September last year I eagerly bought a concert ticket. Jason Mraz was going on a new European tour, not visiting Norway, so I had to choose between a few other cities in Europe.
Another excuse to travel. Oh no, how sad 😜
I was torn between Amsterdam, Vienna, and Copenhagen. At a moment I caught myself thinking “What if I just go to all of them?!”, but luckily I talked myself out of that pretty quickly. Amsterdam quickly sold out, and traveling to Vienna was quite expensive, so my final decision landed on Copenhagen.
I paid for the ticket, printed it out and had it in my office corner at home so that I could see it, and then the waiting began. Five months of waiting.
I’ve talked about how much Jason Mraz’s music has meant to me over the years. I have so many memories and emotions connected to his songs, so going to one of his concerts is like taking an emotional journey into the past. That’s why I always end up crying a little bit (Maybe not so little), and also because his voice is just so beautiful! One of the very few artists that I find better live than recorded.
I’ve now been lucky enough to have seen him twice in Oslo, once in Royal Albert Hall in London, and now at K.B. Hallen in Copenhagen. It has been all the good vibes, all the way!
Seeing him live again on the Good Vibes tour was just as wonderful as I had imagined, and then some! If you ever get the chance to go to a Jason Mraz concert, I highly recommend you do so! You can thank me later 😜
If it’s one thing that will never cease to amaze me, it’s how much hurt people can experience and still be able to dare to love afterward.
We all go through so much with our hearts in our hands, outstretched and vulnerable. Sometimes we experience that heart to meet another one, and they wrap themselves in each other. It can last for a few minutes, weeks, months, or maybe even years.
Other times, that vulnerable heart takes a leap of faith out of your hands, headed straight for the ground with no one to break the fall, just you to pick up the pieces.
Our hearts they bleed, and they scar. They wrap themselves in layers of protection, but somehow they always find a way to strip the layers, sooner or later. Sometimes they need a little help to get those layers off, other times, it’s just self-love that removes those layers, one by one.
Isn’t it amazing how most of us choose to go back to love over and over again, no matter how badly it hurt the last time around? One can sometimes wonder if that makes us the most stupid species of all, or the most wonderful. I choose to see us as wonderful.
For if we don’t choose love to guide us, what does that make us? If the experiences and pain of our past would make us unable to love another, how wasted wouldn’t our lives be?
But the way that we trust and love, it changes. The way we love when we are young and naive is not the same way as we love when we are older and more experienced. I’m not sure that this is a change for the better. I guess it depends on the situation.
I sometimes long for the naive kind of love that I could experience as an early teen before I knew what real heartbreak felt like. Before I learned to fear a possible outcome before I even allow myself to fall. But there’s also a beauty in all the pain one has gone through. The way I’ve learned to pick myself up again, to set boundaries, to love myself enough to say no and to see the love of friends and family to be the purest love of all.
I don’t think I would like to love naively in the world of modern dating. I’m pretty sure that would set me up for disaster. But I do hope that no matter how far away from love I feel like I’m drifting, I will always find my way back to it. That I will always allow myself to trust love again, no matter how much it scares me. And that I won’t be blinded by the layers of past events, so much so that I won’t be able to see new and real love if it crosses my path.
We, humans, are extraordinary in the way that we love when it’s done without games or hidden agendas. When it’s real, pure, and raw. When it’s done from a place of not being able to choose anything other. When we love enough to want the other person happy, no matter if that takes them away from us. When it’s kind and giving. When it’s just love❤️
Love is Still the Answer❤️
This post was inspired by one of my favorite songs from Jason Mraz’s latest album. It’s a song that has brought tears, smiles and moments of me singing out loud and dancing around, hugging myself in my living room❤️
In 2014, Jason Mraz released the album Yes! and for those of you who’ve followed me for a while, you know just how much I love his music!
Jason Mraz is still one of the best live artists I’ve ever seen, and if you haven’t had the opportunity to experience his music live yet, I highly recommend you do so! He’s touring the US now, and there will be a European tour next year! Will I be going even though he’s not coming to Norway? Hell yeah!! I haven’t really decided where yet, but I think it’ll be either Amsterdam, Copenhagen or London.
Why is this artist and music so important to me? Firstly, as I’ve already mentioned, he’s an extremely talented musician! That alone should be more than enough!
But it’s more than that. Jason Mraz and his music have been along for the ride of my life for so many years. There’s been tears, laughter, dance and a whole lot of memories that are now connected to so many of his songs. I’ve gotten to see him live 3 times now, and I’ve gotten to share those moments with people that I love.
When Kirsti, her boyfriend and I went to his concert when he was here in Oslo last time, I cried, smiled and danced in my seat all night long!
I’m already in love with 4 songs from the new album, and I’ve been listening on repeat all day while I’ve been writing!
Go check out Know. on Spotify here:
Or you can check out Jason Mraz’s site by clicking on his picture below:
And if you decide to go to one of his concerts in Europe then let me know! Maybe I’ll see you there!
About eight years ago I laid my eyes on a very talented man. His voice had this magical way of waking up emotions in me and I knew that his voice had somewhat changed my life.
And the rest is history!
Well.. Sort of..
After that day there’s been countless hours of listening. There’s been a trip to London, just to see him. And there’s been a lot of waiting.
I’m talking about my love for Jason Mraz and his wonderful music. His music has been such a big part of my life for the last eight years. I’ve laughed, cried and wondered with his voice being a present in the background. I’ve waiting and hoping for one of his tours to bring him back to Norway so that I could see another one of his concerts. It took long enough, that’s for sure. So long that I had to jump on a plane to London a few years back, so that I wouldn’t miss out on his Yes! Tour with Raining Jane. It was so worth the trip by the way!
But my wish came true. A little while ago a Scandinavian tour was announced and I knew that I had to be there!
So Kirsti, her boyfriend and I got tickets and made a night out of it! Sunday came and we got dressed up and went for a few beers and laughs before the concert.
And then it was time!
We got good seats and when the room darkened, Jason got on stage and the music began, I was lost in emotions! He started off with a new song (that annoyingly enough hasn’t come out yet, and now I can’t get it out of my head) and it was so beautiful! There was a wonderful atmosphere in the room, and even though there were some songs that I missed hearing, it was still a night of musical magic! I laughed, I cried and walked out of there with a big smile on my face and my heart filled with love!
What a wonderful night! I’m so grateful that I had the opportunity to experience yet another amazing concert with one of my all time favorite artists, and that I got to share it with wonderful people! ❤
It was well worth the wait, but I really do hope we don’t have to wait as long for his next performance in Oslo 🙂
One of my absolute favorite singer/songwriters is the amazing Jason Mraz. I had the pleasure of seeing him perform live in Oslo back in 2009 and to see that man live is pure joy. If you like his music then I highly recommend you to go to one of his concerts if you ever get a chance!
Now that I’m just waiting for him to hopefully come back to Norway I was overwhelmed with joy when I found out yesterday that he’s releasing a new album on 15th of July! You can preorder the album ‘YES!’ on his website right HERE!
And now I can’t get the first single ‘Love Someone’ that was uploaded on youtube a couple of days ago out of my head! I absolutely adore it and wanted to share it with you guys.
Oh, and I’m having difficulties with my Facebook page these days. So for those of you who follow me; I haven’t forgotten about you! I’ll be back with my daily grateful posts as soon as the problem is solved 🙂