When singing the well-known Happy Birthday song, is there a standard or official way of having two names? The measure has to be elongated, and there's a question of which note to sing the first name on.
Should I change the time signature for that measure to fit the required notes? Or should the tempo be drastically reduced for the names and fit them within the standard two-quarter-note length?
First name's note
As a second question, does the first name stay on the same note as the preceding "dear... ", or do both names get sung at the half step below?
I'm trying to find the right way to notate the music for two names. Is one more correct over the other? Or is this all opinion based?