Vocabulary and Listening - John Mayer

John Clayton Mayer (born October 16, 1977) is an American pop and blues rock musician, singer-songwriter, recording artist, and music producer. His first two studio albums, Room for Squares and Heavier Things, did well commercially, achieving multi-platinum status. In 2003, he won a Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for "Your Body Is a Wonderland."

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Part 1 – CNN Interview

You are going to watch a video clip from CNN Music Room which follows John Mayer as he shares his thoughts about himself and his new album.

Before watching the clip, make sure you understand the meaning of the following words.

Listening Comprehension:
Watch the clip and answer the following questions.

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Part 2 - Waiting on the World to Change

"Waiting on the World to Change" is the first single released from John Mayer's 2006 studio album, Continuum. The song enjoyed commercial success as a single and won the Grammy for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance at the 49th Grammy Awards. Because of its theme of discontent and hope, it quickly came into demand in a variety of television programs, charity benefits, and other events.

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Before listening to the song, familiarize yourself with the cultural information and contextual phrases/vocabulary listed below, this will help you understand the song better.
  1. ever could – never can achieve
  2. the means – the way
  3. the system – any unquestionable authority figure - usually refers to institutions such as governments and economies.
  4. standing at a distance – in this context it means being powerless, unable.
  5. ribbons on their door – referring to the yellow ribbon – a symbol associated with waiting for the return of a loved one or of soldiers who are temporarily unable to come home.
  6. bend – to twist, basically to lie.
Listening comprehension:
Listen to the song on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oBIxScJ5rlY or http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ETgzhbkA17o and answer the following questions.

Part 3 - Vocabulary Round Up

Complete the following sentences with the words provided in the box below. Use the appropriate form of the words to make your choice grammatically correct.

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