Don’t Worry, Be Happy, Sing the Ave Maria

Bobby McFerrin

He is a gentle, happy man.  A ten-time Grammy Award winner, a virtuoso vocalist and conductor, Bobby McFerrin is best known for his 1988 hit “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.”Bobby McFerrin’s peaceful, joy-filled improvisations well up in a heart that is attuned to God.  His family was deeply religious, and music was one of the ways that they prayed and worshipped.McFerrin’s spiritual music includes a unique rendition of the Twenty-Third Psalm which he dedicated to his mother.  In an interview with … [Read more...]

CELEBRATING THE ANNUNCIATION IN A BIG WAY: Happy Birthday, Mr. Monaghan!

I wasn't really there, in the orphanage.  My imagination is at work and has produced, no doubt, a jumble of truths and conjecture and flourishes.  But here is the story, as I see it. *     *     *     *     * The boy was only four when his father, a truck driver, died, leaving him with his brother and his young mother to fend for themselves.  Try as she might, his mother couldn’t afford to keep her children in her care; and so when he was six she placed the boy and his younger brother in foster c … [Read more...]


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