Music is nature's language. What it is telling you is to shut up for once and listen.

 

And it is this shitty singer inside each and one of us that makes bobby McFerrin so great. He actually didn’t do anything special. All he did was take his voice and treat it as just another instrument, think of it as such, train it, nurture it.

 

 

You cant sell news stories that have data and cautious predictions. Where is the panic? Where is the impending doom? C'mon people , give me something to work with here…

    Opinions / Science / Theory of Relative Ignorance  
 

..and as I was a yuppy marketing and advertising executive for the better part
of a decade, I am not really impressed with stories of selling your soul to the devil...

    Art & Culture / Music / Blues / Robert Johnson  
   

Bobby Mcferrin - Vocal Virtuoso

I bet you are a horrible singer. Chances are I am right. And I bet you it never stopped you from singing. Shower. Karaoke. While driving. When the music is loud enough that no one hears  your voice. C'mon, you know you do.

And it is this shitty singer inside each and one of us that makes bobby McFerrin so great. He actually didn’t do anything special. All he did was take his voice and treat it as just another instrument, think of it as such, train it, nurture it.
 
 

Can I say that his use of his voice is more impressive then let's say Miles Davis use of a trumpet ?  jimmy Hendrix use of a guitar? Of course I can. It will not be true but I can, and If I do I will use my rusty uncooperative rigid vocal chords.

He's not doing anything special really. It's all the same. thing just an instrument. Yeah. Right… I am sorry, I am really trying to be nice as I truly admire his work and love his music but the man is a freak. You are not supposed to be able to do that. Acrobatics. That's what it is.

 
The true musician role is to bring light into people's hearts."
 
And the thing I love most about him? You can hear the smile. Through the music, through the strange sounds, through that weaved tale of notes rolling out of his mouth. A smile. And when you have reached the level of knowing what is the sound of a smile, it is nothing less than Zen. (what is nothing less than Zen. Interesting koan…)
 
 
When I'm on stage by myself, I don't have to think about anything. I don't have to worry about anything because I'm not responsible for anything except just opening my mouth and making sure music comes out."
 

Bobby McFerrin is a muse. He is an inspiration and a contagious one at that. He makes you want to sing. There are singers who make you want to never sing again, even in the shower, and some make you want to spend the rest of the day in fetal position under your desk sucking your thumb promising you will never sing again. McFerrin is the opposite. He makes you grab that hairbrush and do a twelve minute version of summertime under the hot water.

 
I don't want anything to get in the way of me and my singing. I want my mind as clear as possible."
 

One of favorite McFerrin bits is when he engages the audience and creates simple but enchanting music with full participation, just by breaking the music into its basic elements and creating a big game out of it. On the way he also proves the human brain's adaptability to the pentatonic scale, but that is of course just a byproduct.
We didn’t come here to learn, we came to have fun. We came to smile. Can't you hear it?

 

I like a very dark house, just black. I sit there and just think. Once I'm still and quiet inside, I'll begin. It's very personal; it has to be.

One song may be Bach, the next blues, a song from TV, or a nursery rhyme or jazz piece.

 
My favorite things http://youtu.be/5wqplKtzWpI
Richard bona http://youtu.be/iimMKWF7SK0
Don’t worry http://youtu.be/d-diB65scQU
Say ladeo http://youtu.be/9nUHIFNydQc