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Interview with Rick Dees

From The Rick Dees radio show

September 9, 2003 – John Mayer called in to the Rick Dees show from New York to talk about his new album ‘Heavier Things’, a rumor about some woman named Dove sitting in his lap at Skybar, how he insists he’s still not a celebrity, how he doesn’t want to talk about being single or dating, and his thoughts on small town DJ’s that rip off Rick’s style. Audio has since been removed.

It really sums up who I am as a guy, you know? If you really want to know what it would be like to be alone in a room with me after I’m done ‘being on,’ that’s kind of what that song feels like to me. You know, I deal with a lot of worry in my life, a lot of unnecessary worry. I think everybody does, and it’s a song that I’ve given to myself. I think most songs, you give to other people, you give to the world, and this just so happens to be one of those songs that’s come back to serve myself.

A lot of songs that I write are about not knowing and being lost and feeling cornered, ‘Clarity’ is about a feeling that doesn’t even last as long as a song does. [About] every once in a while, when everything lines up … you know, ‘I got extra on my paycheck, I got Monday off, and this girl loves me.’ It’s kind of like waking up to that for a minute. I’m an a–hole because I don’t have enough fun with myself. I take myself too seriously a lot of the time and so ‘Clarity’ is my reminder to myself — ‘Dude … you don’t even say “dude” enough. Just say “dude” every once in a while and don’t worry about it.’