Taylor Swift and John Mayer: Yay or nay?
Country pop princess Taylor Swift came to Los Angeles this weekend, and brought with her a surprise guest in John Mayer. The clean-cut pop strummer joined Swift for a pair of tunes -- her own "White Horse" and his "Your Body Is a Wonderland."
The Times' August Brown was on the scene, and captured the pairing, noting that the country-meets-pop coupling didn't feel "particularly amiss," but quickly added that "Swift’s originals were much smarter" than the Mayer original.
He wasn't the only one who seemed less-than-wowed by the union. One commenter on our review raved about the show, but noted that it came with a slight downer. "The only criticism was John Mayer's intrusion," wrote a poster identified as Zim.
But Swift and Mayer may be a musical duo we'll be hearing more from.
Days before appearing with Swift at Staples Center, Mayer hinted on Twitter that the two were working together. He posted a picture of Swift and joked, "I couldn't get Taylor Swift on my record so I found the world's greatest impersonator, Laura Jacksheimer."
Followers of either artist will likely remember that it wasn't the first time Swift appeared in Mayer's Twitter feed. Earlier this year, Mayer noted that he had a song entitled "Half of My Heart" that he wanted Swift to duet on.
"She would make a killer 'Nicks' in contrast to my 'Petty' of a song," he wrote, in reference to Tom Petty and Stevie Nicks, who worked together on a pair of tunes.
If you weren't at Staples on Friday, plenty of clips of Mayer and Swift exist on YouTube. Granted, it's tough to hear the musicians over the onslaught of screaming fans, but it will give you an idea.
Do these two have a "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" in their future? Take a look and decide.
-- Todd Martens
Photo: Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times