…everyone can acheive personal happiness. Or something like that.

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Yesterday, NPR listeners were treated to a little soliloquoy by Mr. Coyne when he added his commentary for the NPR series of personal stories, “This, I Believe.” Coyne discussed his experience realizing ways to achieve personal happiness, stating:

I believe this is something all of us can do: Try to be happy within the context of the life we are actually living. Happiness is not a situation to be longed for or a convergence of lucky happenstance. Through the power of our own minds, we can help ourselves. This I believe.

Perhaps this isn’t surprising coming from a guy who just won two Grammys, but Coyne also explained how he was even able to find happiness during his 11 years working as a fry cook at Long John Silver’s (dude, 11 years? That’s a lot of popcorn shrimp!). There’s definitely something — dare I say — cute about Coyne’s tale of personal happiness that put a little smile on my face. While it certainly makes sense comin’ from a guy who often traverses large crowds in an over-sized gerbal ball, it kinda made my day.

Read or Listen [NPR]

The Flaming Lips recently won Grammys for Best Rock Instrumental Performance (for “The Wizard Turns On…the Giant Silver Flashlight and Puts on His Werewolf Moccasins”), and for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical (for At War With the Mystics, also given to Dave Fridmann).

They’ve also announced a short run of southern tour dates in mid-April:

4-11 Athens, GA @ Classic Center
4-12 Orlando, FL @ House of Blues
4-13 Pompano Beach, FL @ PB Amphitheater
4-14 St. Petersburg, FL @ Jannus Landing
4-17 Myrtle Beach, FL @ House of Blues
4-18 Raleigh, NC @ Disco Rodeo
4-19 Norfolk, VA @ The Norva

Flaming Lips Announce Spring Tour [Pitchfork]