Mayer’s performance on the evening of October 12th began with a bulbed “M” and “H” shining in the dark Firebird Music Lounge, and glowing signs that read, “Mayer Hawthorne and the Country” laid against the wall, opposite each side of the stage. Following the quartet of band members (dressed in red and zebra print), he stepped onto the stage, clad in a black suit, smart glasses and a pair of Nikes. Grabbing the mike, he introduced himself with a quick, “My name is Mayer Hawthorne and I am from Detroit.” The loose atmosphere of comfortable strangers danced with approval when he began to croon “Your Easy Lovin’ Aint Pleasing Nothin’” and they never seemed to stop their movement. Mayer performed samples of Snoop Dogg’s “Beautiful” and “Gansta Love”, as well as several songs from his album. He delighted his audience with witty banter, demonstrated a dance called ‘The Errol Flynn’ and introduced new music from his upcoming album. At the end of his performance, he moved off of the stage, but returned to deliver another song brought on by an ovation.
Change scenes: Commit to this action by putting your right foot forward, and giving your Toyota/Volkswagen/Saturn/Buick-American-made-in-Japan car enough gas to help you master the map. Moving across the interstate you’ll find it, a different kind of air. In Arizona, it’s thinner and richer, in Tennessee it’s deeper and fuller –the oxygen you breathe fluctuates more that the bending borders of the states that you will travel.
Warnings for the Novice: If you are not used to road trips or extensive rides in a car, this writer implores you, please do not rush yourself. Don’t plan a country-wide expedition when you are used to twenty mile treks –that could end poorly. Take it slow. The wondrous thing about road travel is that it is entirely up to you. You are the key navigator, the operator with a purpose. Three hour road trips can count if you make them count. You simply have to accessorize with the correct junk food, mix cd, attitude and/or friend –and you’ll be golden.
Golden Rule: Make this experience about the experience. For the sake of the landscapes, cornstalks, deserts, plains, mountains and cloudy horizons, make this trip about the travel, not simply the destination.
*****to be published on the Examiner site, if they are legit.