Aidin Vaziri | Jason Mraz’s laidback hit “I’m Yours” recently made history as the longest-running song on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, where it has spent the past 75 weeks and counting. To celebrate scoring the most inescapable song ever, the earthy 32-year-old songwriter returns to the Bay Area on Friday for a concert at Berkeley’s Greek Theatre – just a few weeks after drawing one of the biggest crowds at the Outside Lands festival.
Q: You thought so highly of “I’m Yours” that you first released it as a B-side to another song from your previous album.
A: Well, from the time it was a B-side four years ago, I always played it live at my shows and watched it take on a life of its own. I never had to be push it. I never had to sell it. In fact, I became a servant to it. It’s been tremendous. Setting records and all that. It’s ridiculous. It’s something I never anticipated.
Q: It’s a long way from “Geek in the Pink.” Are you done with the jokey songs?
A: I’m just not in the mood to go there. I don’t know if my next record is going to be a joke anymore. It’s just experience and life. Sometimes playfulness lacks tact. I really want to get serious.
Q: That’s hard when you’re offering dating advice in Cosmo like, “Put on a men’s dress shirt and nothing else.”