28 Jan '16, 9am

Chinese New Year song Gong Xi Gong Xi was written in minor key to celebrate defeat of Japan in 1945

The Chinese Lunar New Year (农历新年) is a time where Chinese people in Asian countries wear clothes that are as loud as the music that gets churned out this time of the year. And the first song that comes to mind when CNY rolls around is Gong Xi Gong Xi (恭喜恭喜) . However, for those with a ear for things, you might have noticed that Gong Xi Gong Xi always sounded a tad ominous. The main reason is because it is written in the minor key — where the general rule of thumb for music is that anything in minor sounds sad and anything in major sounds positively jubilant. So why was Gong Xi Gong Xi written in the minor key if it is a song about the arrival of spring? Well, because Gong Xi Gong Xi was never meant to be a Chinese New Year song and the spring that was referenced relates to the end of death and destruction on a global scale. This mind-bending factoid has been brought to lig...

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