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Then I left that school and I went to Cerritos College,
by 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

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

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

I have a lot of albums yet to do.
- Bobby McFerrin

 

My biggest musical influences are probably my parents.
- 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 don't want anything to get in the way of me and my singing.
I want my mind as clear as possible.
- Bobby McFerrin

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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.
- 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 do a lot of performing, but don't get a chance to
go to the studio and write good music.
- 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 played piano as a kid; I still play a little bit.
- Bobby McFerrin

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

The true musician is to bring light into people's hearts.
- Bobby McFerrin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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'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

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

Choose Inner Peace.
Nothing is worth losing your inner peace.
Take action as circumstances require,
but never surrender your inner peace.
Stop. Breathe deeply.
Close your eyes and breathe deeply again.
Then, and only then, take action -
from a peaceful heart.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one.
- Mother Teresa

Trust yourself, then you will know how to live.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Seek first to understand,
then to be understood.
- Stephen Covey

If you want to make peace with your enemy,
you have to work with your enemy.
Then he becomes your partner.
- Nelson Mandela

We are what we repeatedly do.
Excellence then is not an act, but a habit.
- Will Durant (commonly attributed to Aristotle)

I can't go back to yesterday -
because I was a different person then.
- Lewis Carroll

Once you know yourself as a genuine seeker,
and when your own inner chamber is quite enlightened,
then comes the natural unfoldment of pure love and compassion
and a genuine desire to serve others.
- Rod Stryker

Always listen to the experts.
They'll tell you what can't be done and why.
Then do it.
- Robert Heinlein

Look at everything as though you were seeing it
either for the first or last time.
Then your time on earth will be filled with glory.
- Betty Smith

It is better to conquer yourself
than to win a thousand battles.
Then the victory is yours.
It cannot be taken from you,
not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell.
- The Buddha

To manage your mind,
know that there is nothing,
and then relinquish all attachment to nothingness.
- Lao Tzu

If everyone is moving forward together,
then success takes care of itself.
- Henry Ford

All the works of man have their origin in creative fantasy.
What right have we then to depreciate imagination.
- Carl Jung

First say to yourself what you would be;
then do what you have to do.
- Epictetus

Practice yourself, for heaven's sake in little things,
and then proceed to greater.
- Epictetus

Everything is okay in the end.
If it's not okay, then it's not the end.
- Anonymous

I think that somehow, we learn who we really are
and then live with that decision.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Our real problem, then, is not our strength today;
it is rather the vital necessity of action today
to ensure our strength tomorrow.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

When you see something done,
know that you intended it.
If you don't like what you see,
then deeply examine your intentions.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Start by doing what's necessary;
then do what's possible;
and suddenly you are doing the impossible.
- St. Francis of Assisi

"Begin at the beginning," the King said, very gravely,
"and go on till you come to the end: then stop."
- Lewis Carroll

We must walk consciously only part way toward our goal,
and then leap in the dark to our success.
- Henry David Thoreau

Knowledge is soon changed, then lost in the mist, an echo half-heard.
- Gene Wolfe

Choose wisely - then act decisively. Do it today!
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life is change. Without change, there is no life.
Why then do we so fight against change?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Farewell My Friend
It was beautiful as long as it lasted
The journey of my life.
I have no regrets whatsoever
save the pain I'll leave behind.
Those dear hearts who love and care...
And the strings pulling at the heart and soul...
The strong arms that held me up
When my own strength let me down.
At every turning of my life
I came across good friends,
Friends who stood by me,
Even when the time raced me by.
Farewell, farewell my friends
I smile and bid you goodbye.
No, shed no tears for I need them not
All I need is your smile.
If you feel sad do think of me
for that's what I'll like
when you live in the hearts
of those you love, remember then
you never die.
- Gitanjali Ghei

Believe you can - and then make it happen.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Know, first, who you are, and then adorn yourself accordingly.
- Epictetus

First learn the meaning of what you say, and then speak.
- Epictetus

I wrap the potential for bitterness,
resentment, martyrdom in the blanket of forgiveness
and just set it down.
Then it just melts in the warmth. And goes away.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

If you wish to see the truth,
then hold no opinion for or against.
- Osho

All your anxiety is because of your desire for harmony.
Seek disharmony, then you will gain peace.
- Rumi

This above all: to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.
- William Shakespeare

Today, I will do my best...
and then relax in the knowing
that I have done all I could.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.
- Abraham Lincoln

An inspiring vision - then courageous action.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You need to make a commitment,
and once you make it,
then life will give you some answers.
- Les Brown

Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time,
for that is the stuff that life is made of.
- Benjamin Franklin

Don't ask yourself what the world needs;
ask yourself what makes you come alive.
And then go and do that.
Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.
- Howard Thurman

In the sky, there is no distinction of east and west;
people create distinctions out of their own minds
and then believe them to be true.
- The Buddha

It is any day better to stand erect
with a broken and bandaged head
then to crawl on one's belly,
in order to be able to save one's head.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Does thou love life? Then do not squander time;
for that's the stuff life is made of.
- Benjamin Franklin

You have to learn the rules of the game.
And then you have to play better than anyone else.
- Albert Einstein

If you begin to understand what you are
without trying to change it,
then what you are undergoes a transformation.
- J. Krishnamurti

We first make our habits, then our habits make us.
- John Dryden


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