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John Mayer talks about his new voice


John Mayer had his doubts when he learned he could sing again after a six-month silence following a second operation on his throat.

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The singer/songwriter returned to the stage as a singer on Jan. 16, at a benefit concert in Montana, but he now admits he could have come back sooner because doctors gave him the all clear to perform again in mid-December. Mayer reveals it took him a month to reassure himself that his vocal problems were a thing of the past. He tells Rolling Stone magazine, "I had been given the clean bill of health ... (but) I didn't really believe it. I actually had them go back another time to look again, and I kind of feel like I want to go back a third time, because I'm just not used to it going my way.

"You can't even call it a granuloma anymore. It's called a retinoid, which is where the granuloma was. It's gone. After being plagued by it for two years, you almost keep thinking it's like the end of 'Nightmare on Elm Street.' There's always this moment that it's gonna come back, and I'm learning that that's my imagination."

Mayer says the operation and his lengthy silence have changed his voice: "I don't have the projection. My laugh changed. The way I used to laugh is kind of like that 'I'm embarrassed' high-pitched laugh. I don't really laugh that way anymore. I've found new ways around everything -- new ways to talk, new ways to laugh. Now I wonder if I can go right back to the shape of my voice that I had when I was singing, once I can do what I want to do with it."

Feb 1, 2013 5:19AM
So THAT'S why he and Katy "still get along".  
Jan 31, 2013 9:44AM
Wow, he had to be silent for 6 months?  That is the best thing that could have happened to him, because he usually has no idea when to shut his mouth.  It must have really been hard for him not to brag about his sexual conquests for a whole 6 months.
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