Mar 14

“It’s Your Birthday” Wins Birthday Song Replacement Contest

Artwork by Greg Harrison

Last year the Free Music Archive (a project spearheaded by Ken Freedman of “The Mighty” WFMU fame) fired the salvo heard round the copyright world (OK, actually just the indie rock/intellectual-property-rights-reforming/99% of the world, but still): they challenged all indie artists to unseat a certain century-old song’s supremacy at birthday celebrations worldwide. Yes, folks, a call to arms for a Creative Commons replacement for the big kahuna: “Happy Birthday to You”!

The Free Music Archive wants to wish Creative Commons a Happy Birthday with a song. But there’s a problem. Although “Happy Birthday To You” is the most recognized song in the English language and its origins can be traced back to 1893, it remains under copyright protection in the United States until 2030. It can cost independent filmmakers $10,000 to clear the song for their films, and this is a major stumbling block hindering the creation of new works of art.

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Oct 12

Free Blank Ukulele Staff & Tablature Music Manuscript Paper

Part of the reason I’ve resumed work on the tablature conversion “software” (JavaScript is software? sure. why not?) is so I could learn to play a song’s melody– you know, music that sounds like “music” as opposed to just the chords (I cannot sing) — with people asking, “ummmm, what are you suppose to be playing now?”

However, in order to do this I needed blank manuscript paper, paper with the musical staff (just treble clef, of course) plus the tablature “bars”. Naturally, I made my own… because I’d never heard of this Google thing.

Download the Free Ukulele Staff & Tablature Music Manuscript Paper (79KB PDF)

Free Ukulele Staff & Tablature Manuscript Paper
The page has six staves, each containing the treble cleff musical staff plus G-C-E-A tablature lines (strings, actually I suppose).

Like I said, I failed to Google for the paper — had I, I would have found this really nice (and also free) uke paper these cats already have. Idiot.

I also need to thank Shirley Kaiser (SKDesigns) and Linkware Graphics Music Images for providing (free) vector music shapes — the treble clef symbol, for example.