Happy Pants!

6 Dec

Oh, “Happy Pants.” The little melody that could.

What began as a goofy little jingle I used to demonstrate my looping rig has become so much more – it was a highlight of my last full-band show, has become the bane of all my friends who hate musical earworms (sometimes even Astley isn’t enough), and it has surpassed “Shoshana” as the most-requested song I’ve ever written.

In the spirit of holiday giving (though really, just for the fun of it), I thought I’d record a special version of the song and put it online for streaming/download.  The audio quality is far from professional (I made it the other day in my apartment), but it features just about every instrument I play, and hey, it’s… Happy Pants! It does not require professional-level audio. It’s embedded below, and you can also stream/download it here. Brace yourselves:

The above illustration was, awesomely, drawn especially for this post by my friend David Tracy. David is a supurb illustrator and all-around groovy dude, and also recently started the illustration blog “Drawing Attention.” His work is guaranteed to put a smile on your face/pants – head over there and give him some love!

(Speaking of smiling pants: David went through a few drafts; he said that initially, all of his pants had smiling crotches, so they were kinda pornographic. Exhibit A: this NSFW draft he emailed me, which prompted a solid afternoon’s worth of hearty laughter. “Happy” pants, indeed!)

I hope you enjoy the recording!  And in case you missed it, I do recommend checking out the video of the live-looping, full-band version we did in September.

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2 Responses to “Happy Pants!”

  1. thesoniashow December 6, 2009 at 4:11 pm #

    I love “Happy Pants.” That tune always makes me smile when you play it, Kirk.

    As for the NSFW draft of “Happy Pants” that David drew … when David showed it to me I laughed so hard I cried!

  2. Ashley December 6, 2009 at 5:23 pm #

    The addition of the xylophone to happy pants is a must for future versions.

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