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Mother's Day is coming. My mother has been gone for 11 years, but this was her favorite of all my songs. (I know, can you believe it? With all those songs to pick from, this is what she liked best!) So I'm posting this in honor of my mother.

This song is from the first children's musical I wrote, what turned into a 7 year endeavor and worldwide touring effort. Happy Birthday World is the overture song to Music of the Planets, a musical tour of the Solar System. Each song takes on characteristics of the planet: Mercury is a calypso; Venus is a French love song; Neptune is a surfer Beach Boy type song. Most of the songs are based on a similar melody, so it is a long theme and variation thing.

This was recorded in 1988 in a studio in my friends basement. I over-dubbed myself on all the synths and he played MIDI percussion. We recorded onto a 16-track and used every one, bussing and combining tracks many times. The good old days.

Main vocalist: Janet Planet. That's her stage name. She took it before this recording, so I can't claim inspiration. Fitting name, tho?

Among the 3 kid choir is my son, Anton (twonicus), who was 8 years old at the time.
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Way, way back in the beginning
Before there were children singing
Before there were clocks a-ringing
All was quiet and forlorn.

Then the silent hush was shattered
As the first light spread and scattered
Some held hands then cooled and gathered
And out universe was born.

Happy Birthday World!
Glad to se you unfurled.
Happy Birthday. Have a good day.
Happy Birthday World!

Then the whole mass started spinning
There swirling air began a-thinning.
It looked like matter started winning
As the Sun shined through!

Out of gases formed dense clouds.
Dry land peaked behind the shrouds.
Planets circled 'mong the crowds,
Some with little tiny moons.

Happy Birthday World!
Glad to see you unfurled.
Happy Birthday. Have a good day.
Happy Birthday World!

©1988 Tobin Mueller
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drakonis said 4127 days ago (May 7th, 2008)
Celebrate on a galactic scale!
Excellent! JP's got a great singing voice, rings through clearly and beautifully. Great recording (did you do any recent post-processing on the tracks, or is this the original '88 recording, as-is?) Normally I cringe at the old synth-brass sound, but the opening fanfare seemed just fine to me. Clear melody, well-written lyrics... the only thing I could possibly critique is the typos in your lyric post here ("Glad to se you unfurled."), heehee! Ah, this made my day. Happy upcoming Mother's Day to all mothers across the universe! Perfectly produced sentiment!
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thoddi said 4127 days ago (May 7th, 2008)
Your recognizable signature sound was already in place. Creative rhythm chops and backing vocals. Are all the horns synths? The ones mixed in the background seems real. Real nice to hear what you did musically in those days. Thanks for letting us have a sample of it.

Powerful song, and cool lyrics.
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ronnielong said 4127 days ago (May 7th, 2008)
Not to take away from the Mothers day post at all Tobin...

But you actually posted this on my B-Day. :)

As always excellent.


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LunaTrick said 4127 days ago (May 7th, 2008)
As Drak says -
For 88 - doesn't sound dated - you must have always been ahead of the pack technically.

Nice tribute to your Mum. Great song - will play for my kids!

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Feter said 4127 days ago (May 7th, 2008)
Happy Birthday World
Outstanding ! .. the feel of the recording will never
tells its 8 track no way !!! ...definetly a wonderful
voice singing and the choir ..how awesome to know
Anton was there singing :-) . Incredible realy just
so refreshing thank you so much for sharing it !!
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mowguy3 said 4127 days ago (May 7th, 2008)
I realy have no idea what you were doing as far as the production. But what a wonderful, wonderful song. Your mothers favorite and your son singing in it. How fantastic is that?
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guitapick said 4127 days ago (May 7th, 2008)
I can believe...
...that this was your mom's favorite. It's a really fine tune and it sounds like the musical struck some people's fancies, too. ;)

You've been writing quality stuff for quite some time now, Tobin...
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michael2 said 4127 days ago (May 7th, 2008)
nice tribute to mom. can't believe you did this old skool. never heard this song before, but it's really happy and uplifting. nice job Tobin.
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saymme said 4127 days ago (May 8th, 2008)
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Courtsey To You & Janet Planet & The rest ! WOW THIS IS G R E A T should be on a big World concert for democracy or something ...dreaming.....

***Happy Birthday World....Have a good day....***...

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woofer3 said 4127 days ago (May 8th, 2008)
I undestand
why this was your mother's favourite song, I lost my mother just over twenty years ago and she also would have loved this. It's optimistic and cheerful, two qualities there don't seem to be enough of anymore.

This is an excellent piece of music with great sound. I also make special mention of Janet Planet [love that name]- her voice and style are just perfect for this style.


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magnatone said 4125 days ago (May 9th, 2008)
Happy Birthday World
Tobin, this is just wonderful! I can completely understand why this was your mom's fave. Thanks for posting it!
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dirigent said 4124 days ago (May 11th, 2008)
Happy Birthday World
This is absolutely amazing, makes me smile and feel good :-) Congrats for a wonderful uplifting track!!
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davisamerica said 4120 days ago (May 14th, 2008)
you know "mom's always right"...
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Char said 4069 days ago (July 4th, 2008)
I sent this
To my son and daughter in law whose twins are about to be born. I thought it would be the perfect gift for all of them. The check's in the mail.
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TobinMueller said 3775 days ago (April 24th, 2009)
It was my mother's favorite song. Very fun to read your comments.
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Char said 3775 days ago (April 24th, 2009)
This is fabulous.
Re-visited and pimped. Thanks.

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I am a professional musician, composer, playwright and director. I've led a charmed life. I'm married to fellow MJer Suzanne and MJer Twonicus is my son, who currently sings and writes for rock bands in the NYC, D.C. and Cleveland areas. My second s... [see more]

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