History of National Hug a Musician Day
Musicians have been around for as long as there has been music to play. However, the origin of music itself is unknown, as it’s been around longer than the ability to record history. Prehistoric music includes all of the world’s music that has existed prior to any historical references. This includes traditional music apart of Native American and African cultures. However, it is more common to refer to prehistoric music as folk, indigenous, or traditional music.
Archaeologists continue to speculate over whether the “Divje Babe Flute” is indeed the oldest musical instrument. It’s dated to be approximately 43,500 years old and is made out of a cave bear femur. The quarry lies in whether or not this item was actually used as an instrument or just gnawed on by carnivores.
When people think of worldly musicians who have made a huge impact in the way music has formed, they’re likely to think of people like Mozart and Beethoven. Classical music was fashioned by musicians who lived during the rising of the middle class. Many of the middle-class in France lived under long-time absolute monarchies, so music was performed in environments that were more constrained than they were in eras like the Baroque and Renaissance. The popular instrumental music was dominated by several well-defined forms: the sonata, the symphony, and the concerto — though none of these were defined or taught as they are now in music theory.
The 20th century brought major musical changes. Musicians strove to represent the world the way they perceived it. Where past eras of music concentrated on spirituality, this new modern period emphasized the physicality and the concrete. The invention of audio recording caused a boom in all genres of music, especially pop, rock, folk, country, and all forms of classical.
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Mozart, at age five, composed his first piece of music.
Auéle Nicolet won first place at the international flute competition in Geneva
Howlin' Wolf released the recorded version of "Killing Floor", one of the defining classics of Chicago electric blues.
John Bonham, considered by many to be the greatest drummer of all time, (reluctantly) accepted Jimmy Page's offer to join his new project, Led Zeppelin.
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National Hug a Musician Day FAQs
What does it mean to be a musician?
Is a musician an artist?
Is musician a career?
Being a musician is a very specific career path. You can be a musician for hire that tours with different bands and records specific needed parts in studios, or you can be a part of a band that specializes in a particular genre and release your own albums. Either way, it takes a lot of hard work and commitment.
National Hug a Musician Day Activities
Go to a show
If your musician friend is constantly inviting you to their gigs, now is the time to go. We know schedules get in the way, and the want to attend conflicts with the desire to stay home. But we promise you that not only will you actually enjoy yourself, but your musician friend will be incredibly grateful to see you there!
Share music with friends
Nothing helps your musician friend more than sharing their music with people who would really enjoy it. Word of mouth is still the most effective form of advertising. So help them follow their dreams by recruiting them some new fans.
Give them a good ol' squeeze
Being a musician is hard. Not only are there more musicians in the world than there are gigs, but not every show you get will be your favorite. Sometimes, at the end of the day, musicians just need a well meaning, stress-relieving hug.
Why We Love National Hug a Musician Day
They create our music
What's the last song you listened to? A musician made that. We know it's obvious, but your favorite song wouldn't exist without the innovation and dedication of the musician behind it!
They spend all their time practicing
Practicing is a fundamental part of being a musician, and if you want to be a really good one, it requires hours of doing the same thing over and over and over...you get it.
They work odd hours
Whether you're a musician full time or you also work a standard nine to five, music requires you to conform to some pretty odd hours. Some people can be up until 5am playing a show or recording at the studio before they have to be up only a few hours later to start their day all over again!
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