Thursday, August 04, 2005
Faced with mounting debts, McFerrin abandons "Be Happy" philosophy
"I was young, I was impressionable, and I honestly didn't know how bad life could get," said McFerrin in a statement that looked like it was written on a typewriter with visible tear stains on the page. "I got Robin Williams to appear in my music video and I truly felt that I would use that song as a platform to bigger and better things. I was sorely mistaken."
McFerrin has since worked with various city symphonies to attempt a pathetic comedy routine mixed with classical music, a strategy that effectively alienates both comedy fans and classical music fans and resulted in no money for the dreadlocked failure.
Close friends who requested anonymity report that McFerrin has holed himself up and is listening to an inordinate amount of Ice-T music.
In a telephone interview, McFerrin acknowledged that he had been listening to the album "OG" on repeat for weeks.
"While I was singing that stupid shit about being happy no matter what, Ice-T was ten steps ahead of me by capturing the anguish of life. I am particularly taken with the lyrics 'There'll be no tears/No screams or cries/Just a laser beam between your fucking eyes' on his track Pulse of the Rhyme. He really understands what it's like to be poor and desparate."
McFerrin has asked that any remaining fans please send donations to:
The Bobby McFerrin Fund
300 De La Rosa Blvd.
Compton, CA 90021