If the song title doesn’t sound familiar to you, you might be a little young to appreciate its origins. This 1970’s R&B song was written by a husband-wife songwriting team consisting of Freddie Perren and Christine Yarian. It has since been updated, shook up, remixed, remastered, and all-in-all remains a beautiful piece of music for any music lover.
The first group to cover this song was Boyz II Men in 1991, who gave new life to this song by performing it a cappella, or without music. It has been featured in three full length feature films; first in Cooley High for which the song was written (1975), again in Lethal Weapon 3 (1992), and finally as the center of gags in Harold & Khumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay (2008).
Jason Mraz is a talented singer-songwriter and musician that brings easy-listening vocal skills and an arsenal of amazing instrumentals including guitar, piano, mandolin, mandola, banjo and ukulele to his ever-growing fan base. While he’s considered in the genres of Pop rock, Pop, Blue-Eyed Soul, Alternative Rock, Reggae and Acoustic, he surely has a sound that’s all his own!
Now, in 2014, it’s been completely reworked and suited to meet the times of music today. The soulful voice of Jason Mraz takes this song into whole new light of intricately carved chords and musicality. Although the backup of astounding choral voices didn’t hurt a bit!
I can see this version being just as user friendly as Boyz II Men’s a cappella rendition when it comes to graduations, weddings, and funerals simultaneously offering a peaceful and relaxing means of celebrating life, memorable events, and the passing from life on earth into the hereafter.
Say YES to Jason Mraz’s Yes Album for his version of “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday” and other great songs!