Bobby McFerrin

I try not to “perform.” I try to come on stage and be myself, to sing the way I would in a room by myself, to interact with the audience the way I would relate to them if we were in my kitchen drinking tea and making up silly songs. Maybe the way to get past the fear of being ourselves is simply to try it more often.

If I sing “you broke my heart, you left me flat,” everyone knows exactly what that means – they know the story. But if I sing a line that’s plaintive or wailing, people can experience their own set of emotions and their own story. Each of us might give that phrase a different meaning. It’s open to interpretation, and one song becomes a thousand songs. I love that.

This is what I want everyone to experience at the end of my concert…everyone has this sense of rejoicing.I don’t want them to be blown away by what I do,I want them to have this sense of real, real joyfrom the depths of their being.Because I think when you take them to that place,then you open up a place where grace can come in.