Quotes by John Mayer and Chick Corea


“It’s my failure to sound like my heroes that’s allowed me to sound like myself.”

“Fender Custom Shop made this nickel plated Strat…believe it or not, it sounds incredible.” – John Mayer

“I’m going to follow wherever you take me. I’m going to trust this guitar.”

“If you had started doing anything two weeks ago, by today you would have been two weeks better at it.”

“I’d like to think the best of me was still hiding up my sleeve.”

“Music has kept me centered through any kind of struggle in my life.”

John Mayer and Aaron Sterling

“Be yourself, even if that means being unsure and uneasy. Let someone else put you at ease. Meet them in the middle. Be sincere.”

“Born and Raised was the song that showed me that if you’re honest, if you’re a little braver than you want to be it can pay off.”

“I’m doing this because it’s my calling. Not because I’m here to show anybody anything.”

“Anybody who tells you to have a fallback plan are people who had a fallback plan, didn’t follow their dreams, and don’t want you to either.”

Chick Corea


“I got a chance to listen to and watch Thelonious Monk and his quartet play two shows a night, for six weeks. It was a great education. There was my university, man.”

“Without a doubt, my richest relationships are my long-term friendships with musical partners, because we make music together. That’s what we love to do with our lives.”

“Every time I see a musician – it doesn’t matter what age – that inspires me, there’s always a secret little wish that maybe we’ll play together, because that’s how I learn and grow and so forth, you know. But hopefully there’s a lot more.”

Chick Corea and Christian McBride

“The sound of the orchestra is one of the most magnificent musical sounds that has ever existed.”

“Art is a subject that is inundated with opinions. In fact, that’s all it is about is opinions.”

“You’ve got to create the space, then fill it.”

“Only play what you hear. If you don’t hear anything, don’t play anything.”

Chick Corea

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John Mayer and Chick Corea—New Jazz Album in the works. Hope they release it soon!

Chick Corea and John Mayer recording at Electric Lady Studios in New York.

On May 11th 1997 Chick Corea received an Honorary Doctorate from Berklee College of Music, a few months later John Mayer came  to Boston to study, and last December they met while they were guests on Stevie Wonder’s “House Full of Toys” Concert. Chick Corea and John Mayer decided to jam and in the end of February 2014 they got together to record in Electric Lady Studios in New York.

They haven’t as of yet, released anything, but John Mayer posted a rough mix of one of their songs/improvisations called “Little Sur” followed by some insights on the creating process.

John Mayer and Chick Corea

Chick Corea also released a podcast where they discuss their project and Improvisation. For more of Chick Corea’s podcasts explore this link.

You can also watch them collaborate live on Late Night with Seth Meyers playing “After Midnight.”

Mayer has also presented 2 clinics at Berklee College of Music. The first you can find on PULSE and online.

John Mayer’s 2008 Clinic at Berklee College of Music: Information and Inspiration 

Part 1 Inspiration from Berklee

Part 2 What it takes to Succeed

Part 3 Turning Information into Inspiration

Part 4 Economy in Songwriting and Playing

Part 5 Working up the Dynamic of Your Solo

Part 6 Honesty in Songwriting

Part 7 The Songwriting Process

Part 8 Getting Started

Part 9 John Performs

You can read about the second clinic on our Berklee Blog or listen to it.

Words of wisdom from John Mayer and Chick Corea!