September 19th National Dance Day

There are few things you can do to get better health results than dancing. It’s fun, gets one up and moving and even helps with mental outlook. The problem for me is, I use to be in bands that played at clubs and watched people dance, realizing just how bad they could be… I made up my mind not to look the fool. (Though I do anyway) Today was created by Nigel Lythgoe of the American Dance Movement in 2010. Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes sponsored a Congressional Resolution in support of the health benefits. It use to come at the end of July but was moved to September at the request of the American Heart Association to promote the Kid’s Heart Challenge I am guessing through the school system.

How to celebrate – Get out there and dance. Take dance lessons. Create your own dance steps.

July 4th National Country Music Day

What better than celebrating the birth of our country than by also celebrating Country Music! I mean, one sort of goes in hand with the other! Now I know there are a lot of people who don’t like performers like Conway Twitty and Johnny Cash but country music is changing and becoming more like the old Rock N’ Roll of the 70’s and 80’s, and you would be hard pressed to find country artists who are not patriotic. So, at least for today, enjoy some country music and listen to people who love this country instead of people who hate everything about the USA.

How to celebrate – Listen to some Country Music. Give the newer country music a chance. Celebrate the birth of the United States.

May 28th International Jazz Day

Jazz is a truly American invention, created sometime in the late 1800’s in New Orleans. Though it is American, the whole world seems to love jazz, often trying to do something to amaze the other jazz musicians across the world. This holiday always falls on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend. It began in 1991 when D. Michael Denny of the New Jersey Jazz Society suggested it and it was actually recognized by the U.S. Congress the same year.

How to celebrate – Listen to some jazz. Figure out who your favorite jazz artist is. Go to New Orleans, the French Quarter.

April 30th International Jazz Day

Jazz was born in New Orleans in the late 1800’s. It rapidly moved into an International form of entertainment and musical expression. Today was created by Herbie Hancock in 2011 as a member of UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Culture Organization. There are times when jazz gets beyond the average listener, becoming an art form for those musicians who require a more expressive form of music.

How to celebrate – Go to New Orleans to hear some jazz. Study the great jazz musicians. Learn how to play a musical instrument.

March 4th Marching Music Day

March 4th Marching Music Day

Technically speaking, I suppose if you move around when you play music you are celebrate marching music day. However, if you literally march then you need to make sure there is a beat to march to or the players get very confused. Marching music started out as military bands led troops through towns on parade to reassure both the citizens, and the soldiers themselves. It eventually became a competition  and began to specialize in the performance. Drum and Bugle Corps leading the way. The Drum Corps International, who founded today officially organized back in 1971.

How to celebrate – Go to a parade and watch the marching bands. Go to a football game for halftime. Watch the military marching bands perform at special ceremonies.   

October 25th International Artists Day

Today we celebrate all those artists across the face of the earth. Generally speaking we think of painting and sculpting as the art world but it really includes any work form that someone takes pride in doing and does well. That can be a car mechanic, a trash collector or a house painter. If you do anything the best you are able to do it, and take pride in what you do… you are an artist. I know, I know… this is not what the day suggests it is but maybe it should be. I can appreciate a great painting, a great musical score or someone putting on my roof properly as great art.

How to celebrate – Look at all jobs as if they are an art. Visit a Gallery. Go see a movie.

October 11th It’s My Party Day

This really should read, “It’s My Pity Party Day” and we all have them. We like to let people know we are suffering and that they should feel sorry for us, for some unknown reason it really does make us feel better. It made Leslie Gore feel a whole lot better when it became a #1 hit in 1963! She was only 16 at the time and the most natural age for anyone to have a pity party! Why October 11th? Well no one seems to know to be honest. The fact that today exists at all is because people want others to join them at their party and be just as miserable as they are.

How to celebrate – Have a party! Get a copy of Leslie Gore’s 1963 hit! Write down all the reasons people should feel sorry for you, draw one out of a hat and you have your reason for the party!

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. 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 used 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 a comeback, 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.