Last month I mentioned that, because Warner Music Group has continued to collect (dubious) royalties for the traditional “Happy Birthday” song, the Free Music Archive had launched a contest to replace that song with a new tune that people could use for free. (The contest was held partly to celebrate the 10th birthday of Creative Commons.)
I like it! In fact, I prefer it to the traditional song (if not necessarily to the birthday song Jack Black once performed on Saturday Night Live). Is it as easily singable as the one we all use now? Maybe not, but I think a group of musical novices could feasibly carry this tune together.
I recommend checking out the runners-up, too. Those are some good alternative birthday songs! Try one the next time you’re celebrating the day one of your friends, relatives, or co-workers was born. Especially if you plan to film the occasion and release it in theaters or show it on television.
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Is It Better to Be a Hero Like Batman?
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The autonomous Google car may never actually happen.