Monday, April 21, 2008

Music Monday: Bobby McFerrin

Okay, first of all try to move yourself past a knee-jerk reaction to thinking of Bobby McFerrin as that guy who sings "Don't Worry, Be Happy". If you are not familiar with McFerrin's work beyond that one hit, then you have no idea what you are missing out on. First of all, let me remind you of a few things: Bobby McFerrin is a vocal artist. Emphasis on vocal (as in, he uses his voice to produce a multitude of sounds). Emphasis on artist (as in, this guys knows his stuff, musically). Yes, most people may only know him for "Don't Worry, Be Happy", but before you think his success merely a oddity or stroke of luck be sure to consider his teaching at Harvard and his guest conducting the likes of the Vienna Philharmonic. Oh, and don't forget the 10 Grammy awards and his work with Yo-Yo Ma, Wynton Marsalis, Bella Fleck, Chick Corea, Rob Wasserman, etc.

Here is a video of Bobby McFerrin with Chick Corea at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 2001. Enjoy!

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1 comment:

Douglas said...

A contest with a prize and another "Music Monday" 2 weeks from the last one. I'm beginning to see a pattern here. Whatever happened to *Mr.* Stream-of-Consciousness?


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