” Happiness ” is by David Nyro, the American Singer-songwriter from Seattle in the US. The song was written by David Nyro. Production for the single was by David Nyro and Jakael Tristram, who also engineered the track. Jakael gained a certificate of completion, audio engineering from the Institute of Audio Research and is the current owner of Triple Ring.
The song was mastered by Tom Coyne. Tom is an American mastering engineer with years of experience working with a variety of artists. The 4x Grammy Award-winning mastering engineer’s first big success came with Kool and the Gang and their 1980 number eight Billboard Hot 100 Chart single ” Ladies Night “. He has also worked with Beyonce, One Direction, Taylor Swift, Black Box, Billy Ocean, Tribe Called Quest and De La Soul.
” Happiness ” was recorded in late 2015 at the Robert Lang Studios, north of Seattle. The legendary, world-class recording studio has over the years been used by some of the most prominent recording artists including Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Presidents of the United States of America and Linkin Park.
Featured on the track in addition to David’s piano solo is pianist Krystle Macza, who at the age of 18 made her orchestral debut with the South Arkansas Symphony performing Mozart’s piano concerto in A Major, K. 488. Krystle is an active performing pianist and piano teacher.
The string arrangement was made by Andrew Joslyn, the Hungarian-American composer, orchestrator, film scorer and violinist. In 2017, Andrew composed an original score for American Violence, his first feature-length film which starred Denise Richards, Bruce Dern, and Kaiwi Lyman-Mersereau.
Also featured in David’s composition is the cellist, Rebecca Chung Filice. As a session musician, Rebecca has worked with many artists including Judy Collins, Mary Lambert, Idina Menzel, David Bazan, and Mark Lanegan. She has also worked with ensembles like the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Degenerate Art Ensemble, and Il Divo.
” Happiness ” is about the disappointment and frustration with the concept of what happiness truly means. Lyrically David is searching for the meaning of happiness which is often defined by others in society, our time at school, our upbringing, family movies, television, songs we hear and the books we read.
David explained his inspiration behind the song ” People don’t even know what it is or what it looks and feels like, even when they find it, or it crosses their path. It’s built up into this mythical, almost unattainable unicorn. Lots of delusions going on. And one’s ego is constantly blocking us from true awareness, grace, peace and love “.
He uses the analogy of ” the beautiful dress in a store with no doors “, the idea is we can see it, but can’t ever wear it or own it.
” Happiness ” is a song that searches for real meaning and concludes that happiness is indeed a frame of mind and has very little to do with money, job, status, material things.
The accompanying music video was shot by Michael Dimitre and was filmed mostly in The Episcopal Trinity Church in Seattle, one of the oldest churches in the city. The church dates back to before the Civil War, designated a Seattle Landmark in 1976 it was later added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.
Rob Ross, writing for PopDose.com was impressed with the song saying it ” hearkens back to the classic songcraft of the 60s and 70s but still retains a modern edge “.
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