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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Art takes on many different forms and whether it’s your cup of tea of not doesn’t matter. Today is your chance to inspire your heart, with art others have created, or you create yourself. Whether it is a painting, sculpture, music, poem, drawing, or even the beauty you find in just looking at the sky, get inspired by it. Think of other things you might be able to do, or other people you might be able to inspire. Today isn’t really about how well you do something, it’s more about the way you see it. Remember those drawings you did as a child, gave to your mother, and she put on the ice box? Well to her that was a great piece of art. She may not have known what it was that you were making but she was inspired by the fact that you made it at all.
How to celebrate – Go to an Art Exhibit. See the art in everything around you. Help someone create what they may not be able to create on their own.
Even if you have a tin ear you can play a kazoo. Maybe not all that well, but you can still play it. Just the saying the word kazoo brings fun to mind. Of course most people abuse this musical instrument, just blowing, or humming, any tune into it and getting the expected result. But an artist can make it sound like… well, someone humming into a kazoo but in key. You don’t need to read music, you don’t even need to be able to read anything! You do not need to spend years learning the proper use. Just buy it and blow.
How to celebrate – Buy a kazoo. Start a kazoo band. Lead a Kazoo parade!
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.
April 30th and May 25th International Jazz Day
So a bit confusung. A few sites had this originally as May 25. But it is officially celebrated by UNESCO on April 30th this year. However, if you are in Atlanta today you can celebrate in their Atlanta Jazz Festival!
Jazz is the only truly American music having started in the 1800’s, it’s home now internationally recognized as New Orleans, Louisiana. D. Michael Denny, a musician and bandleader created the day back in 1991 while serving on the Board of Directors of the New Jersey Jazz Society. It has since been recognized by the U.S. Congress as well. Jazz has certainly changed over the years, whether it’s better, or worse, depends on your tastes but it will always hold its place as America’s own.
How to celebrate – Visit New Orleans. Go to a jazz club. See
how many jazz artists you can name without help.