Day 2 - Happiness is Muisc

“Seeing joy on the map // Making bliss my destination”

Written and Performed by: Evan DeVries
Bass: Alex Rushka
Keys: Jasper Burik
Mixed by: Michael Cupp

VLOG #2

LYRICS

Happiness is music
When I’m cruising
And I’m next to you  
Do you feel it too?
Yeah you do
Yeah these tunes sound the best with you 
Happiness is music
When I’m cruising
And I’m next to you  
Do you feel it too?
Yeah you do
Yeah these tunes sound the best with you 

I’m sick and tired
Of the confusion
We could lose it
Yeah? 
Cause did you know it’s pointless
Lose our focus
What you here to do?
It’s time to reconsider
How did I figure?
Let it go
Of all the pressure on my person just to let it go

Cause right now is the time
I’ma get it
Yeah I’ma get it
I’ma get it right  
Right now is the time
I’ma get it
I’ma get it
I’ma get it right
Right now is the time
Yeah I’ma get it
I’ma get it right
I’ma get it right  
Right now is the time
The time 

Happiness is music
When I’m cruising
And I’m next to you
Do you feel it too?
Yeah you do
Yeah these tunes sound the best with you 

Seeing joy on the map
Making bliss my destination
Know what you want and choose
You’ll follow through you’ll never lose
Cause moving forward
Will bring you straight home from the station
You’ll find it deep inside yeah you will
Your permanent vacation  

Cause right now is the time
I’ma get it
Yeah I’ma get it
I’ma get it right  
Right now is the time
I’ma get it
I’ma get it
I’ma get it right
Right now is the time
Yeah I’ma get it
I’ma get it right
I’ma get it right
Right now is the time
The time

STORY

I was first introduced to the genre of Neo-Soul music in 2015 when I heard D’Angelo’s music. Neo-soul is was a movement in the late 1990’s onward that tried to move away from the slightly sterile sounds of commercial R&B at the time. Artists like Erykah Badu, JDilla and The Roots helped popularize the genre.I tried to soak up this influence as much as I could to create today’s song, Happiness is Music. It’s my nod to the intricate chords, deep grooves and introspective lyrics that characterize Neo-Soul.

At the time I wrote this lyric, a source of my happiness was derived from the simple act of driving around and listening to music with someone I cared for. At the same time, I still had my longings for success with music and wanted to be sure I was progressing with it. I think there is a lot of power in deciding what direction you want to go and going for it full-steam ahead. There are lyrical themes about knowing what you want and committing to it all the way.

This has always been a pressing issue for me — figuring out a way to make a living from doing what I love. To me, this song is about deciding what we think we will most enjoy and going all out to pursue it.

PERFORMANCE VIDEOS

MEET THE MUSICIANS

Jasper Burik plays keys on every song on “Easy".” We met in LA through a mutual friend and we still meet up to write songs together. Jasper is also a talented songwriter and multi-instrumentalist making music under the moniker Dogs//Dogs//Dogs.

Jasper Burik plays keys on every song on “Easy".” We met in LA through a mutual friend and we still meet up to write songs together. Jasper is also a talented songwriter and multi-instrumentalist making music under the moniker Dogs//Dogs//Dogs.

The man behind the bass on “Easy” is none other than LA’s Alex Rushka. Alex and I have been long time friends, and his comfort in genres from reggae to soul helped shape this EP immensely. We’ve been housemates and band mates in the past, he’s my brother in music!

The man behind the bass on “Easy” is none other than LA’s Alex Rushka. Alex and I have been long time friends, and his comfort in genres from reggae to soul helped shape this EP immensely. We’ve been housemates and band mates in the past, he’s my brother in music!