Most of us have an innate understanding of music. Even if we can’t play an instrument, or even sing, somehow, we can connect with rhythms and melodies. Heck, even plants understand music. Did you know they tend to grow faster after a generous helping of classical music? It’s true. The World Day of Music, celebrated each June 21, highlights music’s universal appeal. It’s meant to make music more inclusive and encourage people of varying skill levels to interact a lot more with all types of tunes.
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The French composer wanted to make music accessible to a lot more people in France
Maurice Fleuret, together with Minister of Culture, Jack Lang, announces Fete de la Musique in Paris on June 21, which is also the day of the summer solstice.
The concept of Fete de la Musique is adopted by several countries around the world, and becomes an annual fixture on the global calendar.
World Day of Music Activities
Learn an instrument
Don't worry. Everyone's a beginner at some point. Even Paul Simon had to start somewhere. Use this day as an excuse to sign up for lessons. Or teach yourself. There's always YouTube.
Create some homemade music
Even if you can't play a genuine instrument yet, grab some everyday household objects, get together with your friends, and jam away. The music-making process can be therapeutic.
Discover new artists
Go out of your way to explore new genres. Put your Spotify subscription to good use. Even better, go to your neighborhood record store (if you have one), and do some crate digging. You will surprised at your discoveries.
5 Bizarre Facts About Music And Musicians
"Happy Birthday" Plays on Another Planet
A year after landing on Mars, the Curiosity Rover played "Happy Birthday" to itself.
AC/DC Wins the War
In 1989, after invading Panama, the US military blasted a bunch of AC/DC tunes in front of Gen. Noriega's compound for two straight days — helping to secure the dictator's surrender.
Hanz Zimmer Studies Music for only 2 Weeks
The Hollywood film composer, who has worked on more than 150 films, took piano lessons as a child — barely.
Plants Respond to Music Too
According to a study conducted in 2007, plants grow faster if they are exposed to a constant stream of classical music.
Axl Rose: Professional Smoker
The lead singer of Guns 'N Roses once earned $8 an hour for smoking cigarettes — for a science experiment.
Why We Love World Day of Music
There are spontaneous music related events in most cities around the world. In Paris, for example, people can be seen dancing on the streets all night long. Celebrating the summer solstice doesn't get more fun than this!
The idea behind the day is to encourage everybody to participate in music. That's why lots of cities organize free events for all to enjoy.
Amateur musicians get their chance to shine
Not sure of your talent level? The World Day of Music's the perfect opportunity to showcase your skills. Just pick up your instrument and take to the streets. A lot of amateur musicians in major cities around the world do exactly that on this day!
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