Today is a waltz, baby! A Happy Birthday Waltz. 3/4 for three over the four on the floor. So Happy Birthday to you, and Happy Birthday to me.
There is no greater gift than group-singing a song to a loved one on the day of their birth. It’s too bad the only known Happy Birthday song is a slow waltz written 100 years ago that no one likes to sing. Perhaps this is because it’s too long. Might we simply cut this 8-bar waltz in half?
Ah! That’s better. Almost like the bumper on a radio station. And now back to our regular atonal chit-chat…
For the people’s credit, the “8-bar Happy Birthday” is really hard to sing, and it’s not like there’s a grand piano in every household anymore to help you find the key. The first chord of this song is made dissonant by a passing note in the melody; the “birth” (E note). This creates an unstable G major Sixth chord (G, B, D, E).
Trying singing that shit in tune with your flat family.
All the melodic jumps in the B-day song are quite tricky too. Best to stick with the 4-bar version and blow out them candles Prestissimo.
But let’s please keep this cheeky little melody around…
Who can resist the deliciously mocking tone of the G Dominant Seventh?
“Many More” is derived from “Rhapsody in Blue” by Gershwin. You can hear the theme towards the beginning (at 00:55), played on the piano. It’s also the last thing played before the big crash at the end.
Gee, I wish human life were more musical. All I hear is the 2-note songs of birds, and the 1-note drones of machines.
No, that is not my wish. I’m not telling…
But it certainly involves Animal Liberation and Kid’s Rights.
Happy Birthday to me. Happy Birthday to you.