Around this time a decade ago, Jason Mraz was celebrating the release of his energetic and spirited debut album, Waiting for My Rocket to Come,
which had its official 10 year anniversary this past Monday, October 15th. The record includes fan favorites "You and I Both," "Curbside Prophet," and, of course, the landmark hit that helped rocket (no pun intended) Mraz onto the Billboard charts and marked his place as a pop troubadour: "The Remedy (I Won't Worry)."
Mraz wrote the breezy, upbeat tune after learning that one of his closest friends had been diagnosed with bone cancer. Upon hearing the news, Mraz recalled, "It was just such a surprise, you know? Like, we grew up together, we drank the same water, everything we did was identical, so why do I have a record deal and why is he in the hospital? That was kind of the initial feeling, but we spoke every day and he was like, 'Dude, don't sweat it, you know? I'm just going to go into the hospital, get this done, no big deal.' And he did."
The chorus of the song soars as Mraz proclaims "I won't worry my life away . . ." which is a pretty powerful mantra and, perhaps more importantly, a salute to just how effective positive thinking can be. Not only did the song experience explosive success, but Mraz's good friend, who continued to battle the cancer, eventually went into remission.
If you're a fan of Jason Mraz, or just need a few hopeful tunes to brighten your Friday, join us in congratulating our bare-footed friend by spinning Vitamin String Quartet's renditions of his biggest hits:
Available now at iTunes and Amazon