I did this last year, but it was easier then because I was writing more often and had more information to choose from. Still, there were definite highlights this year, so let’s take a quick look back at 2009.
- President Obama is sworn in to rule the country, and Jason Mraz is introduced to the late night crowd on SNL. He’d done late night before, but this was his first Saturday Night Live appearance, and it kicked off a year of “I’m Yours” dominating the charts.
- Jason went to the Grammys! He didn’t win, but he looked very slick inhis suit and his mom got to wear a lot of fancy jewelry.
- My blog got its 100,000th visitor!
- This time in 2008, Jason went to Africa and told us all about it. This time in 2009, I went to New Zealand and Australia and wrote a bit about it, including all the Mraz… soundings? (like a sighting, but aural instead of visual) I had.
- I played a lame April Fool’s joke and said that I was going to turn this space into a Robert Pattinson fan site. No one bought it, but that post remains one of the most trafficked on here. Thanks, Twilighters.
- Jason Mraz was on American Idol and I missed it.
- You can still watch it though.
- Jason performed a midnight show in Vegas. James Morrison opened and Bushwalla, Justin Kredible and Colbie Caillat were also on hand. It was one of my favorite Mraz concert experiences.
- Jason Mraz + Lasers = Awesome.
- Jason was awarded the Hal David Starlight Award for young songwriters. There was a ceremony and everything.
- Jason taught us about Freestyle Yoga, and I find it even harder to believe that they wouldn’t let him host SNL. I mean, musical guest is good and all, but he’s at least as funny as Justin Timberlake.
- Jason was all over the place this summer. He toured, he was on TV, and the radio couldn’t get enough of him. This month he played The Today Show, the Outside Lands festival in San Francisco, and I got to see him at the Ironside Ampitheater in Murphys, a little town I didn’t even know existed until this show.
- Also in August I heard some strange rumblings about the Cafe Gratitude. Let’s hope it’s not really as creepy as some former employees make it sound.
- Jason broke the Billboard record when “I’m Yours” logged a chart-best 70th week, passing the 69-week stay of LeAnn Rimes’ “How Do I Live”. It stayed on for a total of 76 weeks.
- Not only was Jason popular enough to perform on SNL earlier this year, apparently he became recognizable enough to be lampooned on SNL. Joseph Gordon Levitt did an excellent job of it.
- Even bigger and better than SNL, FarmAid or the Nobel Peace Prize concert he played in 2008, Jason got to play Sesame Street and duet with Elmo. Now I’m jealous.
- Jason ended the year with a new holiday video. I still think last year’s is the greatest holiday video ever, but the new one is good too.
Here’s hoping for more Mrazaliciousness in 2010. Whatever that is.