I like to serve breakfast for the M & M girls, while they sit
and watch “Dora the Explorer” and “Bubble Guppies.” This is always
before we head off, with bellies full, for adventures! I sat on the
other side of the room, watching my little dining room television,
sipping on my coffee and eating my hot breakfast.
I like to reflect on this t.v’s history and share with you, it
includes being in my youngest daughter’s old bedroom in the house
we sold, along with her University of Dayton dorm room! I was
watching, CBS Sunday Morning. The next guest ‘up’ for an interview
was Pharrell Williams.
The girls jumped up, luckily with no waffles and syrup dripping all
over them, to dance to Pharrell Williams’ song, “Happy.” I had not
read much about his background, so I was thrilled that they were
going to share personal details about someone who I have admired
since the first Awards’ ceremony held in 2014, along with his
participation in the Beatles’ 50th Anniversary Celebration.
This interview held genuine ‘gold nuggets’ to share about his life!
If you caught the broadcast, this may remind you of how far this
man has come! Another great interview, with Oprah, shows more of
his sincere and humble side. The cameras ‘roll’ while he cries
tears of joy, watching how people all around the world, take their
video cameras (or cell phones) and film themselves dancing in the
streets to the song he wrote, “Happy.”
Pharrell was 41 when he was honored to be chosen to write the
theme song and perform for the “Despicable Me 2” movie. The first
animated children’s film has a great story line about children in
an orphanage and a ‘grumpy’ irritated man and his ‘minions.’ These
adorable children and ‘minions’ bond, long before the older man
realizes how much he cares about the three little ones. I have
covered the first movie in another post but look forward to seeing
the second one, in DVD form.
Pharrell had been singing for quite some time, from early childhood
up through his high school years. He released his first single in
2003 and his first Cd, in 2006. His childhood friend, Shay Haley and
he had formed a band, “The Neptunes.”
It had not worked out at first. Maturity and disparate personalities
held their progress back.
He also has a partner, Chad Hugo, who together they labeled their
production team currently as, “The Neptunes.” They produce hip hop,
soul and R & B musical style record albums. They also have
come up with fashion designer labels, selling clothes that reflect
their unique style.
Now, Chad Hugo, Pharrell Williams and Shay Haley perform as a
group called, “N.E.R.D.” playing rock, funk and hip hop music.
In 2006, Pharrell was noticed and making friends with famous people
like Justin Timberlake. But he still felt his Cd just sat there,
‘spinning its wheels.’
He really wasn’t ‘discovered’ until he sang, “Happy!” I like the
rhythm and blues, easy-going tone that resembles a combination of
Michael Buble and Frank Sinatra. Any age will enjoy this pleasant
song, no matter what genre you usually listen to.
His fashion statement, wearing a Smokey the Bear hat in all the
Awards shows, became popular. Some people feel that “anything
Pharrell touches, turns to gold.”
His story goes back to a spotted high school career of C’s, D’s
and F’s. He was friends with someone who he tried to ‘play out’
in a band, under the name of “The Neptunes.” Shay and his musical
struggles were not horrible, but he was not an ‘overnight success,’
as he had hoped. The friend and he parted ways, before his solo Cd
came out. Now, they are inseparable. Changes had to occur, within
When he completed his Cd in 2006, Pharrell wondered what was
wrong? Why didn’t he just make it ‘big time?’ He was not in the
current frame of mind, he was a little depressed.
Pharrell Williams felt his first solo Cd was a ‘failure.”
After much thought and consideration, he chose to become a better
person. He set aside his ‘ego.’ He felt by studying greats, giving
specific credit to Stevie Wonder, it helped him to figure out why
others were successful.
Pharrell saw that Stevie Wonder’s songs carried uplifting messages
and were of a positive nature. Deep contemplation is part of his
new persona. He depicts a calm, thoughtful man in interviews.
This is apparent in his carefully chosen words to answer questions.
The song, “Happy,” floundered until he ‘took it to the streets,’
letting others jump and dance around, while he sang and did the
same. It is a real experience, authentic in its tone. Pharrell’s
video for the cover song, “Happy,” was completed in November, 2013.
He doesn’t mind being called, “The Happy Man.”
There is a little bit of philosophy and introspection by Pharrell
Williams of his ‘sudden’ fame. How he feels about the hard work it
took for him to get to where he is today. Seven years from the first
Pharrell considers himself, “so thankful.”
He feels nervous to try and analyze, “Why?”
He considers himself “lucky” and feels his “stars have aligned.”
His words impart newfound ‘wisdom’ to those who have dreams.
Pharrell seems to show a mixture of faith and deep thinking,
along with allowing the universe to flow around us.
“Don’t try to figure out how to make money.”
In other words, do what you love and enjoy. He gives
the thoughts to go after what you wish, but don’t
have expectations of how it will come about.
If you should happen to find things fall into place,
“And don’t give yourself too much credit–
because it is not all you.” (I love this one!)
Pharell W. used a metaphor in his parting thoughts:
“It’s not the kite– it’s the air.”