Thursday, September 24, 2009

"Pentatonic" fun!

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

I am in a busy week full of 'stuff' to do and take care of so not getting around to much more posting...but in my searching out intervals for the various pentatonic (and other) musical scales from around the world, this particular video segment popped up and I though you might enjoy it, even if you're not a musician. Just click on it to play.

Bobby McFerrin is an amazing vocalist...I have not delved into the above conference to read anymore about it, but if Bobby is a part, I'm all ears. Many moons ago I worked in Atlanta, and Bobby McFerrin was in concert at the Fox theater there. I had recently purchased his "Don't Worry Be Happy" album and had it almost memorized by the time the concert came to town.

Paid for a phenomenal seat 3 rows from the front, almost dead center...and as he does in most concerts he asks for some volunteers from the audience. I know you think I might be shy (NOT!) but I immediately raised my hand and was picked first. 8 of us were brought up on stage, and he split us into 4 pairs, giving each of us a specific vocal riff to sing. After getting us up to speed, he went into his classic improvisational singing with us doo-wopping, kinda sorta...and I am here to say that after he finished and shook our hands, I didn't want to wash it ever again!

So I hear there may be uninterrupted sunshine in the Carolinas by Monday? What a novel idea....!

1 comment:

Ann said...