Here’s an old performance by Bobby McFerrin.
Check out the VHS squiggles.
My youngest son and I listen to a channel called “Kid’s Place Live” on our way to his preschool.
What a great channel that is!
It’s kind of like watching Spongebob….all the elements are in place for both of us to enjoy the show. I get to hear a lot of great “kid’s music”….really clever and funny and creative stuff….and Nate gets to hear a lot of….great “kid’s music”.
They played this the other morning and I got a chance to remember how amazing Bobby McFerrin really is.
Of course, when you say his name you think of what was really kind of a novelty hit, “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”.
That song got played so much that I think that some people got kind of sick of it.
His voice is so supple that he can do things with it that seem a little freaky.
I can’t think of anyone else who can do this with their voices.
Maybe the “freaky” element lets people forget how good he really is?
What do I know about Bobby McFerrin, anyway? Not a whole lot….I just enjoy his music….appreciate that he seems to enjoy his life.
Here’s a song that was on an early album…..that I like a lot.
I think that he sings it pretty “straight”….no whoops or weird hollers….no squeaks or funny shouts.
Just some good singing…..and good whistlin’.
“sightless bird” Bobby McFerrin
OK….he does use his “instrument”/voice like an instrument in a couple of places in the song….but it suits the song….enough that, after not hearing it for a while, I’d forgotten the stuff at the end.
It suited the song.
And the “whistlin’ ” is great.
He’s a great entertainer.