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.
I first met Aoife O'Donovan back in 2002 when she came to WFUV with The Wayfaring Strangers, a project that Boston musician Matt Glazer conceived, giving traditional Appalachian songs a jazz treatment. At the time she was all of 19 and studying at Berklee College of Music in Boston, but it was clear she had a gorgeous voice.
Foals' kinetic live shows have anchored the Oxford band artistically, as aptly described by the title of the quintet's powerful third album, 'Holy
Richie Havens was a friend of WFUV, but also the folk community and, thanks to his iconic performance at Woodstock, the whole world. His passing on April 22 of a heart attack at age 72 was profoundly sad for his many fans. I think of Richie as both a mensch and a mystic - with a down-to-earth sense of humor and yet cosmic wisdom. He was a generous, open-hearted man and one of the most riveting performers you'll ever see.