What Studying with Bobby McFerrin has Meant to Me

A friend asked me what studying with Bobby McFerrin has meant to me, musically and personally. She’d hoped to get a concise answer, one or two lines she could quote from for a piece she’s writing for me. That, apparently, was not meant to be, because here’s what I came up with:

On the one hand, I wouldn’t want to overstate how much Bobby’s been a musical influence of mine. By the time I first heard of him (around the time his album “Simple Pleasures” came out in 1988), I’d already had a bunch of formative musical experiences, written some songs, sang in my first rock bands and an a cappella group. I’d not yet gotten my real music training, nor my real introduction to Jazz. Continue reading “What Studying with Bobby McFerrin has Meant to Me”

Teams; or, Singing Together as Metaphor for Inter-Personal Action

My favorite comic book was X-Men, and all the related comics. (I used to read/collect comics. Deal.) One of the things I liked about these particular titles is also exemplified in a fight sequence from the movie “The Incredibles.” It’s not that the individual members of the X-Men team were more powerful than the foes they faced. It’s that when they trained, they practiced ways to use each members’ individual strengths to best advantage. Continue reading “Teams; or, Singing Together as Metaphor for Inter-Personal Action”