Aardvarks on Parade

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"Aardvarks on Parade"
Aardvarks on Parade.jpg
A screenshot of the sheet music

Proposed anthem of
New Eiffel

LyricsIsaac Richards (proposed)
MusicWalker Schroeder, 20 May 2020


"Aardvarks on Parade" is the proposed national anthem of the Principality of New Eiffel. The song was commissioned by the erstwhile Prince Zarel I to the composer Walker Schroeder, Chancellor of the Unitary State of Swivia, on 28 April 2019. The song was still in the planning stage by 27 December 2019, as Schroeder admitted he had unintentionally become preoccupied with other lines of work. The song was finished on 20 May 2020, however due to the ongoing crisis in New Eiffel, the anthem cannot be proposed nor enacted into law.[1] Although the song is fully instrumental, a notable lyrical version has been written and proposed by New Eiffelic statesmen Isaac Richards.[2][3]

Etymology

The idea for the anthem to be named 'Aardvark' was proposed to Schroeder by Zarel I in order for it to be listed high in lists of anthems in alphabetic order, as Aardvark was the "second highest letter in the alphabet" (after 'A') according to His Majesty, and in response, Schroeder proposed designating it 'Aardvarks on Parade' instead, as it was a brighter sounding name; this was much to Zarel's liking, and it was thus chosen as the new name. On 30 August 2020, the name was officially translated into seven New Eiffelic languages, though no lyrical verses were translated.

Melody

The song is composed in the key of G major, and follows a simple "A B A" structure in 4/4 time. As described by Schroeder; "B is a bit (perhaps too) whimsical and lighthearted, while A is the triumphant bit you heard". The song also includes a light and bouncy saxophone solo using some bent notes in the middle and incorporates triplet syncopation and the use of rising third arpeggios. Schroeder said that he wanted to make it simple, and "focused more on making something which sounded whimsical enough to be deserving of the name Aardvarks on Parade." Depending on the version, the anthem is either fifty-four, fifty or sixty seconds in duration, sometimes including a long silence after the song finishes.[4]

History

(Left to right): flag of Swivia, representing the composer Walker Schroeder; Zarel Smith, the commissioner of the melody

Background

Walker Schroeder, current Chancellor of the Unitary State of Swivia,[5] advertised on the MicroWiki Discord social media server MicroWiki@Discord on 27 April 2019 that he was writing music and offering it to nations to adopt as national anthems. Schroeder further declared the following day that he only did instrumental and writing lyrics was up to the commissioner, also stating that they would "not be very long but [still] be well thought out music". He also mentioned he was occupied with his education and thus, would "only compose a few [anthems]". Schroeder cited commissions were free; "Honestly I [am] just trying to provide a small service to a few micronational leaders, because I recognize the lack of musicality in today’s society". The erstwhile Prince, HM Zarel I approached Schroeder via the private messaging feature and requested an anthem, later asking for it to incorporate trumpets.

Work and completion

The song was still in the planning stage by 27 December, as Schroeder admitted he had unintentionally become preoccupied with other lines of work, apologising for the wait, however, stated that it would still be completed. On 20 May 2020, Zarel reconfirmed he still wanted a triumphant anthem, and by than Schroeder began charging money for anthems, however, they eventually settled that Zarel would pay by offering advertising services for Schroeder's work. Schroeder later submitted a short draft to Zarel which he was very fond of. The full completed version of the song was than sent to Zarel via a .mp3 file extension, and the melody via a .pdf file. On 21 May, Zarel told Schroeder that he was very delighted with the song, and praised Schroeder's work, adding "It was worth the wait", also stating that he would try to propose it to become the official national anthem of New Eiffel.[1]

As a national anthem

The coat of arms of New Eiffel, referenced in the lyrical proposal by Isaac Richards

Due to the ongoing crisis in New Eiffel which began on 14 December 2019, the Document Forming the Transitional Government of New Eiffel was signed by the Prince on 1 May 2020 and Parliament became the Transitional Legislature, bringing a de facto government shutdown. As such, the anthem cannot legally be proposed nor enacted into law. The anthem has, however, become popular among New Eiffelians, and there has been growing support for it to become the official national anthem, following the recommendation proposed to the public by Zarel on 11 August, which he lined up with New Eiffel Unity Day. A lyrical version was proposed by Isaac Richards on 14 August.[3] On 30 August, the name was officially translated into seven New Eiffelic languages, though no lyrical verses were translated.[a]

Proposed lyrical versions

Both former national anthems of New Eiffel, "Stand tall, New Eiffel" (2019–20) and "Friendly, New Eiffel" (2018–19), have had their lyrics proposed to be paired with the melody of "Aardvarks on Parade". Though this is infrequent.[6]

Proposal by Isaac Richards

Isaac Richards, New Eiffelic statesmen, approached Zarel and proposed a lyrical version on 14 August 2020 which he had solely came up with. The lyrics metaphorically compare New Eiffel to the mythical Phoenix, a bird that cyclically regenerates or is otherwise born again, with the lyrics saying that New Eiffel has risen, clearly symbolising New Eiffel's strength during the crisis in New Eiffel; the coat of arms is then referenced—"Holding a coat of foxes"—and the prince Joost I is mentioned alongside his subjects, "God Save the King" being stated as well. The eponymous title of the song is also mentioned twice.[7]

 


A Phoenix has risen,
A Phoenix has risen,
New Eiffel has once more risen,
From its former grave.


Holding a coat of foxes,
God Save the King,
jOOST and his subjects rise again.


After tyranny and discord,
God Save the King,
New Eiffel rises again.


Forward New Eiffel,
Forward New Eiffel,
Let us see Aardvarks on Parade.


Forward New Eiffel,
Forward New Eiffel,
Once again, Aardvarks on Parade.


Phoenix has risen,
A Phoenix has risen,
New Eiffel has once more risen,
From its former grave.[7]

Legal status

The anthem is in the public domain under the Creative Commons CC0 public domain dedication.[1]

See also

Notes

  1. English: Aardvarks on Parade —

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Aardvarks on Parade" at the Internet Archive. Retrieved 30 August 2020.
  2. Schroeder, Walker (20 May 2020) Full anthem, available as an MP3. Retrieved 30 August 2020.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Smith, Zarel (14 Aug 2020) National icons of New Eiffel. Journal en Eiffel. Retrieved 30 August 2020.
  4. Sheet music for Aardvarks on Parade. PDF. Retrieved 30 August 2020.
  5. https://stateofswivia.weebly.com/
  6. neweiffelgov.home.blog. "What is New Eiffel?". Archived from the original on 17 December 2019.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Richards, Isaac (14 Aug 2020) Proposed lyrics of the national anthem of New Eiffel. Retrieved 30 August 2020.

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