Mraz is an American singer, songwriter who began his career in Coffee Houses in the San Diego area of southern California. His style is heavily influenced by Brazilian music.
Mraz explained the track, in a “track-by-track” commentary for Billboard:
“‘I Won’t Give Up’ was written selfishly. As many of my songs are, I write for the purpose of understanding what the hell’s going on in my life, my position in the world, processing that lesson and that miracle that I’m learning. Seeing it on the page, proving to myself that I understand the lesson, that I’m applying it to my life, and that I can move on. Ultimately it was about, you know, regardless of what happens in this relationship, I don’t have to give up on loving this person, or loving myself, or give up on whatever my dreams are. Even though its written through the filter of relationships, it’s not necessarily specific for relationships. For me, the true meaning exists in the bridge saying ‘I don’t want to be someone who walks away so easily, I’m here to stay and make a difference.’ That is for all of us. We all have something that we’re fighting for or that we’re striving for. Whether we want to coach our soccer team to victory or lose five pounds in a month, whatever it is, there’s nothing too small worth fighting for and there’s nothing too big worth going after.” From Wikepedia
As I checked my folder for Music Monday selections, this brought tears through it’s haunting music and gentle words. Thank God for the gift of music that can say what is on our heart and also touch others in different places where they are.
This beautiful acoustic folk ballad encourages us to:
*not give up loving someone
* not give up on ourselves
* not give up on our dreams
There are people who think ballads sentimental nonsense, but to me the story and emotion speak inspiration.
What say you ?