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Jason Mraz and Raining Jane a harmonious collaboration at FICA

The four members of Raining Jane – vocalist, cellist and guitarist Mai Bloomfield; vocalist, keyboardist and guitarist Chaska Potter; vocalist, percussionist and drummer Mona Tavakoli; and vocalist, bassist, guitarist and sitar player Becky Gebhardt – walked onto the stage at the First Interstate Center for the Arts on Saturday night. They were soon followed by singer-songwriter Jason Mraz.

Mraz’s music of ‘Yes!’

Looking through Jason Mraz’s discography, it’s difficult to find many songs that are dispirited or brokenhearted. His music is, for the most part, all sunshine and optimism, the perfect soundtrack for a lazy afternoon on a California beach. Even the title of his latest album – “Yes!” – radiates positivity. So it’s somewhat disarming to hear him describe himself as “a pessimistic and grumpy person, generally,” which immediately deflates the (admittedly unrealistic) notion that Mraz’s personal disposition is as perpetually cheerful as that of his music. If anything, writing songs is a form of therapy for him.

The music of ‘Yes!’

Looking through Jason Mraz’s discography, it’s difficult to find many songs that are dispirited or brokenhearted. His music is, for the most part, all sunshine and optimism, the perfect soundtrack for a lazy afternoon on a California beach. Even the title of his latest album – “Yes!” – radiates positivity. So it’s somewhat disarming to hear him describe himself as “a pessimistic and grumpy person, generally,” which immediately deflates the (admittedly unrealistic) notion that Mraz’s personal disposition is as perpetually cheerful as that of his music. If anything, writing songs is a form of therapy for him.