Happiness Is: Finding joy in music

Jacob Parker

Some scholars estimate that music was a part of early civilization rituals. It’s been integral to daily life for countless years, cultures and locations. 

Different kinds of music bring out different emotions within us in a deep and complex way. Different songs and melodies can evoke a variety of levels within one emotion. 

In the same way, happiness is an emotion felt differently according to the situation. Often times, humans connect music with memory. Finding happiness is finding the music to go with your daily life.

Happiness is twerking after Beyoncé says “Let me hear you say ‘hey miss Carter’” and after the beat drops in “Partition.” 

Happiness is listening to “Lighting Bolt” by Jake Bugg while having a morning coffee and walk with your dog. 

Happiness is making sure that “Good Day” by Nappy Roots is on any Bowling Green soundtrack, no matter how many times it has been played before. 

Happiness is blasting any Motown song while doing chores.

Happiness is playing either version of “Take the Time” by Tiny Tiny and dancing in the kitchen as dinner cooks. 

Happiness is having Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World” playing softly while surveying the color change that fall brings.

Happiness is cruising around to “Things Are Changin’” by Gary Clark Jr. after deciding to let go of past afflictions. 

Happiness is the memory of a friend’s muffled rendition of “Jingle Bells” after a night out.

Happiness is rapping with your best friend to Kendrick Lamar.

Happiness is putting on “Only Love” by Ben Howard when it’s time for candlelight, throw pillows and a little midnight wooing for you and that special someone.