Fun with editing – John Mayer’s Gravity – my ideal version…

Tissues at the ready… I’ve been working too hard this year and haven’t had much ‘me’ time. Sucks, eh?

It’s been a great year work wise – business is booming, and we won the Alcohol Concern Zero Alcohol Awards People’s Choice Award for The Alcohol-Free Shop.

But, all that work, combined with Bea being off work with a hernia and slipped discs, means the year has flown past without taking time to do much personally.

So this weekend I’ve been having fun with Adobe Audition and Premiere Pro. I’ve never used either before properly, so it was a good learning experience.

Sometimes you hear a song and instantly fall in love. I love it when that happens.

That happened to me with John Mayer’s Gravity.

I heard it for the first time about five years ago and it was love at first hearing.

I’ve no idea how many times I played it that first week, but it was a lot.

The whole song is wonderful, but the guitar solo in particular is beautiful. Understated, elegant, almost simple – although try playing it like he does. The tone of the guitar is perfect.

And then there’s the live versions. My favourite is the one from the Nokia Theatre in LA which he released as a video and album.

It starts with the subtlety of the album version but builds into a guitar solo that would put any player to shame. It reminds me of Prince’s guitar on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction version of While My Guitar Gently Weeps.

The only problem with the live version – and it’s a big problem for me, is a dreadful bum note at the end. It’s painful. Really painful. And it’s not even a necessary part of the song – it ruins the pace of the performance.

Credit to John Mayer for the lack of ego in not fixing it in post-production as most would do… but I wish he had.

It also has a pretty tedious beginning (Sorry John!)

So I decided to make my own edit.

I cut the beginning off, added in the guitar solo from the album version into the live version (complete with some background crowd noise), and cut the guitar out at the end that contained the bum note.

After I did the audio, I decided to try to sync it back up to the video.

Obviously, with a new guitar solo, there’s some duplication of video but I’ve tried to mix it around a bit.

It’s my first real project with Adobe Audition and Premiere Pro so I’m pretty happy with the results.

It’s been a fun project over the weekend. It’s given me a break from work, allowed me to test myself, and to learn something new.

And – best of all – I now have a version of Gravity that I really love 😉 and I hope you enjoy it too!

ps. Hopefully the video won’t be removed but I guess it’s possible. There’s plenty of other John Mayer videos (including the original versions of this track) uploaded by other people so fingers crossed…

The original album version is on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7VBex8zbDRs

The original video is at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBFW8OvciIU

My video is at https://youtu.be/Pd3FCynuMKA

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