03. August 2009 · 5 comments · Categories: Videos

Bobby McFerrin came to work with San Jose Symphony (RIP) several times. He is a total joy, and I wish we’d see him at Symphony Silicon Valley sometime. Sounds and Fury brought my attention to the following video:

World Science Festival 2009: Bobby McFerrin Demonstrates the Power of the Pentatonic Scale from World Science Festival on Vimeo.

He did this kind of thing with our audience as well. And it worked, just as it does with this audience.

Ya gotta love it! (If you don’t I won’t be your friend. So there!)


  1. Wow, that’s so much fun!

  2. I hope this isn’t too weird, but I get a whole Close Encounters-vibe from this video somehow.

    I’d be fascinated to see an actual study – I thought the audience was amazing in their ability to follow him – he only sang what, maybe four of the notes?

  3. It was really fun, Cooper & Tim, when I was at a concert and he did this. I promise you it really DID work. After he did it with our audience he joyfully said something like, “See? You CAN make music” … or “read music” … something like that. He also, sadly at the concert I had to skip, had the orchestra SING their parts to the “Lone Ranger” part of William Tell Overture. (I had opera and had to skip that one.) He does that frequently as well.

  4. He also does this frequently:

  5. Gee … I have this and another McFerrin fave … I think I’ll post both on the blog. Stay tuned! (Literally and figuratively …?!)

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