This entry must be broken up into a list to represent only the salient points of the day. Lots going on inside and out.
1.) Steven Tyler is walking rock and roll. What’s rock and roll? It’s talent, first and foremost. I know from the one song we performed last night, along with years of listening to his music, the man is a melodic archer. He just speaks the language of music better than most anybody around. Rock and roll is also abandon. Get to know this; 99 out of 100 artists who visit before the show and are asked to sit in will say ‘no’, not because they don’t want to, but because they don’t trust their bond with the music. It’s true. All they envision is getting spun off the suspension bridge. Steven got up it, in it, around it, and it was enthralling for all of us. That is how it’s done, ladies and gentlemen.
2.) Boston. Mother nature, thank you for the outfit you chose to wear yesterday. I recognize that city more in a misty grey than I do any other way…I have to get back there. Take a big city template, import it into CityBuilder 8. Select adjustments, refuse, reduce stray refuse (80%). Then go into adjustments, transform, scale, scale: 40%. Rock the vibrance slider back and forth just a little, maybe use the “brick” tool, and then save as “Boston.CIT”. Boston is like Japanese Manhattan. I will return.
3.) John Mayer Trio… What is it? Is he ever going to release “pop” music again? Should I trust his intentions? Know this - John Mayer Trio is an idea. It will always be an idea. Even at the same time as it’s a band, it’s still an idea. It’s a place to put my heart and soul when I feel like too many people have their hands on it. It’s a way to check myself to make sure I’m not getting away with anything too easy. The comfort zone is gone with this band. My level of playing is in constant flux with the bar of what I know I can do. Sometimes I just inch over it, and sometimes it comes under. But it feels more vital than just hitting homeruns in a little league field. John Mayer Trio is more truthful to myself than I have ever been, and I’m going to take from it and graft it onto everything I ever do from now on. And as for Steve and Pino, I’m not worried that we’ll be playing together for a long time to come. Some very, very cool music is going to happen with this band, even sooner than you think. I am in two bands now. Always.
4.) What now? I take a break for a minute, get my head (and upper respiratory system) together, and then the trio convenes in NYC for some more recording on the Continuum album, still slated for spring. That’s the funny thing. My next studio album is actually JM3, but with a little extra “J”. Wanna know what’s next after that??? I’ll tell you. Because why should you find out anywhere else? I’m going to record a solo acoustic album. Like SOLO. Just me and a little portable HD recorder, stereo mic, hotel rooms across america. Might schedule some mountain biking around it.
5.) To my fans - OUR fans: Thank you for loving the idea as much as I do. You should have moved on by now. You really should have. There’s so much new music coming out all the time, I’m not sure why you’re still on my side, but I thank you for it. And on behalf of Steve and Pino, thanks for making all of us feel like we’ve been doing this together since the late ’70s.
It’s only music now.