You might think this article belongs in a Valentine issue, but take note it’s about the real thing. Not the need to fulfill the necessity of a gift of chocolate, roses, wine or cards because it’s Feb. 14th, but the real heart of the matter, love with all it’s beauty and pain. Mind you I’m not too cynical, reminders are good. Most all have heard these expressions before; Love is eternal, love knows no bounds, hope, faith, love, of these the greatest is love!! Their is nothing like music and lyrics letting us feel with our mind and heart the presence or absence of love.
Love is a Four Letter Word, the title of Jason Mzrah’s new album which will be released on April 17th. This being his first collection since 2008, he offers up this description “it’s personal. It’s melodic. And it’s mellow.” A concert goer was quoted “It’s probably the most beautiful song I’ve ever heard.” This 34 year old from Mechanicsville, Virginia, a singer songwriter, musician with Atlantic Records is of Czech descent from Austria-Hungary. His official start began in 2002 when Elektra Records signed him on, then he wrote and recorded his debut album ‘Waiting for My Rocket to Come.’
Prior to this he sang in coffee houses, such as Java Joe’s in San Diego, where Jewel played early on. Remedy, a song, proved to be a big hit from this first album. The international breakthrough came though when album no.3 ‘We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things.’ was nominated for a Grammy award along with the song ‘I’m Yours.’ These lyrics are poetic and tell a story of instruction to another, another words, change. Words like “open up your mind and see like me, open up your plans, damn your free. Look into your heart and you’ll find LOVE, LOVE, LOVE.”
The song that won him a Grammy award was ‘LUCKY’ a sweet lyrical song about coming home. Words like “I’m lucky I’m in love with my best friend” tell this author that music and lyrics can be inspirational. Music can connect us and possibly release us from heartache, the painful side of love, by validating the feelings we hold inside. “I won’t give up on us” are heartfelt inspiring words from a song off the new album. He instructs with “learn how to bend, even if the skies get rough, I’m still looking up.”
Further lessons told relate to what “happiness is…contradictions, and we’re still here, wounded together” from a song titled A Beautiful Mess. The Bella Luna song about the moon itself invokes wishes and dreams which many a crooner have in their repertoire.
Feb. 22nd, yesterday, he was to play at the Dubai International Jazz Festival. Personally he owns an avocado farm in California and lives a healthy lifestyle including a vegetarian diet. Supporting many charities such as VH1’s Save the Music Foundation, Music Cares, Free the Children, Life Rolls on a SPARC, he was named SIMA Humanitarian of the Year in 2010 and received the clean water award from Surfride Foundation. He teamed up with the Nature Conservancy to raise awareness about protecting the earth and performed August 13th in Kansas City for Farm Aid 2011.
From You Tube/artist and Wikipedia.