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February 15, 2009

My favorite "Ave Maria"

This may sound silly, but bear with me here: Bobby McFerrin's version of "Ave Maria" blows me away. Well, it's actually his version and the crowd's version. Let me explain. No, wait, I'll let Bobby explain. But I will say this -- this video never ceases to give me goosebumps.

Here's the video ...

I've seen so many videos of opera stars and rock stars singing "Ave Maria" that I'm a little sick of hearing the pristine renditions. I like that McFerrin lets the audience sing the lead. I like that you can't hear the audience too well -- it makes the recording sound ethereal.

I don't know about you, but the first time I watch the average Bobby McFerrin video, I'm amazed by his many vocal talents. Dude can sing! Dude can beatbox! Dude can whistle! All at once!

The second time I watch the average Bobby McFerrin video, I'm kinda "meh" about it. He wears thin pretty quick -- at least for me.

Not this video, though. I've watched it a few times, and it still makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up.


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Posted by Sam Sessa at 12:31 PM | | Comments (2)
Categories: Random stuff


WOW! That's amazing. Thanks for posting this.

call me when he does the Lacrimosa

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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

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