I wanted to spend some time giving a heartfelt review of my intimate acoustic evening with Jason Mraz (and 2500 other people). But every time I try to put my experience into words, I fall short.
Instead, I spent today walking doggies, playing with photos, watching a movie with my roomie, balancing my checkbook, and writing two new songs. One I really like. And one I kinda like. We'll see what happens with them. I'm crediting my burst of creativity and inspiration to Jason Mraz.
Here's what I can say about him...
I'm thrilled to report, he is the genius I thought he was. He wrote a song on stage using words, topics and phrases from the audience. I mean, the man was able to incorporate Canada, the Greenbay Packers and "bipolar love" into one cohesive, great-sounding song.
He's a shy boy who hides behind his hats. Mostly at the beginning of a show. Eventually he turned his cap around revealing his cutie-boy face.
My beliefs are confirmed: He indeed sounds much better live, than his fully produced albums.
Trust me when I say, acoustic Mraz is the way to go.
I was pleased to see he didn't saturate his show with "the hits" from his CDs.
He opened with a brand new song. And during his encore, he played the very first song he wrote. His lyrics and music were just as powerful when he was 19 as they are today. [what is he, 26? 27? I try not to think about our age difference.]
His voice stayed strong throughout the two hour performance - thanks to his 'singing juice' (tea) that got refilled mid-show. "You know you've made it big when..."
It was unanimously decided (by three of us) that I should be his opening act.
Before we went, I took a pain killer (because the last concert I attended left me numb and deaf). I had a couple of vodka mixed drinks during the show. Apparently I was thirsty.
At the end of the show, I stood up to leave and it all hit me at once. Suddenly I was floating, unsure of my footing, unaware of my whereabouts. A real out-of-body experience. A good one. I was on a high like no other.
It's good to know my camera really does capture the true essence of my experiences. Each photo I took got more and more blurry. But my memory of the show is Zen clear.