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Saturday, August 15, 2009

8/17: Jason Mraz at TWA

Posted By on Sat, Aug 15, 2009 at 8:00 AM

Tons of songs inspire YouTube cover versions. Everybody from Wayne Newton to Lil Wayne has impelled fans to plug in their USB mics, set up webcams and post videos of, say, their four-year-old nephew rapping “A Milli.” But Jason Mraz’s “I’m Yours” is something different. The song — a ginormous hit in the U.S., Norway and Sweden, among other countries — has racked up thousands of covers since a demo version hit the web three years ago. There are clips of cute girls playing acoustic guitars in their bedrooms, cheesy guys who look like they spent their college funds on their videos — there’s even a ukulele version. “I’m Yours” anchors the 32-year-old singer-songwriter's third album, We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things. The breezy acoustic tune borrows Jack Johnson’s laid-back vibe for a less-caffeinated take on Mraz’s usual diarrhea-mouth style. The San Diego-based singer’s last album, 2005’s Mr. A-Z, was all about his way with words. The album is Mraz’s warmest CD and also his most personal. G. Love and Special Sauce opens at 7 p.m. at Time Warner Cable Amphitheatre (1887 W. 3rd St., 216.522.4822). Tickets: $35-$45. — Michael Gallucci

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