Well Dearies, the John Mayer/Citibank #BKLovesMayer contest winner was supposed to be chosen on 12/4/13. After spending countless hours of several days searching every single one of the 3,000+ photos entered I finally found the winner! It has not been publicly displayed on any websites yet, therefore I am not going to show it to you or tell you who submitted the winning photo. If you are so inclined & crazy like I am you can scroll through all the entries on Instagram & read the comments. I will tell you her’s was definitely in the first half if not the first quarter of the entries.
Now if you remember correctly, This contest was to submit photos of who or what you love. It was set up with the release of John Mayer & Katy Perry’s single “Who You Love” off the Paradise Valley album. There were 6 pages of what was labeled as “Official Contest Rules” which included how the contest was supposed to be judged. I use the word “supposed” very loosely as I am going to explain herein. You can also find the complete set of rules using the following link: http://citi-john-mayer.herokuapp.com/pdfs/CitiJohnMayerInstagramContestRules.pdf
If you perused the pics on Instagram for this contest you would notice that not many people actually followed the rules. There were tons of ordinary family, bf & gf, pets, John Mayer, & guitar pics submitted. Very few of any of the photos had any kind of good caption with them. It really should have been narrowed down to 10-20 enteries at the most! The following is a quote directly from the rules posted by Billboard.com who was a sponsor of this contest: “4. WINNER SELECTION AND NOTIFICATION. On or about December 4, 2013, one (1) potential grand prize winner will be selected by John Mayer who will judge all eligible Entries received throughout the Promotion Period based on criteria that will include aesthetics, creativity, voice, visual impact, sensitivity, originality, creativity of caption, and clarity) In the event of a tie, the Entry among the tied Entries with the highest score in visual impact will be deemed the potential grand prize winner.”
So this would lead one to believe that you’d have to present a pretty good picture. It would most likely be a picture that a person put some serious thought & effort into creating. Those are pretty steep criteria for judging the winner. Not to mention to be chosen by Mr. John Mayer himself! (wow I just had a willy wonka flashback! lol) I would think John Mayer would be a pretty tough judge on the above criteria. Needless to say, the photo was of a lady with her grandpa sitting on a porch holding a guitar. Lovely picture yes, but contest winning material…
I’m not picking on this girl. It certainly isn’t her fault that this MACPresents (who is apparently in charge of setting things like this up) chose her picture. Is it b/c she started following @MACPresents on Instagram or b/c she begged with little emoji praying hands? Who knows, but I certainly do not believe John Mayer was the judge of this contest which is quite disturbing since they advertised he was!
So basically there are 2 theories of thought here. He couldn’t spare the time over the full week between the closing date of the contest & the date of winner notification & didn’t even bother to look at them. And for the record It wouldn’t have taken very long especially if he had someone weeding out the unoriginal ones. It wasn’t like there were 20,000 photos. Or he just picked any ole picture without really giving any thought to it. Either way, I am personally insulted that John Mayer didn’t have the courtesy to take this contest seriously!
There is no doubt in my mind that there are going to be many other fans who have similar feelings. Morgan & I have spent countless hours driving, not sleeping, & waiting in lines , not to mention the financial part! All done out of love for an artist who we thought gave a rat’s ass about his fans! Now only to look at the whole situation & say to ourselves, “We were wrong all along. He really doesn’t care anymore.” I told Morgan from the get go not to get her hopes up, but still we had some great entries that ranged from emotional to artistic & she should have had a good chance! Sadly not! All of our entries are on my previous post. You can judge for yourself.
So it is with a heavy heart & almost with tears in my eyes that I think I’m retiring from this blog. It has been great fun. I thank each & every one of you for being here whether you were regular readers or just happened by once in a while. You’re support has meant a great deal to me & I’m glad I could entertain you a bit. I may someday return, but as of right now I have lost a great deal of respect & need to step back from John Mayer a bit. We were going to buy tickets to see JM in Connecticut on 12/16, but I refuse to spend another dime on him right now. This just seems like it was a joke & the John Mayer I’ve known & loved wouldn’t have let it be made into such a mockery.
Perhaps we will run across each other at another time!
Ok, I don’t normally do this. I write this blog about John Mayer & very rarely do I bring Katy Perry into it, but these photos are just so absolutely stunning I have to share them with you! Below are the photos by Mario Sorrentil for Vanity Fair & the release of the single “Who You Love.” They both look just spectacular! No matter how you feel about John Mayer or Katy Perry you must admit they are “beautiful” separately & together they are mesmerizing! But whatever you do or however you feel, please stop calling them JATY!!!!!!! That just sucks!
Just a quick reminder you have until midnight EST to get you photos of “who or what you love” on to Instagram to qualify for the flyaway getaway! That’s just under 90 minutes from right now! Don’t forget to hashtag #bklovesmayer !
It’s a great contest & supposedly John Mayer is choosing the winner himself!
Good Luck Lovies!
So, I told you about John Mayer starting this “Dashboard Confessions” Q & A session on Tumbr last night. Gave you all the info. well in advance. You had a considerable amount of time to ponder the “perfect” question. Did it keep you awake at night contemplating whether or not you should ask John Mayer a serious question or appeal to his more cheeky side & go with something witty or fun? Were hours spent mulling over the perfect thing to say? Did you nervously wait counting down the minutes until JohnMayer himself might possibly answer your question? Only to see John reply to questions like: “Were you a good singer since you were a child?” , “Do you prefer your hair long or short?” & “Did guitar playing come naturally or did you struggle?” Then to add insult to injury he answers 2 questions by the same person more than once!
Ok, so maybe your anticipation (or mine) is a little bit exaggerated above, but you get the point. Morgan & I were so curious as to how this was going to play out. I figured JM would take some serious questions & some more lighthearted ones which he did & even used his glib talents to make a few funnies here & there. This is great! We love this John Mayer! We accept & treasure him any way we can get him whether it be formal or fresh, but we only had one hour & I felt it may have been a bit wasted at times. With that I don’t mean he wasted my time so much as wasted what could be valuable Q&A time. As his devoted fans we know he developed his singing much later than his guitar playing & we also know that he spent insurmountable hours learning & practicing to play guitar. Not that he doesn’t have a gift, because he obviously does, but we know he wasn’t composing at the age of 5.
So all in all, there were some pretty good questions & then some not as good questions answered. I guess that’s the way it goes. lol He took a pic for someone & made me chuckle a few times. Starting promptly at 7pm EST he filled the full hour plus a few minutes. There is something to be said for a man who is prompt & doesn’t leave people lying around waiting for him. And surely people would wait for our beloved John Mayer! Well you might, but I have serious issues with tardiness. It is my biggest pet peeve! I must add here that we never waited for his shows to start either, very impressive! I love that!!!! (but I still might wait just a few minutes for John Mayer, I Mean come on, he’s John Mayer)
If I adore him so much why then, do I always seem to be criticizing our poor John Mayer? I feel like I’m always bitching about him & I’m not sure why. Well of course in my world I would be getting my questions answered & my pictures noticed. Perhaps that’s all it is, a bit of jealousy & sometimes I’m not sure it’s even his fault (Patrick!)!?! Without a doubt that’s definitely part of it, but at least I can admit it! lol
So what was my question for John Mayer, you ask? Well knowing me, I’m sure you can figure out it was nothing too serious & probably a bit brash! However, I’m not going to tell you. I’m going to continue asking the same question each time he does one of these little Dashboard Confessions & see if I ever get answered! They did make it sound like it would be something that happens again, but didn’t give any clue as to how regularly.
This is the end of the session. Sweet & friendly he appears genuine. Let’s hope he’s back soon!!!!!!
Thanks everyone for participating and reading along. I hope we get to do this again sometime. Hey, you guys remember AOL in 1996, when there were chats, and there was a moderator named Bev and she would play host to the person people were chatting with, and then Bev would say something like “well that’s all the time we have, many thanks to John Mayer for being here and you all for participating”? I remember that. I’ll be Bev in this scenario and thank Tumblr for having me, and you guys for being a part of this. Hope to see you out on the road or inside your computer soon. Lots of love, and happy holidays.
One last thing: John Mayer announced today that he’d be switching his Instagram account from mrjcmayer to the previously PR overseen account of johnmayer. He also promises to post more often! I think that little Tumblr session retweaked his internet addiction. That’s just fine with us!!!!!!!
Let us know what you thought of the first installment of Dashboard Confessions from John Mayer on Tumblr!
Tonight is the big night! John Mayer’s Born and Raised tour resumes in Lincoln, NE. I am soooo envious! Morgan & I want to see him again so damn bad!!!! I think this John Mayer obsession may be going a bit too far! LoL Well we hope he got a little rest while he was out cruising the world with Ms. Perry. News reports make it sound like she & John Mayer have only just returned within the past few days! I know my vacations abroad certainly aren’t restful ! Nonetheless, I do hope those of you seeing him tonight & throughout the next month before he breaks again have a smashingly good time!
Don’t forget tonight live @ 7:00pm EST is John Mayer’s dashboard confessions on Tumblr. So get your questions in to John’s Tumblr & maybe he’ll pick yours! They don’t indicate how long this Q&A will be, but it can’t be too long as he does have a show tonight.
One more reminder for you: there are 4 days left to get your Who You Love/ #BKLovesMayer entries in to Instagram to enter to win tickets, air, meet & greet, & hotel stay for the Brooklyn show on 12/17/13. How exciting!!!! That’s a great package. You can find all the details @ billboard.com. Best of luck to you!! (& me! LoL)
P.S. In case you’re unable to see John Mayer this weekend, Catching Fire is a fantastic movie. Morgan & I went to the “midnight” premier yesterday! It was outstanding. I’m not sure what people think you didn’t read the books. I think they’d still agree it was excellent! Or you could sit home watching silly John Mayer videos on YouTube! LoL
The following was released today on John Mayer’s website. Sounds kind of cool!
“John Mayer signed up for Tumblr four years ago this month. For the very first time, he is turning on the “ask” feature for a brand new, live Tumblr interview series that we call Dashboard Confessions.
Follow JM, drop him some good questions, and tune into your dashboards on Friday, November 22, at 7:00pm EST to watch the interview before he kicks off his US tour.
Reblog at will!”
Morgan & I both follow John Mayer on Tumblr & we recently noticed that he removed all of his old posts & seems to be making his Tumblr account strictly for his own photography which really is quite captivating. So when you visit his page it certainly doesn’t look like he’s been there 4 years. Anywho, this “dashboard confessions” is coming up in just 2 days & I don’t see where they have edited his page to send in questions. There is only a “fan mail” link. Maybe we’ll find out soon, but I wanted to fill you all in just incase you’re interested. Good luck!
Oh BTW in case you didn’t know….Tumblr is a photo blog of sorts. You can find John Mayer’s Tumblr by searching for the name jhnmyr & his blog name is ONE FORTY PLUS
Here is John Mayer’s road session #14. It also takes place in Europe. I was so excited to be able to say, “hey, I saw that!” Traveling after all is my #1 hobby!
Well I suppose traveling would be my #2, because I have always loved music so very much! Not just John Mayer, I have been obsessed with music since as long as I can remember. My very first memories as a child always revolve around music. My father used to sing me Patches by Dickie Lee. To this day it still brings tears to my eyes! Don’t it make my Brown Eyes Blue from 1977 & Copacabana from 1978 along with the Bobby Vinton my mother used to listen to all the time (hey I come from a polish family!) are the first bits of music I can remember from when I was young. From about 3 years old I have organized my memories by songs that I loved during the particular time period. I know that I should have gotten a job that somehow worked with music, but sadly, that never happened… I have no idea why I’m going on this little ramble. My deepest apologies.
Morgan & I have been brainstorming like mad to come up with our #BKLovesMayer contest entries! She has 3 & I only have 1 b/c my Instagram wouldn’t work last night, but I think we have a good shot if it’s judged in a legitimate fashion. We’ve covered creativity & emotional & I personally feel there were very few entries that were any kind of original! So many bf/gf pics & stolen pictures. Unfortunately people are not reading the full set of instructions. But I suppose that makes for better chances with regard to our entries!
I’m getting so aggravated by the people posting the same pics over & over again! If you have Instagram peruse the entries & you can see what I mean. I’m becoming angry. lol Morgan tells me all the time that I over react to things which I know is very true. The problem is I’m just a very emotional person. Whether it be happiness, sadness, or anger it will just ooz out of my pores. I’ve always been this way. At this point in my life there isn’t much I can do about it. I need to learn how to meditate! lol But until then, I let people I don’t even know bug me & sometimes even bring out the worst in me! UGH!
Anyway, if you haven’t entered yet, What are you waiting for? Go get your photos of who or what you love & get them posted on instagram with the hashtag #bklovesmayer! It certainly is a great prize package from John MAyer & Citi Bank! You have until November 26, 2013. Good Luck!!!!
I’ve showed you 2 of ours. See if you can pick out the other 2!