A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from August 23, 2013
“When you’re happy, you enjoy the music; when you’re sad, you understand the lyrics”

"When you’re happy, you enjoy the music; when you’re sad, you understand the lyrics” is a saying that has been printed on posters. The poster for World Music Day (June 21, 2012) contained the saying, with the first citation on Twitter from June 10, 2012.

American singer and songwriter Frank Ocean has been credited with the saying on Twitter since July 8, 2012. However, tweets from June 10th to July 7th do not credit Frank Ocean. It’s likely that Ocean did say this, but after the poster had been printed.


Wikipedia: Frank Ocean
Christopher Francis Ocean (born Christopher Breaux; October 28, 1987), better known by his stage name Frank Ocean, is an American singer and songwriter from New Orleans, Louisiana. Ocean started his career as a ghostwriter for artists such as Brandy, Justin Bieber, and John Legend. In 2010, he became a member of alternative hip hop collective OFWGKTA also known as Odd Future, and his debut mixtape, Nostalgia, Ultra, was released to critical acclaim in 2011. The singles “Novacane” and “Swim Good” both achieved chart success.

Twitter
Nishanth‏
@OneInvincibles
“Read it Carefully: When You Are Happy,You Enjoy The Music...But When You Are Sad,You Understand The Lyrics...” Mostly yes.
6:59 AM - 10 Jun 12

Twitter
Smita‏
@Lady_Bheem
When you are happy , you enjoy the music.. But wen you are sad, you understand the lyrics .. smile Happy #WorldMusicDay
1:23 AM - 21 Jun 12

Twitter
Karen Winnett‏
@HaloKaren
When you are #happy you enjoy the #music, but when you are #sad you understand the lyrics!! pic.twitter.com/TVAEp0uu
1:48 PM - 21 Jun 12

Twitter
Tammy Savage Chapman‏
@tsavchap
“When you are happy you enjoy the music, but when you are sad you understand the lyrics.” ~Unknown #MusicLover
2:51 AM - 5 Jul 12

Twitter
✨nandele‏
@Pinknandy
Photo: When you’re happy, you enjoy the music. But, when you’re sad, you understand the lyrics.-Frank Ocean… http://tmblr.co/ZfZmIwOxxpRO
11:45 AM - 8 Jul 12

rediff.com
When you are happy you enjoy the Music
But when you are sad, you understand the Lyrics.....
Tags: music, electronics, mobiles
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Sunday, July 22, 2012
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“When you’re happy, you enjoy the music. But, when you’re sad, you understand the lyrics.”
--Frank Ocean

NYLON
BEST OF 2012: MUSIC
This story was published on December 24, 2012.
Frank Ocean - Channel Orange
“Frankie himself said it best: ‘When you’re happy, you enjoy the music. But when you’re sad, you understand the lyrics.’ Multi-talented and cute to boot, he set the bar high with his debut record! I luff him.” --Kelley Garrard, promotions and marketing designer

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