Jason Mraz remembers singing ‘It’s So Hard…’ at summer camp

Boys II Men’s version of the song “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday” was a huge hit back in 1991 so it only makes sense that a teenage Jason Mraz would have taken to singing the song during closing campfires at summer camp. Mraz’s cover of the song penned by Motown songwriters Freddie Perren and Christine Yarian for the 1975 film Cooley High appears on his latest album released over the summer Yes! When asked why he chose to cover the song in a Detroit News interview, Mraz reminisced about Friday nights at Skateland and tearful closing campfires at summer camp:

Every Friday night we would go to Skateland and that song would be the song that closed the house every night. Last jam, you gotta find your gal and get that last couple’s skate in because that was it. And I went to summer camp and I remember that song would be the end of the summer camp, and everyone’s crying. It was a big deal. I was starting to sing at that age, and that was always fun to try to pull that off with other guys my age. We wanted a song on the album that sounded like that, that had that emotion, and we ended up recording “It’s So Hard” as an experiment to see how it felt and to see if it would inspire us to create something on our own. Enough people heard our demo of it and we were encouraged to put it out. I think it’s pretty cool.

Matt Ralph

Matt Ralph

I'm the editor of Summer Camp Culture and also blog at Tangzine.com and MatthewRalph.com. I live in the Philadelphia area and went to camps and camp meetings growing up in Ohio, Maryland and New Jersey.

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