Quotes by Bobby McFerrin

Bobby McFerrin

American jazz vocalist

Alive from: 1950-

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    But, if there's any aspect of my career that needs attention, it's writing.
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    If I can bring joy into the world, if I can get people to stop thinking about their pain for a moment, or the fact the tomorrow morning they're going to get up and tell their boss off... then I'll be successful.
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    If I can delay that [pain] for a moment and bring a little joy... and help them to see things a little differently, then I'll be successful.
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    It's not that I don't love the song. My songs are like my children: some you want around and some you want to send off to college as soon as possible.
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    Miles Davis turned his back to the audience when he came out on stage, and he offended people. But, he wasn't there to entertain; he was all about the music. I kind of do that.
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    My father was a very disciplined singer who worked hard at his craft, and I was around that growing up.
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    Part of our responsibility as parents, as adults, is to set examples for children. But we have to like children in order to be really happy fulfilled adults.
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    Seriously though, my father was the first African American to sign a contract with the Metropolitan Opera so I grew up with classical music and jazz in the home all the time.
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    Then I came up with this crazy idea just to walk out on the stage with no band at all and just start singing whatever came to mind. I actually fought the idea for a while because it seemed almost too radical, but it became obvious what I was supposed to be doing.
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    Then I left that school and I went to Cerritos College, which was in southern California; they had one of the best big band programs in the country at the time.
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    Then when I was in grammar school I played the clarinet, and then, after clarinet I played the flute in college orchestra - besides singing in the college chorus and things like that.
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    Well, I started conducting kind of by accident. I wanted to give myself a special birthday present for my fortieth birthday, and I was living in San Francisco at the time and I started attending some of the concerts and then simply dropping hints.
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    When I'm on stage by myself, I don't have to think about anything. I don't have to worry about anything because I'm not responsible for anything except just opening my mouth and making sure music comes out.
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