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D.H. Miltz
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Postby D.H. Miltz; Wed Feb 01, 2012 4:04 am February Contest: Gossip

Have at it.
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rachmiel
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Postby rachmiel; Wed Feb 01, 2012 8:55 am

> This month you are asked to submit an entry expressing happiness. Not necessarily a piece about what makes you (or anyone) happy but one that itself expresses (sounds like) happiness.

a tricky* and cool theme. :-)

* could there be a musical sound/passage that expresses happiness without making anyone happy? can music itself be "happy" independent from its effect on listeners? if a tree falls in the woods and no one's around to hear it ... ;-)
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Postby gorgorgathgorgorgor; Wed Feb 01, 2012 8:56 am

I am looking forward to this, already composing something special for my first Cafe entry...
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Postby gorgorgathgorgorgor; Wed Feb 01, 2012 8:58 am

rachmiel wrote:> This month you are asked to submit an entry expressing happiness. Not necessarily a piece about what makes you (or anyone) happy but one that itself expresses (sounds like) happiness.

a tricky* and cool theme. :-)

* could there be a musical sound/passage that expresses happiness without making anyone happy? can music itself be "happy" independent from its effect on listeners? if a tree falls in the woods and no one's around to hear it ... ;-)


I intend to interpret this quite literally...
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Mister Natural
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Postby Mister Natural; Wed Feb 01, 2012 9:08 am

all I can think of right now is a certain Rolling Stone's song . . .

:=)
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Postby folderol; Wed Feb 01, 2012 9:27 am

Hmmm. Foot-tapper time I think.
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Postby evo2slo; Wed Feb 01, 2012 9:40 am

Happiest song ever?

Here's my vote:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WlBiLNN1NhQ
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Postby D.H. Miltz; Wed Feb 01, 2012 10:01 am

rachmiel wrote:> This month you are asked to submit an entry expressing happiness. Not necessarily a piece about what makes you (or anyone) happy but one that itself expresses (sounds like) happiness.

a tricky* and cool theme. :-)

* could there be a musical sound/passage that expresses happiness without making anyone happy? can music itself be "happy" independent from its effect on listeners? if a tree falls in the woods and no one's around to hear it ... ;-)
That'll be up to the voters (and/or: yes, but I can't prove it).

Also, here are two versions of a good, happy song (the album version and a live radio version):
http://youtu.be/mCk7gb7b2MA
http://youtu.be/EyBbTe7Kn7k
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Postby farlukar; Wed Feb 01, 2012 10:16 am

I hate happiness.
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rachmiel wrote:could there be a musical sound/passage that expresses happiness without making anyone happy? can music itself be "happy" independent from its effect on listeners? if a tree falls in the woods and no one's around to hear it ... ;-)
As pHz would have it, "thinly veiled free-for-all" :hihi:
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JJBiener
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Postby JJBiener; Wed Feb 01, 2012 10:19 am

The last contest wasn't much of a challenge for me since I have been through composing music for years. This one, however, may well be impossible for me. I am not noted for writing happy songs. I am going to have to think long and hard to come up with piece of music that represents happiness. That one is just not in my colorwheel.
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Postby rachmiel; Wed Feb 01, 2012 7:47 pm

JJBiener wrote:The last contest wasn't much of a challenge for me since I have been through composing music for years. This one, however, may well be impossible for me. I am not noted for writing happy songs. I am going to have to think long and hard to come up with piece of music that represents happiness. That one is just not in my colorwheel.

maybe you need to find a take on "happiness" that resonates with you? there can be silly, whimsical, witty, light, dark, black-as-night humor. surely there are just as many flavors of happiness, yes?
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Postby kryptonaut; Thu Feb 02, 2012 1:45 am

I can't find a reference to it online, but I remember a nice quote from the original Reginald Perrin series where gloomy Tom says, "I'm not a happiness person. I'm only happy when I'm sad." Always liked that one!
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Postby Beardedone; Thu Feb 02, 2012 9:25 am

kryptonaut wrote:I can't find a reference to it online, but I remember a nice quote from the original Reginald Perrin series where gloomy Tom says, "I'm not a happiness person. I'm only happy when I'm sad." Always liked that one!


Good one!
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Postby rp314; Thu Feb 02, 2012 1:57 pm

JJBiener wrote:The last contest wasn't much of a challenge for me since I have been through composing music for years. This one, however, may well be impossible for me. I am not noted for writing happy songs. I am going to have to think long and hard to come up with piece of music that represents happiness. That one is just not in my colorwheel.


Having participated in many conversations over the years regarding what music 'expresses', somewhere along the way I've concluded that some of us have trouble classifying our own stuff along such lines.

Having a sense of what constitutes the expression of happiness, say in liturgical music, or in the popular forms, is within reach, but setting out to do it in a creative effort is more difficult, especially if one does not consider one's skills to lie in the traditional forms.

That said, as others are suggesting, that might just be the interesting challenge here... :wink:
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Postby folderol; Thu Feb 02, 2012 2:38 pm

I'm out this month :(

It occurred to me that I'll be leaving for a week's holiday a few hours before voting would start!

See you in March (from a competition point of view) :)
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