We forget that music, when written by the individual behind the performance, is simply a way of expressing an emotion. That emotion can certainly be feisty independence, but it doesn't mean it has to be, and songs and artists shouldn't be left off the list because they don't fit this dubious criteria.
I think the idea of happiness is often presented by spontaneous behaviour. If you look to movies like Eat Pray Love, Yes Man and Into The Wild, spontaneous travel decisions really seem to make the characters in these films really happy, because they are truly living in the moment and going on their own adventure.
Woodkid (a.k.a.) Yoann Lemoine may be best known for directing the videos to Lana's Born To Die and Blue Jeans and Drake and Rihanna's Take Care, but if you've been paying attention, you will have noticed his multi-million viewed videos for his own tracks namely Iron (starring Agyness Deyn), Run Boy Run and most recently I Love You.
At the ripe old age of 63, Bruce Springsteen returned (if indeed he ever left) for his seventeenth album this year, a massive Hyde Park show, and a lot of campaigning for Obama's re-election. For a man who almost self-parodically sings of the hard-working heart and soul of America, he could certainly never be accused of not practising what he preaches.
When an artist has the backing of some of the music industry's biggest names, you know the future is looking pretty bright. With Prince and Stevie Wonder as fans and Zane Lowe choosing 'Is Your Love Big Enough?' as his 'Hottest Record In The World', Lianne La Havas has already earned herself huge respect with muso's worldwide...