Music: Owed to Joy

Slip the new pop single, A Song of Joy, on the turntable. Surprise. There, for everyone to hear, is the famous unison recitative for cellos and double basses that opens the Ode to Joy from the last movement of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. Pause. Then comes the languorous twang of a guitar, and a voice begins to sing in accented English:

Come sing a song of joy,

For peace shall come, my brother, Sing, sing a song of joy,

For men shall love each other . . .

The singer of A Song of Joy is Miguel Rios, 26, a successful teeny-bopper idol in Spain who...

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