John Mayer is recovering after having surgery to remove a tissue inflammation near his vocal cords. Despite being unable to speak for at least a month and having to postpone the release of his next album, the singer wrote on his Tumblr that he is in great spirits.

"I should be frustrated but I can’t seem to stop thinking about beautiful things," Mayer wrote. "I never thought I’d be wishing I could do what I love again; I stay in at night, picking guitar parts off of records and dreaming of playing on the big stage. The only difference between now and when I was 18 is that now I have this beautiful, meaningful record waiting for me when I can sing it."

Mayer was diagnosed with a granuloma above his vocal cords last month, and he wrote that surgery was necessary after his condition failed to improve. "It’s been a very long process in waiting to see if time was an alternative to surgery, but even given two weeks’ voice rest (along with many other approaches), there was no change for the better."

Mayer was forced to cancel two shows, including a performance with Tony Bennett in September, as a result of his ailment, and The Hollywood Reporter says that the singer's next album, 'Born and Raised,' has been pushed back to 2012. In the meantime, Mayer said, "I’m taking off. Going to travel the country, look and listen."