Every second Saturday in October is celebrated as Universal Music Day, on October 14 this year, and we are getting ready to treat our senses to an acoustic journey. Music has been around since the beginning of mankind, evolving into different forms with the passage of time. It comes in many genres such as classical, rock, country, and can be further divided into sub-genres such as country-pop, alternative rock, etc.
History of Universal Music Day
Music is one of the most creative and universal ways to express ideas, emotions, and opinions; making it an integral part of every culture around the world. It can be played, sung, and most importantly heard, a process by which most of us ordinary folk can truly appreciate music. Music makes life more meaningful, breaking all barriers of cultural, religious, and social distinction, and uniting us like a perfect playlist of rhythmic excellence.
The origin of music has been a subject of long-standing debate. The origin of music has often been related to the origin of language. One of the earliest forms of music was drum-based and percussion instruments fashioned from rocks and sticks. By 4000 B.C. the Egyptians created harps and flutes, and with further advancements, the trumpet came into existence in Denmark around 2500 B.C.
Greece laid the foundations of early classical music, leading to the emergence of Aristotle’s music theory in 350 B.C. The rules of music underwent a drastic change with the onset of the Renaissance, bringing about various new styles of music. The renaissance age is known for introducing some of the greatest musical composers to have ever lived on this planet.
Since then music has become the way of life in many cultures, playing important roles in religious and social activities. Ranging from amateur rock bands to church choirs or even the occasional karaoke night out with friends. Music has become ubiquitous in every aspect of our lives. The second Saturday of October is when we all come together and appreciate, but most importantly enjoy this marvelous gift to humanity.
Universal Music Day timeline
The Hittites use frets to change the pitch of a vibrating string.
The first piece of recorded music is found with a religious hymn written in cuneiform.
At the beginning of the Renaissance, the printing press is first used to print music.
‘O Holy Night’ is the first song played on the radio on Christmas.
Universal Music Day FAQs
How long does it take to learn to play guitar?
Every person progresses at a different rate. One can gain confidence in their skills within six months with a practice of one to two hours a week. With more practice, you can expect faster results and if it’s less you can stretch out this timeline.
Can one learn to sing?
Yes, anyone can learn to sing. A unique voice can be called a gift but singing is an art that anyone can learn. Everyone can learn to sing well enough to sing basic songs. It is only a matter of learning basic techniques.
Can you play chords on a harmonica?
The harmonica allows chords as well as single notes, making it a unique wind instrument. Beginners often find themselves playing chords, or multiple notes by default while learning to play single notes.
Universal Music Day Activities
Attend a concert
You don’t need to go very far to attend a concert. Many local concerts are being held in nearby venues or public parks, which is a great way to encourage new artists while enjoying some good music.
Play an instrument
Being able to play the guitar has been your dream ever since you were a kid. Take this opportunity to give yourself the motivation to start learning to play any instrument. Learning to play a new instrument is not only a great exercise for your brain but also a neat way to impress people.
Plan a karaoke night
Sing your hearts out at the local karaoke, and have a blast! Just because you won’t sound as good as Adele doesn’t mean you can’t have fun singing. Plan a karaoke night with your friends and let the music take control.
5 Facts About Music That Will Make You Sway
The world's longest-running performance
The 639-year performance started in 2001, is still running in Germany, and is scheduled to conclude in 2640.
Mozart sold more CDs than Beyoncé
Mozart sold the most CDs in 2016, beating Grammy winners Adele, Drake, and Beyoncé.
Plants grow faster to music
According to South Korean scientists, plants grow faster when music is played around them.
The most profitable song of all time
‘Happy Birthday’ is the most profitable song bringing millions a year in royalties.
The most expensive musical instrument
In 2011, the ‘Lady Blunt’ Stradivarius violin sold for a world-record $15.9 million.
Why We Love Universal Music Day
Music is happiness
Research has shown that when you listen to your favorite music, your brain releases dopamine, which helps boost the mood. But we were all already aware of music’s mood-boosting abilities. So play some of your favorite tunes the next time you need to lift your spirits.
Music is a stress-buster
Listening to music helps decrease the levels of the stress hormone in your body. Another study suggests that actively participating in activities related to producing music such as playing an instrument or singing can help boost the immune system. So singing along with the radio while you drive back from work might not be such a bad idea after all.
Music helps you eat less
According to research at Georgia Tech University, softening the lighting and music while eating made people consume fewer calories and enjoy their meals more. Be sure to include some music in your diet plan next time you need to shed off that holiday weight.
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