You see, this is called "Another Blast From The Past" - "past" being the operative word. We have covered the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, and even some 90s, but I cannot say with any real certainty if I have ever covered the new millennium yet. Rest assured, I am not going to search them all, to find out; so for all intents and purposes, we will assume this is the first time and be done with it.
This week, I want to feature one of the great young new musicians/song-writers of this decade, one that may very well become a legend before his career is over. If you haven't heard Jason Mraz, now is a good time to hear something I think is special. He's quite talented, well worth a look, and versatile with many different influences and styles. Count these songs among my favorites.
First up is from a concert in South Korea. This little tune doesn't need much to spark some interest. Two guys with acoustic instrumentation, innovative vocals, and some stellar lyrics make this one happen.
Next up is another brilliant tune from the same concert. How could anyone not like this one?
This one sounds a little alternative, but it's catchy.
I'll close this week's installment with my favorite song by Jason.
This one is one was his first hit. He wrote it for his best friend who was diagnosed with (and subsequently beat) the often deadly Ewing's Sarcoma. It is truly one of the best songs I have ever heard, written and performed by anyone, anytime - much less in this decade. The words are so astounding, they could only have come from the heart.
Well it kind of makes me nervous
To say that you deserve this
And what kind of God would serve this
We will cure this dirty old disease
Well if you you've gots the poison, I've gots the remedy
The remedy is the experience, this is a dangerous liaison
I says the comedy is that it's serious
This is a strange enough new play on words
I said, the tragedy is that you're going to spend
The rest of your nights with the light on
So shine the light on all of your friends
Well, it all amounts to nothing
In the end
Some medical information for your edification, it takes chemotherapy (a poison) to stop cancer. Thus, the remedy. Those who have had it can well know and attest, it is both an experience and a dangerous liaison anytime you kill good cells, to kill the bad ones.
Double entendre? Sure, but it makes much sense either way; especially when you consider the underlying message of this song, found in the chorus:
I won't worry my life away.
Check it out.