Friday, February 21, 2014

This Might Make You Happy.

Pharrell Williams, 'Happy' on Vimeo.

You've probably heard the song, but you might not be aware of how much interest there has been in the video. The experience was replicated by a group in Dakar, a city in Senegal, on the Atlantic coast of Africa. In the Dakar Version, it's the same song, with a group of people from that city dancing and clapping along because that's what they want to do. Maybe New Haven should have its own version.

Pharrell Williams, the music producer and performer who made his breakout with The Neptunes in the 1990's, recently produced a song called "Happy," and the video contains a whole lot of singing and dancing and people basically being, well, happy. Two days ago, the song reached Ranked #1 on the Billboard Chart. The song is from the "Despicable Me 2" Soundtrack.

The Dakar Version serves as the inspiration for this project, designed by photographer and occasional New Haven Independent and ILoveNewHaven correspondent Uma Ramiah. She would like to film a version of the song in New Haven, starring you and your friends at various locations throughout the city, and she welcomes you to be involved in this project in the springtime.

If you think happiness is the truth, like the Facebook Page
Also worth mentioning: Pharrell's "24 Hours of Happy" project, which is a uniquely built website with twenty-four hours of footage that you can browse, of people dancing and lip-syncing to the original song in a format that resembles the original video in many ways.

The New Haven "Happy" video does not have a set date yet, but if you follow the Facebook page, it will be more likely that you'll get the announcement when the time is right. It's slated for Springtime, wisely, as it will be easier to find more genuinely happy people, once warm weather returns.

Getting Involved

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1.  Like the Facebook Page
There's a neat page that just went up recently. If you "like" it, you'll be informed when the time that the video is being produced will occur.

2.  Email the Organizer
You can email the organizer (URamiah@Gmail.Com) for more information - particularly if you'd like to get involved in recording and production.