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:
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.
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)
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
Bottom of the Sea (That’s what more people call it. I want to call it “Sail Away With You”)
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 –
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:
Becky’s bad-ass sitar solo -> 93 Million Miles
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.
And the next morning I was off to Paris 🙂
For the moment, I don’t want to go home,