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John Mayer talks about his new voice
Jan. 31, 2013, 10:13 AM EST
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
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."