Monthly Archives: October 2014

Jason Mraz at Casino de Paris, France, September 30, 2014: Set List

Salut, Paris! This was my first-ever Mraz concert outside of the U.S. and I was super excited to be there. I spent a whole week in Paris visiting friends (I didn’t go just for this show), but this concert was certainly a highlight of my vacation.

Jason began the show by coming out and saying “bonjour” to the crowd, who all went wild. He introduced Raining Jane and then came the most important moment of the entire evening. Becky came out wearing red pants. I’ll say that one more time.

BECKY. WORE. RED. PANTS.

RED PANTS!

RED PANTS!

It was awesome.

We also learned that Mai spent some time living in France and speaks pretty decent French. And then they played these songs:

Love is a Battlefield

Wish You Were Here

Mona paused a moment to tell the crowd: “Paris is the shit! It’s dipped in gold and smells like chocolate.” Clearly, Mona hadn’t taken the Metro. It smells like a lot of things, but chocolate is not one of them.

The Opposite of Blue

Jason came out, but instead of joining Jane, they left and he sat on the edge of the stage and played some stripped down versions of my favorite songs. He didn’t do “I’m Coming Over” at any of the U.S. shows I went to, so that was a huge treat.

I’m Coming Over -> If It Kills Me -> and he wrapped this medley up with a little “Jai guru deva” (a la the Beatles’ “Across the Universe”) but the second time around changed “Nothin’s gonna change my world” to “Nothin’s gonna change that girl”. It’s probably a line most men have said to themselves at some point.

With Jane back on stage they launched into their set:

Hello, You Beautiful Thing

Long Drive (the girl he called up for this was adorable and in complete disbelief throughout the whole thing)

Becky’s sitar solo -> 93 Million Miles Love Someone

Jason didn’t talk as much to the crowd during this show as he did at others, maybe in case there were fans whose English wasn’t so good, but he did talk a little about how he doesn’t just wake up every day feeling super positive with rainbows shooting out over his head. He said, “I have to create the rainbow.”

And I liked that, because I know there are a lot of days where I just wait for the rainbow to appear, and then get annoyed when they don’t. So when I got back to my office a few days later, I made myself a poster. And now I annoy all of my co-workers by reminding them when they complain about things not going right, “You have to make the rainbow.” 🙂

Clearly, making inspirational posters is not my forte. But it's getting the motivational job done.

Clearly, making inspirational posters is not my forte. But it’s getting the motivational job done.

Song for a Friend -> Sweet Dreams (Eurythmics cover) -> Dynamo of Volition

During Dynamo he gave instructions on how to do the “gimme a high five – way down low – gimme a high ten” dance moves, and wow, do French people love to get up and dance. Maybe it’s because this was a smaller, more intimate venue, but everyone, even in the balcony where I was sitting, everyone got up and danced. They were having a blast.

Look at them dancing!

Look at them dancing!

Lucky

I’d Rather Dance With You (?) – I think this is a cover of a song by a band called Kings of Convenience, but I’ve never heard it before – by Jason or anyone else – so correct me if you know for sure what it is.

Back to the Earth -> Living in the Moment (but just a little of it)

Mr. Curiosity

Out of nowhere Jason sang a line or two of “Fantastic Voyage”, but I suppose that’s a pretty good lead in to the video of the voyage he took to Antarctica. It’s fantastic and you should watch it again and again.

Bottom of the Sea

– Intermission –

At this point it was pretty steamy in the theater. Maybe the French don’t believe in air conditioning. But when he came back out, Jason started off with, “It’s getting hot in here…” But he didn’t take off all his clothes. He just sang some more.

You can never have too many lasers.

You can never have too many lasers.

Remedy (starting solo, then with Jane joining in)

Out of My Hands

Make It Mine

I Won’t Give Up

You and I Both

Details in the Fabric (with a shout out to his friend Billy – a.k.a. Bushwalla – for his birthday)

3 Things

Shine

Somewhere Over the Rainbow -> I’m Yours

I’m pretty sure that’s my last show for 2014, so see you in 2015!

I am following your joy,
Lisa


Jason Mraz at Radio City Music Hall, New York, September 23, 2014: Set List

Live from New York!

Live from New York!

In between my planned trip to Boston and Paris last month I squeezed in 48 hours in New York. I got to have reunions with a few friends that I haven’t seen in 5-10 years, and also caught the last night of Jason’s Five Boroughs Tour.

I’m glad I didn’t try to do all five, because I love his jokes, even the second and third time, but even I have a threshold for how many times in one week I can hear “I’m Yours”.

That said, the concert was amazing, and I loved my first experience at Radio City Music Hall. I’d love to go back someday to see the Rockettes, since that seems like the one thing you should do there.

The show opened as usual with Jason coming out to talk to the crowd. He again asked who was there alone, and I screamed, embarassingly loudly, that I had come all the way from San Francisco. To which Mraz said:

“San Francisco? Groovy.” And to the rest of the audience, “That’s California speak.”

End interaction. The woman sitting across from me, who was with her husband of 30 years, was very excited for me. She also threatened to throw her bra on stage, so I think she was pretty excited about everything. Mraz really draws a diverse crowd.

Raining Jane came on and played three songs:
Wish You Were Here
The Opposite of Blue
Love is a Battlefield

And then Jason came back and the set went like this:

Everywhere

Sweet Dreams -> Dynamo of Volition
About Dynamo he said: “I have no idea what this song is about.” He said it came from him reading the phrase “volition is a dynamo” and deciding to just sit and write whatever came out, and not stop no matter what. It explains a lot.

Mona always looks like a bad-ass.

Mona always looks like a bad-ass.

Details in the Fabric

Lucky (with the mashed-up Set Adrift on Memory Bliss – Enjoy the Silence ending)

Then he talked about people who say “that guy has changed” and think he’s too happy. He joked, “Maybe my next album will be about melancholy and mediocrity.” I don’t think he could do it if he tried.

The Sunshine Song (without Raining Jane)

Shhhhh. Quiet.

Shhhhh. Quiet.

Quiet (with Raining Jane again)

Make It Mine

And in here came a little advice on how to be a writer: Write for 10 minutes every morning. “There is a voice that is your truth.”

Frank D. Fixer

Back to the Earth

Jason shared some photos of his backyard, with some words of encouragement for urban farmers everywhere.

Jason shared some photos of his backyard, with some words of encouragement for urban farmers everywhere.

mraz-backyard

Mr. Curiosity

Bottom of the Sea (That’s what more people call it. I want to call it “Sail Away With You”)

Who wants to go to Antarctica? Let's dance with penguins. Safely. From a distance.

Who wants to go to Antarctica? Let’s dance with penguins. Safely. From a distance.

He also told us the tragic story of a food wrapper he accidentally dropped overboard in Antarctica and how gutted he felt about it. “I did apologize to Vice President Al Gore.” Well, that’s ok then.

I Won’t Give Up

– Inner Mission –

This does not refer to a neighborhood in San Francisco.

This does not refer to a neighborhood in San Francisco.

Love Someone

Song for a Friend

And now Jason asked again, “Who came here alone?” And I thought, “This is it! This is my moment!” And then he walked to the opposite side of the sage and picked out another girl. She was adorable and in a short skirt, so I guess I can’t blame him.

But as he was talking to her one of the sound guys came and set up a microphone right the hell in front of me. So I didn’t get to go on stage with Jason, but I pretty much had him in my lap. And I got my own three seconds of fame when I stood up and took the girl’s phone from her so I could record this glorious experience for her. You can see me here at about the 50 second mark:

🙂

Do you know this girl? Have her email me. I have some great photos.

Do you know this girl? Have her email me. I have some great photos.

Long Drive

Are you sure you have a license?

Are you sure you have a license?

mraz-my-lap

Becky’s bad-ass sitar solo -> 93 Million Miles

Go, Becky, go!

Go, Becky, go!

Shine

Mona just keeps rocking it.

Mona just keeps rocking it.

Then Jason was joined by the adorable Ahmad El Haggar from Egypt and they sang Remedy in two languages, then finished the show together with I’m Yours.

I loved this guy. You should look him up.

I loved this guy. You should look him up.

And the next morning I was off to Paris 🙂

For the moment, I don’t want to go home,
Lisa