Bobby McFerrin is both an extraordinary musician and extraordinary person. He's revolutionized the human voice as an instrument, led symphony orchestras, and collaborated with Chick Corea, Bela Fleck, and Yo Yo Ma, among others. As a human being, he's deeply spiritual, which is reflected in his latest project, Spirityouall, a collection of spirituals dedicated to his father, the operatic baritone Robert McFerrin.
I was thrilled and honored to have Bobby bring a band of amazing musicians into Studio A to perform songs from the CD and also talk with me about his father's influence, his onetime desire to be a monk(!), the power of music as a healing force, and "Don't Worry, Be Happy" as words to live by.