Gina Rajeckas is a sophomore at William Paterson University, studying popular music. She originates from Blairstown, N.J., living amongst farm animals and prairie people. She is also known by her musical name, “Gina Royale”. Rajeckas/Royale has released two CDs to date, “Heir” and “Brain Waves”, respectively. Upon graduation, Gina plans to pursue music on a professional level.
John Mayer: The Greatest Man Alive Ever
By Gina Rajeckas
I Introduce To You, Mr. John Mayer:
On October 16, 1977, in Bridgeport, Connecticut, John Mayer graced the earth with his presence. Mayer grew to become an outstanding guitarist, singer, and songwriter. He attended the Berklee College of Music, only to drop out after two semesters. Upon his leaving, he and a Berklee friend, Clay Cook, moved to Atlanta, Georgia to pursue music. The rest is history. Mayer eventually broke through the music industry; it’s not hard to see why. The guy is TALENTED. His voice, bluesy and arresting, carries his remarkable melodies with an earnest grit. His guitar playing, a jazz-pop combination ridden with moody undertones, seems effortless. While his dreamy vocals and exceptional guitar skills mesmerize me, it was his songwriting that inspired me to seriously pursue music.
A musical icon surpassing generations
It wasn’t until I first listened, I mean really listened, to John Mayer’s lyrics that I found a profound appreciation for songwriting. Mayer is a lyrical genius. In his songs, he effortlessly paints a surreal image for his listeners. His word choices are clever and beautiful. His melodies are brilliant. Nothing seems out of place or unoriginal. His stuff just works. It was these alluring aspects which turned my hobby for songwriting into a passion.
From The Very First Song
“Dreaming With a Broken Heart” was the first John Mayer song I ever heard. I was sixteen years old, sitting in my living room, when my friend decides to play me a song off her iPod. From the very first line, I was hooked.
“When you’re dreaming with a broken heart, the waking up is the hardest part. You roll out of bed, and down on your knees. And for a moment you can hardly breathe.”
Those words. Wow. From the opening, I felt the heartbreak. I felt the struggle. I felt all of the things a songwriter wants a listener to feel. The imagery in John Mayer’s songs is the kind of stuff I want in my songs. That heart-wrenching kind of beautiful stuff that just hits you in the gut.
Aside from lyrics, John is still a songwriting king. His melodies, both vocally and on guitar, are truly fantastic. His melodies inspire me to think outside of the box and keep an original, unique mindset. Something I find especially compelling with John’s songwriting is that he strays away from simple chords in his songs. The music backing up the lyrics is typically an irresistibly catchy guitar melody. An example of this is seen in Mayer’s song, “Wildfire”.
John Mayer, What A Guy
Overall, John Mayer has a lot going on. He has a unique style, a voice of gold, and smooth guitar skills. His songwriting capabilities raise the bar for many musicians. John Mayer is a strong musical inspiration in my own life. Without his captivating music, who knows how serious of a musician I would be?