I few weeks ago I had to write copy for the Bobby McFerrin concert. My initial thought was, " who wants to see the 'Don't Worry, Be Happy' guy sing". Because I was not familiar with his body of work, I set out to do some research. Guys, did you know that he has 10 Grammy awards? This guy is amazing. He is the original beat boxer. He can do things with his voice that should not be possible.
In my infinite wisdom, I thought this would be a great concert for the kids. In the future, if I mention that I am taking my seven year old son to a 2 hour music event that does not include cartoon characters, please slap me. Certainly I am not in my right mind and need you to give me a reality check. He did pretty well for the first hour because I had threatened him to within an inch of his life. We were in Row G and I told him that the musicians would be able to see him.
I was so happy when Bobby (since we were so close to the stage, I feel that I forged a bond with him and he wouldn't mind me calling him Bobby) decided on the spur of the moment to sing "Blackbird" which is one of my favorite songs. At the end of the song he made a noise that sounded like birds flying, but Ryan heard it much differently. In the whisper that carries over every other sound, Ryan said, "Did he really just fart while he is on stage?!?!?!" As if I needed to be reminded that Ryan sees the world in a whole different light, a few songs later Bobby sang "Joshua Lost the Battle of Jericho". About halfway through the song, Ryan tapped me on the shoulder and asked me, "Why is he singing about Cherry Coke? He must really like it."
This whole concert was amazing. Bobby and his band looked like they were genuinely having a great time though at some points I thought it might have been chemically enhanced. I am still not all that familiar with his work, but when the album drops on May 14th, I think I may have to own it
As a side note, this post is in no way sponsored by Bobby McFerrin or anyone else for that matter. I just really like him now.