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John Mayer on World Cafe | May 25, 2012

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Becoming a rock star has major implications — just ask John Mayer. The singer-songwriter's personal history and relationships are all public knowledge, thanks to the enormous media attention that the 34-year-old attracts. The attention in turn attracts trouble, but Mayer, who has just released his fifth solo studio album, tries to take it all in stride.

In today's episode of World Cafe, Mayer discusses the circumstances under which he recorded Born and Raised. In the midst of recording the album, he was diagnosed with granulomas near his vocal cords, which required surgical treatment. After he recovered, he finished the album, but now has to take time off from touring. Mayer says he plans to use his time off to write new material and reflect on his career.

Mayer also discusses the paranoia that can come with stardom. A self-described "control freak," he opens up about how time off and songwriting allow him to lose himself in the process and churn out songs that are personal, yet universal. Hear Mayer play a few songs from Born and Raised on today's episode of World Cafe. (link)


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Buddy Guy "I've Got Dreams To Rememember" Bring 'Em In
John Mayer "Queen Of California" Born And Raised
((John Mayer "Shadow Days" Born and Raised))
John Mayer "Shadow Days" Born And Raised
((John Mayer "Queen Of California" Born and Raised))
John Mayer "Born And Raised" Born And Raised
((John Mayer "Born and Raised" Born and Raised))


The Dbs "Spy In The House Of Love" Like This
The Tallest Man On Earth "1904" There Is No Leaving Now
The Shins "It's Only Life" Port Of Morrow
M. Ward "Primitive Girl" A Wasteland Companion
Marshall Crenshaw "Cynical Girl" Crenshaw
((Dr. Dog "We All Belong" We All Belong))
Dawes "Fire Away" Nothing Is Wrong
Neko Case "This Tornado Loves You" Middle Cyclone
Jukebox The Ghost "Somebody" Safe Travels
((Grizzly Bear "Easier" Yellow House))
Allo Darlin'"Capricornia" Europe
Del Amitri "Roll To Me" Twisted
Patti Smith "Frederick" Wave
Beach House "Myth" Bloom
Roxy Music "The Main Thing" Avalon
Foster The People "Don't Stop" Torches
((Chairlift "Garbage" Does You Inspire You))


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