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Jessica Knott's commentary on Jason Mraz's
Waiting For My Rocket To Come (music review)

Review Copyright Jessica Knott, 2003


JM

Artist Info:
Originating from Virginia, Jason Mraz brings together a medley of influences into a truly unique sound all his own. From his early days of studying musical theatre in New York City, Mraz took up the guitar at the ripe old age of 18 and began a music career that has traversed the nation.

According to http://jasonmraz.com/, Mraz was inpired by a psychic in New York's Central Park who told him to "avoid the questioner and go with what you know." What he knew was music and he soon followed his talents to San Diego, California. He says he's now "learning from the best about sleep, peace and poetry in song."


Influences:
Mraz blends elements from a wide variety of musicians and genres into his work, creating something truly unique. Similarities to Dave Matthews, John Mayer and David Gray can be heard, as well as a combination of folk (Track 1: "You and I Both"), funk (Track 3: "The Remedy (I Won't Worry)"), reggae (Track 2: "I'll Do Anything"), ballads and blues.


Songs/Lyrics:
Lyrically, the album is wittty, without crossing the line into the territory of the whimsical. Each song conveys its message clearly, tending towards positive themes, such as these lines found in the album's opening track, "You and I Both":

"I'm taking your advice and looking on the bright side and balancing the whole thing"
"Others only dream of the love that I loved"
"Not so little now you and I anymore
and with this silence brings a moral story
more importantly evolving is the glory of a boy"
The song is bittersweet and beautifully written, never too sappy but emotional all the same. The folksy guitar sounds weave the oxymoronic combination of stimulating yet relaxing all at the same time. As with most of Mraz's songs, intellectual stimulation is among its finest perks.

As "You and I Both" is folksy, "The Remedy (I Won't Worry)" combines acoustic guitars with a hip-hop beat and words that fall together like puzzle pieces. With words like:

"the remedy is the experience, it is a dangerous liaison
I say the comedy is that its serious, which is a strange enough new play on words
I say the tragedy is how you're gonna spend the rest of your nights with the light on
So shine the light on all of your friends because it all amounts to nothing in the end."
This song sums up the attitude of the whole album. Time spent worrying is time wastedÉ excellent message conveyed in a way that is not the slightest bit condescending. Mraz seems to posess an utter lack of condescension while at the same time he is creating an intellectual album that draws on the brainpower of each listener individually. Such a feat takes true talent, which Mraz possesses in spades. This album definitely warrants the green light, as it offers something for everyone, and would be a great addition to any CD changer.

More information can be found at http://jasonmraz.com/ and Jason Mraz at Amazon.com



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