Peace, something that feels to be slipping away from the grasp of humanity. A term that carries so much weight, for wanting to give us all a life that would seem weightless. Let alone, a phrase that gets thrown around with having little- to sometimes- no action. Through the events we have all adorned this past year, it is easy to scratch our heads and wonder, “when will everything be peaceful”?
This call for tranquility is a common question that has bleed into our stages, and art. With artist using their platforms to scream for the liberation of our world and call for a just system, the notion of peace is something that has sprouted into all aspects of humanity, allowing us to rethink our morals as we navigate through this hazy universe.
The meshing of art, music, and the call for peace isn’t a new concept for our contemporary society. Through every era of hardships, music has prevailed and came out as the victor of liberation. Helping the public to find their freedom, and form the ability to dream of the future we want to create.
As no stranger to lending their voice for the achievement towards a better tomorrow is singer Jason Mraz.
On May 20th, the “I’m Yours” singer gave a live performance of his 2020 album, Look For the Good. A collective body of work that outlines the needs for peace, and just society.
Adorned with watery lights and engulfed with sonic tones of snaring horns, clashing symbols, and synchronous harmonies: Jason Mraz stands center stage at the legendary Belly Upclub in San Diego, CA. The fusion of light and sound is a sensation that is tantalizing to the senses and draws an era of mystic for what’s to come next. Sitting on the edge of our seats, the suspense of what’s to come from this artistic adventure awaits.
With his eyes wide shut, the singer bobs to the beat, swaying around in an almost choreographed way. Mraz operated in musical synchrony intertwining each movement to each note, alongside a 13-piece reggae band.
The singer’s performance, if there would be only one thing to take away, it would be the call for societal transformation, helping us to gain a peaceful society.
— Jason Mraz (@jason_mraz) April 27, 2021
Ranging from songs such as “Good old Daze” to “Wise Woman,” every sound carried intentional meaning, and offered a diverse sound. While some lyrics can be seen as corny, the overarching narrative was one of harmony.
With lyrics such as “We were born to love, not hate,” from the album’s title track “Look For The Good.” And other words such as, “And peace is what you’re dreaming
If you’re fighting for freedom You are my people.” The lyrics carry out his message.
Through Mraz’s invigorating live performance, and lyrics revolving around our current events. The singer’s live performance gave a look into the future of live music and the future of our existence.
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