World Music Day: Celebrations in the USA, the uniting universal music and its wonders! Read on for more!

World Music Day: Celebrations in the USA, the uniting universal music and its wonders! Read on for more!

Music: the unifying force

People celebrate World Music Day (Make Music Day) on the 21st of June all over the world. More than 750 cities and 120 countries participated actively in this annual festival.

In the United States of America, more than 60 cities took part. Old and young, amateur and expert musicians, as well as those of different genres, held several performances for their families, neighbors, and strangers.

People gathered in open areas such as streets, parks, plazas, porches, rooftops, gardens, and other public areas to share and enjoy the music and its benefits.

In the USA, more than 4000 free outdoor concerts, music lessons, and jam sessions were held. It was an all-day musical celebration that marked the summer solstice and brought people from all walks of life to make music.

There were major events held in New York City, Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Madison, Milwaukee, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Nashville, Pittsburgh, Portland (OR), St. Louis, San Jose, Seattle, and the entire states of Vermont and Rhode Island.

There were smaller-scale celebrations held in other communicates as well to mark this day this year. This day was used to encourage people to have the pleasure of making music.

Source: (World Music Day celebrations in the USA)
Source: (World Music Day celebrations in the USA)

The various musical instruments that were played in Mass Appeal events included guitars, harmonicas, accordions, flutes, percussion, trombones, bassoons, French horns, synthesizers, ukuleles, djembes, harps, and voices.

In America, the event is presented and coordinated by The NAMM Foundation and the nonprofit Make Music Alliance. This was the second year that Washington DC is celebrating this day.

This year, 68 artists performed in 17 venues across the city. Casio America Inc. also pitched in to encourage people to participate in great numbers. Stephen Schmidt, Vice President of Casio’s Electronic Musical Instrument Division said:

Music is a universal language that spreads joy to so many, and that is why we at Casio encourage everyone to participate in the celebration of World Music Day, no matter their age, skill level, or preferred musical genre,” 

He added:

“From beginners to seasoned musicians, Casio offers a wide variety of digital pianos and keyboards to support your musical passion.”

History of the World Music Day

In 1976, American artist Joel Cohen initiated the concept of World Music Day while working in France.

In October 1981, the French Minister of Culture Jack Lang appointed Maurice Fleuret to the post of Director of music and dance. The duo adopted Joel Cohen’s idea of an all-day music celebration, and the first World Music Day or Fete de la Musique took place on 21st June 1982.

Over the years, it has been spreading to other countries. Its reach is expanding to include more and more countries and cities every year.

Source: Cover with me (World Music Day)
Source: Cover with me (World Music Day)

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Wonderful quotes on Music

Music is a universal and uniting language. English singer, Keith Richards said:

“Music is a language that doesn’t speak in particular words. It speaks in emotions, and if it’s in the bones, it’s in the bones.”

English composer Benjamin Britten had revealed music details. He said:

“It is cruel, you know, that music should be so beautiful. It has the beauty of loneliness and of pain: of strength and freedom. The beauty of disappointment and never-satisfied love. The cruel beauty of nature, and everlasting beauty of monotony.” 

German writer and statesman Johann Wolfgang expressed:

“A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul.”

American singer, Marilyn Manson once said:

“Music is the strongest form of magic.”

Touching on the usefulness of music, American singer and pianist Billy Joel once remarked:

“I think music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music.”

Highlighting the sweetness of music, American filmmaker and musician Frank Zappa said:

“Without music to decorate it, time is just a bunch of boring production deadlines or dates by which bills must be paid.”

German composer J.S.Bach commented:

“Music is an agreeable harmony for the honor of God and the permissible delights of the soul.”

Source: Mentalfloss (Still from the Sound of ,Music movie)
Source: Mentalfloss (Still from the Sound of Music movie)

Musicians make these wonderful quotes, adorable and worth remembering when they entertain us on World Music Day. World Music Day, let us make music, learn music, hear our favorites, or teach it to someone!

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