Thursday, October 16, 2008

[Mixtape] Jason Mraz

I have seen Jason Mraz countless times in concert, 3 of which happened this year. I reviewed the first one, and last weekend, I went to see him two nights in a row, which was nothing short of amazing. Jason Mraz is one of those artists where people either don't know him at all, or they kinda sorta know him as that guy who sings..."I'm Yours." I want EVERYONE to know who he is, but I also don't want him to become too big, cause I like that only the cool cats know and love him. My friends Jeannine and Christina are like in love with him and want to marry him (FIGHT, FIGHT, FIGHT!!), where as I would just like to quit my job and follow him around on tour (you know, in a non-skanky, non-groupie kinda way). For you newbies and fans alike, I put together a playlist of songs, with input from the superfans as well. These songs are a must. And make sure to check out live versions of his songs, they're even more awesome than recorded versions.

1) Plane - My absolute FAVORITE song of his. Off his second album, Mr.A-Z, which as a whole is my least fave, but has some of my favorite songs of his. So heartwrenching, and a tour-de-force of vocals. I think it's a song that showcases his vocal range, and while the lyrics are kind of bewildering (well, I think they are), he proves that he is a master of wordplay.

2) You and I Both - Probably one of his most popular songs, the second single off his debut album Waiting for My Rocket To Come. Jeannine, Christina, and I all really love this song. Really catchy, really sweet, and one of my favorites for him to perform.

3) The Remedy (I Won't Worry) - This is the first single he ever released, and the song that made me want to get his album, which turned out to be one of the better decisions I made. The song is about his friend who got struck with cancer, and how that changed Mraz's outlook on life. He sang this at the recent shows we went to, and it's one of my favorites to sing along to at his concerts.

4) Tonight, Not Again - Christina's favorite song for Mraz to sing live. She thinks its THE song that shows off his amazing live skills and vocal range the best. Can't disagree! Christina's favorite lyrics ever: "It's when you cry just a little but you laugh in the middle that you've made it"

5) A Beautiful Mess - The closing song off his third and most recent album, We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things, a really beautiful ballad. Jeannine's favorite song at the moment. He closed the second show we went to with this one, and it's really beautiful.

Also check out: O.Lover, Geek in the Pink, Make it Mine, Live High, 0% Interest, Song for a Friend, and God Moves Through You.


sang said...

I didn't know Jason Mraz sang those songs. The First 3 are my favorites.