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The singer-songwriter, known for feel-good hits such as “I’m Yours” and “The Remedy (I Won’t Worry),” said he has recorded heavier tunes that remain on his laptop. He chooses not to share them with fans, partly because he doesn’t want to tour with a collection of sad songs.

In the process of creating the positive tunes, he said he comes up with the depressing ones first.

“I have to get a lot of out me first before I can get to that place … where I can choose to celebrate life,” he said. “It’s those celebrating songs that end up on the album.”

Mr. Mraz, 34, said he would like release his melancholy material but is still searching for the right way to present it.

He has an 8-year-old song that he calls both “beautiful” and “heavy,” and he’s reworking it so that it may one day see the light of day.

“I’d rather uplift and inspire, and you can also do that in darker tunes,” he said. “I have to carefully place those and I feel the fewer, the better.”

Security guard arrested in Tom Petty guitar theft

It was a heartbreaker for Tom Petty and the band when someone stole five of their precious guitars from a soundstage, but it was music to their ears when police in Southern California announced Tuesday that the instruments had been recovered and a security guard was under arrest.

Police identified the arrested man as Daryl Emmette Washington, 51, of Los Angeles, a private security guard at the Culver Studios lot.

Police Chief Don Pedersen said the break in the case came when the suspect sold one of the guitars at a Hollywood pawnshop for $250.

“Mr. Petty would have joined us, but he’s preparing for a concert in Denver,” said Chief Pedersen, who described the stolen guitars as collectively worth $100,000.

A message seeking comment from the band’s publicist, Jim Merlis, was not immediately returned.

The instruments were reported stolen April 12 from Culver Studios, a sprawling complex of sound stages west of downtown Los Angeles where Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers had been rehearsing for an upcoming tour.

On its website, the band offered a “no questions asked” $7,500 reward for information leading to the return of the instruments.

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