Monthly Archives: February 2010

Mraz Fans in Scotland?

Hi all. I’m trying to plan a trip for later this year and I think I’ve decided to do Scotland next. I’d love some recommendations on places I absolutely have to see from the people who live there.

Ideally, I’d like to go in July so I could attend T in the Park (Paolo  Nutini!), but I haven’t set any dates yet.

Speaking of Jason Mraz and T in the Park, here’s an interview he did there in 2009. He’s telling the story of Rand McNally, which I don’t think I’ve ever heard before. Check it out:

“I just kinda wanna be surrounded by women.” Nice.

Anyway, if you can help me out with my trip planning, please leave a note. Thanks!

Lisa


Showing Some Mrazian Gratitude at Work

Gratitude can't come easy to a guy named Frankfurter.

“Gratitude is one of the least articulate of the emotions, especially when it’s deep.”

This was the quote that our CEO left us with when he announced his departure last week. It was his way of saying that words could not express how thankful he was to have worked with such an awesome group of people. Well, I think we’re awesome; he might use different words, like “talented” “productive” “intelligent” or “crazy sexy”.

Nope, those are my words again.

Anyway. He often punctuated his speeches with thoughts like this one, which is probably why we all liked him so much. Maybe it’s just a California thing, but I think I heard him talk about passion and kindness far more than he talked about profits, and we never seemed to have trouble finding any of those things.

The quote is by Felix Frankfurter (the dapper gentleman pictured above), who was not a Rocky Horror character as I first assumed, but an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court from 1939-1962.  Had you heard of him? No? Well sometimes you learn things when you come to my blog.

The reason I’m posting the quote isn’t just because I thought it was a nice sentiment, but because I think it’s interesting that when I am feeling my most ungrateful, unable to even imagine feeling grateful for anything ever again, gratitude finds me. Sometimes it’s a smile from a friend, sometimes it’s a bumper sticker, and sometimes it’s on a PowerPoint slide being projected onto a huge screen in a hotel ballroom.

And for the persistence of the universe in trying to keep me grounded and appreciative, I am very grateful.

I never knew it could come to me, (That’s a tough one. Any guesses which song it’s from?)
Lisa


Jason Mraz to Sing in Updated “We Are the World”?

I just saw this at sfgate.com:

“Quincy Jones and Lionel Richie’s revamped “We Are The World” recording session is taking place at the same Los Angeles recording studio where the original tune was recorded 25 years ago.

Stars like Akon, Jason Mraz, Bono, Wyclef Jean, Usher and Lady Gaga are expected to flood the historic A&M complex in Hollywood on Monday night to re-record the charity anthem.

The new song will benefit the aid relief in earthquake-ravaged Haiti.

Stars like Stevie Wonder, Tina Turner, Ray Charles, Bruce Springsteen and Diana Ross originally joined songwriters Richie and Michael Jackson and producer Jones in the studio on January 28, 1985 to record the track.

That record raised more than $30 million for USA for Africa, a nonprofit organization founded by the singers to fund hunger relief in Africa.”

I guess we’ll find out soon.
Update 2/10/10: It’s true, and we’ll get to see it soon: “The song and video for the 25th anniversary remake of “We Are The World” will premiere Feb. 12 during NBC’s coverage of the Vancouver Winter Olympics’ opening ceremony.”


Jason Mraz Wins Two Grammys! And Nobody Sees It

Figures, right? Jason gets a little recognition from the music industry, but it happens during the untelevised portion of the show. Ah, well.

Mraz wins a Grammy

Jason won Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for “Make It Mine”, which is a bit surprising considering I don’t think it’s gotten much radio time and I can’t believe many Grammy voters have ever heard the song. He beat out John Legend, Maxwell (I had no idea he was still around), Seal and Stevie Wonder. Not a shabby group of nominees.

He also won Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals for “Lucky” with Colbie Caillat, which isn’t surprising at all, because that’s on the radio all the time.

I believe the untelevised bits were streamed live online, but I can’t find a photo or video clip of any of this. (Was Jason even at the show?) If you know of one, please send it my way. His own website is useless for that kind of thing.

Wait. I found some:

Jason Mraz on the red carpet. And hey! Weird Al! (Video)

Jason Mraz gets interviewed by Nick Cannon. “Concentrated like orange juice.” (Video)

Jason Mraz gets interviewed by Justin Guarini. (I can’t believe that guy is still around.) (Video)

Jason Mraz wins Best Male Pop Vocal. (Article)

Is that Kramer hair, or Lyle Lovitt? Ooh! Neither. That’s Giovanni Ribisi in “The Wonder Years”. Check it out:

Whatever. Jason makes it all his own.

I’m following your joy,
Lisa

Update 2/4/10: Here’s a little more Mraz Grammy coverage:

Jason is interviewed for the Jay Leno Show while chewing a lot of gum . (“He just won two Grammys and he looks like he just woke up from a nap.”)

And, of course, Jason’s blog about Grammy night.