For those of you that are blissfully unaware, today is the birthday of composer Ludwig van Beethoven. He was born on this day back in 1770, and the spry 219-year-old remains a musical mainstay in movies, television and your morning shower.

I could think of no better way to celebrate Beethoven’s birthday that post (with permission) The Beethoven Birthday Song, created by brilliant Cul de Sac cartoonist Richard Thompson, and sung to the tune of ‘Ode to Joy.’

(Richard also posted a great caricature he drew of Ludwig van on his blog. Go check it out and bookmark it!)