||[17 Oct 2005|10:42pm]
So I discovered Jason Mraz on like October 5 or 6. I found an album on ITunes called "Listen to Bob Dylan" where all these musicians sing Bob Dylan songs, including a Mraz rendition of "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall." I fell in love with it immediately, I mean the song on its own is extraordinary, but this version was amazing. So I read up on Jason Mraz and everything, I've known who he was for a while but not really. I got his album "Mr. A-Z" on the Friday before going to Maryland, so Maryland weekend I listened to it and whatnot. I found out this week that he would be preforming at Lincoln Center October 16-17, so I want to find someone to go with. It eventually appears as if there are no tickets left, so I'm bummed but I deal with it. I eventually find out that there are tickets available, I think I bought them on the 13th? Two tickets for the Sunday Lincoln Center show. So Morgan and I decide to go. Last Friday I got his first album "Waiting For My Rocket to Come", Ok "The Remedy (I Won't Worry)", "Curbside Prophet", have I ever heard such amazing songs?
Sunday rolls around, Morgan and I head into the City in the afternoon, we have dinner-lunch at the Pig N Whistle in Midtown and then take a cab to Lincoln Center in the Upper West Side. We get there about an hour early so we go to Duane Reid because Morgan needs band-aids because her feet have blisters from walking a bit.
We get to Lincoln Center and head into Avery Fisher Hall which is the building to the right. We hang around and get in line, doors open at 7:00. We get to our Orchestra seats and think that there is something wrong...OK, so packed house at Avery Fisher Hall, right? And I'm sure plenty of people got these tickets long in advance. We had seats in row M...thirteen rows from the stage, thirteen! And on top of it, our seats were exactly in the center...I couldn't believe it, the tickets were only $35 a piece on top of it. I show my ticket to the ushers to make sure there was no mistake...still, I do not understand how we got those seats. I liked being in the Orchestra, I had only sat in the Orchestra at Avery Fisher only once before about 8 years ago at Christmas when mom, dad, conor, pat, and I sat in the first row for the Christmas Boy's Harlem Choir concert. Whenever I see the Philharmonic perform at Avery Fisher, our seats are on the first tier.
So the opening act was impressive, don't remember the name right now, but he played the guitar like I had never seen before...one string actually broke. The music was a little to sultry and soulful, but the playing was impressive.
Jason Mraz came out on stage at like 8:30, just him playing guitar in front of a black curtain. "We's are gonna have lots of fun tonight," he promised, "This one is a singalong," he remarked beginning with "You and I Both." After that, he remarked about the cap that he was wearing and how on the road, its hard to keep your hair neat. It was an old cap, you could tell, plus I'd seen it in pictures before...the inside was brown, infused with dirt and sweat. He then played "Life is Wonderful" which as everyone knows starts off slowly and then gets more exciting. So in the song, when themusic gets loud, the black curtain drops and reveals the entire band behind him...I'm not one to be easily impressed...I was though. It was cool to see Toca Rivera on stage too, he's like the back up drummer and stuff...he is awesome.
My favortie song of the night was "Did you get My Message" which had an AWESOME beat and he sung it with a lot of excitement. It was like awesome, he performed it wonderfully and was jumping up on speakers and dancing all over the place and everything...it was just awesomely done. The screaming of the crazy teenage girls was a bit much, but whatever.
Before singing "Plain Jane," he talked about how he considered himself a "normal guy." Just then, a fifteen year old girl shouted out, "I wanna have sex with you!." There was a brief silence, he looked flustered for a minute and then brillantly responded, "Now you see, THAT"s not normal! And if someone said that to you at the place you worked, wouldn't that be considered sexual harrassment?" People clapped, I laughed and Morgan remarked "That girl must feel like such an asshole."
There were plenty of colorful people at the concert, I joked that considering the illustrious residents of Avery Fisher Hall, it had probably never before seen anything like this. Mraz even joked that he wasn't properly dressed (jeans and tee-shirt) for a place like Avery Fisher Hall. There were gays dioagonnally to us, there was a gay couple next to Morgan...and there were teenage girls, at least a thousand of which who would have had sex with Jason Mraz at the drop of a hat. One of the gays next to Morgan started crying during "Mr. Curiosity." I couldn't help but giggle a bit, Morgan tried to keep a straight face. I mean, its a beautiful song and I"m sure it has some meaning to him, but...I don't know. "It probably has some sentimental value," Morgan said. During "Mr. CUriosity" Jason Mraz said, "Let's put some Lincoln Center in it," and started like an Operatic chant.
Mraz played "The Remedy (I Won't Worry)" and did it beautifully, having us join in for a singalong again. He also played "Curbside Prophet" with Toca on the bajno...that was cool! Before starting the song he remarked, "This song started right behind this building," considering that he actually went to New York for College. Its such a funky song, he even included lyrics about Lincoln Center for the concert...I love the lyrics! "I'm just a curbside prophet with my hand in my pocket and I'm waiting for my rocket to come." HaHa...get it?
For an encore, the band came back and he sang the dark sone "Plane." He then finished with "Geek in the Pink," which was flawless. Again, he was jumping on the speakers, dancing all over the place, really getting into it.
He was a great entertainer, and I loved the concert. He was totally into it, he really let us all in on it too. He was all over the place, jumping up and down, jumping on amps and speakers, dancing around, making funny expressions and faces, and even jumping and kicking a mic stand at one point.
He better come back sooner than later. I would see Jason Mraz in concert every day for the rest of my life if I could...
You and I Both
Life is Wonderful
Did You Get My Messag?
Please Don't Tell Her (With an excited "Fuck Yeah!" right before the chorus)
The Remedy (I Won't Worry)
Geek In the Pink
~~Just to name a few from the 2 hour show.
I wish that "The Remedy (I Won't Worry)" could just loop over in my head again and again for the rest of my life. I wish I could have my own soundtrack of Bob Dylan and Jason Mraz. The two of them have had the effect on my life that "East of Eden" literarily did for me. Soon everyone will know what "The Remedy (I Won't Worry)" means to ME.