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.
October 13th Universal Music Day
Music is one of the most important things in our lives. It brings back memories, calms us, excites us and brings us joy. It serves as background in elevators, drives fund raisers and just generally makes our lives better.
Today has been celebrated on the second Saturday of October since 2007. Whether you like Rock, Jazz, Rap, Blues, Classical or whatever form of music that pleases you today is the day to spend a little time listening, remembering and enjoying.
How to celebrate – Listen to the music of your choice. Learn how to play a musical instrument. Go out dancing.
One of the most American dances you’ll ever find is the Square Dance… only it didn’t really start in America. The English, Irish and Scottish were doing their own form of the square dance long before Americans joined in.
America did add in the caller, that person no one can understand, barking out the steps you are supposed to take. “Dosey Do” and “Swing Your Partner” are among the favorites! The dance is very popular in the southern states and mid-western regions where country music is king.
Naturally it’s a very colorful dance, sort of reminding one of the can-can for women. Men are generally a little more low key but can be equally as bright. It is a great way to excercise and a lot of elderly people are still involved with regular square dance groups.
There are competitions but most people just enjoy it as one might enjoy a night of bowling or shuffleboard. But if you are going to dance, you might want to learn it before you go, if you listen to the caller the moves will be done before you are able to conciously understand them.
How to celebrate – Learn how to square dance! Join a square dance group, after all you will need others to do the square dance. Learn how to be a caller and confuse everyone, it’s a great laugh.