Mayer debuted a brand-new song called "I Guess I Just Feel Like" on the iHeartRadio Theater Stage -- one that he only finished writing backstage at the venue ("It's never been played, as I just wrote it"). The strummy, confessional song was perfect for the intimate crowd, who hung on every lyric. "If I go blind I'll still find my way/ I guess I just felt like giving up today," Mayer sings to end the thoughtful song (which you can hear in full below). "Thank you for listening to that new song -- which is decidedly not a hit, let me just say," Mayer said after the performance. "There's nothing hit-like about it. But sometimes you've just got to tell the truth with a guitar and then you can get back to playing some hit songs."
If you weren't already aware that John Mayer has a Sunday night Instagram Live talk show called Current Mood, you might have seen the headlines over the past few days about his candid sex talk from this past weekend's episode. Mayer told the iHeart crowd that he has a simple vision for the weekly show. "It's some weird version of Mister Rogers for hungover adults," he laughed.
Probably not anytime soon, because Mayer has a new philosophy behind releasing music. "I put out 'New Light,' and I'm like, 'I'm going to put out a whole record like "New Light,"' he says of his unexpected May hit. "And months go by ... and you hear new music, you feel new things, the world goes a different way. And then you go, 'Oh, I want to do a different record.' So I think what I'm doing now are songs instead of records. I don't know that I have the ability to do 12 of the same thing and then you guys don't see me for a year and then I come back with 12 songs, take it or leave it. I think I'd like to put songs out like movies -- but a little faster than people put movies out."
New Love for an Old Song
Mayer -- who will be honored with Billboard's Legend of Live award at next month's Billboard Live Music Summit -- has a newfound appreciation for his No. 1 Adult Pop Songs hit "Daughters," which won song of the year at the 2005 Grammys. "Songs have a life span," he explained. "They go up and down, they get cool, they get uncool. A song is cool when it's new, it's lame when it's not, and then, it either becomes something important or it just doesn't. And this song was cool when I wrote it, hated it for awhile, and now it has returned to me like an old friend I don't judge anymore and go, 'Hello, old friend! It's you again.'"
And an Accidental Taylor Swift Reference
As Mayer described his songwriting process for "New Light," he stumbled into an accidental reference to ex-girlfriend Taylor Swift, and the mix-up allowed fans to hear his quick take on Swift's 2017 album. "And then I started thinking about, like, reputation," Mayer began, with a fan quickly screaming "woo!" from the crowd. "Not the album," he clarified to laughs. "But it's a fine piece of work."
John Mayer's set list at the iHeartRadio Theater:
Love on the Weekend
Waiting on the World to Change
I Guess I Just Feel Like
Slow Dancing in a Burning Room
Your Body Is a Wonderland
Moving On and Getting Over