Smile

Album: Happy Hour (2009)
Charted: 31
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Songfacts®:

  • This was the first single released from American singer-songwriter Uncle Kracker's fourth studio album, Happy Hour It was his first outing since Seventy Two and Sunny in 2004.
  • Uncle Kracker told Billboard magazine this is, "probably the most positive song I've ever written." He added that the overall tone of Happy Hour, "is pretty positive in light of everything that's going on in the world." and certainly in comparison to Seventy Two and Sunny, which dealt with since-resolved problems in the musician's home life. He said: "I made a conscious decision to try something positive. It's what I needed. it's a positive spin on everything."
  • Uncle Kracker (From Real Detroit Weekly): "It's just the feel-good song of the year. It's so positive, and I hate that word, but I've probably used it eight times today talking about that song."
  • The Follow Me singer explained to Real Detroit Weekly why there was a five year between Seventy Two and Sunny and Happy Hour: "I wrote a record and completed it three years ago… completely done and turned in. I had long enough to sit on it that I reneged. I got to the point where I was feeling like music had, in general, changed so much. It got to the point where I felt like it wasn't my right record. So I basically trashed the album and started over last year. I sat on it for six, seven months and started writing in January, so it took about a year to write and record."
  • Uncle Kracker co-wrote this tune with Blair Daly, J.T. Harding and Jeremy Bose. He told The Boot the story of the song: "Two of my best buddies are Blair Daily and J.T. Harding. We went up to my cottage in Michigan to write songs. We kept writing similar types of songs, and we wanted to do something different. I was like, 'Man, we need a piano player in here!' Blair was like, 'I've got this piano track from Jeremy Bose.' I've never met the guy personally, but thought it was the sweetest thing I'd ever heard before. It was just awesome! It was a great piano track. The three of us decided to write something positive to go along with the piano track, because it was so different and refreshing.
    We started talking about how music used to be so different. Everybody patted each other on the back and told the other person they were doing a good job. We wanted to write this positive song that basically tells somebody you know how much they are appreciated in your life - that they make you smile. Nothing about this song was forced. It came so natural for us to write. The song was probably done in an hour and 40 minutes."

Comments: 2

  • Siahara Shyne Carter from United StatesYou make me SMILE :-D
  • Jenn from Norwalk, CtWithin 20 seconds of hearing this song for the very first time, I knew this was my first dance song at my wedding. I had just gotten engaged, and this song fits so well. Every time I hear it, it still fits perfectly.
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