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Happy (And You Know It!)

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Happiness is one of the most basic human emotions and a feeling composers often express through music. But what makes music sound joyful? Hear how Pharrell Williams, Ludwig van Beethoven, Red Velvet, Prince Nico Mbarga and John Coltrane have conveyed happiness through their music.

Stuff to think about after you’ve listened:

  • What are some sounds that you associate with happiness? 
  • What are songs that you listen to when you are experiencing happiness? What made you choose these songs? 

Ready to explore more music about happiness? Check out this playlist on Spotify or Apple:

This is one of eight Music Blocks episodes exploring how musicians express emotions through sound. You can listen in any order.

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Find more discussion questions and playlists at MusicBlocksPodcast.org.

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Music Blocks is a production of Colorado Public Radio's Audio Innovations Studio.

Hosts and Producers: Luis Antonio Perez and Rebekah Romberg

Editors: Jo Erickson and Dennis Funk

Education Advisor: Carla Aguilar, Ph.D.  

Executive Producer: Brad Turner

Thank you: Monika Vischer at CPR Classical, Bruce Trujillo and Willobee Carlan at Indie 102.3, Jodi Gersh, Kim Nguyen, Mia Rincón, Clara Shelton, Hart Van Denburg, and all the teachers and students who shared feedback and attended virtual focus groups as we developed this podcast. 

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