You Are Still You
John Mayer has been my favorite musician for quite a long time now.
He’s arguably the best acoustic guitar toting singer songwriter of them all, and once I got hooked on his catchy tunes and heartfelt lyrics I’ve never been able to stop listening.
What initially drew me in about John’s music was his bluesy and subtly brilliant guitar playing. I loved his style, and most of his lines, licks and runs were easy enough that I could figure them out. But as I’ve grown as a person and as a musician, I’ve started to appreciate his music in different ways and for different reasons.
As I’ve begun writing my own music, I’ve realized how difficult it is to write a song that is both profound and meaningful, but also catchy, interesting, and fun to listen to.
John Mayer’s music has always spoken to me in a way that no other artist’s music has, and it has been a source of comfort to me during many difficult times of life. This season being no different…
(Obviously) I follow Mr. Mayer on social media, and just this morning listened to a little song that he posted on Instagram. It wasn’t terribly professional, polished or clean cut, but in a way I think that made it even more endearing.
The song was called You Are Still You, and the first two verses go like this:
You are still you
You are still fun
Even when you’re singing to a crowd of one
Though the present situation can be scary
You’re the same him or her you were in January
And all your friends will help to see you though
So, don’t be blue, you are still you
You are still you
You still got style
Even if you don’t put pants on for a while
I know it all can seem to be a bit confusing
All the days or weeks or months you may be losing
Running out of clever things to do…
It still holds true, you are still you
In my mind, this is what John is best at. Saying something really profound in a fun and interesting way. Because I think we’re all struggling with our own identity a little bit right now. It feels like we’re unable to do all of the things that used to make us “who we are”. Whether that’s being a social butterfly, or a huger, or an avid restaurant attender.
But what I want to remind you of right now is that YOU ARE STILL YOU. Not because John Mayer says so, but because God says so, and because what makes us who we are is not anything that this pandemic can take away.
What makes us who we are is actually WHOSE we are.
And we are the children of the King.
The dearly beloved of a good, good father.
And that will not change, no matter how much worse things get, or how much sooner they get better.
You are still you, because you are still God’s. Don’t forget that.