Bobby McFerrin’s Communal Sharing of “Ave Maria”

Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 11:47 am

Bobby McFerrin’s Communal Sharing of “Ave Maria”

Remembering these words from Bobby McFerrin today as I contemplate our work at On Being and listen to his communal sharing of “Ave Maria” at the Montreal Jazz Festival several years ago:

“This is what I want everyone to experience at the end of my concert is everyone has this sense of rejoicing. I don’t want them to be blown away by what I do, I want them to have this sense of real, real joy from the depths of their being. Because I think when you take them to that place, then you open up a place where grace can come in.”

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is the cofounder of On Being¬†and currently serves as chief content officer and executive editor. He received a Peabody Award in 2007 for his work on “The Ecstatic Faith of Rumi” and garnered two Webby Awards (in 2005, and again in 2008). The Online News Association nominated his journalistic work multiple times in the general excellence and outstanding specialty journalism categories. Trent’s reported and produced stories from Turkey to rural Alabama, from Israel and the West Bank to Cambridge, England.

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