Daughters (John Mayer song)

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"Daughters"
Daughters (Cover).jpg
Single by John Mayer
from the album Heavier Things
B-side "Come Back to Bed", "Home Life"
ReleasedSeptember 28, 2004
Format Digital download, CD single
Recorded2003
Genre Acoustic rock, blues rock
Length3:59
Label Columbia
Songwriter(s) John Mayer
Producer(s) Jack Joseph Puig
John Mayer singles chronology
"Clarity"
(2004)
"Daughters"
(2004)
"Go!"
(2005)

"Daughters" is the third single from Heavier Things , the 2003 studio album from blues rock singer-songwriter, John Mayer. The critically acclaimed song won numerous awards, including the 2005 Grammy Award for Song of the Year at the 47th Grammy Awards. It has sold 1,007,000 copies in the US as of May 2013. [1]

<i>Heavier Things</i> 2003 studio album by John Mayer

Heavier Things is the second studio album by American singer-songwriter John Mayer, released on September 9, 2003 by Aware and Columbia Records.

Blues rock is a fusion genre combining elements of blues and rock. It is mostly an electric ensemble-style music with instrumentation similar to electric blues and rock: electric guitar, electric bass guitar, and drums, sometimes with keyboards and harmonica. From its beginnings in the early- to mid-1960s, blues rock has gone through several stylistic shifts and along the way it inspired and influenced hard rock, Southern rock, and early heavy metal. Blues rock continues to be an influence in the 2010s, with performances and recordings by popular artists.

Singer-songwriter musician who writes, composes and sings

Singer-songwriters are musicians who write, compose, and perform their own musical material, including lyrics and melodies.

Contents

Content

Lyrically, "Daughters" is an admonition to fathers (and to a lesser extent mothers) to nurture their daughters in their childhood, because the relationship will affect their future relationships with men as adults. [2] He uses his own troubled lover to illustrate his belief.

Mayer has at various times told different, and sometimes conflicting, stories as to the inspiration for the song, ranging from MTV's "Real World" (in a Sirius Morning Mash Up Show interview in May 2007) to an unnamed ex-girlfriend.

In 2010, on VH1's "Storytellers", Mayer stated that he wrote the song about an ex-girlfriend who had trust issues because of her absent father, which led to the decline and eventual split of their relationship.

Personnel

Release controversy

Mayer had been resistant on releasing the song as a single, [3] and was still skeptical despite the Grammy win, which he mentioned in his speech upon receiving the award. [4] On several occasions, Mayer had pushed to release the songs "Come Back to Bed" and "Something's Missing" as singles, as they were more the kind of music he was leaning towards making.[ citation needed ] However, the label decided that "Daughters" would be more well received by radio. In 2005, Mayer converted the song into an all-out blues song with his group John Mayer Trio on the live album, Try! , stripping away the acoustic elements the song had become known for, [5] although not similar version to the "Electric Guitar Mix" of the song as included on the single's re-release[ clarification needed ].

John Mayer Trio band

The John Mayer Trio is an American blues rock band that formed in 2005. Comprising singer-songwriter and guitarist John Mayer, bassist Pino Palladino and drummer Steve Jordan, the band has released one live album, Try! in 2005. Three of the songs on the album were co-written by Jordan, Mayer, and Palladino, and the album was co-produced by Mayer and Jordan.

<i>Try!</i> 2005 live album by John Mayer Trio

Try! is the first live album by the John Mayer Trio. It was released by Columbia Records on November 22, 2005. The album was nominated for Best Rock Album at the 49th Annual Grammy Awards. The artwork for the album was done by Seattle graphic design firm, Ames Bros.

Music video

The music video is a grayscale video of Mayer playing the guitar and singing the song in a dark studio, intercut between scenes of a girl (i.e., a "daughter"). The video clip, directed by Mario Sorrenti, features the Australian supermodel Gemma Ward.

In digital photography, computer-generated imagery, and colorimetry, a grayscale or greyscale image is one in which the value of each pixel is a single sample representing only an amount of light, that is, it carries only intensity information. Grayscale images, a kind of black-and-white or gray monochrome, are composed exclusively of shades of gray. The contrast ranges from black at the weakest intensity to white at the strongest.

Mario Sorrenti American photographer

Mario Sorrenti is a photographer and director best known for his spreads of nude models in the pages of Vogue and Harper's Bazaar.

Gemma Ward Australian model and actress

Gemma Louise Ward is an Australian supermodel and actress. She is 5 ft 10 in or 1.78 m tall. Born in Perth, Western Australia, Ward was first scouted at the age of 14, and made her Australian Fashion Week debut aged 15. She later became the youngest model to appear on the cover of the American edition of Vogue, later appearing on the covers of both Teen Vogue and Time. Vogue Paris would later declare her as one of the top 30 models of the 2000s. Ward is widely considered to be a supermodel.

Chart performance

Chart (2004–05)Peak
position
Australia (ARIA) [6] 53
Brazil (ABPD) [7] 58
Netherlands (Single Top 100) [8] 29
US Billboard Hot 100 [9] 19
US Adult Alternative Songs ( Billboard ) [10] 6
US Adult Contemporary ( Billboard ) [11] 2
US Adult Top 40 ( Billboard ) [12] 1
US Mainstream Top 40 ( Billboard ) [13] 19

Certifications

RegionCertification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA) [14] Gold35,000^
United States (RIAA) [15] 2× Platinum2,000,000Double-dagger-14-plain.png

^shipments figures based on certification alone
Double-dagger-14-plain.pngsales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Track listings

All songs are by Mayer unless otherwise noted.

Original release

  1. "Daughters" – 3:59
  2. "Come Back to Bed" – 11:56 (Live at the C.W. Mitchell Pavilion, July 24, 2004)
  3. "Home Life" (David LaBruyere/Mayer) – 6:50 (Live at the Shoreline Amplitheaer, July 16, 2004)

"Come Back to Bed" and "Home Life" are the same live versions that appear on Mayer's as/is volumes released in 2004

Re-release

  1. "Daughters" – 3:59
  2. "Daughters" (Electric guitar mix) – 3:59
  3. "Daughters" (Home demo) – 4:59

Media

"Daughters" was played at the end of the 7th Heaven episode "The Fine Art of Parenting". It was also in the first episode of "The Secret Life of the American Teenager". Mayer performed the song himself in the 2015 buddy comedy film Get Hard.

<i>7th Heaven</i> (TV series) television series

7th Heaven is an American television drama series created and produced by Brenda Hampton that centers on the Camden family and their lives in the fictional town of Glenoak, California. The series debuted on August 26, 1996, on The WB, where it aired for ten seasons. Following the shutdown of The WB and its merger with UPN to form The CW, the series aired on the new network on September 25, 2006, for its eleventh and final season, airing its final episode on May 13, 2007. 7th Heaven was the last series to be produced by Spelling Television before it was shut down and became an in-name-only unit of CBS Television Studios.

<i>Get Hard</i> 2015 film by Etan Cohen

Get Hard is a 2015 American comedy film directed by Etan Cohen and written by Cohen, Jay Martel and Ian Roberts. The film stars Will Ferrell, Kevin Hart, Tip 'T.I.' Harris, Alison Brie, and Craig T. Nelson. The film was released on March 27, 2015 to negative reviews but was a financial success, grossing over $111 million worldwide.

Cover versions

In 2005, trumpeter Rick Braun covered an instrumental version from album "Yours Truly." [16] [17]

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