Posted on Monday, December 21st, 2020 by Ben Pearson
(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.)
The Movie: John Mayer: Someday I’ll Fly
Where You Can Stream It: YouTube
The Pitch: This hour-long documentary tracks the rise of singer/songwriter/guitar virtuoso John Mayer, taking you behind the scenes of each of his studio albums from 1999 until 2014. But unlike the godawful music documentaries that you see on channels like AXS TV, there’s no obnoxious narrator, no laughably fake recreations of certain moments, and no floating heads being interviewed – Mayer’s voice is the only one you hear, so you get his career arc described in his own words.
Why It’s Essential Quarantine Viewing: I’ve been a big fan of John Mayer since 2001 when his Room for Squares album came out. I’ve seen him multiple times in concert, dating back to November of 2002. But I suspect it’ll be many months until I’m allowed to get the COVID-19 vaccine and likely more months after that until I’m ready to go back to a big concert again. This documentary helped scratch that itch by providing tons of concert footage, which was great. But I think one of its biggest strengths is in all of the behind the scenes footage and stories I’d never heard, even as someone who has closely followed his career for almost two decades. Read More »