World music day: Where is its origin, and how should we celebrate it? 

World music day: Where is its origin, and how should we celebrate it? 

Welcome musicians and music appreciators. It's that time of year when we get to celebrate the most cerebral and ephemeral mediums of art — Music! Life truly wouldn't be worth living without the gift of music and expression. Personally, I would give music an entire month (or year!) of celebration — alas, I don't have that sort of power, we have to settle for a world music day instead. Let's take a look into the origins of this day, its significance and how we can best enjoy it!

“Art is how we decorate space, music is how we decorate time” — Jean-Michel Basquiat 

Where did world music day come from?

So it turns out it’s a fairly new celebration, the day was first coined by France’s former Minister of Culture, Jack Lang in 1982 as well as Maurice Fleuret a music composer and radio producer. Its intention was to celebrate music enthusiasts all over the globe. So like clock work on the 21st of June we gather and delight in the abundant gifts and boundless connectivity that music provides.

What’s its significance?

Music is the cathartic and healing medicine that’s essential for our existence, and world music day is a day to honor the color that music has added throughout our sometimes very boring and gray lives. Long before 1982 the human race had a devout appreciation for music. In the prehistoric era, making basic sounds with our mouths and beating objects in unison around the fire, or trying to impress a first date in 1809 by taking them to the new Beethoven’s piano Concerto No.5 that just dropped! I could go on to talk about a thousand situations where music was our trusted friend, but I have a word limit for this article. 

“Where words fail, music speaks” — Hans Cristian Anderson

How can we celebrate World Music Day?

This year’s theme is ‘Fastes de la musique’ which basically is a motivating slogan meaning – make music. So my best advice is to do what we always do and get out there! Go into the world, perform at that gig, go to that concert, sing in the car on your way to work, dance in your living room, have a jam with your mates. Go to your local pub and sing with the random drunk man by the bar. (it’s Friday after all) but whatever you do, enjoy yourself and enjoy the music. 

“Enjoy yourself, it’s later than you think” — The Specials (Carl Sigmund)

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