A review of the Seattle, WA show at The Paramount on November 13, 2005.
By Melody Alderman
The geek in the pink is right. From his impressive white boy rapping skills to the goofball within that he embraces fondly, Jason Mraz is certifiably cool, though it doesn't make much sense how or why. It almost seems that his unbridled charisma brings the geek and the cool full circle into a harmonious melting point.
The opening of Jason's set was definitely one of the more dynamically theatrical I've seen in quite some time. He took the stage with very little fanfare, just stepping out with his guitar to perform "The Forecast" followed by "Life is Wonderful." But just then, when you thought this might be an acoustic evening with the talented songwriter, a black curtain dropped revealing a full band who explosively joined Jason.
By the third song of his set, the many girls in the crowd were taunting Mr. A-Z to remove his clothing. This inspired an impromptu rap from Jason that went something to the effect of,
"If only I'd chosen that profession
I could have saved my manic depression
If I just took off my clothes
and danced 'round some poll"
During Curbside Prophet Jason broke into an ever growing popular cover song, "Wonderwall," which led to the audience becoming an instant choir. Then, Jason instructed longtime friend Toca Rivera to "keep on plucking Banjolina Jolie" before declaring that they were about to put the "flow" in "adult contempo."
There was as much stand up comedian type bantering from Jason as there was music. One of the highlight banter sessions was when he compared his need to urinate to tantric sex breaks. "You suppress it, store it and use it as fuel. Just when you think you have to go, you don't." But that line of thinking didn't last long when he asked girlfriend Tristan Prettyman to join him on stage and then left her to entertain the crowd while he succumbed to his urge.
If you're ready to pass Jason Mraz off as a pop radio darling, you need only to see him live once to realize how incredibly gifted he is, especially as a vocalist. During "Mr. Curiosity" Jason sang operatic style with spine chilling skill and grace. In that moment, my opinion of his talent was raised ten fold. His vocals are nearly flawless.
After a two hour set, one of the closing songs was performed intimately with just Jason and Toca on "Summer Breeze." Leave it to Jason Mraz to bring the heat on a cold November Seattle night.
Oh just remember
the telephone works both ways
And if I never ever hear them ring
If nothing else
I'll think the bells inside
Have finally found you someone else and that's okay
I'll remember everything you sang"
Song * You And I Both
Album * Waiting for My Rocket to Come
But it takes you years
to know what love is
It takes some fears
to make you trust
It takes those tears to make it rust
It takes the dust to have it polished"
Song * Life is Wonderful
Album * Mr. A-Z
Dammit you landed on my ear and then you crawled inside
Now I see you perfectly
behind closed eyes
I wanna fly with you and I don't wanna lie to you
Cause I can't recall a better day"
Song * Butterfly
Album * We Sing, We Dance,
We Steal Things