‘Sorry, I need to talk again. I’m coming straight from the heart on this. Everyone who is a musician, his entire world— I don’t mean professional musician, I mean musician from the heart; thinks, sees, smells, hears, touches, feels things in the world in a completely different way than people who are not musicians. We do not think linear. We do not think logically. We think like children finger paint. And it’s the most beautiful thing when one musician plays with another musician, because you just paint together, that’s all it is. Everyone up here, we all think in a different way. We are all a little bit of an outcast, in the sense that, people that we grew up with didn’t think like us. Bob Reynolds was thinking musical notes when everyone else was thinking in love notes. And I was getting hit in the sixth grade, just—just to check my reflexes and if I had good reflexes and flinched, I got punched. And when I got punched and got tangled in my arm, I’d say to myself ‘That’s all right, because I’ll never let you come to my show’.
But the point is, that when musicians leave this world, they leave that energy behind, that same sort of energy that made them so special in the first place. It’s the same thing that makes every single one of us who pick up an instrument and decide this is what we’re gonna do for the rest of our lives, and that’s gonna take us into some really scary situations. Places completely off the meeting path. Places that we do not recognize from our childhood, or from what we’ve been taught, and we have to follow it. And those musicians who think like that are very special. And when they leave this earth they leave behind something very special, and that’s just energy, and love, and notes, and color. I’ve just never been more proud in my life to be a musician and share the stage with these musicians, David Ryan Harris, J.J and Sean and Tim, and Bob and Brad, and Robbie. We all think differently but we’re the same because of how different we think. And don’t ever expect normalcy out of a musician, don’t ever expect normalcy out of me. Don’t ever expect nice, quaint sound bites, I’m a freak. I go into a room and I rip myself apart and to shreds and I put it back together in the opposite order, and I make a song out of it and I play it for the next two years. That’s special and that’s different. And do not expect the same sort of behavior or thought pattern out of a musician as you would out of a person who counts your money for you. And I just want to say that I’m just so proud to be a musician, and I celebrate the loss of a boy, and I celebrate the loss of Stevie Ray Vaughan on this day and night tonight. I just celebrate being a musician, because when you pass as a musician, you leave all that good stuff behind, and we get to hear it, and you get to hear it, you get to think about it for the rest of your life. And CDs don’t burn out. You can burn a CD, but you can’t burn it out, it’s gonna be here forever. And I’m so proud tonight to know that in some way or another, no matter what happens to me, I will be here forever. And we will be here forever. And you will be here forever.’ - John Mayer, Gravity speech, Raleigh, 2008.