How Jason Mraz Crafts Tantalizing Tunes

Mario Aguilar

Illustration: Peter Horride

Illustration: Peter Horride

Love songs don’t have to be gooey, open-mic gaucheries. In canny hands, the amorous tune can be an elegant way to publicly express affection (or lure in your next conquest). Songwriter Jason Mraz is a master of the form: His folkie, reggae-inspired single “I’m Yours” has sold more than 5 million copies. Had to help someone get lucky, right? We asked Mraz for tips on how to write a hit love song, even if you’re not blessed with the soulful voice of a crooner.

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