Jason Mraz Set for June 18 Episode of "American Restoration"
Tue, 28 May 2013 17:21:17
We may be through with the past, but the past is never quite through with us.
On June 18, American Restoration, a History Channel show, welcomes singer/songwriter Jason Mraz. Watch the show's Rick Dale restore a rusty old sign that hung in Mraz's grandfather's shop for years. Cool, right?
Mraz revealed why the sign is so sentimental, saying, "When we look at these signs, we can see my grandfather's brush strokes in them, and it's important that they still look as if they are my grandfather's signs so we can then hang them in our workshops like he did, and hopefully our grandchildren will do the same for us."
He felt it was important to restore the sign. "For many years I wanted to honor my granddad in song and always had the idea I would create the ballad of Frank D. Fixer," he said. "So I created the song in his honor, which talks a little about him and who he was. That song lives on, and the sign will be preserved and will hang over the studio where I wrote the song."
The show tells the story behind things you just don't see any more. A barber shop towel steamer, a 1964 Ducati Falcon, a Gatling gun arcade game—oddball artifacts like these are part of America's cultural mosaic, and every refurbishment brings a bit of history back to life.
Will you tune in on June 18?
American Restoration photos courtesy Leftfield Pictures/HISTORY