Early last month, John Mayer had throat surgery. He was ordered not to speak for two months or sing for six. In his own words:

“Well, here I am. Silent for the next few months, no singing for probably six, but all signs point to this being the last step in getting to perform again.

I’ll try and post more on here, but I’ve gotten really good at keeping my thoughts to myself and I don’t exactly see anybody starving for my take on things.

But it might be fun to offer some kind of window into this very odd and slightly beautiful time.”

– John Mayer, on his tumblr page

The hope is that six months from now, he’ll be able to continue doing what he loves. First, he has to heal.

And so he is silent.

Very odd. Slightly beautiful. Indeed.

There is something to this silence. I know his need is physical, but I haven’t been able to shake my curiosity over the connection between healing and quietness. Stillness. Listening.

We don’t have to stop talking in order to learn quietness of heart and of mind.

I am compelled to explore it. Maybe you’ll come with me.

Day two.

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