My Trip to see John Mayer in New York City-Part 2
John Mayer Meet and Greet In NYC
John Clayton Mayer (/ˈmeɪ.ər/; born October 16, 1977) is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer. He was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, and raised in nearby Fairfield. Source: Wikipedia
New York City, Here we Come
A Trip to New York City We'll Never Forget
At the airport waiting for the plane was a mix of good and bad nerves. My sister and I hadn't flown in a plane since 2001. We grew up with a pilot for a father and loved to fly as kids, but as we got older found it a bit nerve wracking. On this day though, we let our excitement flush out the fears. Here is the American Eagle plane that safely brought us to our destination to see John Mayer.
Flying on American Airlines to NYC
Flying to NYC to see John Mayer
Alright, so we both indulged in a Bloody Mary to help us relax. It was that or a anti-anxiety medication.
The flight was really smooth until just before landing. There was some turbulence which I've always found unsettling. My sister and I were too excited about the trip to let a little turbulence bother us. We were on our way to hang out with John Mayer at his Music Party~Who cares about bumpy ride.
This was right after take-off. Up, Up and Away!
Landing in New York City
The pilot did a great job landing the plane. Now Laura and I were like giddy school girls. Just had to get a picture of the "welcome to New York sign." We couldn't believe we were actually in New York City. Our father worked in New York City as a young man, before he met our mother. He always wanted to take Laura and I but we never made the trip before he passed away. He use to tell us that we would love New York and the feel of the city. He was right. The vibe in New York is palpable.
Nerve Wracking Taxi Ride from Airport to Hotel
Knowing dad is the one that set this whole trip together from heaven, it wasn't surprising that several men we met, were named John. (My father's name.) It started when we got off the plane and hopped in our New York Taxi. That was just the start of meeting John's everywhere we went. This was a confirmation to Laura and I that dad was on this trip with us in spirit.
John was an amazing taxi driver. He not only weaved in and out of congestion with ease but gave us a tour of the city on the way to the hotel. He also gave us tips about not looking like vulnerable tourist's which we greatly appreciated.
Side Note: Riding in New York Taxi's is not for the faint of heart
Hudson Hotel in New York City
Time to go get settled in at the Hudson House Hotel. This place was amazing. I was intrigued by the low lighting throughout the hotel. It was very conducive to relaxation.
The Hudson is a trendy and upscale hotel located at 356 W 58th Street. It sits in the Midtown area just steps from Central Park, Columbus Circle and the theater district.
If your planning a trip to New York and plan to stay at the Hudson, I want to let you in on the size of the rooms. They are extremely small. I was only there for one night so that wasn't a problem for me. I must admit the beautiful style and de'cor of the room make up for the lack in space.
Checking in at the Hudson Hotel
Our Hotel Room
Time to Play
Laura and I settled into the hotel room and then checked out the rest of the Hudson. Here are some pictures we took before we took off for the private listening party. Hope you enjoy.
Hudson Hotel Sights
Off to the Private Listening Party
After checking out the sights in our hotel, it was time to get ready for the private listening party to hear John Mayer's new album.
We hopped on a taxi and were off to Greenwich Village where the "Electric Lady Studio" is located. Unfortunately, our taxi driver didn't speak very good English, and a ride that should have taken ten to fifteen minutes, took a half hour or more. No worries, we made it, albeit a bit late. If I didn't mention it in my first hub, the "Electric Lady Studio" was built for Jimmy Hendrix in the sixties.
We were pleasantly surprised by a very personal welcome at the door. A woman from Promotions whooshed us in and said, "you must be the twins from the twin city's." She said we only missed a little bit of the program and walked us to the back of the studio. We were seated in a small room where they had John's new album playing. They handed us a pamphlet of lyrics from the album, "Born and Raised."
There were only about 26 of us in all, seated in that room. If I remember correctly, there were fifteen winners of the contest from different states and each winner could bring a friend or spouse. You could tell people were nervous because they had serious looks on their faces. I couldn't believe no one was swaying to the music that was blaring out from the speakers. Sis and I knew this was a once in a lifetime thing and had a blast. Once we started singing softly to the songs and swaying to beat, we noticed others followed suit. I'm a forty nine year old cancer survivor, so I make every moment count. Although we weren't listening to a live performance, the acoustics were incredible.
Once we listened to every song on the album, we anxiously awaited John Mayer's entrance. He must have come through a secret back door because the next thing we noticed was him standing on stage in the front of the room. It was a nice intimate listening party. He talked about how he was inspired to write this album and took questions from those brave enough to speak up. Being the music lovers and extroverts we are, Laura and I had no problems speaking up.
Once the Question and Answer session was over, it was time to get a photo with John Mayer. I saved the best picture for last.
John Mayer Music Party at the "Electric Lady Recording Studio"
Thank You-We'll Never Forget our Trip to NYC
I want to thank the Cities 97" radio station for giving us this opportunity of a lifetime. We are huge John Mayer fans and have always wanted to go to New York City.
Thank you dad for getting Laura and I to New York City after all these years. The odds of us winning the trip was against us, which is why we knew it was meant to be and set up by you. We knew you were right by our side the whole trip. We love and miss you.
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© 2012 Linda Rogers
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