John Mayer has posted a stripped-back version of his song Stop This Train to TikTok, encouraging fans to use the collaborative video platform to add their own vocals.
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The video helpfully provides lyrics, too, in the form of captions, alongside Mayer’s fingerstyle acoustic playing. Mayer leaves a lot of space for fans to add in their own vocals, five-part harmonies or shred guitar solos. Take a look below.
Mayer is playing a dangerous game. When singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran asked fans on TikTok to duet with him, a Monkey’s Paw situation arose: while many took him up on the request, a meme quickly arose of doing your best to drown Sheeran out any way possible. Be that with snare blastbeats, Smells Like Teen Spirit or just one meaningful honk of a tuba.
Mayer’s joining of TikTok wasn’t the smoothest. When he joined his comments section became prime ground for Jabs from Taylor Swift fans. On his debut video, the top comment reads: “You’re not safe here, John.” Other comments include, “We will never forget what you did to our girl Taylor” and “Don’t you think 19 is too young to be played by your dark twisted games?” Mayer responded with a follow-up video just hours later, showing him nodding his head, along with the caption: “POV: You’re berating me, and I’m hearing you out.”
Swift fans remained unimpressed. “Hello Mr old man victim complex,” one user wrote. Another commented, “She lived in your chess game, but you changed the rules every day.” If the comments sound at all familiar, it’s because they’re lyrics from Dear John, a song Swift allegedly penned about the rumoured romance.
On a more positive note, he has been using the platform to share snippets of upcoming material. Musician Mary Spender took one of these snippets as the jumping-off point to see if, for a songwriting exercise more than anything, she could complete the track before its release.
Her efforts earned her recognition from an impressed Mayer, who didn’t comment on how close Spender got to the real finished song.