Bobby McFerrin says technology is making us impatient listeners

Ten-time Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, musician and conductor Bobby McFerrin caught up with the Huffington Post’s tech editor Bianca Bosker after his speech at the ongoing 2011 TED conference in California for a brief interview where McFerrin shared his thoughts on how technology is changing the way we listen to music by making us lose our patience with listening. He said:

“I think we’re losing our patience with listening. I know that when I’m listening on my iPod, I do a lot of searching–I’ll play twelve bars of a piece then say, ‘no, I don’t want to listen to that,’ then I go on to something else. When I was a kid growing up and we bought albums, we treated them with such reverence, we would listen to every single cut, first to last, whether we liked the pieces or not, we were patient enough to at least give the [pieces] a chance. I’m finding that in today’s technological world we’ve become more and more impatient, and that we don’t take time to let things soak or steep.”

He also talks about what inspires his music and not having any artist in the current music landscape that inspires him or that he finds “really genuine” as well as not using facebook or twitter. When asked what he thought of the aforementioned social media technologies, he had this to say:

“I always marvel that people are willing to share intimate secrets with people they barely even know. I keep my opinions to myself, they’re mine. I don’t feel like I need to share everything with other people. That’s one thing about technology–we almost feel like we’re obligated to talk about ourselves. Why? I don’t understand. [It’s almost as though] if you’re not talking about yourself, you’re not being honest…I just don’t want to because I don’t think it’s important. People can be thinking about other things a lot more important than me.”

Read the full interview here