Monthly Archives: December 2009

2009: The Year in Jason Mraz

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.

January

Mraz on SNL
February

March

  • 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.

April

  • 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.

May

June
Jason Mraz and lasers

July

  • 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.

August

  • 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.

September

  • 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.

October

November

  • 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.

mraz_holiday1December

Here’s hoping for more Mrazaliciousness in 2010. Whatever that is.

Lisa

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Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat on Letterman

I didn’t find out about this until the day after it happened because it wasn’t posted on Facebook until around 6:30 p.m., but everything is on YouTube now, so it doesn’t really matter if you caught it live or not.

God bless technology.

This is not Jason’s first time on Letterman, but Dave still can’t pronounce his last name. Sigh.


Jason Mraz Visits Sesame Street

Love it.

Jason Mraz on Sesame Street

Happy Holidays,
Lisa


Let’s Give Away Some Money!

My favorite Christmas activity the last three years has been shopping for gifts for our company’s Giving Tree. We get cards from local agencies (shelters, after-school programs, community centers) and each card has a child’s name and one or two things they want for Christmas. Some want dolls or games, others want shoes or warm winter coats.

There aren’t any little kids in my extended family, and the adults don’t do much shopping for each other anymore, so this is my chance to play Santa and enjoy giving to kids who don’t have a lot. the first year I took two cards. This year I wound up buying for eight.

I’m still in a giving mood though so I started to look for other ways to help people out and I found DonorsChoose.org. I really like it because:

1. It’s a site that helps out schools. Teachers put in a request for what they need and a total cost.

2. You can give as much or as little as you want. You can put $20 or $200 towards a teacher’s goal.

3. You can choose something close to your heart. I love to give books, but if you want to support an art class, a science lab or ESL classes, you can find a need that fits your passion.

4. Even giving just a little at a time, working together we can make a big difference.

Now me, I love travel. I believe in the power of travel. I think if more young people were able to visit another country, meet people from other cultures and see America the way other people do, they would be much more passionate about being better local and global citizens.

It’s also just a hell of a lot of fun to wander foreign streets, try new foods, make friends and create memories.

So as I searched the site I was drawn to a couple of requests to help students from underprivileged high schools travel to Europe. These are kids who may have never left their state before, and their teachers are trying to give them a chance to see the world. I can pull out my credit card and get behind that. What about you?

How can you say 'no' to Mr. P's kids?

You’re certainly welcome and encouraged to find a request that speaks to you, but if you don’t mind a recommendation, I’d love to see these kids meet their goal and take the trip of a lifetime:

Send Mr. P’s class to England and France (Update 12/17/09: This one is fully funded!)

Send Mr. M’s class to France and Spain

You know Jason Mraz is a big fan of travel. Here’s a pretty good quote of his about it:

“Another year is fast approaching. Go be that starving artist you’re afraid to be. Open up that journal and get poetic finally. Volunteer. Suck it up and travel. You were not born here to work and pay taxes. You were put here to be part of a vast organism to explore and create. Stop putting it off. The world has much more to offer than what’s on 15 televisions at TGI Fridays. Take pictures. Scare people. Shake up the scene. Be the change you want to see in the world.”

Who is he, Mr. Rand McNally?
Lisa


Can We Call Him Mini Makana?

Prodigy? Whiner? I don’t know. He’s kind of cute, but I prefer the ordering-at-McDonald’s cover of “I’m Yours”.

Jason likes it though.

Ukulele Boys sings "I'm Yours"

The only answer is ‘yes’,
Lisa


A Couple More Happy Days from Jason Mraz

In case you missed it last year, or even if you watched it a couple dozen times last December, please take a moment to enjoy Jason’s holiday message. It’s one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen him do. And that’s saying something.

mraz_holiday

Put your balls into it,
Lisa

P.S. – It’s not quite as good as closed captioning, but if you want to have a sing along with friends, here are the words/lyrics to Jason’s Merry Holidays video/song.

Hi, and merry, jolly times. I’m Jason Mraz.

You know, as an international traveler, I have a really special opportunity to give unique gifts this season.

For instance, for my elderly acquaintances, I give the gift of life, by paying for their medication, cheaply, in foreign countries.

My sister’s going to love these Ritz-Carlton towels, and slippers.

Mom loves lotion and soaps.

For dad, it’s another year’s subscription to Sky Mall.

For my brother, I just got myself this new iPod. Why don’t you join me in the singing of this timeless Christmas classic?

Happy Christmas time
Happy Christ-mas time
What an awesome time of year
To celebrate Christmas cheer
Wherever you go
You may find lots of snow
Unless you’re livin’ in the southern hemisphere

Merry holidays
Merry cou-ple of days
What a wintery way to say
I’m not workin’
It’s a time for you to be you
And a time to go and see how grandma’s doin’
And maybe she’ll have some money too

And oh yeah, the presents!
The way they overflow
from the belly of the Christmas tree
And oh ho ho ho ho, here comes Santa
To say the very best things in life
You can have for free

Everybody, put your balls into it!

Merry holidays
Merry couple of days
Make it a Nat-King-Bing-Crosby-Charles-Dickensy kind of thing

So whatever you’re planning on giving this holiday season, give from the heart. But most importantly, make sure you have a merry couple of days.