Jason Mraz on Writer's Block and the Advocacies Close to His Heart
MANILA, Philippines - He may be "Mr. A to Z" and "all about the wordplay," but American singer-songwriter Jason Mraz admits he also has writer's block sometimes.
But while other writers, artists or musicians usually get rid of it by stepping away from the creative process, Jason takes the bull by its horns.
"Usually when I get writer's block, I write about writer's block. Because then that's what's going on in your life," he told Bulletin Entertainment and select members of the media in an interview last Oct. 30 hours before his packed second Manila concert titled "Jason Mraz Special Acoustic Evening with Toca Rivera."
Confronting these blocks head-on has, in fact, given birth to one of his songs off his 2005 sophomore effort, "Mr. A-Z," titled "Mr. Curiosity," which he forthrightly described as a "song about writer's block."
"I wrote it on my birthday, and I dubbed Mr. Curiosity as that which keeps me curious, that which would make me ask more questions, that which would make me be inspired. So I'm like, 'Mr. Curiosity, come back to me, come back to my life and give me a reason to write,'" he recounted.
For Jason, pouring his thoughts out into words and music is "a way for me to answer questions that I might have within" and that which gives him "some kind of peace." What he said next, however, may well prove the depth of his artistry:
"But because I'm a writer, I never settle with what those answers are. It's like I'll accept the answers that I'm given at that time but then I have to forget it all in order to keep writing. There was a time in my life when I thought, I know it all, I got it, I'm done, I'm happy, I've figured it out. But I realized I stopped writing after that. I wasn't being of service anymore. So I threw it all away, I allowed myself to forget and continue that quenching, that thirst," said Jason.
The man known for his witty, playful lyrics and effervescent melodies, as heard in hits like "I'm Yours" (which stayed on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for 76 weeks), "The Remedy," and "Geek In The Pink," admitted to having a "standard" when it comes to writing songs. …