Saturday, January 31, 2009

Singing together

Beloved and I saw Bobby McFerrin in concert last night, along with the wonderful local group Cantus. It was terrific. If you haven't seen Bobby live, GO when you have the opportunity. One thing that's wonderful about seeing a really top-tier artist (of any kind) in concert is that they're absolutely ablaze with that thing they can do. Joy comes spilling off the stage and into your lap. But Bobby has something else, too. He's alive with the power of song in himself, but he also recognizes and lights that spark in his audiences. We got to do this with him:

Singing in community is exceptionally powerful.
You get people together in a room and get them singing,
and you instantly knock down all the walls--
the creeds, the gender, age and race differences.
You're all one at that point, lifting your voices.

Bobby McFerrin


Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

That was amazing.

mompriest said...

I haven't been to a live concert in years...but I do know what you mean about the spirit....what a great experience for you! (Oh, and love that song).

Diane Vogel Ferri said...

I love his quote. I've spent my life singing with other people and I certainly agree.