A few years ago I took my husband and stepson to see Bobby McFerrin in concert. I had a feeling it would be a fun show even if I didn't know fully what to expect. Their only familiarity with McFerrin was as the "Don't Worry, Be Happy" guy, so they knew even less about what to expect.
What transpired was a mesmerizing exhibit of vocals as McFerrin performed a one man show using only his voice, the tapping of his feet, and patting his hand on his chest to create fully developed music.
Things got really fun as he started encouraging audience participation. At one point, he slid his chair to the side of the stage and invited anyone who wanted to join him on stage and dance. One at a time, audience members and McFerrin did some improv together- them through dance, he through sound.
Later he invited audience members up to sing with him. They would sing any song they wanted and he would embellish it with his own personal style.
At other times he got the entire audience involved, including during a haunting rendition of Ave Maria. I found a video of him doing just such a performance at another venue and thought I'd share it here.
Bobby McFerrin's vision and ability to be a true leader are inspiring. It restored my faith that people have so much good in them and can work together if only they take a chance.
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