um, so, i turn 30 again on tuesday and i’m planning on doing a better job at being 30 this time around. the first time was okay, but i know i can do better, especially now that i’ve got a year of practice under my belt.
i was thinking about how Durtbagz will turn one, the day before Thanksgiving. that is a great day, because that is the last day of feeling svelte before four entire days of eating more food than you consumed the entire week before.
when i turned 21, my mom came up to KU to help me celebrate and thought i said i wanted a cake for my birthday when i had actually requested a keg…which i got.
a couple of years ago, my friends rearranged the letters of happy birthday to sing a new song, appropriately titled ‘hay tard bippy!’. i started wondering about where the song ‘happy birthday’ came from. turns out, it is copyrighted and owned. i know…someone actually owns ‘happy birthday‘. those durtbagz!!
here’s the deal: these sisters from kentucky wrote the tune, back in the late 1800’s. one was a principal and the other a kindergarten teacher at the same school and the latter wrote the tune to actually say “Good Morning to All” to greet their students ever morning. it went like this:
good morning to you
good morning to you
good morning dear chidren
good morning to all
(how many of you just sang that in your head? yeah, i know) it was published in a teacher’s song book in 1893 and it ended up being sung by the students to their teacher at the beginning of each day. the transformation from ‘good morning to you’ to ‘happy birthday’ gets a little fuzzy here. something, something, something…then…
in 1924, the happy birthday lyrics were added as a second verse to ‘good morning to you’ and was published in another song book this way. in the 1930’s, when radio became popular and sound was added to tv and movies, the song exploded in popularity.
in 1933, it was Western Union’s first singing telegram.
one of the sisters heard the song and immediately recognized it as her tune. she secured the copyright, with music publisher clayton f. summy company in 1935.
with all of the copyright laws and extensions made in the past, the copyright is protected until 2030.
so, are you thousands of dollars in debt for singing happy birthday to your friends and family over the years? no. unless you are an annoying restaurant that sings happy birthday to guests. it’s true. the rule applies to singing it in public, if you are outside the circle of friends and family, pay up.
the copyright of happy birthday actually generates around $2million a year in royalties from it being used on tv, in movies, and on broadway. dayum.
so, there you go. hay tard bippy to me.
got a good birthday story? drop it like its hot in the comments. yes, i just said that.