Sweet serenity: Jason Mraz Live in Manila 2011

31 October 2011

The past week has been crazy and seemed to suck all energy out of me, and even though I attended only two shows of the Philippine Fashion Week it still left me feeling exhausted.

Sweet repose came from watching Jason Mraz's concert at the SMART Araneta Coliseum last night ♥


We were seated at the uppermost part of the stadium but we didn't really mind because we can see him and Toca Rivera on the video-walls anyway. The important thing was we were still able to hear him :) Besides, we had plenty of room for dancing and swaying along to the music since there were no people behind us to consider anymore :)

The place was PACKED with people eager to hear Mr. A-Z belt out crowd favorites and new singles. To be honest, I haven't memorized some of his songs, but I REALLY enjoyed the concert. SMART Araneta Coliseum is huge but somehow he managed to make it feel like an intimate gig. He was funny, charming, adorable. All the magic he can do with his mouth... It was like watching a one-man show of grown-up Sesame Street! And I loved his songs! I love words and wordplay and I believe the song lyrics he has written are by far some of the best I've listened to or read.

It was great to see him and Toca own the stage. The way he interacted with the audience, his banter, the various funny sounds he made, the way he assured all of us and kept telling us "You are loved.". Pure magic. He had this happy hippie vibe that was very contagious that we couldn't help but swoon and be charmed. I'm telling you, all the problems of all the people who were there last night flew out the windows from the first time he began plucking his guitar strings until the time he has said his last goodbyes. It was very uplifting and calming and serene and we all had a great time.


A Beautiful Mess is one of my favorite Jason Mraz songs, and listening to him singing that beautiful, beautiful song with that kind of heartfelt and soulful rendition gave me such a rush and made me emotional that I couldn't stop the tears from falling. It was overwhelming, haunting, amazing. I've forgotten what it feels like to be in love, but through his melodies and words, Jason Mraz reminded me again.

I watched with my friends.
From left to right: Jonas, me, Ana, Mich, Paul
Too bad Ed wasn't able to go anymore.
After the concert, some of us went to McDonald's for midnight snack. And these photos are unnecessary but I'm posting them anyway because I look cute :D

Geek in the Pink Jonas and Dax
Mich and me
Aaaand that's it ;D

Thank you for sharing your amazing gift of song with us. Please continue making beautiful music. And please, please come back to Manila  real soon. ♥

From Jason Mraz himself, "Here's to freedom, cheers to art. Here's to having an excellent adventure and may the stopping never start."

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