Monthly Archives: October 2008

a thousand things: Get the Mraz Polaroid Book on Sale

a thousand thingsYeah, so this is a little annoying.

I just saw that Target is selling Jason’s new Polaroid photobook, a thousand things, for $25.73, ($29.72 with standard shipping) significantly cheaper than the $44.50 it cost as part of the Ticketmaster pre-sale a while back and the $35 still being charged at the Official Jason Mraz store. I believe the Ticketmaster price included shipping, but the Mraz store does not.

Jason did one of Target’s exclusive “Influences” CDs last year, so maybe he has an ongoing deal with them that allows the lower price – or maybe Target lowered the price on their own in response to the bleak economic outlook for holiday.

But wait… it’s not just Target. Amazon has it for $23.10 ($27.09 with standard shipping).

I’m looking through Ticketmaster and jasonmraz.com and athousandthings.com to see if maybe I’ve missed some significant difference in the books. I’ll let you know what I come up with.

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Jason Mraz: All Wet on ‘Ellen’

Wet, wet, wet.

Wet Wet Wet: Another 80s band Mraz could cover.

I didn’t hear about it until yesterday, but Jason was on the Ellen show Wednesday where he performed “I’m Yours” and then got dunked into a big water tank thing – Brady Bunch style – for charity.

The performance and the dunking are on YouTube already in case you missed it, and I’ll say that even if Mraz wasn’t the one in the tank, it would be fun to watch just because the chick who’s trying to dunk him has really terrible aim.

And would it be sacrilegious to say that I’m getting a little tired of hearing “I’m Yours”? I mean, it’s a great song, but he does have others, and I don’t want to get so burned out on it that I can’t enjoy it anymore. Can we ween the general public off of that one and on to “Make It Mine” or something fresher?

Jon Baron got me listening to classic hits of the 80s yesterday. Now I want to hear Jason cover some Tears for Fears, “Head Over Heels”. He can add that to his other cover songs of the 70s and 80s: Blitzkrieg Bop, Down Under, Summer Breeze.

Don’t take my heart, don’t break my heart, don’t don’t don’t throw it away,
Lisa


Mraz + Tennant = Seriously Goofy Entertainment

Doctor MrazI got a note from Jen the other day, who wrote to say that, like me, she’s a big fan of both Jason Mraz and David Tennant. I know nothing else about her, but based only on that, I like Jen a lot.

I’ve written before about why it makes perfect sense that fans of one spunk are likely to be fans of the other, but Jen took it another step and combined her love for the duo, creating a YouTube clip that proves Mraz and Tennant are two great tastes that taste great together.

Mmmm… Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. Damn Hershey and their catchy slogans that make me crave their sugary goodness.

Spoiler warning: If, like me, you’re in the States and don’t have the Sci-Fi channel to watch the most recent season of Doctor Who, but unlike me you don’t have a seriously sweet co-worker who does have the Sci-Fi channel and records them for you so that you can get your David Tennant fix, then you may not want to see this yet. It includes some big reveals about Season Four, which comes out on DVD November 18th.

If you’re all good with Season Four, then go enjoy Jen’s video. The music works very well with the storytelling of this particular relationship, although I do feel a little bad for Mickey the Idiot. He really is a good guy, just a bit dull compared to a clever, sexy, mysterious Time Lord.

Catch up on past Mraz/Tennant posts:


Notes From a Friend in Germany

I just got this comment from Alicia in Germany and I’m making it its own post so that everyone is sure to see it.

Dear Lisa,

Some time ago you asked me to write a review about a Jason Mraz concert in Cologne, Germany. And I did not. The reason is, that I was ashamed and disappointed. That night Jason hardly talked to the audience, just played his songs, did his job and couldn’t wait to get on the bus. A week after that show he wrote in his Blog that he was totally exhausted and even went to see a doctor. Not really a surprise…

Two weeks ago Jason was back in Germany again. The show was super good and a felicitous compensation for what happened a couple of months earlier. He brought Ingrid Michaelson, a blower-trio and his band with him and did his best to entertain the crowd.

The set list:

The boy is gone (solo)
Make it mine
Common pleasure
If it kills me
Live high
Beautiful mess
You and I both
Sleeping to dream
Bella luna
Not so usual
Only human Dynamo of volition
I’m yours – Three little birds

Encore:
Lucky (with Ingrid Michaelson)
Remedy
No stopping us
Song for a friend (solo)

You need to know that things have changed for Jason in Europe in the past year. He first came here in the summer of 2007. Did a lot of cute little living room shows, played in stuffy bars and at some festivals and for the first time hung out with his European fans. “I’m yours” became that super summer song everyone knew to sing along and all of a sudden listening to Jason Mraz is a “cool” thing to do… I was very happy that he decided to play some more of the older songs this time and in my opinion the set list was pretty well chosen. The show I went to, in Frankfurt, was his biggest in Germany. Maybe that’s why he picked up his guitar again after the whole band had already left the stage and sang the most wonderful version of “Song for a friend” I have ever heard. Jason definitely left us wanting more, wanting, wanting some more.

Alicia

Thanks, Alicia! I’ve also seen Mraz when he was not feeling his best. I think it was Halloween about four years ago that he was in San Francisco, and I could feel his frustration at not being able to hit the big notes he usually does. I’m very glad that you didn’t give up on him though, (everyone has their bad days, right?) and that he came back to give you all an excellent show.

I’m ok, you’re ok, we’re ok,
Lisa


Review: Mraz at the Boston Orpheum, October 17, 2008

Mraz at the OrpheumI just got back from my quickie trip to Boston where I was catching up with friends, visiting my favorite sites and, of course, seeing Mraz. This was my first show of the fall tour, which I am now calling “More Planter, Less Banter 2008”. More on that later.

First, here’s the set list, for those of you who are curious:

1. Make it Mine
2. Common Pleasure
3. Music to Watch Girls By (I think Jason and Toca are channeling Jan & Dean, and maybe a few of the Beach Boys)
4. If It Kills Me
5. Life is Wonderful
6. Details in the Fabric
7. Unfold
8. Live High
9. Only Human
10. Dynamo of Volition
11. I’m Yours -> Three Little Birds
Encore
12. Lucky (with Lisa Hannagan)
13. The Remedy (mashed up with “Wonderwall”)
14. No Stopping Us (mashed up with a bit about his invisible gum, then a takeoff of “Copacabana”)
15. Butterfly
16. A Beautiful Mess

Some notes on the evening:

  • Jason sounded wonderful. I was a little afraid that by this point in the tour he might be getting worn out, but there was no problem at all with his energy level. He looks great, all glowing and healthy, and now I’m thinking maybe the raw food diet is worth a try. Chocolate, is raw, right? And Ben & Jerry’s? 🙂
  • It just felt good. The whole show. It’s hard to describe exactly, and to save you from reading all 300+ entries on this blog to figure it out, I’ll take you back to where it all began and see if that helps.A couple of years ago, my friend, Chris, and I went to the Saratoga show that wound up as the second half of Selections for Friends. After the show we were basking in the Mraz afterglow, comparing it to other Mraz shows and shows by other artists, and what we came up with is that Mraz doesn’t just put on a concert, he creates a gathering, a movement, a sort of soulful revival that pulls in every person in every seat and makes them part of the joy and happiness and love that’s coming out of him.Yes, I do know just how cheesy that sounds. But I can’t think of any other way to say it.Don’t think that I’m naturally one of those perky people who goes around talking about my feelings. My friends are all snarky, clever people who live firmly in reality. I don’t think any of them consider themselves to be overly spiritual or touchy-feely, but when we’re at a Mraz show, suddenly we’re all a little softer and cuddlier.We get how connected we are to everyone else in the room, including the jerks behind us who had to hoot and yodel every time there was a quiet lull just to hear the sounds of their own voices. I hate those guys. No amount of Mraz love will make me stop wanting to punch them in the nose. Can I love people in general but still hate the really obnoxious ones?*Deep breath… Practicing kindness… And moving on…*We get a look at the bigger picture. We stop worrying about silly things. We feel like everything really will be fine. We come out feeling like we had our souls scrubbed clean and shiny and happy. It’s really very addictive, that kind of hope and optimism tinged with humor and sex and dancing and all the things that other people say you should feel guilty about, but which are actually very liberating.
  • I appreciated hearing the older songs. I know a large chunk of the audience would have been happy if he’d played “I’m Yours” 12 times in a row just like they do on their pink iPods, but many of us were happy to hear “Common Pleasure” and “Unfold” for the first time in ages.
Mraz is for Lovers

Mraz is for Lovers

  • During the show, there was a marriage proposal in the audience. Not to Jason, but involving a real couple. I don’t know if he knew about it ahead of time, but Jason was quick to celebrate with the newly fiancée-d, had us sing to them and wish them well. It was a pretty sharing moment.
  • The Difference Between Jason Mraz and Other Acts: Other acts start a song with, “I wrote this song for a friend of mine.” Jason starts with a story, or a question, or with something that sounds like casual chatting but then turns into an “ah ha!” moment. It’s all part of the ride that gets us from our separate seats into the collective hive mind. (I blame the use of “hive mind” on a co-worker who was talking about some sci-fi stuff earlier. I don’t usually talk geek. Except when I do.)
  • Does anything feel better than hearing hundreds of voices chanting “Every little thing’s gonna be alright”? As we all sang, I could feel the weight of the last eight years start to lift off of our collective shoulders. Change is only a few days away.
  • If Jason ever gives up singing, it’s good to know he can get into choreography. Good God, get ’em up way high…

Next stop on my tour: Halloween show in San Diego. See you there!

Heck is for the people not believing in gosh,
Lisa


Jason Mraz Sings Songs for Survival

This one completely slipped by me. I just now read up on this project Mraz took part in, Survival: The movement for tribal peoples, and it sounds like a really wonderful cause. Not that there are a lot of useless causes out there, but this one is pretty cool.

Jason recorded a song called “Long Road To Forgiveness” with a guy named Brett Dennen for the album Amazon Tribe – Songs for Survival. KT Tunstall, will.i.am and one of the guys from A-ha are also on the album, so you know it’s worth buying. Go buy it now or download it from iTunes.

The organization also has some clips on YouTube, so you can learn more about what they’re doing and take a look at Jason in the recording studio. He’s wearing a hat and glasses, which we all love.


Preorder the Mraz Book & Give Me Something to Write About

Business first: Today’s email from jasonmraz.com says:

This is the last week to pre-order Jason’s debut photography book a thousand things!

Featuring a foreword by Graham Nash, a thousand things is a poetic, color-filled travelogue of the myriad people and places encountered in the artist’s constant travels around the world. Dedicated to “those who stood still and those who don’t,” a thousand things includes cityscapes, landscapes, portraits, selfportraits, and still lifes?the amazing “thousand things” that surround each of us in our daily lives, if we only take a moment to see.

As an added bonus, when you spend $35 or more you can choose one free item from our Special Freebies Department.

Don’t miss out – pre-order your copy now!

Freebie

Freebie

And before you get too excited by the word “freebies”, I’ll tell you that they’re mostly stuff from the, what, 2006? tour. Call it the Selections for Friends tour, unless I’ve gotten my shirts confused. But hey, the book could be fun, so if you didn’t preorder it when you got your tickets for the current tour, you can order it now.

Next, I’d like to say that I feel a little bad about how little effort I’ve put in here in the last few weeks. I have bunches of excuses, mostly to do with time, but I promised myself that I’d make a bigger effort this month, and I haven’t. That should change though as Jason’s North American tour is in full swing and there will be lots to write about.

Thursday night I’m headed cross-country to visit friends who are like family and we’re going to see Mraz Friday night at the Orpheum. These are the people I saw my first Mraz show with (“with whom I saw my first show”, for you grammar sticklers), so it will be excellent to share this with them, then have lots of drinks, share some gossip, and fly back to S.F. in time for work Monday morning.

I’ll have a full post-show report when I return. If any of you want to share a show review, set list, personal experience or whatever, post it here in the comments and I’ll call it out to share with others.

We’re in this love together,
Lisa