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Bobby McFerrin - Spirityouall / iRock Jazz interview

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Every once in a while, an artist comes along who is so phenomenally talented that it almost seems unfair to every other artist.  For me, one such person is Bobby McFerrin.  I remember listening to "Peace," sung by McFerrin and written by the incomparable Horace Silver, and being moved beyond words by the beauty of the song. And now, some 30 years later, after reading the news about wars, kidnapped schoolgirls, planes being shot down and all the other ills that face our world, when I listen to that same song, it still brings a sense of calm to my spirit.  So, it's no surprise to me that McFerrin's latest endeavor is aptly titled, spirityouall. 

I have often wondered who or what could have influenced McFerrin to have the ability to sing and perform in such a manner that is so universal, and when he was asked that very question, in an interview with iRock Jazz, he stated, "I was lucky to grow up in a house filled with music.  Beethoven, Mozart, Bach, The Beatles, Fred Astaire, Louis Armstrong, Etta Jones. Top 40 radio. Anything and everything."  Therefore, it makes sense to me that his music should be able to speak to the spirits of anyone and everyone who listens.

As Bobby McFerrin continued his conversation with iRock Jazz, he discussed the spirityouall project, his early beginnings, the affect "Don't Worry Be Happy," had on his career, as well as the key to his longevity in the business.  His interview informs, but it also explains how all of his musical influences and his upbringing allow him to touch the spirit in us all. READ THE FULL iRock Jazz INTERVIEW.