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Mon 21st Jan, 2008

What The World Needs

When explaining to a friend that you are technically breaking the law if you sing "Happy Birthday" in a public place without an appropriate license, I realised that what we need is a new song to sing when celebrating a person's birthday that has a Creative Commons license. It should also be short, relatively repetitive, include a space for singing the birthday person's name that can be extended or contracted easily, and easy to sing.

In fact, "Happy Birthday" is remarkably badly suited to singing by large groups of inexperienced singers and amateur musicians:

It does have simplicity, repetition and the undeniable fact that it's almost ubiquitous going for it, though.

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