This is kind of a weird post because it’s about a non-David concert… the Jason Mraz concert I attended last Sunday (with the lovely @refnaf and @pastelpastel).
The reason I’m telling you about it here is because a) I only really first found out about Jason Mraz because of David… and b) throughout the whole amazing show I kept thinking how much David would’ve loved to see this Mraz tour if he’d been able to.
Also, so many things reminded me of David. Like how much better Jason Mraz songs sound live than on record… not just his voice but because of everything he adds to the arrangements live. And how it’s all about the music. Sure, he has some very cool animated backdrops (check out my “I’m Yours” vid), but no laser light shows, backup dancers or special effects needed. Also, like David, Jason gives each of his band members their moments to shine… from his phenomenal percussionist (who I think I’d go to see just on her own) to the horn section and the accordion guy to the backup singer slash mandolin player slash fiddler.
What I loved most I think were all the little surprises throughout the show. Mraz brought out Nikki Yanofsky — a jazz prodigy from Montreal who recorded her first album of Ella Fitzgerald covers at 14! — to sing “Lucky” with him (she’s now 18, would love for her to sing with D. someday).
He also sat on a chair at stage left at one point for a very cool acoustic version of “I’m Coming Over” — one by one each band member wandered out and joined in until they were all harmonizing and jamming together. Magical. That song’s been in my head all week.
Anyway, back to David, lol … grateful he’s introduced me, and many others, to so many great artists … almost like he knew we’d need some interim concert-going till 2014.
How about you guys? What’s been your favourite musical “discovery” thanks to David?
P.S. A big huge Happy Birthday shout out to the warm, witty, wise @Archugeezer!!! Here’s a song just for you.
P.P.S. @SamLouiseG has uploaded to her Tumblr the Nandito Ako acting workshop vid that was shown during the press conference (that TV5 quickly removed from youTube) … along with other NA gems… HERE…