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#483410 - 07/26/18 12:24 AM [User Showcase] The Ale Of Happiness
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The Ale Of Happiness (Beer Aria)

This drinking song has an interesting backstory: the chorus melody came to me in a dream in which a friend put a song into the record player saying that this is a real ear worm. And so it was: in the dream I sang it with enthusiasm until I woke up and the next 2 hours I could not sleep because the melody was playing insistently in my head. Maybe I stole it from someone, who knows?

I didn't catch the lyrics in the dream, originally I had something like 'Eat eat eat, eat the pill of happiness' (in Finnish), but then there was a drinking song contest on a local forum and I realize that this song was perfect fit for it. It got the 2nd place, but very close to winning...

And now I have made an English version to be your nuisance smile My not so good vocals, I wish someone with a husky 'beer' voice would sing this... but I hope you enjoy the cheerful message anyway laugh

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Vocals by me

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Let's all sing in perfect beat
in the sauna heat
the soul of nectar slowly drips
hear its hiss on our lips
rehearsing voices brightly hum
the crooning butler beats the drum
the pouring beer delivers vim and
power to this hymn.

Drink drink drink
drink the ale of happiness
and everybody hears you sing
the pleasures of excess.
Drink drink drink
drink the lager of delight
your mug of schlagers shall be filled up
to the brim tonight.

La-la-la-la
na-na-na-na-na
pu-pu-pu-pub
echoes fly to every ear:
the aria for beer.

Let's all sing this chant aloud
all the tavern crowd
malt flows through the pipes of beers
merriment in engineers
dancing on the golden waves
in the toilet interior
amateurs not feeling fear
the choir of our cheer.

Drink drink drink...

Drink drink drink...

A pair of wobbling ducks arrived
to the sheets they dived
then in the wake-up blues
two smiling cockatoos
recalling in a shared bunk
how singing made them drunk.


------------------
Janne


Edited by jannesan (07/26/18 12:29 AM)
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#483435 - 07/26/18 06:02 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Ale Of Happiness [Re: jannesan]
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Janne,

Very well done. The mix of instruments creates a huge sound - perfect for the crowd-pleasing-drinking song. The rhythm/beat is nice - don't recall anyone ever using that TechnoGrime RD - nice choice...

The bottle was a cool added effect.

Your vocal works well for this.

The chorus is, indeed, an ear worm.

Well put together in all aspects.

fj

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#483438 - 07/26/18 06:23 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Ale Of Happiness [Re: jannesan]
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Very nice work here! That chorus is super catchy, I can imagine this played in a bar with everybody singing along, glasses raised. I'd agree that this is certainly an ear worm. Your vocals are the perfect balance, as your deliver really lends merit to the atmosphere in the tune.

Great job - thanks for sharing smile
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#483447 - 07/26/18 07:53 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Ale Of Happiness [Re: jannesan]
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HI Janne,

That's fabulous. An absolute classic!

An inspired piece of music with wonderful lyrics which may even have gained
something in the translation. I love the fact that this came to you in a dream.
I can't imagine how else you'd start to write a track like this - full of admiration.

And it was just SUCH fun all the way through. Loved it.

Cheers, ROG.

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#483470 - 07/26/18 11:14 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Ale Of Happiness [Re: jannesan]
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Killer!! Like Floyd said, a big sound, and indeed an ear worm (a very pleasant one!). I am quite a fan of ales myself (had a few last night). Congrats on the contest! A really cool song!! Take care. Greg

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#483471 - 07/26/18 11:18 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Ale Of Happiness [Re: jannesan]
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Well done jannesan! I found this quite fun to listen to! Fantastic choice of instrumentation. Big fan of the progression too. Great work on the guitars and harmonica,they blend together quite well! Thanks for sharing!
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#483493 - 07/26/18 01:31 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Ale Of Happiness [Re: jannesan]
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Great big sound on this Janne! Sounds great.

I bet this would make a great drinking song.

Wait, it already is a great drinking song!.

smile
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#483496 - 07/26/18 01:50 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Ale Of Happiness [Re: jannesan]
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Brilliant just had a listen and a Lager.

nice one.
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#483502 - 07/26/18 03:42 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Ale Of Happiness [Re: jannesan]
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Okay, this was really entertaining to listen to. Is it wrong of me to say that? Thanks so much for sharing!
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#483508 - 07/26/18 04:37 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Ale Of Happiness [Re: jannesan]
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Excellent listen Janne. Excellent backtrack and vocal

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#483543 - 07/26/18 11:05 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Ale Of Happiness [Re: jannesan]
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Janne

Great stuff. Really inventive and you put together a great band.
Excellent tune.

Peter

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#483551 - 07/26/18 11:32 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Ale Of Happiness [Re: jannesan]
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Hello, Janne

Nice drinking song!
I agree with floyd.
The mix of instruments creates a huge sound - perfect for the crowd-pleasing-drinking song.
You say "Maybe I stole the chorus melody from someone, who knows?"
But I don't think so at all.
This is your melody.
Your signature is in it.
Enjoyed my listen a lot.

Best regards.

Shigeki Adachi

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#483623 - 07/27/18 11:08 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Ale Of Happiness [Re: jannesan]
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Janne,
Big dark sound on a very funny song.
Highly original, wacky and enjoyable!

Robert

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#483676 - 07/27/18 04:13 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Ale Of Happiness [Re: jannesan]
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So original! GREAT!
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#483685 - 07/27/18 04:47 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Ale Of Happiness [Re: jannesan]
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That was fun!

But now I'm thirshty... wink
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#483713 - 07/28/18 03:55 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Ale Of Happiness [Re: jannesan]
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Love the back story on this one. I have never had anything useful come to me in dreams so I envy anyone who can wake up and write a song based on their dreams.

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#483740 - 07/28/18 01:00 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Ale Of Happiness [Re: jannesan]
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Excellent! What a big sound on our monitors. Fun and a bit mesmerizing.

Great backstory.

A tip of the pint glass!! (IPA for us)

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#483788 - 07/28/18 11:54 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Ale Of Happiness [Re: floyd jane]
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Originally Posted By: floyd jane
Very well done. The mix of instruments creates a huge sound - perfect for the crowd-pleasing-drinking song. The rhythm/beat is nice - don't recall anyone ever using that TechnoGrime RD - nice choice...

The bottle was a cool added effect.

Your vocal works well for this.

The chorus is, indeed, an ear worm.

Well put together in all aspects.

fj


Thanks Floyd for your kind feedback, I really appreciate it smile I'm glad you liked the huge sound, I had problems with the final mixing because Audition kept on crashing, so I'm happy those problems didn't ruin it.

Janne
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#483790 - 07/28/18 11:55 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Ale Of Happiness [Re: Deryk - PG Music]
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Originally Posted By: Deryk - PG Music
Very nice work here! That chorus is super catchy, I can imagine this played in a bar with everybody singing along, glasses raised. I'd agree that this is certainly an ear worm. Your vocals are the perfect balance, as your deliver really lends merit to the atmosphere in the tune.

Great job - thanks for sharing smile


Thanks Deryk for your kind words, especially for my vocals which I thought was bit lame for this kind of sing-along smile

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#483792 - 07/29/18 12:01 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Ale Of Happiness [Re: ROG]
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Originally Posted By: ROG
That's fabulous. An absolute classic!

An inspired piece of music with wonderful lyrics which may even have gained
something in the translation. I love the fact that this came to you in a dream.
I can't imagine how else you'd start to write a track like this - full of admiration.

And it was just SUCH fun all the way through. Loved it.

Cheers, ROG.


Thanks ROG for your kind words, 'absolute classic' sounds especially intoxicating smile

Originally, in the Finnish lyrics, I used references to figures in Finnish national epic Kalevala and also local pub names, so I had many parts to rewrite. But I'm glad that the lyrics worked for you smile

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