Saturday, May 04, 2013

Bobby McFerrin
"Simple Pleasures" (Vinyl)

Released in 1988, the lead-off track from this album, "Don't Worry, Be Happy" probably crossed the line into annoying due to extreme overexposure.  A commercial break-through, that single won McFerrin a triple platinum-selling album, multiple Grammy awards and household recognition.

McFerrin's unique multi-tracked vocal stylings were featured by Bill Cosby and Ocean Spray, but none of this should diminish the phenomenal talent that is Bobby McFerrin.  With an exceptional vocal and musical range, McFerrin is able to mimik and accompany himself with a library of doo-wops, hand slaps and an uncanny ear.

Since this age, McFerrin has set up shop as an educator and conductor, regularly appearing to speak on music and improvisation, sharing his talents while helping the rest of us that we are capable of more than we think we are.

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