My boy Jason Mraz has a new album out and I’m waiting for Amazon to deliver my disc, but please watch this and enjoy…
This guy’s pretty amazing. Please trust me and give it a listen.
Jason Mraz has a new album that came out in May, so I’m gettin’ back to the Mraz zone for a little while.
I love the performances from this concert. When I first ran across them on YouTube, he was talking about being at a jazz festival, so I assumed that’s what it was, but I dug a little tiny bit deeper and it turns out it was a private concert over in Europe for like 75 people at a big party, so he really went outside.
Sometimes I wonder why I still blog, but then I see a few search results like my most recent visitors’ locations, and I think, “What the heck were they thinking,” but it sure keeps me going.
So, I’m watching American Idol™ this evening, and I’m looking at Mariah Carey and thinking, “Hey, I used to really like Mariah Carey, but it made me think again about my old roommate telling me she had a six or seven octave range…
Well, I can personally produce sounds, some admittedly quite ugly, over what, on a good day, approaches a 5-octave range, from a low note that is about a half-step lower than the guy on Elvis’s “Way on Down” to a note that I can barely whistle, and I can produce any note along that 4.9 octave scale (which is only possible because I found a way to suck the air in instead of out and cheat-squeak a half-ocave or so beyond my regular fasetto that underlaps my lowest whistle by a note or two. (I do this when I imitate Paul imitating Little Richard, and I’m pretty sure Paul does too.)
Wikipedia had a cool page about “whistle-register”, and Mariah has a song on her debut CD called Someday, where she definitely sings higher than I thought people could whistle, and higher than I can whistle by close to an octave, but after that, what’s the point? Dog whistles?
Again, definitely not knocking MC – she’s undoubtably one of the greatest singer/songwriters of our era. I’m just sayin’…
I listened to her first CD again tonight, and I have to say that I think she is probably the most effortless, if not the best, singer of our generation, but I was very disappointed that it seemed obvious to me that she lip-synched her AI performance this evening, and I can’t think of any reason why that would be necessary unless she was sick.
“I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless enigma that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as though it had an underlying truth.”
– Umberto Eco
So, at this point, my 4-to-Go for tomorrow’s show are: Luke Menard, Jason Yeager, Kady Malloy, and Amy Davis. Place your bets.
This could get addictive really, really quickly: Google Image Labeler. Google pairs you up with a partner who’s on-line, and you try to label the image, and you have a set amount of time to hit on a match that becomes a defacto tag for that image. They have a list of forbidden most-obvious labels. It’s pure e-v-i-l.