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By Alissa Arunarsirakul // July 18, 2022
Growing up on the east coast, Mokita prides himself on being the one person who sparks a conversation about the less talked about things in life. Known for his honest lyricism and roll-with-the-punches personality, the Nashville-based artist isn’t afraid to shed light on the best and worst moments of his life through song. Gearing up for his debut project, Mokita is giving us a generous preview by way of his uplifting new single, “Happiness.”
On “Happiness,” Mokita reflected,
“‘Happiness’ was born in my buddy and songwriting partner Trent Dabbs’ studio. Most every song me and Trent write together is born from conversations about life, faith, meaning, etc. I had this riff on the acoustic guitar that I was playing around with and then we started tossing around melodies. The song came together relatively quickly but didn’t have any production around it for a few weeks.”
Drenched in gorgeously cinematic acoustics, “Happiness” explodes into a pulsating chorus that’s a surefire way to boost your mood. Lyrically, Mokita encourages us to create our own happiness as opposed to waiting around for this intangible to find its way to us. All in all, “Happiness” will cement what you’ve known deep down all along: you deserve to be happy just like everyone else.
“I wanted to write a song about longing, about the craving we all have for real happiness, real joy. I found myself constantly feeling like I was working towards happiness, and not experiencing it in everyday life. It’s easy to lie to myself and say, ‘you’ll be happy when you have this amount of money,’ or, ‘you’ll be happy when this problem is fixed,’ or, ‘when you’ve accomplished this goal.’ But I don’t want to live like that. I want to be content where I am. I’m so blessed with what I have. With the ability to work my dream job every day. I want to experience happiness in real time; and that’s what this song is about. There isn’t an anchor in material things. You can’t bank your life on those things; they won’t make you happy.”