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.
Music calms the beast inside of us. That is, of course, unless you get frustrated trying to learn it. But really, think about your life without music. And the only way music is created is by people playing instruments. (Yes, the voice is considered an instrument as well) If you have space, you might want to consider buying a grand piano or a tuba. If not, try a harmonica or a jaw harp. My personal love is the guitar, of which at one time I owned 56. You never know where it might take you. You could go from hours of fun to becoming a rock star! (If that’s your thing) Music makes the world go round and you can be a part of that just by buying a musical instrument. Oh, and renting it, well that’s just an excuse for giving it up!
How to celebrate – Select the musical instrument that best fits your situation. Take a few lessons to help you learn. Look for instruments that grow in value.
Come on admit it it! If you are old as I am you probably still have an eight track tape of one or two of the artists you thought you could never replace. Here again, if you are like me you no longer have a working eight track tape player so the cartridge is useless but you still can’t bring yourself to throw away that tape because, well, it’s a memory you sort of like to be reminded of.
For those younger folks, it was a storage unit for the music you liked to listen to. It was small enough that you could actually have a player in your car instead of having to wait until you got home to listen to your favorite band. It was created by a man named William Lear and I’m sure that he ended up very wealthy.
It definitely is a 60’s and 70’s kind of thing. You will probably never find an eight track of Justin Beiber, which could be a good reason to go back to 8 tracks (jk)! The way we listen to music will probably continue to change over the years to come. For the most part, it’s better, the cartridges are smaller and store more now. You can carry an entire decade of music in your pocket now. The quality is better and playback decisively improved. But it seems like something we expect these days and we are no longer as impressed as when the 8 track first came out.
The 8 track has gone the way of 37 cent a gallon gasoline and record stores where you could go spend hours looking at what was new on the latest releases. But in some ways there will always be a place for the 8 track in our hearts. It was so new and innovative in it’s time it revolutionized the world, and those who benefited from music sales.
How to celebrate – Dig out your old 8 tracks. See if you can find a working 8 track player. Dress up in 60’s or 70’s clothing.