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John Mayer and Instagram Live defeat the ‘Sunday Sads’

December 28, 2018

Sunday nights are traditionally spent checking items “to-do” lists, nursing hangovers, and feeling a bit of gloom while preparing for the work week ahead. It’s not a common night to seek out entertainment.

But that’s where John Mayer comes in – right in the palm of your hand.

“Welcome to ‘Current Mood’ – my name is John, but you know that – you’re following me already,” he said in the first episode back on Sept. 30.

Mayer hosts “Current Mood,” a weekly show on Instagram Live. Sitting behind a small desk, he talks to his phone’s recording camera about everything and nothing.

The 41-year-old singer, songwriter and guitarist, and his guests switch it up. There’ve been musical performances from Charlie Puth, Halsey, Thundercat, and Cautious Clay. He’s held interviews with Bob Saget, Andy Cohen, and Cazzie David. There have even been discussions about how to drink juice boxes and the notes he writes in his phone while high (recreational marijuana is, in fact, legal in California).

But why? Doesn’t Mayer have an album to record or a tour to prepare for?

Yes, he does, and he’s currently doing both. But while he said he started this show to showcase his hosting abilities and creativity, the show is ultimately to extend the weekend and the good vibes that come from it.

Just check out that set. A light-up rainbow and the words “everything is okay” bring character to the backdrop. There were even dozens of stuffed animals affixed to the wall in earlier episodes.

“All day Sunday, I think about the show (tonight) instead of dreading the return to work,” a fan wrote online, which Mayer then screenshotted and shared. “‘Current Mood’ has extended my weekend and good mood – I’m grateful, John!”

“This is why,” he replied simply.

Mayer’s chosen to spend up to an hour with his fans online and make an event out of Sunday night. And the show is starting to feel more like a big production every week.

“The sound of people clapping in the room is now louder than the sound effect of people clapping, and I call that progress,” Mayer said with a smile.

And that progress is visible to the viewer, too.

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