Bobby McFerrin

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.

“If I sing “you broke my heart, you left me flat,” everyone knows exactly what that means – they know the story. But if I … Read More

I bury my mind in my book, the Bible. Every morning it’s the first thing that I do. I’ve been doing it for years and years. So I want to come back here [to Israel] to see the places that I read about every day. It’s very important to my faith to feed [my] spirit in Israel.

“I bury my mind in my book, the Bible. Every morning it’s the first thing that I do. I’ve been doing it for years and … Read More

I think play and joy and feeling good deserve more of our time. I don’t see why adults are supposed to grow out of those things. If I have a mission it’s to make everyone who comes to my concerts leave feeling a heightened sense of freedom to play, sing, and enjoy themselves.

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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.

“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 … Read More

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.

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Improvisation means coming to the situation without rigid expectations or preconceptions. The key to improvisation is motion — you keep going forward, fearful or not, living from moment to moment. That’s how life is.

“Improvisation means coming to the situation without rigid expectations or preconceptions. The key to improvisation is motion — you keep going forward, fearful or not, … Read More