The Incomparable Bobby McFerrin

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“Don’t Worry, Be Happy”.  These four words, originally utilized by Indian mystic and sage Meher Baba to send a philosophical message to his followers, became ingrained in the American lexicon during the fall of 1988.  The man responsible for popularizing this foreign phrase is none other than vocal improviser and innovator, Bobby McFerrin.

In the decades that followed the tune reaching #1 on the Billboard Top 100, Bobby has released 9 additional albums for a grand total of 13 for his career. The last released in 2010, entitled VOCAbuLarieS, is another exploration into multi-track recording and showcases Bobby expanding on his vocal talents.  He is still touring and collaborating with all types of artists; from Jazz and World musicians, to orchestral and gospel, there is not a genre that Bobby won’t put his own personal spin. McFerrin has worked with such orchestras as the New York Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Vienna Philharmonic.

Check out this latest video of Bobby McFerrin performing at the World Science Festival.  He uses the pentatonic scale to reveal surprising ways our brains are wired.

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