cudi helped to pen the hit track "Heartless" and "Paranoid". His major label debut, Man on the Moon: The End of Day is set to be released on September 15, 2009 while the singles Day 'N' Night and Make Her Say featuring Kanye West and a sample of Lady Gaga's "Poker Face", are already available for purchase and continue to climb the Billboard charts.

I love both songs and look forward to hearing more. He makes the same old hip hop/dance style sound completely fresh. He's just really, really cool.

18 July 2009

Can't Get Enough Will Dailey

Just got tickets to see Will Dailey at the Mercury Lounge on July 28th. I chose him over the chance to see Pete Yorn for the first time ever. Oh well, new things are always shinier and I strongly believe in this guy.

I've been trying to do my research on this Boston-based singer/songwriter since my last post on him and have come up with a slew of strange, exciting videos, above par critical comments, and some really good songs off his new album. I can already tell this is the beginning of a beautiful thing. Dailey is a branch right off the tree of folksy, acoustic singer/songwriters that I've always loved. Can't wait to check him out live.

"Keep You a Mystery" - Dailey's self-made video

Funny or Die commercial

"Rise" - The Early Show

100th Post!

I started this blog almost exactly one year ago and have finally made it to 100 posts. Pretty exciting. Over the past year my interest in keeping a music blog has escalated beyond belief. I started it out of the longing I had to write about my favorite topic and as the months progressed it morphed into a forum for me to dissect my thoughts, divulge some personal secrets, and share my overwhelming excitment of finding a sensational new artist (which has to be my favorite thing of all).

I've managed to meet a few new people, find dozens of other fascinating blogs, and bother all my friends about the website constantly. On the eve of my 100th post I am making a pact with myself to write everyday when possible and spread the word a little further about this silly little blog because the thing is: it's not silly. I put a lot of work and thought into my posts and I'm proud of them. This is not the typical music blog by any means. I'm not in the business of reviewing albums or commenting on all the same music news that you can find in greater detail on the larger sites. I just want to bring my own spin to things you may have heard before but passed by. Whether a song is a day old or a decade old, I want to give it the proper due. I would never be able to post on something I wasn't completely enthralled with and that passion is hopefully being conveyed in every topic I cover.

I promise I will only continue to get better. I strive to make people interested in the music I love so very much. Even if this kind of music is not your thing, I hope you can laugh at my over the top enthusiasm. And I'll be honest, I really want more readers! I want to start debates about who the greatest singer/songwriter is or have contests where people can win crazy things like a poster of Earth, Wind, and Fire. Ha.

I just love this tiny blog so much. Why? Because I love music so much.

In upcoming posts, I will be covering the Paul McCartney concert at Citi Bank (Shea Stadium), All Points West music festival, and the craziness that I hope will ensue as I work the David Cook show here at my own venue. I'll also be working at Warped Tour tomorrow so there could be a few good stories there (I'm hoping not to see any of the bands though - I've been to Bamboozle before and wanted to kill myself). Bottom line: A lot of music is happening.

Here are some favorite photographs to commemorate this day:

(The cat picture courtesy of me: the owner of the most musical cat in the world, Charlie Margarita Chaplin)

17 July 2009

Summer Playlist 2009

This is probably not the 'ultimate' list for the entire summer as there's still a perfectly good August to go through but this is the start of a great, complete, playlist. Generally these songs are unforgettable personal favorites with a few new sassy ones mixed in but of course all meet the standards of a sexy, fun, breezy summer song. I think it'd make a fun mixtape.


01. Will Dailey - How Can I Make You Happy
02. Michael Jackson - You Rock My World
03. Sly & the Family Stone - Hot Fun in the Summertime
04. Kings of Leon - Use Somebody
05. Gin Blossoms - Hey Jealousy
06. Mason Jennings - I Love You and Buddha Too
07. MGMT - Electric Feel
08. Sade - The Sweetest Taboo
09. Pete Yorn - Don't Wanna Cry
10. The Monks - Oh, How to Do Now
11. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Zero
12. Phoenix - 1901
13. Passion Pit - Sleepyhead
14. Paul McCartney - Maybe I'm Amazed
15. The Cars - Just What I Needed
16. Pharrell - Frontin'
17. The Doobie Brothers - Listen to the Music
18. K.D. Lang - Summerfling
19. M. Ward - Never Had Nobody Like You
20. Bob Marley - Is This Love

16 July 2009

Song to Love: You Rock My World

"You Rock My World" was a single off Michael Jackson's 2001 album "Invincible", reaching #10 on the Billboard charts and becoming Jackson's last single to reach the top 10 list in the US. The debut of this single fell on the anniversary of his first solo single, "Got to Be There", marking 30 years in the entertainment industry as a solo artist. The album itself, on Jackson's long time label Epic, became his last studio record ever and has sold 8 to 10 million copies worldwide to date. While most of the critical reviews were generally favorable, many said the album didn't live up to Jackson's previous work and continuously referred back to his eccentric image, even going so far as to call him a "freak" and "scary" within the reviews. Now, this album is regarded as a success with most supporters standing behind the fact that reviews were unnecessarily turning people off with the details of scandals and personal information mixed into the musical critiques.

The music video, with guest spots from Chris Tucker and Marlon Brando, depicts a Michael Jackson we've seen before with the slanted hat, white socks, and black blazer. He is slick - chasing after a contemporary version of the girl in all his videos yet the hat is maybe too slanted as if he doesn't want anyone to see his face. As always, despite controversy, he manages to give off a sexy, cool vibe. This was the last music video he appeared in and the second to last he ever made.

Rock My World - Michael Jackson
My life will never be the same
‘Cause girl, you came and changed
The way I walk
The way I talk

I cannot explain the things I feel for you
But girl, you know it’s true
Stay with me, fulfill my dreams
And I’ll be all you’ll need

Oh, oh, oh, oh, ooh, it feels so right (Girl)
I’ve searched for the perfect love all my life (All my
Oh, oh, oh, oh, ooh, it feels like I (Like I)
Have finally found her perfect love is mine (See, I
finally found, come on, girl)

You rocked my world, you know you did
And everything I own I give (You rocked my world)
The rarest love who’d think I’d find
Someone like you to call mine (You rocked my world)

You rocked my world, you know you did (Girl)
And everything I own I give (I want you, girl)
The rarest love who’d think I’d find
Someone like you to call mine

In time I knew that love would bring
This happiness to me
I tried to keep my sanity
I waited patiently

Girl, you know it seems
My life is so complete
A love that’s true because of you
Keep doing what you do

Oh, oh, oh, oh, who’d think that I (Oh)
Have finally found the perfect love I searched for all
my life (Searched for all my life)
Oh, oh, oh, oh, who’d think I’d find
Such a perfect love that’s so right (Whoa, girl)

15 July 2009

Somebody to Love: Will Dailey

Last night I was moping around, hanging clothes, cuddling with my cat, and waiting for Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings to come on Craig Ferguson when suddenly music started playing and it wasn't Sharon at all. Some curly haired, lanky white guy had taken her place and was singing this little infectious song that had my eyes glued to the television the whole way through.

I don't want to give him too much credit as I'm not familiar with his other work yet but this guy managed to have me on my phone in two seconds searching for the download. I'm not used to this anymore. The last time I got excited about a musician was months ago at this point. Lately I've been lucky enough to re-discover some classic gems with the help of the Princeton Record Exchange but new music has been kind of boring - at least the things I've been listening to.

Turns out that Will Dailey is a Boston-area singer/songwriter that's released three full length albums in the past five years and has actually been playing since age 12. He's currently signed to the newly formed CBS Records which takes advantage of the artists used frequently on CBS television programming. Dailey's latest venture is a musical project called Torrent which allows him to put out new music every few months in volume format. The first of this series was inspired by The Byrds with contributions from Byrds frontman Roger McGuinn. His latest full length album entitled "Torrent, Vol. 1 and 2" was recently released and encompasses many of these songs.

Dailey's song "How Can I Make You Happy" was the one I saw performed on The Late Late Show and if you're into singer/songwriter type music like me then I assure you this guy will blow you away.

14 July 2009

Why Journalism is Great: A Third Grade Paper

Well, it's not exactly but I initially just wrote the first part of the title and it sounded too juvenile to not make fun of.

I was just sifting through some websites, wondering if I made the right decision applying to the Journalism major (finally) at my college when it dawned on me that journalism is the key to every door I could possibly want to open. If I was this clear minded while writing my application essay, I would be far more certain of my actual chances of acceptance.

I had been slightly skeptical of declaring a major for a while now because of my desire to do several other things and specifically, not be tied down to any one profession for the rest of my life. Earlier in my years I had considered acting (which I still consider everyday actually) and some type of hosting situation - along with traveling and writing short stories. I've also always had a deep rooted place in my heart for fashion of all kinds but never the ambition to pursue any particular career in the field. Lately though I've found myself obsessed with fashion blogs, photographs, and reading fashion-related essays both online and in magazines. Strangely, this first led me to believing journalism might not be the right track for me. How could journalism help me advance in any of these other areas I'm interested in?

I'm stupid.

Journalism is the only thing that can help me. When writing for a fashion magazine or blog, you get to completely indulge in all areas of that market and same for a music magazine or any genre for that matter. With a Journalism degree, I have the option of still focusing on any career I'd like, clearly not just the news. While I enjoy my style of writing which I think is kind of strange and personal, I definitely need to let go of some excess words I use and the frequent 'cliches'. I need my writing to become a little more succinct and direct. These stylistic problems are easily solvable with the help of a university full of excellent teachers.

To be completely honest, I'm not interested in the typical journalism career path. I don't think I have the capacity to do formal interviews with world leaders or write an entire article on one topic that may not interest me very much. I want to do what I want to do, if that makes sense. I most enjoy reading stories or articles that focus on a real human being. I like to hear people's secrets or little anecdotes about their life. My favorite books have always been non-fiction, specifically autobiographies, and I feel like those kinds of silly yet completely enthralling life tales are the ones I want to be a part of.

Chuck Klosterman's book 'Killing Yourself to Live' absolutely transformed the way I thought a book could be written and unintentionally defined what I want to do for a living - or at least part of my living. I need to write a book about my ridiculous, kooky thoughts on music that has shaped my life. And I don't want to be selfish either. I want to write another book (perhaps a sequel after the first one does so well) with individual chapters dedicated to other people's musical tales. If I were to do any interviewing, it would be with regular people who have these extraordinarily beautiful stories filled with their first kiss set to a cheesy song in an Oldsmobile or a first dance on their wedding night that had been planned for years in their head. Especially, I want to hear the really strange stories I can't even think up - maybe an album that changed someone's life or made them move to Ireland... whatever, you know?

I'm sure it's been done before and I'm positive it's at least been thought of before but since music is one of the most innate creations in our universe, I think it's worth exploring over and over again. I think these same thoughts on love as well - attraction specifically. For years, I've wanted to write a weekly or daily column dedicated to attraction of all kinds. As a person that has always been attracted to the wrong guys or at the very least, the weirdest guys, I want to find out other people's take on why they love what they love. Everyone finds something attractive or lovable and I want to know why. Once again, I know I'm not the first person to come up with this idea but I want to be one of the people to go further and listen to the everyday people that are just as fascinating as the celebrities we always hear about except there's way more of them and they're far more relatable. You don't need US Magazine trying to tell you that "stars are just like US!" when you have real, spectacular people with dynamic voices that actually are just like you and want to share their experiences as well.

I sat in Urban Outfitters the other day for probably more than a half hour staring at all the shoppers going up and down the stairs. Some were beautiful, some were lost, some were listening to headphones completely oblivious to their surroundings, etc. All of them told me a thousand things without saying a word. It's like... unbelievable. It is like nothing else. I love the elements we are all made up of. While I can't be a scientist or researcher, I can certainly put my own spin on some of the daily human quirks we all have and write about them in a sensitive, sincere way.

This directly leads to acting as well. I have taken acting classes for a million years now. Since the first day I was able to recall thoughts, I wanted to be an actor. Before I even understood exactly what that meant, I just knew I wanted to entertain people, get attention, and express emotions on a higher level. When I finally did come to understand what the acting industry equated to, I decided that deliberately seeking out competition is not in my blood and I would be better off sticking to being me. Lately though, I've been having second thoughts. I by no means want to audition for anything or be a part of an ensemble or have any freaking camaraderie with a 'fun group of wacky pals' or anything but I do miss simply acting - minus all the sideshow freak stuff. Talking about observing people's quirks and interesting habits makes me think of how much I love them so much and want to have a chance to be everyone I've ever met for even just a second. It fascinates me way too much.

This could also be why I so easily become obsessed with the people I believe to have the most interesting quirks and habits of all. They consume my entire brain with the curiosity that floods in.

So basically, as of today, some of my goals would be:

- write two books: one in a Chuck Klosterman-type style focusing on my own musical exploits (non-fiction, funny, possibly short story format, filled with phenomenal playlists, suggestions, and possibly a place for the reader to fill in their own life changing playlists as well); the second book focusing on other people's stories based in music. For this I would interview hundreds of people all over the country (I think I'd stick to just this country at first) and choose twenty or so to write detailed chapters on filled in with my views of their tales and descriptions I picked up within each interview.

- write a column in a newspaper or magazine focusing on attraction among all kinds of people. I would want to find out about everything, from the most common forms of attraction to the oddest couples you could think of (maybe even relationships that work involving more than two people). I'm so interested in finding out about other forms of love besides the conventional man/woman, same age, same background sort of love that is probably not as common as one would think. I'm sure there are tons of kinky, peculiar-yet-not kinds of attraction happening all over the world. I want to share those stories.

- Express big emotions.

That's about it. I think journalism is perfect for me. I hope my college thinks so too.

One more thought: I LOVE how a song creeps up on you when you least expect it. I have had the same playlist on this blog for months now and suddenly "Skinny Love" came on and gave me chills. I've heard it a bunch of times but the colder temperature in my office right now mixed with the eerie opening chords of the song just blew my mind. How can that be possible? The earthly elements surrounding a song change the song into something new. How absolutely hypnotizing.

09 July 2009

Stress to Impress

Watching Michael Jackson's very strange yet uniquely beautiful memorial service, so many moments stood out for different reasons. It was difficult to watch yet I couldn't turn my eyes away from the screen. This man that so many people, specifically the media, teared down for so long is suddenly praised as the greatest thing since sliced bread - specifically by the media. What is wrong with this picture?

Unlike Bill O'Reiley, I believe he should have been receiving praise this entire time. While I do agree that the media coverage is somewhat bizarre, it is only because these are the same newscasters that acted like Michael Jackson was the biggest disgrace in the world only six or so years ago. I 100% do not believe that any allegations against him are true and while it shouldn't be okay for someone with three young children to take a heavy dosage of prescription pills on a daily basis, none of us are in the same league as Michael Jackson and I can say that I get heart palpitations just from figuring out where to eat out sometimes so I can't imagine the kind of stress the most famous figure in American culture could accumulate. It's the oldest story in the book: we Americans love to bring our heroes down to the ground only to raise them up again in death. It's incredibly morbid. Consider how happy Mr. Jackson would've been if he could have seen all the sincere love pouring out of so many millions of people's hearts and souls while he was alive. Maybe he wouldn't have felt that he needed to impress everyone so much with these final 50 concerts that clearly did him in - not the physical exertion but the stress to impress.

On a much lighter note, I was surprised to see John Mayer perform. I have no idea who came up with the idea, although he mentioned that the family specifically requested him, but it turned out so much better than I expected. John Mayer has this strange natural ability to make certain people repulsed when he opens his mouth and other swoon to the high heavens. While I don't fall into either of those categories, I would place myself in a smaller category of people who are such weirdos they practically consider him a member of the family. When a person's voice is in your ears since you're 13 years old, they solidify a certain piece of your heart - whether you want them to or not. I worry for John Mayer the way I would for my cousin when she makes foolish mistakes. Hearing that he would be performing on the memorial service and then seeing the title "Human Nature" flash on the screen made me nervous - I didn't want to hear his whispery voice and high notes at that minute. For the first time in my life I was happy to not hear John Mayer sing.

The vocal absence within one of the most melodic, beautiful, haunting songs in Michael Jackson's catalog paid more homage to the king of pop than any other performance that afternoon and I'm so proud that John Mayer was the one to do it. I can only imagine how insanely electric that performance would've been if it were a Michael/John duet. I can picture Michael going up to Mayer as he played a killer solo and bopping his head along to the beat with microphone in hand wearing some fantastically flashy outfit. That's really, really sad.

To stray totally away from that element of the performance, why was John Mayer looking so good? What did he do? I feel like it's incest to say this but he looked unbelievably attractive - more than ever. The vest, the blue shirt and tie, the hair.. I think I'm going to hang a picture of him in my boyfriend's closet so he knows exactly what a guy should look like.

Just kidding.

And on an even lighter note, I am obsessed with Guitar Hero, made it to the medium level successfully and then found this picture on the internet:

John Mayer playing Guitar Hero.