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The Happiness Project: Mrs. Morris

Musician Charles Spearin lives with his family in a lively neighborhood in downtown Toronto. A year ago, Charles decided to invite neighbors and friends over to conduct interviews loosely based around the topic of happiness.

2009 / Charles Spearin / Arts & Crafts, Canada

Musician Charles Spearin lives with his family in a lively neighborhood in downtown Toronto. A year ago, Charles decided to invite neighbors and friends over to conduct interviews loosely based around the topic of happiness.

He then edited their musings with an ear for rhythm and tune and arranged their voices into a collection of songs. From Mrs. Morris's thoughts on happiness and love to young Ondine's complaints about almond butter on her toast, The Happiness Project blurs the lines between speaking and singing, and reveals the meaning and melody in these small, neighborly moments.

Two more selections from the Happiness Project, Ondine and Vanessa, are featured in the Extra section below.


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Charles Spearin

Charles Spearin is a multi-instrumentalist who has been an active and influential member of Canada's independent music community since the mid-1990s. He is primarily known as a founding member of the instrumental post-rock ensemble Do Make Say Think and an original member of the indie-rock collective Broken Social Scene.


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