Single Mix Female - Birthday Cheer (UK, Germany)

from LOVE OR FREEDOM - songs around the world by Diana Rosalind

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about

Written in 2012, then re-recorded in 2014, this song was one of my first experiments with looping using Ableton and a midi keyboard. There are just 3 loops that weave through one another and it is a very minimal and simple composition. Superficially it could be viewed as the gloomiest happy birthday song of all time, so it has pleased me greatly when people tell me they actually find it uplifting and championing of the will to go on. Certainly when I chose the poem to go with the instrumental, I was conscious of the contrast between the melancholic and almost monotonous loops and the idea of celebrating. The poem works the same edge: viewing existence as a kind of victory in itself, even though the journey of life may not always be a walk through candyland.

About the Video

The video was created in collaboration with French artist Pauline Payen who shot much of the Berlin footage and edited the final product, and American artist Kevin Morrison who kindly allowed very candid footage of himself nursing a hangover to be included. Other people who appear in the party segments are credited in the end sequence and the backyard garbage can set may be found behind the tiny rock n roll fashion boutique, Let it Bleed, in Berlin's Kreuzberg district.

The selfie portion was shot by myself along the Pamina Rheinpark in Southern Germany, by a section of the Alb River that runs parallel to the autobahn (freeway). I had become enamoured of the birthday cake graffiti on bike rides along the route and loved the idea of a person trying to have a party by themselves, by the side of a road; loneliness and the public, nature and concrete all converging and contrasting.

The version of the song used in the video was the original off the cuff take singing the poem over the loops live through guitar amps: I often prefer the first take and it was hard to let go of this version in order to perfect the arrangement and re-sing the lead but there are a few moments of distortion and ambient noise that can't be removed, plus the randomness of when the loops repeated made it challenging to sing over live. I'm glad we redid the song for the album version, but I still like the lo-fi original for the video. It just works.

lyrics

birthday cheer

be of good birthday cheer
for another year
you’re still here
that’s something worth a celebration
another circuit around the sun
another circle now begun
another challenge
another triumph
a few more tears
maybe a little fun
fun fun fun fun

have fun in the shadow
eat cake and drink champagne
raise a toast to the shadow
cuz you’re still here
another year
be of good birthday cheer
my dear

be of good birthday cheer
for you’re still here
another year has gone
and so have many gone on
some friends have departed
and new lives have started
another circuit around the sun
another circle now begun
it’s a celebration

so have fun in the shadow
eat cake and drink champagne
raise a toast to the shadow
cuz you’re still here
for another year
be of good birthday cheer

credits

from LOVE OR FREEDOM - songs around the world, released November 2, 2014
Electronic loops by Single Mix Female
(a name I call myself when working alone)
Hastings, England, 2012
Vocal recording, production and mastering by Single Mix Female (Diana's solo project), recording of vocals and computer music
Oberlauterbach, France 2014

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Diana Rosalind New Orleans, Louisiana

After being discovered by Bobby McFerrin as a young vocal improviser in San Francisco, I spent some years writing and performing with ensembles that remain important in the history of Bay Area arts, then did time tangling with the music biz in LA & NYC, followed by a decade in Europe, recording all the while, before coming "home" to NOLA. This is a partial musical record of that journey. ... more

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