Look For The Good Jason Mraz
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- 1Look For The Good05:09
- 2Make Love05:34
- 3My Kind04:55
- 4Good Old Daze04:11
- 5You Do You (feat. Tiffany Haddish)04:35
- 6Wise Woman04:40
- 7Take The Music05:48
- 8Time Out (feat. Sister Carol)05:09
- 9DJ FM AM JJASON04:24
- 10Hearing Double03:03
- 11The Minute I Heard of Love04:47
Info for Look For The Good
Jason Mraz’s new album begins and ends with the same phrase: “look for the good.” Those four words are not just a lyric or the title of his seventh studio album, but also an all-encompassing world philosophy for the musician, who believes that in dark and challenging times we should search for something positive. While the songs on Look For The Good harken back to Jason’s formative releases, including his 2002 debut Waiting For My Rocket to Come and 2005’s Mr. A-Z, the album looks forward, hinting at a musician who isn’t bound by genre or expectation. Produced by Michael Goldwasser (Matisyahu, Steel Pulse and Toots and the Maytals), the songs reveal an artist who is inspired by his surroundings, especially by his organic home farm, Mraz Family Farms, where he grows coffee and avocados, among other things. Everything he does and every song he writes comes back to the idea of love. Look For The Good is not just an album – it’s a refreshing way of seeing and experiencing the world we live in.
“I never imagined a year ago when I wrote this album how timely its message would be,” said Jason. “Regardless of a pandemic, people around the globe need constant hope. Period. I believe that can be self-generated by seeing good in everything, especially in the midst of tragedy and fear. I’ve always been an optimist in my life and in my music, and my hope with this album is that it inspires others to look at these dark times and witness the good that human beings are doing for their families and for each other. To look for the good is to practice gratitude. For me, I am grateful for the technologies that allow me to record and share my musical thoughts and grateful to the ears and hearts that feel them.”
The track was written by Michael Goldwasser (Matisyahu, Steel Pulse, Toots and the Maytals, and Easy Star All-Stars), Raining Jane, Abby Dorsey (MC Flow), Jeff Berkley and Jason. Goldwasser produced Look For The Good at Jason’s home studio in Southern California.
Look For The Good sees Jason fully embracing his career-long love for reggae music. The album features actress Tiffany Haddish and Jamaican reggae icon Sister Carol.
We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things. comes six years after Jason Mraz saw his major label debut, “Waiting for My Rocket to Come” explode off the success of such hits as “Remedy (I Won’t Worry),” “You & I Both” and “Curbside Prophet.” Shortly thereafter, he returned with his Grammy-nominated, critically acclaimed Mr. A-Z, which continued his chart success with “Wordplay.” Throughout, his reputation as a tremendous live act soared.
We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things. earned three Grammy nominations, including Song of the Year and Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for “I’m Yours.” The album, Mraz’s most self-assured effort to date, is characterized by songs wrapped in clever, observant lyrics and strong, engaging pop melodies, all inspired by “gratitude.”
“I’m Yours” is a warm breeze of a song about generosity, surrender, and openness to life’s infinite possibilities set to a lilting island tempo. A demo of the song sneaked into the world a few years prior to the current release and developed a cult following. “I considered it my happy little hippy song and wanted to share it even when it was fresh and new. Over the years as we performed it live, it became the song people sang along to at the loudest volume. And they sang it to each other. That’s when I realized I needed to give it a home on this new record.”
“I’m Yours” has since been certified 4x platinum and made history as the first song ever to top the charts at four pop radio formats: Hot AC, CHR/Top 40, Triple A, and AC. Propelled by the success of the song, We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things. has been a breakthrough album internationally for Mraz. More than 2.5 million albums have been sold worldwide. In addition to being certified platinum here in the U.S., the album has also received platinum certification awards in France, Canada, Singapore and Hong Kong, triple platinum status in Korea, double platinum in Australia, with gold records in the United Kingdom, Malaysia, Portugal, Norway, Sweden, New Zealand, The Netherlands, and Switzerland.
Another highlight on the album is “Lucky,” a simple, endearing duet with platinum singer-songwriter Colbie Caillat. “I got word that she was a fan and might consider working together, so I immediately demanded her phone number,” Mraz says with a laugh. He sent her segments of a love song that she and her guitarist Timothy Fagan completed.
Caillat then joined Mraz in a London studio where he recorded the album with producer Martin Terefe, best known for his work with Coldplay and James Morrison (who guests on the intricate “Details in the Fabric”).
Terefe, along with songwriter/pianist Sasha Skarbek (who co-wrote James Blunt’s “You’re Beautiful”), also played a hand in co-writing some of the tunes with Mraz, including “Love for a Child,” a searing autobiographical tale of Mraz’s parents’ split when he was five. “I don’t usually care to share the crafting of the lyrics,” Mraz confesses. “Sasha and Martin did a wonderful job introducing me to melodies and textures, while pushing me to sing my instincts. In the case of ‘Love for a Child,’ my instincts kept leading me back to getting complete with my parents. I was nervous about it as it isn’t your typical love song, but I think that’s why it resonates with so many. Whether or not you’re in a relationship, we all have one with our parents. And until you acknowledge them, it’s hard to practice unconditional love or act with integrity in the rest of your life.”
While Mraz and Terefe deliberately kept the music stripped down, they added flourishes that distinguish “We Sing” from standard pop fare, including a gospel choir on “Live High,” and operatic embellishments and a children’s chorale on “Coyotes.”
“Martin is an extraordinary artist,” Mraz says. “He holds space for whatever I choose or choose not to express. Putting his producer image aside, he supports the artist. So in my case, both fervency and humor get to be represented. A fine example is his willingness to bookend “Details in the Fabric” with the ridiculous voice mail messages left on my phone one afternoon by my good friend/writing partner Bushwalla.”
The album takes its title from a piece of art by Glasgow-based visual humorist David Shrigley that Mraz saw in Scotland while traveling.
“We are a language based species,” hums Mraz, “So anything that comes out of our mouths is our song. Our movement is our dance. And anything we might take for granted, well, consider it stolen moment.”
For an artist who is so well known for his clever, inspired way with words, it should come as no surprise that many of the songs for “We Sing” were born from a songwriting game he plays with a number of other artists, including noted Texas-based songwriters Billy Harvey & Bob Schneider. “Bob and company will give me a word or a phrase, and I’ll have to turn that info into a song and email it to everyone else who’s playing.” The impressive verbal torrent that spills forth on “Dynamo of Volition” that once again shows Mraz’s unmatched ability to sing at the speed of sound, came from being tasked to use the phrase “blind man’s bike.” Similarly, “Coyotes,” “Butterfly,” and “Lucky” all sprung to life after starting from songwriting challenges. “The game is like a support group. It’s a way for writers to encourage each other, to stay active in their craft and not get too heady and where their song might end up.”
Mraz’s songwriting talents were recently recognized when he received the Songwriters Hall of Fame’s esteemed “Hal David Starlight Award” at the organization’s 40th anniversary gala. The award—given to gifted songwriters who are making an impact in the music industry via their original songs—has previously gone to such artists as Rob Thomas, Alicia Keys, John Mayer, and John Legend.
“For me, music is the closest I may ever get to realizing what God is. (Music) is an awesome invisible force that gets under your skin, makes you dance and has the power to transform you. I’m the most at ease when I’m wrapped up in a song or deep inside the mania of the creative process. Success to me is the exploration of sound and vibrations and the freedom that exists when you dwell in those spaces. Awards and recognition are always encouraging and nice to receive, but they’re just a pageant show compared to the real reward that music gives. Therefore, I’ll be writing songs and setting stages for a long time to come. I’m hooked on it. And I’m grateful.”
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