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Bobby Mcferrin Quotes

Bobby Mcferrin
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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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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#Delay

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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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#Joy

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The true musician is to bring light into people's hearts.
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I like to use the audience as my color palette, my instrument.
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I grew up in a time when being a musician and learning to be a musician was actually very wonderful.
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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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I've got one week left, and then I'm done for a year. I haven't had a sabbatical, I haven't taken a year off from touring in 15 years at least.
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Bobby Mcferrin
And I just automatically said music. I hadn't really thought about it, but I thought, well I guess I'll be a musician. It was pretty much like that.
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But, if there's any aspect of my career that needs attention, it's writing.
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I did the one concert, and I was not bitten by the conducting bug, and I thought I was done, but then the phone started to ring, and gradually, over time, I started conducting more and more. Now a third of my performances are with orchestras.
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I do a lot of performing, but don't get a chance to go to the studio and write good music.
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I don't want anything to get in the way of me and my singing. I want my mind as clear as possible.
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I have a lot of albums yet to do.
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I like a very dark house, just black. I sit there and just think. Once I'm still and quiet inside, I'll begin. It's very personal; it has to be. One song may be Bach, the next blues, a song from TV, or a nursery rhyme or jazz piece.
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I played piano as a kid; I still play a little bit.
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I prepared five songs, I sang them, and he hired me. I started working about a month later at the piano bar.
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Bobby Mcferrin
I want to write a book of poetry, as well as children's stories.
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Bobby Mcferrin
I want to write more albums. Right now, I release an album every two to three years, but I would like to release one every year.
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I'd actually been making my living as an organist with bands since I was probably 15 or 16 years old, and then as a senior in high school I put together a jazz quintet called The Bobby Mack Jazz Quintet.
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Bobby Mcferrin
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.
Bobby Mcferrin
#American Musician

Bobby Mcferrin
If I can delay that for a moment and bring a little joy... and help them to see things a little differently, then I'll be successful.
Bobby Mcferrin
#American Musician

Bobby Mcferrin
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 biggest musical influences are probably my parents.
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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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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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