Jobs liked Mayer and occasionally had him over for dinner in Palo Alto.
When he was twenty-seven, Mayer appeared at the January 2004 Macworld,
where Jobs introduced GarageBand, and he became a fixture at the event most years.
Jobs punched up Mayer' s hit "Gravity."
The lyrics are about a guy filled with love who inexplicably dreams of ways to throw it away:
"Gravity is working against me, And gravity wants to bring me down."
Jobs shook his head and commented, "I think he's a really good kid underneath, but he's just been out of control."
At the end of the listening session, I asked him a well-worn question: the Beatles or the Stones?
"If the vault was on fire and I could grab only one set of master tapes, I would grab the Beatles," he answered.
"The hard one would be between the Beatles and Dylan.
Somebody else could have replicated the Stones. No one could have been Dylan or the Beatles."
As he was ruminating about how fortunate we were to have all of them when we were growing up, his son, then eighteen, came in the room.
"Reed doesn't understand," Jobs lamented.
Or perhaps he did. He was wearing a Joan Baez T-shirt, with the words "Forever Young" on it.