Sunday, August 10, 2014

Happy for Pharrell

Pharrell Williams is quite an amazing singer, musician, producer, philanthropist, and.....person.

I watched him interviewed on CBS's "Sunday Morning," and it was refreshing to see someone as talented as Williams be so down to earth and grateful for his accomplishments.

I'll admit that I had never heard of Williams until the "Happy" song came out. He admits that the movie, "Despicable Me," gave the tune a tremendous boost. 

The catchy song -- which I believe will be timeless, much like The Turtles' "Happy Together" -- cuts across all ages with its joyful message. According to the CBS program, it hit No. 1 in 24 countries. 

Williams, known for his oversized "buffalo" hat, gave most of the credit for his success to those who have been part of his life -- from his grandmother who encouraged him to play the drums to high school music teachers to other artists including Stevie Wonder and Donald Fagen (of Steely Dan).

At the close of the interview, the youthful 41-year-old artist used an analogy of flying a kite to a person's success, noting that it's not the kite but the air that lifts it into the sky that causes it to fly. 

And that's a message that a lot of us seem to forget as we go through life -- it's those around us that truly provide the lift when we put forth the effort.

Since the interview lifted my spirits, I'll close this post with Williams' "Happy":

Until the next time...

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