Song of the Day #3,991: ‘Whiskey, Whiskey, Whiskey’ – John Mayer

Oh, how close we came to having a John Mayer song as the Random Weekend selection for frequent commenter Dana’s birthday! That would have been a fun twist given Dana’s Mayer bashing over the years.

But alas, Mr. Mayer arrives a day late. Maybe next year.

Today’s song is from the 2012 album Born and Raised, his fifth and one of his best. Influenced by Bob Dylan, Neil Young and the 70s Laurel Canyon scene, it’s a relaxed and lovely record.

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Song of the Day #1,628: ‘Speak For Me’ – John Mayer

mayer_born_raisedTop Songs of 2012 – #9

First things first… Merry Christmas, everyone! This post marks my fifth Christmas since starting the Song of the Day series, and I still haven’t missed a day.

Now, on to the matter at hand.

John Mayer returned to form this year with Born and Raised, his best album since 2006’s Continuum. The record has a laid-back 70s California vibe, complete with mentions of Joni Mitchell, Neil Young and Bob Dylan and backing vocals by David Crosby and Graham Nash.

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Song of the Day #1,522: ‘Walt Grace’s Submarine Test, January 1967’ – John Mayer

Some frequent readers of this blog might consider it appropriate that I’m posting a John Mayer song on September 11 — one painful experience commemorating another, or something like that.

I know Mayer has many detractors, but he also has legions of fans, a surprising number of which are critics. He’s the rare lightning rod who seems better respected by serious music critics than serious music fans.

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Song of the Day #1,480: ‘Queen of California’ – John Mayer

It’s a testament to how good this year has been for new releases that John Mayer’s Born and Raised can climb to only number four on this list.

Since his great 2006 record Continuum, Mayer has made headlines for everything but his music. He gave two disastrous magazine interviews, had ugly break-ups with Jennifer Aniston and Taylor Swift (with the latter excoriating him in song on her most recent album) and developed granulomas on his vocal chords that prevented him from singing.

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