Inspirational Quotes from Bobby McFerrin

Then when I was in grammar school I played the clarinet, and then, after clarinet I played the flute in college orchestra – besides singing in the college chorus and things like that.

Bobby McFerrin

The true musician is to bring light into people’s hearts.

Bobby McFerrin

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.

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

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.

Bobby McFerrin

I like to use the audience as my color palette, my instrument.

Bobby McFerrin

I grew up in a time when being a musician and learning to be a musician was actually very wonderful.

Bobby McFerrin

It’s not that I don’t love the song. My songs are like my children: some you want around and some you want to send off to college as soon as possible.

Bobby McFerrin

My biggest musical influences are probably my parents.

Bobby McFerrin

My father was a very disciplined singer who worked hard at his craft, and I was around that growing up.

Bobby McFerrin

I don’t want anything to get in the way of me and my singing. I want my mind as clear as possible.

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.

Bobby McFerrin

I want to write a book of poetry, as well as children’s stories.

Bobby McFerrin

I have a lot of albums yet to do.

Bobby McFerrin

But, if there’s any aspect of my career that needs attention, it’s writing.

Bobby McFerrin

I do a lot of performing, but don’t get a chance to go to the studio and write good music.

Bobby McFerrin

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.

Bobby McFerrin

I played piano as a kid; I still play a little bit.

Bobby McFerrin

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.

Bobby McFerrin

Then I left that school and I went to Cerritos College, which was in southern California; they had one of the best big band programs in the country at the time.

Bobby McFerrin

I prepared five songs, I sang them, and he hired me. I started working about a month later at the piano bar.

Bobby McFerrin

Well, I started conducting kind of by accident. I wanted to give myself a special birthday present for my fortieth birthday, and I was living in San Francisco at the time and I started attending some of the concerts and then simply dropping hints.

Bobby McFerrin

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.

Bobby McFerrin

Then I came up with this crazy idea just to walk out on the stage with no band at all and just start singing whatever came to mind. I actually fought the idea for a while because it seemed almost too radical, but it became obvious what I was supposed to be doing.

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.

Bobby McFerrin