Music: Jason Mraz

Open up your mind and see like me
Open up your plans and, damn, you're free
Look into your heart and you'll find
Love, love love love...
Jason Mraz, I'm Yours

Jason Mraz is an American singer/songwriter who hailed originally from Mechanicsville, Virginia. After a brief stint in his youth at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, he wound his way to San Diego, California, where he played the coffee houses and focused on his songwriting. Influenced somewhat by the music of his youth (Stevie Wonder, New Kid on the Block, Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin), Mraz's style is a blend of folk, pop, rock, reggae and hip-hop. He currently is a raw foodist (with occasional lapses) who owns an avocado farm in California. He also likes cats.

Mraz's major hits include "The Remedy (I Won't Worry)", "Geek in the Pink", "I'm Yours", and "I Won't Give Up".


Albums

  • Demonstration (1999)
  • Live at Java Joes (2001): Titled ''Jason Mraz: Live and Acoustic 2001" on the iTunes release.
  • Waiting For My Rocket To Come (2002): Mraz's major-label debut.
  • Tonight, Not Again: Jason Mraz Live at the Eagles Ballroom (2004)
  • Mr. A-Z (2005)
  • Selections for Friends Live from: Schubas Tavern, Chicago, Montalvo Winery, Saratoga California (2007)
  • We Sing, We Dance, We Steal Things. (2008)
  • Jason Mraz's Beautiful Mess: Live on Earth (2009)
  • Love Is A Four Letter Word (2012)
  • Yes! (2014)


Tropes for the artist include:

  • A Date with Rosie Palms: "Tonight, Not Again". Maybe.
    • Also "Conversation with Myself" - definitely.
  • Album Title Drop: "I'm just a curbside prophet with my hand in my pocket, and I'm waiting for my rocket to come."
  • Ambiguously Gay: Straight version: Mraz may like wearing pink, own several cats, be vegan and love Aretha Franklin, but he likes girls. Really.
  • Anti-Love Song: "Please Don't Tell Her." Jason himself even describes the song as one, verbatim.
  • Audience Participation Song: Mraz, like most artists, played the local venues first, which were more intimate and had the most capacity for musician-artist conversation. Nowadays he uses this trope with "Dynamo of Volition", among others.
  • Bi the Way
    Mraz: I have a bisexually open mind, but I have never been in a sexual relationship with a man. If the right one came along, then sure.
  • Call Back: In "Wordplay":
    When it's time to get ill I got your remedy,
    For those who don't remember me,
    Well let me introduce you to my style.
  • Digital Piracy Is Evil: Averted, strongly. Mraz generally supports bootlegs (and often prefers people experience his music live than studio), felt honored when people "couldn't wait until We Sing, We Dance, We Steal Things was officially available that they downloaded the songs beforehand", and allows high-tech recording equipment (audio only) at his concerts. Fans making cell-phone videos are also a common sight at his shows.
  • Dream Team: Teamed up with Colbie Caillat, for a song called "Lucky"
  • Fake-Out Fade-Out: Done to glorious effect at the end of "Song for a Friend".
  • Follow Your Heart: See page quote.
  • Genre-Busting
  • Genre Roulette: Mr. A-Z.
  • Hidden Track: At the end of Four Letter Word, "I'm Coming Over" plays after 20-ish seconds of silence.
  • Improv
  • Incredibly Long Note: In "Plane":
    You keep me high-iiiiiiiiigh....
  • Intercourse with You: "Butterfly", "Tonight, Not Again"
    • "Clockwatching" seems to get right to it as well.
  • Just Friends: The subject of "If It Kills Me".
  • Last-Second Word Swap: He likes this trope a lot. To date:
    • Geek In The Pink: "Well I can save you from unoriginal dum-dums/ who wouldn't care if you come.../plete them or not."
    • Butterfly: "Bend your back and ask those hips if I can touch/ cause they're the perfect jumping off point/ gettin closer to your butt/erfly."
  • Long Title: We Sing, We Dance, We Steal Things.
  • Motor Mouth: Lampshaded in "Wordplay".
  • My Sister Is Off-Limits!: From "Dynamo of Volition":
    My best friends are hittin' on my sister,
    Gotta tell em that they still wish-a,
    Cause she already got herself a mista
    And besides, that's gross, don't wanna diss her.
  • Obsession Song: Probably "Coyotes".
  • Older Than They Look: Referenced in "What We Want":
    I'm older than I look I see
    The man staring at my ID...
  • Real Men Wear Pink: See "Geek in the Pink":
    I don't care what you may think about me
    You'll get by without me if you want
    Don't judge me by the color, confuse it for another
    You might regret what you let slip away
    Like the geek in the pink
  • Scatting: Very often. Most notably in "I'm Yours".
  • Singer Songwriter
  • Sesame Street Cred: "Outdoors" (2009)
  • Studio Chatter: "Coyotes" ends with Mraz telling one of the kids in the chorus that he's "a little too close to the mic".
  • Take That, Critics!: "Wordplay", in spades.
  • Textless Album Cover: Love Is A Four Letter Word. Technically.
  • Uncommon Time: "5/6", the title of which indicates the time signature of the song's verse... sort of. ("6" can never be the denominator of a time signature; it's alternating 5/8 and 6/8.)
  • Word Salad Lyrics: Mraz uses this trope often particularly in his earlier works but in none so much as "Dynamo of Volition", which was mostly ad-libbed.
    With a tiger spot on my back
    Living life of a cat
    I just wanna relax here and write another rap tune
    Driving off on your blind man's bike
    You can say just what you like
    Or nothing can stop you
    • Lampshaded with "Wordplay," which makes fun of the use of nonsense syllable refrains.