May 29th International Jazz Day

Jazz is another truly American product coming out sometime during in the 1800’s in New Orleans. Jazz is truly the musicians music as it often gets above the average persons head in complexity. There are also numerous styles of jazz, New Orleans jazz, light jazz, easy listening jazz, heavy jazz… something for everybody! Today was created by D. Michael Denny in 1991 while on the board of directors of the New Jersey Jazz Society. It always falls on the Saturday following Memorial Day. One of my best friends is a jazz artist maybe better known for his R&B, Mickey Carroll. Give a listen to some of his easy listening jazz by clicking here.

May 22nd Buy A Musical Instrument Day

Music has always been a huge part of my life. When I was young I was in a band, as I got older I got into musical theater and still try to play when I can… which is hardly ever. Playing a radio though doesn’t count. Most people tend to start on a piano. I did, never really took to it plus a piano is hard to carry around with you. So I went to the guitar, loved it and sort of made a career out of it. Put out some records, played some clubs and even did a concert or two. At one time I owned 57 guitars, maybe a little over-kill. Anyway, even if all you play is a jawbone that you can keep in your pocket, play something! And to play it, you will probably need to buy it it first!

How to celebrate – Buy some sort of musical instrument. Take some lessons on how to play. Start your own band, best way to learn is if you have others you have to answer to.

April 17th Record Store Day

I remember spending hours at my local record store when I was younger. It was called “Peaches” and it had every type of music available. Since I was a musician back then, and actually had some records out, so I always looked for mine there… and for those of friends who also had records out. Never did find any. Records use to come in 78rpm, 33rpm and the most popular in my time, the 45rpm. Today was created by the recordstoreday.com people in 2007. Never even knew they existed. Records are starting to make as come back, I’m not sure why, but they are. I loved the covers!

How to celebrate – Break out your old record collection. Get a turntable. Visit one of the many retro record stores.

January 31st Inspire Your Heart With Art

There is no doubt that art moves people. Sometimes it lifts us up and inspires us, at other times it leaves us scratching our heads and wondering why any one would waste their time doing that. It is true, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. However, art comes in so many forms I am sure you can find one that you enjoy. Paintings, photographs, music, business deals, food dishes… even detailing a car can be art. In fact, nearly anything anyone can do or make is an art. So share your art with others and enjoy theirs, you’ve got nothing to lose and an entire other world to start enjoying.

How to celebrate – Make a list of what you consider art. Visit a museum of art. Create.

October 25th International Artists Day

What is an artists to you? A painter? A musician? A poet? In fact, they are all artists and since they are in every country of the world, they are international. Hence International Artists Day. In truth, even a good auto mechanic is an artist. Anyone who does their job well with dedication is an artist. The day was created by Chris MacClure in 2004, an artist in Sully, BC, Canada. (A painter) I suppose to be International your work needs to be available across borders, and continents. So, are you an artist? Is your work available anywhere in the world? If so, then today is your day!

How to celebrate – Who do you consider an artist? What do you consider art? Visit a museum or gallery.

October 11th It’s My Party Day

The origins of this day are not clear but it believed by most to be a day to celebrate Leslie Gore’s hit, “It’s My Party” in 1963. She was just 16 years old at the time she recorded the #1 hit. Of course it could also be just because someone wanted to have a party today. Well, whatever reason you want to credit today for, it’s time to make it your party! The only drawback is that it’s a Tuesday. Oh well, you can always listen to the record.

How to celebrate – Throw a party. Listen to Leslie Gore’s, “It’s My Party”. Have a teddy bear tea party! (Just don’t tell anybody about it)

May 14th Dance Like A Chicken Day

Have you ever watched a chicken dance? They are all over the place and rarely do the same thing twice. I can tell you as a former musician, watching people dance from the bandstand was generally like watching chickens dance. The Chicken Dance song was created by Werner Thomas from Davos, Switzerland in the 1950’s. It was called “Der Ententanz”, or the Duck Dance. Of course since most of us don’t actually understand the language, we translated as chicken and so, we chicken dance. Anyway, does it really matter how well, or how pour, we dance? As long as you are having fun, that’s all that matters.

How to celebrate – Do the chicken dance. Create your own moves others may try to copy. Have fun and don’t worry about what others think.

April 15th World Art Day

It seems a little odd that World Art Day would fall on the day our taxes are due but it does. I guess you could say that Art waits for no one. Oh, and it’s Leonardo DaVinci’s birthday too! The day is sponsored by the International Association of Arts (IAA) and was created in 2011 by the General Assembly in Turkey. Art is in the eye of the beholder, some like the Mona Lisa and others those black light Elvis Presley towels. It doesn’t matter, art is art and whatever pleases us best is serving it’s purpose. It might be hanging in a museum or gallery somewhere or it might be right outside your front door.

How to celebrate – Figure out witch art, or arts, mean the most to you. Visit an Art Gallery. Listen to music, watch a movie or hang your favorite piece of art on your refrigerator.

April 11th Barbershop Quartet Day

The Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America in Tulsa, Ok formed on April 11th, 1938. Today, Barbershop Quartets are declining because of the changes in music over the years even though, in theory, Barbershop started rap. (Well kinda anyway) Barbershop Quartets are the band in music, no instruments are allowed. The talent required is high, higher than a rock band since each member of the quartet has to be able to stand on their own. It’s becoming a lost art anymore and that’s sad.

How to celebrate – Watch “The Music Man”. Go see a Barbershop Quartet show. Start your own Barbershop Quartet.

February 3rd The Day The Music Died Day

Today, in 1959, we lost Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and the Big Bopper due to a plane crash in snowy conditions. All three were legends in their own time and who knows what else they might have done if they had survived, but they didn’t and the world’s loss can only be imagined. Many felt that this was the day the music died, or at least rock and roll. But it didn’t and while it has been reinvented over and over again, it still exists. They did leave their impression on us all. They left their impression on music. For them, the music did die, for us it goes on and we will have what they left behind to listen to forever so at least their legends live on.

How to celebrate – Listen to the music Valens, Holly and the Big Bopper left behind. Read about their lives, or watch the movies made of them. Remember who they were and they will live on forever.