July 4th National Country Music Day
It is fitting that National Country Day and Independence Day are celebrated on the same date. Many Country Music Songs are very patriotic. Not to be cinfused with International Country Music Day, which is celebrated in September. It was created by the Country Music Deejay Association in the 1950s to honor “The Father of Country Music”, Jimmie Rodgers. The genre has become so popular they now have venues to honor many Country Musicians, the Grand Ole Opry and the County Music Hall of Fame.
How to celebrate – Find you favorite country music artist and listen to them all day. See how many country music artists you can name. Discover how many songs are sung about trucks or breakups.
Brahms, Bach and Beethoven would have loved this day, it’s Violin Day. I don’t believe there is a musical instrument that represents classical music better than the violin. In the right hands it can sound beautiful and soothing. (Naturally in the wrong hands it seems to exude the complete opposite!)
The violin is a is an essential part of the orchestra, normally involving numerous violins to provide the volume required to keep up with the other instruments. It provides excitement as well as subtle changes within music.
In a quartet, it provides the base for the music taking the place of the piano for the melody. It has more range than a piano and can compete with the emotional aspect of any musical instrument.
And it adds to country music when it becomes a fiddle instead of a violin. It’s the same instrument but played somewhat differently. Here the violin takes more of a supportive role, adding special accents and feeding on the emotional value of the music.
And in hands of someone like Charlie Daniels it become a weapon against the Devil himself!
How to celebrate – Learn how to play violin. Listen to some classical music. Learn about Stradivarius.
Is there anything more American than the square dance!?! Well, yes because the square dance actually comes from the Irish, English and Scottish! However, they do not use a caller for those required directions are truly American.
Allemande, Promenade, Courtesy, Circulate and Do Sa Do (Or Do Si Do) are all popular commands for the square dance. If they do not sound familiar to you, you probably do not square dance.
You can see the origins in Medieval dance, though their squares were more rectangles. The way royals often showed their royalty by being the only ones who knew the steps to the dance. Since America has no royalty, we use the caller to tell us what to do.
Generally accompanied by country or folk music with a quick beat, this dance style is both fun and rigorous. It can also be painful for those who do not know the steps. (Toes are likely to be stepped on)
I wonder if Mr. and Mrs. Claus square dance? Perhaps it could become the traditional Christmas dance! It generally is colorful enough and it is a celebration. An new invention, The Christmas Square Dance!
How to celebrate – Learn how to square dance. Learn how to become a caller. Invent a rock and roll square dance.