It’s the first day of Spring on the Calendar, and time to celebrate with some shades of happiness. First up, the brilliant opening credits to Portlandia, the wacky ode to The City of Roses from the off-center minds of Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, set to “Feel it all around” by the singer-songwriter Washed Out. Beautiful mix of music and imagery that gets me every time. Hey Mr. Mayor! Can we make this the new official City Song? (And if you haven’t seen Portlandia…what are you waiting for?)
How about some long-delayed happiness captured on camera, as Stanford University scientist Andrei Dmitriyevich Linde— one of the main authors of the “inflationary cosmology” – e.g., what happened after the Big Bang – gets his entire life’s work validated? “Happy” seems too mild a word for the powerful, deep sensation….but it makes me want to watch it again.
And finally, the Detroit Academy of the Arts and Sciences kids getting all “Happy.” with Pharrell’s hit. Sure, it’s gone viral…and why not? How can you not see this and smile?