Maybe it’s just me, but this past weekend went way too quickly. It was here and gone in what seemed like an instant, and now we’re back to the weekly grind. Such is live, I suppose.
Anyway, if you don’t know what this project is about, go here to check out my complete list, and get the brief rules. And once you’re finished, read on:
117. Jason Mraz – No Doubling Back (mp3) (3:33) [Time Remaining: 466:36]
I suppose that Jason Mraz has always been the goofy troubadour that he currently is, but when I first found out about him about 8/9 years ago, it was far more endearing than it has since become. And, the guy can sing. The earlier recordings I have of him, in a coffeeshop in San Diego, imperfections and all, got played for a year straight at least.
“No Doubling Back” is a break-up song – but it’s light and breezy while being forthcoming about the end of a relationship that’s no longer working. The end is painfully obvious to the narrator, but neither party has said anything about it. And I’ve never been quite able to get over just how much I enjoy it. (As an aside, the song is 4:39, but I’m not counting the banter for the first minute:06 toward this project. If anyone cries foul, I’ll change it, but I don’t think anyone cares.)
Even if this were not one of the greatest songs of all time (which it is), it would be included for the line: “she’s a tear that hangs inside my soul forever” – which is the most beautifully depressing thought I can imagine. The song is rife with references like that, but that one catches me every single time.