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It’s time for a new song! Next up is “Happy” by Pharrell Williams, a super fun song that just makes you smile and want to dance whenever you hear it (follow the link to listen to the song while you look through the images). Our last song inspired some beautiful and emotional images, but it was fun to change gears this week and focus on joy and happiness. We hope that our images for this song make you smile! Lyrics to “Happy” can be found at the bottom of the post.

 

MariaRussell-Happy

Maria Russell  |  Maria Russell Photos  |  Flickr

CarolynAnders-Happy

Carolyn Anders  |  Carolyn Anders Photography  |  Facebook

AlaunaPeterson-Happy

Alauna Peterson  |  Alauna Peterson Photography

CaseyMcCauley-Happy

Casey McCauley  |  Casey McCauley Photography  |  Facebook  |  Instagram

BeccaLundin-Happy

Becca Lundin  |  A Life Examined  |  Instagram

KimberlyFyffe-Happy3

Kimberly Fyffe  |  Kimberly Fyffe Documentary Photography  |  Facebook  |  Instagram

JennySwanson-Happy

Jenny Swanson  |  Flickr  |  Instagram

ErinMcCombie-Happy

Erin McCombie |  EGM Photography  |  Facebook  |  Instagram

LucySandeen-Happy

Lucy Sandeen  |  Lucy Elayne Photography  |  Facebook

JodiMay-Happy

Jodi May  |  Jodi May Photography  |  Facebook  |  Instagram

HeatherAvrech-Happy

Heather Avrech  |  Heather Avrech Photography  |  Facebook  |  Instagram

SharonSpall-Happy (1)

Sharon Spall  |  Sharon Spall Photography  |  Facebook  |  Instagram

“Happy” by Pharrell Williams

It might seem crazy what I’m about to say
Sunshine she’s here, you can take a break
I’m a hot air balloon that could go to space
With the air, like I don’t care, baby, by the way

Uh

Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you know what happiness is to you
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like that’s what you wanna do

Here come bad news talking this and that, yeah,
Well, give me all you got, and don’t hold it back, yeah,
Well, I should probably warn you I’ll be just fine, yeah,
No offense to you, don’t waste your time
Here’s why

Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you know what happiness is to you
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like that’s what you wanna do

Hey
Go
Uh

Bring me down
Can’t nothing
Bring me down
My level’s too high
Bring me down
Can’t nothing
Bring me down
I said (let me tell you now)
Bring me down
Can’t nothing
Bring me down
My level’s too high
Bring me down
Can’t nothing
Bring me down
I said

Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you know what happiness is to you
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like that’s what you wanna do

Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you know what happiness is to you
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like that’s what you wanna do

Hey
Go
Uh

Bring me down… can’t nothing…
Bring me down… my level’s too high…
Bring me down… can’t nothing…
Bring me down, I said (let me tell you now)

Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you know what happiness is to you
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like that’s what you wanna do

Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you know what happiness is to you
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like that’s what you wanna do

Hey
C’mon

Our new featured song is “The Sound of Silence” by Simon and Garfunkel (follow the link to listen to the song to help set the tone). This classic, timeless song certainly sets a different mood than some of our more upbeat songs that we have used so far, which allowed for some different interpretations this time around. That is the beauty of this project. Music has a profound ability to set moods and stir emotions within us that can inspire us in so many different ways. We hope you enjoy our interpretations for this song, and we hope that this song might inspire you to capture “The Sound of Silence” in your own way. As always, lyrics can be found at the bottom of the blog post.

 

SharonSpallSoundOfSilence

Sharon Spall  |  Sharon Spall Photography  |  Facebook  |  Instagram

JocelynMillerSoundOfSilence

Jocelyn Miller  |  Yellow Room Photography  |  Facebook  |  Instagram

JodiMaySoundOfSilence

Jodi May  |  Jodi May Photography  |  Facebook  |  Instagram

CaseyMcCauleySoundOfSilence1

Casey McCauley  |  Casey McCauley Photography  |  Facebook  |  Instagram

LucySandeenSoundsOfSilence

Lucy Sandeen  |  Lucy Elayne Photography  |  Facebook

MariaRussell_SoundOfSilence

Maria Russell  |  Maria Russell Photos  |  Flickr

ErinMcCombieSoundOfSilence

Erin McCombie |  EGM Photography  |  Facebook  |  Instagram

CarolynAndersSoundOfSilence

Carolyn Anders  |  Carolyn Anders Photography  |  Facebook

JennySwansonSoundOfSilence

Jenny Swanson  |  Flickr  |  Instagram

KimberlyFyffeSoundOfSilence

Kimberly Fyffe  |  Kimberly Fyffe Documentary Photography  |  Facebook  |  Instagram

HeatherAvrechSoundOfSilence

Heather Avrech  |  Heather Avrech Photography  |  Facebook  |  Instagram

BeccaLundinSoundOfSilence

Becca Lundin  |  A Life Examined  |  Instagram

“The Sound of Silence” by Simon and Garfunkel

Hello darkness, my old friend.
I’ve come to talk with you again.
Because a vision softly creeping,
Left its seeds while I was sleeping,
And the vision that was planted in my brain
Still remains
Within the sound of silence.

In restless dreams I walked alone.
Narrow streets of cobblestone,
‘Neath the halo of a street lamp,
I turned my collar to the cold and damp
When my eyes were stabbed by the flash of a neon light
That split the night
And touched the sound of silence.

And in the naked light I saw
Ten thousand people, maybe more.
People talking without speaking,
People hearing without listening,
People writing songs that voices never share
And no one dared
Disturb the sound of silence.

“Fools,” said I, “You do not know.
Silence like a cancer grows.
Hear my words that I might teach you.
Take my arms that I might reach you.”
But my words like silent raindrops fell
And echoed in the wells of silence

And the people bowed and prayed
To the neon god they made.
And the sign flashed out its warning
In the words that it was forming.
And the sign said, “The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls
And tenement halls
And whispered in the sounds of silence.”

It’s time for a new song! Next up is “Looking Up” by SafetySuit, an upbeat song about hope, staying positive, and believing that good things will happen. If you click on the link, you can listen to the song as you peruse through the photos. Lyrics to “Looking Up” can be found at the bottom of this post.

LucySandeenLookingUpLucy Sandeen  |  Lucy Elayne Photography  |  Facebook

BeccaLundinLookingUp1000

Becca Lundin  |  A Life Examined  |  Instagram

JennySwansonLookingUp

Jenny Swanson  |  Flickr  |  Instagram

HeatherAvrechLookingUp

Heather Avrech  |  Heather Avrech Photography  |  Facebook  |  Instagram

SharonSpallLookingUp

Sharon Spall  |  Sharon Spall Photography  |  Facebook  |  Instagram

JodiMayLookingUp

Jodi May  |  Jodi May Photography  |  Facebook  |  Instagram

AlaunaPetersonLookingUp

Alauna Peterson  |  Alauna Peterson Photography

CaseyMcCauleyLookingUpwatermark

Casey McCauley  |  Casey McCauley Photography  |  Facebook  |  Instagram

AngelinaVannessLookingUp

Angelina Vanness  |  Angelina V Photography  |  Facebook  |  Instagram

“Looking Up” by Safetysuit

Call it a feeling
Call it a premonition
Things are about to go my way
You don’t have to see it
Just believe it’s coming
Some things are bound to change

Then I see twenty dollars in the street
High five the next person I see
Kick back to the guy with the sign
I’ll be fine
I’d say things are looking up

I’d say they’re looking up
Take all my trouble cause I had enough
I’d say they’re looking up
And I’m feeling so fine
I’d say they’re looking up
Take on whatever cause I’m feeling tough
You say I’m going down
But I’m feeling so fine

It’s all in how you see it
Just a little bit of misdirection
Sometimes you gotta tell yourself that the best is to come and the worst times are gone
See some see a rain cloud and say, “no”
I see a crop about to grow
Some see a cancer killing me
I see a couple IVs that I’ll use, then I’ll beat

Then I see twenty dollars in the street
High five the next person I see
Kick back to the guy with the sign
I’ll be fine
I’d say things are looking up

I’d say they’re looking up
Take all my trouble cause I had enough
I’d say they’re looking up
And I’m feeling so fine
I’d say they’re looking up
Take on whatever cause I’m feeling tough
You say I’m going down
But I’m feeling so fine

Don’t know what’s coming next
I got this feeling
Don’t have the answers yet
They’re coming, they’re coming
Don’t know what’s coming next
But I got this feeling
Don’t have the answers
But I’d say things are looking up

I’d say they’re looking up
Take all my trouble cause I had enough
I’d say they’re looking up
And I’m feeling so fine
I’d say they’re looking up
Take on whatever cause I’m feeling tough
You say I’m going down
But I’m feeling so fine

I’d say they’re looking up

I’d say they’re looking up
(I say we go back to the way that we were when we were younger)
I’d say they’re looking up
(I say we go back to the way that we were when we were younger)
But I’m feeling so fine

Our next song is “Living in the Moment” by Jason Mraz, a positive, upbeat song bound to make you smile. Its central message focuses on living in the present and letting go of the past. Enjoy life as it happens instead of wasting time worrying about what you can’t control. We recommend finding this song and listening to it as you read through this post to set the mood and uplift your day. As always, lyrics to “Living in the Moment” can be found at the bottom of this post.

JennySwansonLivingInTheMoment

Jenny Swanson  |  Flickr  |  Instagram

CaseyMcCauleyLivingInTheMoment

Casey McCauley  |  Casey McCauley Photography  |  Facebook  |  Instagram

LucySandeenLivingInTheMoment

Lucy Sandeen  |  Lucy Elayne Photography  |  Facebook

JodiMayLivingInTheMoment

Jodi May  |  Jodi May Photography  |  Facebook  |  Instagram

SharonSpallLivingInTheMoment

Sharon Spall  |  Sharon Spall Photography  |  Facebook  |  Instagram

BeccaLundinLivingInTheMoment

Becca Lundin  |  A Life Examined  |  Instagram

JocelynMillerLivingInTheMoment

Jocelyn Miller  |  Yellow Room Photography  |  Facebook  |  Instagram

ErinMcCombieLivingInTheMoment

Erin McCombie |  EGM Photography  |  Facebook  |  Instagram

HeatherAvrechLivingInTheMoment1

Heather Avrech  |  Heather Avrech Photography  |  Facebook  |  Instagram

“Living in the Moment” by Jason Mraz

If this life is one act
Why do we lay all these traps?
We put them right in our path
When we just wanna be free

I will not waste my days
Making up all kinds of ways
To worry about all the things
That will not happen to me

So I just let go of what I know I don’t know
And I know I’ll only do this by
Living in the moment
Living our life
Easy and breezy
With peace in my mind
With peace in my heart
Peace in my soul
Wherever I’m going, I’m already home
Living in the moment

I’m letting myself off the hook for things I’ve done
I let my past go past
And now I’m having more fun
I’m letting go of the thoughts
That do not make me strong
And I believe this way can be the same for everyone

And if I fall asleep
I know you’ll be the one who’ll always remind me
To live in the moment
To live my life
Easy and breezy
With peace in my mind
With peace in my heart
Got peace in my soul
Wherever I’m going, I’m already home

I can’t walk through life facing backwards
I have tried
I tried more than once to just make sure
And I was denied the future I’d been searching for
But I spun around and hurt no more
By living in the moment
Living my life
Easy and breezy
With peace in my mind
With peace in my heart
Got peace in my soul
Wherever I’m going, I’m already home

I’m living in the moment
I’m living my life
Just taking it easy
With peace in my mind
Got peace in my heart
Got peace in my soul
Oh, wherever I’m going, I’m already home

I’m living in the moment
I’m living my life
Oh, easy and breezy
With peace in my mind
Peace in my heart
Peace in my soul
Wherever I’m going, I’m already home
I’m living in the moment

Our first featured song is “Our House” by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. We encourage you to take a moment to find and listen to this wonderful, classic song to set the mood as you scroll through the images, looking at each photographer’s unique interpretation. Lyrics to “Our House” can be found at the bottom of this post.

BeccaLundinOurHouse
Becca Lundin  |  A Life Examined  |  Instagram

AngelinaVannessOurHouse

Angelina Vanness  |  Angelina V Photography  |  Facebook  |  Instagram

LucySandeenOurHouse

Lucy Sandeen  |  Lucy Elayne Photography  |  Facebook

SharonSpallOurHouse1

Sharon Spall  |  Sharon Spall Photography  |  Facebook  |  Instagram

MariaRussellOurHouse2

Maria Russell  |  Maria Russell  |  Flickr

JennySwansonOurHouse

Jenny Swanson  |  Flickr  |  Instagram

HeatherAvrechOur HouseHeather Avrech  |  Heather Avrech Photography  |  Facebook  |  Instagram

JodiMayOurHouse

Jodi May  |  Jodi May Photography  |  Facebook  |  Instagram

CaseyMcCauleyOurHouse

Casey McCauley  |  Casey McCauley Photography  |  Facebook  |  Instagram

ErinMcCombieOurHouse

Erin McCombie |  EGM Photography  |  Facebook  |  Instagram

AlaunaPetersonOurHouseAlauna Peterson  |  Alauna Peterson Photography

CarolynAndersOurHouse

Carolyn Anders  |  Carolyn Anders Photography  |  Facebook

JocelynMillerOurHouse

Jocelyn Miller  |  Yellow Room Photography  |  Facebook  |  Instagram

KimberlyFyffeOurHouse1

Kimberly Fyffe  |  Kimberly Fyffe Documentary Photography  |  Facebook  |  Instagram

“Our House” by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

I’ll light the fire, you place the flowers in the vase that you bought today.
Staring at the fire for hours and hours while I listen to you
Play your love songs all night long for me, only for me.

Come to me now and rest your head for just five minutes, everything is good.
Such a cozy room,
The windows are illuminated by the evening sunshine through them,
Fiery gems for you, only for you.

Our house is a very, very, very fine house with two cats in the yard,
Life used to be so hard,
Now everything is easy ’cause of you and our—

La, la, la

Our house is a very, very, very fine house with two cats in the yard,
Life used to be so hard,
Now everything is easy ’cause of you and our—

I’ll light the fire, while you place the flowers in the vase that you bought today.