The coliseum is filled to the rafters, 16,000 voices singing along to the performers onstage – just a duo. No big strings, no booming percussions, no breathtaking sax. Yet the whole place is vibrating with sound and movement as the audience claps and sways in rhythm to the beat of percussionist Toca Rivera. Next to him, Jason Mraz is shaking the place up with just a rhythm guitar. That and his unbelievably wide vocal range and brilliant wordplay. The next song quiets the audience down but singing-along continues. It’s the same words everybody’s singing but each one sings of something personal.
Jason Mraz songs are rich in unique rhythm and instrumentation. Into that mix he throws in the smoothest, wittiest wordplay.
But if you listen closely, you’ll discover deep spiritual messages woven into a tapestry of unexpectedly juxtaposed words.
Try to picture the girl through a looking glass … as a carbon atom; see that girl as her own new world. Try to picture the man to always have an open hand. He’s not a beast, no not the devil either, always a good deed doer. Just take it easy and celebrate our malleable reality. Live high. Live righteously. (from Live High)
Son, in life you’re gonna go far and if you do it right, you’ll love where you are. Just know that wherever you go, you can always come home. Every road is a slippery slope. There is always a hand that you can hold on to. Looking deeper through the telescope, you can see your home is inside of you. (from 93 Million Miles)
I will not waste my days making up all kinds of ways to worry ’bout all the things that will not happen to me. Living my life easy and breezy with peace in my mind, with peace in my heart, with peace in my soul. Wherever I’m going, I’m already home.” (from Living in the Moment)
Jason Mraz is a gentle word wizard dressed in casual, this-is-just-me coolness. He wanders the planet to get us dancing and to remind us that life’s just fine exactly as it is.