I think this is a contender for most joyous piece of music in the world.
A contender. I think there are likely many.
Here’s the nine minute version:
I think what makes this song so joyous to me is, in part, that it sounds a bit brash. Forceful. Demanding. In your face. It swings, it soars, it ignores you as it spins by, yes. But it also shouts at you, stands up, demands to be acknowledged. It’s the joy of “you can’t stop me,” the joy of “I will live my life the way I want,” the joy of “you can’t hurt me.”
It’s joy leavened with defiance. It’s very, very human. I love that.