Saturday, April 15, 2017

BEST Interview Ever (and Happy Easter)!

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"Your true life exists in between the period of time where you stop being an ass and something kills you. That's your life, and I just started my life."

JOHN MAYER

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Honest, candid, thoughtful and positive! These are the words that first struck me after listening to this superb interview of John Mayer by Talia Schlanger. And I've listened to it twice already. Ms Schlanger did an outstanding job of conducting this with class. The questions and prompts were smart and effective. And the best part is she handled some of the obvious done-to-death talking points with such sensitivity that even JM surprised us and himself at the end to round off the perfect interview. 

Set aside 35 minutes and press 'play' below to listen:  

I have so many favourite bits in it! Listing a few here:
On being asked whether he's nervous about his parents hearing 'In The Blood', he goes "Nah!" followed with "A good song explains its own existence."

JM reading the lines from 'In The Blood' as per Talia's request and his laugh at her reaction. Priceless. (And gosh, what a brilliant track this is!)

Q: "How did you get over that?" A: "Just die and come back to life."

"I was like, "Got it. Let me just go take a breather, I'll see you again, I'm gonna go disappear for a minute, get my head together" and repaired it and came back and it's like — I've never had more fun in my life playing music. I've never had more fun in my life. And I'm glad I had the experience of growing my hair long and walking around drunk in New York City and no one bothering me. I got to have some years that I didn't get before. Like Bill Murray says, "Everybody's an ass for two years when they first become a celebrity," but I didn't do my two years until later on."

On fame: "I realized that it doesn't fit me to be any bigger than the music is. It doesn't fit."

Love the stories behind how/where these two songs came into being: 'The Theme from The Search For Everything' (Christmas Day/Joshua Tree) and 'You're Gonna Live Forever In Me' (In the shower:"hard-typed on an iPhone with wet hands").

THE poem that kicked off his seventh studio album 'The Search For Everything' (which JM originally posted here by the way). Beautiful words!
Show some love to Ms Schlanger and Mr Mayer, will ya? 
Finally...
Can't think of how apt the timing of this post is... It's Easter weekend. A time for new life, new beginnings and positive vibes. John Mayer is turning his life around and inspiring me on so many levels. I really hope all those vultures outside his door will now move on and get over their obsession with JM's personal life.

Here's all the music from his latest venture:

Happy Easter, folks. May you be successful in your search for everything!
~j~ 

Monday, January 09, 2017

"Take your broken heart, make it into art."

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Mondays can suck. Especially when you're coming back to work after a five-day break. Anyway, if you need a little pick-me-up, here are two videos from the Golden Globes held earlier today. One where Viola Davis pays tribute to Meryl Streep and the second is Streep's speech on receiving the Cecil B. DeMille Award for her body of work over the years.






I'm ignoring the hate that Streep is getting for the 'political' slant she took (some of the comments are just vile), but that final Carrie Fisher quote has just become a major inspiration for the year ahead.

via GIPHY

Take your broken heart, make it into art. How beautiful! 💔

~j~

Monday, January 02, 2017

2016-2017: Musings

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Damn, the year has flown by!

Now where have I heard those words before? Yeah, that's pretty much what we say EVERY December as the end of the year approaches. But it felt a bit different this year for me. I was busy in phases, and the last three months were incredibly slow - at least it felt like that. So do I hate 2016? Umm... not completely.

For starters, it brought about the birth of my niece (and godchild) - a tiny miracle that left me weeping when I first laid eyes on her. She has turned our world upside down and changed us as humans. How can someone so little have so much power over the rest of us? Even though she's far away in another country now, just a glimpse of her on video calls or her photos brightens the dullest days. A blessing like no other!

I lived all by myself in patches during the year. And it was fine for the most part. But after the niece and the rest of the family left, I had a tough time by myself. I went back to being an insomniac - and this time, neither television nor social media could help. They probably made it worse.

Don't get me wrong. I do like my space and solitude. I enjoy being alone. But this time, it was strange, and made me a lot sadder than any other time. Maybe having a baby in the house - and then her absence - does that to you.

Work was okay. Nothing to tom-tom about - unlike the previous two years - or even cry about. Same old same, but it did leave me wondering a few times where I'm headed and if I should consider other options.

Health was the biggest #fail of 2016. I had every intention to kickstart a diet and exercise routine, but NOTHING happened. Except for that one week where I decided to go on this 'keto' diet and lost a kilo. A whole freakin' kilo! An ex-colleague was doing the keto diligently to get leaner and boy, there were some stunning results. Of course, it helps he isn't particularly unfit in the first place. Keto focuses on a high protein/fat and zero carbs/sugar diet - which is all good until your energy levels go south and you start feeling like shit. You get moody (and imagine a woman having another reason to have mood swings!) and your mind plays games with your stomach. So that spiralled out of control in December and with all the weddings I had to attend, "Diet, be damned!" became my life's theme for some time.

Cut to January 1, 2017. A new day, a new week, a new month and a new year set to unfold. And while I'm a bit stressed out on the family front this week, I am ready to give this year a shot. I'm promising myself to get health on track. Small steps.
  • Eating healthy by eliminating carbs and sugar slowly
  • Cutting down on junk/beverages
  • Getting fresh air and enough sleep
  • A brisk walk everyday and then adding other exercise or yoga to it
And then there's these three things that I must do at all costs:
  • Read
  • Make
  • Give
Finally, two pictures will sum up my past year. These are apparently my best nine photos (based on likes) on Instagram in 2015 and 2016. See the reduced number of posts for the latter? And also, the kind of posts? In 2015, travel to the UAE dominated the feed, while in 2016 all my yearning for Japan crept up in my posts (Sample this: Japanese Lantern Festival, MUJI store in Mumbai, throwback posts to time spent in Japan!).



That's it. I don't have much to say. Hope to return to a bit of blogging this year and report on health goals. Have a wonderful 2017, guys! Let's make each day count.

Warmest regards,
~j~


Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Scratch a blog...

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Two and a half years ago, I took off with friends to a resort in Khopoli for an overnight trip. While we were there, we decided to explore the nearby Morbhe Dam (not accessible to public) and the surrounding villages. It was rainy but definitely not depressing. Carpets of lush green grass, a little hilly terrain, the occasional tiny waterfall, grey skies, cool breeze and droplets from the sky marked that evening's drive.


I came across this idol placed near some rocks. No clue who it is (and I couldn't get closer because we had to rush back), but it reminded me of Arun Kolatkar and his famous work of poetry entitled Jejuri. A collection of poems focused on the temple town of Jejuri (which is still on my travel list) in Maharashtra, the lines from "Scratch" are my favourite. And here's one that has always stayed with me.
scratch a rock
and a legend springs
Look it up if you like!

Found this post lying in my drafts and thought it's necessary to kick the blogging lethargy away. Hoping to scratch more rocks and write more in the weeks/months ahead. Trust 2016 is treating you well! More soon...

~j~

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Insomnia Express

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For some unexplained reason, I've been wanting to blog all day. Write a few lines at the very least. Or at least cheat with some pictures on the photo blog (which needs to be revived). But NOTHING.

It's well past 3 AM and I am still wide awake. Dammit. Reading (or trying to read) as many things being thrown at me by the world wide web*! And you know where that leads you... Straight into insomnia hell. Well, I think I'll just go back to reading and dreaming of that next holiday.


My desk looks calm, but my mind is all over the place.

Okay, enough. Thanks for stopping by. :)

~j~


*PS: National Geographic Traveller India has some great content, by the way. Their social pages on Facebook and Twitter are constantly pushing out features which are quite refreshing. Just thought you should know, especially if you love travel! #NotASponsoredMessage

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