Bobby McFerrin

Bobby McFerrin

Our weekly capsule of Krista Tippett's tweets, Instagram pairings, and strange bits of ephemera observed online.

Remembering these words from Bobby McFerrin today as we contemplate our work at On Being.

"With Alice Rivlin at 81 and Pete Domenici at 80 at Brookings this week — a merger of power and softness I've seen in the wisest people." ~Krista Tippett reflects on her recent interview for the Civil Conversations Project.

He is a genius of improvisation; a genre-bending vocal magician and conductor. And he sings the territory between music, mystery, and spirit. Who better to contemplate the human voice — its delights, its revelations, and its mystery — than Bobby McFerrin?

Here's an improvisational exercise Bobby McFerrin shared with Krista that we'd like you to try. Listen to his easy instructions and try it. Tell us what you think.

Musician, conductor, composer Bobby McFerrin seems to have achieved two disparate levels of fame or infamy depending on who you ask.

Bobby McFerrin

This video from the World Science Festival in 2009 spread like wildfire online. Join along as McFerrin leads the audience in singing the pentatonic scale.

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