Singing with Bobby McFerrin

It was an awesome weekend.

I’ve recently reevaluated what is most important to me.  When I asked myself why I was experiencing challenge, I immediately heard my inner voice say:
“Make singing your priority.”  

Singing is my joy, my medicine and my ecstasy, and really must be a main focus.

I finally let it be known (sharing publicly to my 4,000+ Facebook friends) that I was prioritizing singing.  It felt great to acknowledge this need!

Seeing my musical role model, Bobby McFerrin, perform is also important to me.  And it just so happened that the evening after I made this proclamation, I attended his concert at Minneapolis’s newly refurbished Orchestra Hall.

As luck – or manifestation – would have it, I ended up on stage with him.

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This fulfilled a dream I had for 10 years!

Harmonizing with my musical hero in front of 2000 people felt downright wonderful and aligned with who I am.

We improvised “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands,” Puccini’s “O Mio Babbino Caro,” and a song in Hebrew that I improvised along with the band, at his request.  We had a humorous back and forth that had the audience LOL’ing (it felt amazing to make 2,000 people laugh).

I was able to sneak words of gratitude to him for being an incredible person + role model into the song; it was improvisation, afterall.

On the way back to my seat I heard a thunderous, enthusiastic applause!  Wow!  I was on fire the rest of the night.

At the end of the concert Bobby had a Q&A session and someone asked:
“What advice would you give to a multi-passionate young person?”

Check out his answer and see why I love this man:

“Follow your dreams, and always dream BIG.  Approach life as if you’re living your dream, NOW.”

I’ve been creating and living my dreams for 10 years.  And one of these dreams was to sing in front of thousands with Bobby….

Someone then asked Bobby, “What is your next dream?” He answered:

Does anyone know James Taylor?  I would like to sing backup for or harmony with him.”

How brilliant that a famous singer still dreams of singing with another famous singer!  I believe he will!

I have found out that in life, when we dream big, take action toward the dreams, have a strong belief that we will live them, and seize opportunities when they arise, our dreams can and do come true!

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In the box below, please share YOUR DREAM…
What is your biggest dream?  Be elaborate with detail, and enjoy the art of writing it out!

I see it happening for you! 

12 Responses to Singing with Bobby McFerrin

  1. Valerie Salley April 23, 2014 at 12:48 PM #

    Ariella….what a great story…so nice to hear you fulfilled this BIG dream…loved the pics but wish there was audio too! My dream is to live in a beautiful natural setting with lots of light coming in my window and I can look out and be inspired by nature every day ….I don’t think I have any big dreams….oh wait…I just thought of one…my dream is to be a writer!. warmly, val

    • Ariella April 23, 2014 at 1:11 PM #

      Val, thank you for sharing your dream/s! Living in the beautiful, natural setting with lots of natural light definitely lends to your writing. I see this for you. Keep envisioning, talking about it, and taking EASY action toward it. You’ll create it in your world!

  2. Carol April 23, 2014 at 1:53 PM #

    Congratulations!!! ~~~~~ !!! You look so natural and free, Ariella! Can only think this decision will nourish every aspect of your existence. It’s fun to visit your site. The colors and life make me happy.

    My dream is to claim my freedom to sing/play/write what’s longing to be expressed – after four years of caregiving, the loss of both my parents, and coming to the half-century mark. Still refilling the well.

    • Ariella April 23, 2014 at 2:41 PM #

      Thank you so much for that reflection, Carol! I do feel like I was ‘ready’ to do this and it was easy to be so natural and free up there. Amazing how things often occur in the perfect time. As for YOUR dream, I love it! And absolutely see this happening for you. Definitely take some risks and start (if you’re not already) making music, allowing yourself to be imperfect. Even 5 mins. / day. And let me know how I can support you along the way!!

  3. Monique April 23, 2014 at 6:21 PM #

    Awesome. My dream is to travel the world with my family singing and inspiring folks with music from my heart and soul, stand up comedy and short sketch performance on beautiful stages in awe inspiring venues with a phenom band I love creating with. To run improv vox workshops for inspired people the next day after concerts. And to have all the support I need with organizing, scheduling and children.

    • Ariella April 24, 2014 at 1:24 PM #

      You are awesome Monique! I SEE those dreams being manifested in reality for… and absolutely agree that it is important you share your voice and incredible spirit + wisdom this way. And I know your needs will be taken care of… <3

  4. Micah Rubin April 23, 2014 at 11:11 PM #

    Wow! So amazing! Congrats and such an inspiration!

  5. Ida Isaacs April 24, 2014 at 3:05 PM #

    To know myself and have tranquility.

    • Ariella April 24, 2014 at 3:53 PM #

      Beautiful, Ida!! I see this naturally occurring for you… as you seek it, it shall appear. 🙂

      • April spring mcferrin November 4, 2014 at 8:30 PM #

        Hi this April mcferrin i am his family love what his doing keep up the good work love you

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