Pharrell Williams sings a ‘Happy’ song

Having a bad day?

Well, there’s nothing quite like the relief that music provides.  Good music has the indisputable ability to motivate and the power to help us rebound from unpleasant experiences. Many of us have counted on great songs to rescue us from less favorable moments in our lives.

While it’s easy to recall those tunes from the past, today’s music scene appears to suffer from a dearth of such inspiration. Current offerings are often dismissed as colorless and forgettable. Nevertheless, a song occasionally comes along to reassure us that all hope is not lost.

Insert Pharrell Williams, an artist and music producer who has crafted hits that have transcended music genres and eras.  As a producer, he has made musical magic with great artists including Usher, Gwen Stefani, Pitbull,  Jay-Z, Solange, Kendrick Lamar, and Frank Ocean.  Pharrell has also experienced success as one-third of the alternative hip hop/rock band N.E.R.D.

Fresh off of popular collaborations with Daft Punk and Robin Thicke, Pharrell’s latest venture finds him contributing magnificently to the “Despicable Me 2” Soundtrack. For this project, Pharrell plays the dual role of executive producer and artist, and offers ear candy in the form of a fun 1960’s-styled throwback.

The song, entitled “Happy,” is one that totally fulfills its name and purpose.  It is a sonic treasure formulated to temporarily (and effectively) relieve listeners of their blues. With a liveliness reminiscent of songs like Stevie Wonder’s “Fingertips” and Outkast’s 2003 hit “Hey Ya!” it easily provokes involuntary dancing, clapping, and singing along. “Happy” is an aural ray of sunshine.

While one song can’t eliminate all of our problems, it surely can make them a little easier to manage. With this “feel-good ditty,” Pharrell Williams has made a valiant effort to help. His song is perfect for any time of the day (at respectable volumes) and any day of the year.  Its catchiness is insane and will probably add vigor to every listener’s playlist—regardless of preferred musical style.

For those longing for a quick pick-me-up or an aid to fortify an already satisfying day, “Happy” may be exactly what the doctor ordered!

 -Sidney Lawson


Update (1/21/14): In recent weeks, “Happy” has deservedly reached #1 in multiple countries and appears headed towards similar success on the U.S. charts. Additionally, it has earned a nomination for Best Original Song at the 2014 Academy Awards (Oscars), which occurs on Sunday, March 2, 2014.

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