That Happy Feeling

Baji J. Ram Rao
22:25 +0530 Fri. 12-Sep-2014

The pop instrumental single, “That Happy Feeling” by Bert Kaempfert. Dating back to Mar.1962, it was also part of the album, “A Swingin’ Safari”.
Originally composed as Eyi Wala Dong--An African’s Prayer by Guy Warren, a musician from Ghana in 1956.

Incorporating elements of South African music, it has a happy melody line carried by flute and marimba, with arpeggios carried by trumpet and trombone and full strings, brass, hand claps, guitars, and chorus.

That Happy Feeling

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The marimba is -- put simply -- a Mexican wooden xylophone, with a lower-pitched and more resonant voice range than the xylophone.
It consists of a set of tuned wooden bars struck with mallets to produce musical tones.


The marimba originated in Africa.
Its bars are often made of rosewood, but padauk (Pterocarpus) wood from Africa, Myanmar and the Andamans, is used as well.

The wooden bars are arranged as for a piano keyboard with “accidentals” standing proud vertically and overlapping the “natural” bars. Resonators attached below the bars (brass, aluminium or PVC pipes) amplify their sound.

Depending on the type, the bars can form a chromatic, pentatonic, diatonic, or modal musical scale that may span several octaves.


An arpeggio is a “broken chord” technique where the notes in a chord are played in sequence, one after the other, spread out in time
as necessarily in the case of a guitar, whose strings cannot all be strummed instantaneously by a single plectrum/finger.
An arpeggiated chord is usually written with a squiggly vertical line in front of the chord. Arpeggios are usually spread from the lowest to the highest note.

That Happy Feeling

Here a four-note C major chord is shown. It contains C4, E4, G4 and C5.
The squiggly line indicates that the chord is arpeggiated.

See the explanatory lower treble stave.
It shows four demisemiquavers(32nd notes) beamed together and onward to a quaver(8th note).

16:45 +0530 Sun. 14-Sep-2014

The music director C Ramchandra (Ramchandra Narhari Chitalkar) used Bert Kaempfert’s “That Happy Feeling”, in the Mohammad Rafi+Asha Bhonsle duet:
“आपका चहरा माशा-अल्लाह, ज़ुल्फ़ का पहरा सुभान-अल्लाह !;
आपकी बातें वल्लाह-वल्लाह, इतनी मुहब्बत अल्लाह अल्लाह !!”
from the movie Rootha Na Karo(1970).
Lyrics were written by Hasrat Jaipuri.

C. Ramchandra customized the melody and rhythm for desi tastes. The song was picturized on Shashi Kapoor and Nanda.

Rootha Na Karo(1970)
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