Monday, April 30, 2012
Sing! Day of song - Bobby McFerrin - Improvisation
Here is link for the above video.
So over at Deb's for the last couple days, mentions have been made of Bobby McFerrin.
That sent me on a trip down memory lane! As I just this weekend got a working VCR hooked up again after many long years, I took time in my day Sunday to delight in watching my children growing through their childhoods, in such random order that my brain was dizzy by the end! Oh but such good memories, one of which includes my daughter aged 6 singing "Don't Worry, Be Happy"... a true favorite song of hers. Boy, that whole parenthood piece that feels light years away now. This was a different viewing than those past because now both of parents have passed on and so I was grateful to see them moving, talking, singing and laughing again. It was wonderful! I think I'll consider this an early Mother's Day gift to myself.
But, what also emerged after viewing a few of McFerrin's videos is what I've missed all the years since he sang about happiness. I remember at the time that song came out it was criticized as fluff. My theory, at the time, was that there must be some reason it's such a hit! I thought (think) it is: People need song, every kind of song, for every kind of reason!
This man is a special spirit and musical genius. Simple as that.
I highly recommend getting lost for a bit to welcome some journeys either old by taking a day trip down memory lane...or new by following a new (or renewed) interest down the trail for a bit.
You may want to check out some of these:
Catching Song ~ A nice long interview to listen and stitch with
Wizard of Oz ~ Bobby style! What a ride :)
Spontaneous Chorus ~Wouldn't you love to be in this audience (on or off stage)?!
With Anne Marie Hassing ~All of the Master Class & Aarhus Vocal Festival are a treat!
I'm forcing myself to stop linking. But do explore for yourself and share your favorites!
*Note- don't miss his son and father as well!
I'll leave you with the closing thought, in the way of a question:
If you watched any of these videos, did you notice that in every one...there was not only song...but there was laughter, hugs and pure joy in their shared experience!
Now that's what this world needs!