“I kinda had this melody come up and I had this idea for a long time, a song called ‘Heart of Life’, and- and, uh… Something very interesting about death in the natural- sort of ‘natural cause’ kind of way when somebody dies like, like, the slow fade-out, y’know, like, literally, like- they’re like a leaf in water, it- it’s so bea- it’s kinda beautiful in a way because it’s just like a leaf curling up or anything in nature that just kinda loses its- its life and kind of turns in. An-an- and I was witnessing it a couple years ago, and, um, it was just beautiful and compelling and strange and I remember I… just couldn’t- didn’t blink for a long time. I was just like, y’know’ I wonder if, at the end of the game, it- do you go like ‘I’m glad I did that’ like ‘that- that was actually kinda fun’ or, at the end of the game, do you go like ‘y’know what, I just remember being cold a lot’? I don’t know- or like- y’know, I’m like, ‘what do you- what do you take with you?’ and then, maybe more likely, it just completely balances out, and they give you a pad and a pen or something, like ‘go figure it out’, you come back and you’re like ‘I-I can’t, every time I come up with one from the left column, I come up with one from the right column’. And so, this idea of, um, ‘I know the heart of life is good’ and it was sittin’ around for a while and I was lucky enough to have my hands on the guitar when this idea came along… and, uh… it’s called ‘The Heart of Life’ and I really hope I don’t mess it up.”
John Mayer- The Heart of Life (live, Hotel Cafe 4.10.06).
omg I just realized…I have had this version for a long time and I didn’t know there was a little speech before it. Awesome.