what a twist!
but as i look look back on the old videos, i’m seriously starting to question my taste for the past decade…
maybe i used to be blind???
It’s heartbreaking listening to John Mayer. Not just because his songs capture some of life’s most poignant moments in tender blues tones but because there’s a clear lack of Christ in his journey. In his song ‘Something’s Missing’ he addresses a gaping hole in his life, but as a Christian i know there’s an obvious answer for his troubles.
"I can’t be sure that this state of mind, is not of my own design
I wish there was an over the counter test, for loneliness.
For loneliness like this.
And I don’t know how to fix it
Well slept -check-
Opposite sex -check-
Messages waiting for me, when i come home -check-“
He’s got everything but he’s got nothing! It’s not something he can pull himself out of…it’s not something he can attain for himself.
Though he’s been in the music business for over a decade, it’s painfully clear that he’s made little progress. His lyrics reflect that he’s still stuck in that cycle of falling in and out of love endlessly searching for that missing something in his life, and a good majority of his songs are written about broken relationships, a consistent theme on all of his albums.
I just started thinking about this after having discovered Jonny Lang, a blues rock artist who had a public conversion to Christianity in 2000, thirteen years after he published his first album as a 13 year old. He’s hailed as a prodigy for his mature voice, striking guitar skills and mastery of the blues style. Lang made an intentional transition to gospel in 2003 with his album Turn Around which resulted in his first Grammy award. I like almost all of his songs but there’s a clear difference in his lyrical direction after he found Christ. It’s the enactment of A Purpose Drive Life.
The song Only A Man describes his encounter with Christ as do many of his songs in more recent albums. There’s so much more substance and conviction…it’s really amazing to listen to. Sure, this happens to anyone who grows older or has gone through life experiences but Lang turned his life around, cleaned up his addictions and is happily married to his wife of 13 years, with whom he has 4 children. Meanwhile John Mayer recently split from his popstar girlfriend Katy Perry amidst dubious accusations behind their breakup.
Amazingly enough, Lang’s most recent album just so happens to include a song called ‘What You’re Looking For’ in which he points to his faith having directed him along the right path.
"If your looking for love, you’re gonna find it
If your looking for faith, you’re gonna find it
If your looking for hope, you’re gonna find it
you’re gonna finally find what you’re looking for
Two people could be walking in the same shoes
And at the same time hear the same news
One’s laughing and the other one’s crying
One is living and the other one’s dying
So tell me now which ones is you
Cause in the end it’s up to you
Cause the fact is that’s there’s only one truth
And the only difference is a point of view
And when you finally find it, there’ll be no denying
That you were holding it the whole time
Tomorrow’s too late, you just can’t wait
To change your mind”
These two artists are relatively similar in age, have been in the business equally as long, and both grew up in the spotlight as teenagers. They are of a similar style and work closely with their introspective voice to write music, but what a marked difference between their songs!
I really believe the decisive factor that differentiates their lives and musical journey is Christ. He really does change lives… and I hope he continues to mold and shape mine.
(i didn’t edit these photos at all! just another example of how similar they are…)