god, bobby mcferrin is good. last friday, being in the presence of such a big man (of such slight stature) who is so thoroughly imbued with music gave my heart – not just my musical mind – a larger canvas to sing on. country and western, classical, african, children’s songs, jazz – nothing is foreign to him, he enfolds everything in his marvelous four-octave voice.
he was in complete control of the audience, who he brought into in many of his pieces, making 2,000 people sing gounod’s ave maria over his bach prelude as easy as clapping their hands.
everything he did was done with easy grace and generosity.
as he left: “listen people, do a lot of singing, it’s good for the soul.”
(image courtesy of 22fra)