Happiness is the first song that I wrote on mandolin. When I wrote it, I really thought it wasn’t much, was ready to throw it away. On a whim, I played it at a jam session at my friend Vance’s on a Thursday night. It was so much liked that it became a standard. It is perhaps the best received of any of my songs. Matthew always says that it has the most commercial possibilities.
The words on the song are fun. There is scatting, so you never know what the song will end up as in performance. I was really pleased to have Vance sit in with us, adding a fiddle solo. The song would have been thrown away without having played it at his house.
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- Steven Burns – Lead Vocals, Mandolin
- Catalina Burns – Bass
- Vance Archer – Fiddle
- David Gibson – Vocals, Guitar
- Holly Burdick – Vocals, Percussion
- Matthew Brooks – Harmonica