Some of the best songs in rock history almost sound more like events than real songs. While the song itself might be fine on its own, adding different layers of production always makes it that much more epic, almost like you’re seeing the track’s story unfold in real time as you go. that you hear it. Then again, if your song is really good, it doesn’t matter what kind of production you have behind it.
Throughout rock history, some of the best artists in the world have been known to redo their songs, making them even more impactful with a barebones arrangement. Compared to the tons of instruments you can add after the fact, most of these songs were simply composed with guitar, vocals, or maybe piano if they felt in vogue that day.
Even with all the added bells and whistles, none of these songs have lost the slightest bit of power, if anything actually improves now that all the most important elements are gone. Because when you’re in the studio, you still have to do some performance. When you listen to these songs, you feel more like you see the person behind the voice, living in the moment as they wear their emotions on their sleeve.
There aren’t many John Mayer songs that hardcore rock fans will go out of their way to recommend. Despite his amazing guitar skills, many fans still see him as the dreamy guy with an acoustic guitar that girls loved in the early 2000s. However, when you remove all the production stuff, John will start showing you his true colors. .
During the gigs he played on the Continuum record, Neon was one of the most electrifying performances he’s ever done, with nothing but him and an acoustic guitar for the most part. It’s not a song where you marvel at its beauty. Most guitarists listen to this song to understand how all those notes are squeezed out of one guitar, with John doing crazy finger tricks to make sure every note lands in place.
There are even lessons John has posted on social media on how to play the song properly, and even then it seems impossible, with him apologizing to people with small hands for writing parts that involve insane stretches to achieve. While it won’t necessarily elicit the same reaction as Your Body is a Wonderland if you played it at your local open mic night, you’ll definitely earn the respect of your guitar peers if you even dare to tackle it and achieve it.