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The true musician is to bring light into people's hearts.

The true musician is to bring light into people's hearts.

Well, I started conducting kind of by accident. I wanted to give myself a special birthday present for my fortieth birthday, and I was living in San Francisco at the time and I started attending some of the concerts and then simply dropping hints. ---->>>

If I can bring joy into the world, if I can get people to stop thinking about their pain for a moment, or the fact the tomorrow morning they're going to get up and tell their boss off... then I'll be successful.

If I can bring joy into the world, if I can get people to stop thinking about their pain for a moment, or the fact the tomorrow morning they're going to get up and tell their boss off... then I'll be successful.

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. ---->>>

Then I left that school and I went to Cerritos College, which was in southern California; they had one of the best big band programs in the country at the time. ---->>>

Then when I was in grammar school I played the clarinet, and then, after clarinet I played the flute in college orchestra - besides singing in the college chorus and things like that. ---->>>

I do a lot of performing, but don't get a chance to go to the studio and write good music. ---->>>

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

It's not that I don't love the song. My songs are like my children: some you want around and some you want to send off to college as soon as possible. ---->>>

I have a lot of albums yet to do. ---->>>

I want to write a book of poetry, as well as children's stories. ---->>>

I did the one concert, and I was not bitten by the conducting bug, and I thought I was done, but then the phone started to ring, and gradually, over time, I started conducting more and more. Now a third of my performances are with orchestras. ---->>>

Miles Davis turned his back to the audience when he came out on stage, and he offended people. But, he wasn't there to entertain; he was all about the music. I kind of do that. ---->>>

Then I came up with this crazy idea just to walk out on the stage with no band at all and just start singing whatever came to mind. I actually fought the idea for a while because it seemed almost too radical, but it became obvious what I was supposed to be doing. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

Seriously though, my father was the first African American to sign a contract with the Metropolitan Opera so I grew up with classical music and jazz in the home all the time. ---->>>

Part of our responsibility as parents, as adults, is to set examples for children. But we have to like children in order to be really happy fulfilled adults. ---->>>

I grew up in a time when being a musician and learning to be a musician was actually very wonderful. ---->>>

I like to use the audience as my color palette, my instrument. ---->>>

I played piano as a kid; I still play a little bit. ---->>>

But, if there's any aspect of my career that needs attention, it's writing. ---->>>

I prepared five songs, I sang them, and he hired me. I started working about a month later at the piano bar. ---->>>

My biggest musical influences are probably my parents. ---->>>

My father was a very disciplined singer who worked hard at his craft, and I was around that growing up. ---->>>

I'd actually been making my living as an organist with bands since I was probably 15 or 16 years old, and then as a senior in high school I put together a jazz quintet called The Bobby Mack Jazz Quintet. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: American
Born: 03-11, 1950
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Occupation: Musician

Robert Keith "Bobby" McFerrin Jr. (born March 11, 1950) is an American jazz vocalist and conductor. A ten-time Grammy Award winner, he is known for his unique vocal techniques, such as singing fluidly but with quick and considerable jumps in pitch—for example, sustaining a melody while also rapidly alternating with arpeggios and harmonies—as well as scat singing, polyphonic overtone singing, and improvisational vocal percussion (wikipedia)