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It’s hard to imagine any culture where music doesn’t play a vital role in the lives of the people! From singing to musical instruments, music has been around throughout most of human history. Music has been used throughout the years as a form of art to express all sorts of feelings, whether those of love, angst, political unrest, rebellion and so much more. 

The benefits of music for the human soul are intangible, but they are also immense. Music opens up new worlds for people. It can be used to tell stories, to inspire, or even just to help people relax. On Make Music Day, people all around the world come together to celebrate the incredible power of music!

History of Make Music Day

Make Music Day got its start in 1982 when a man named Jack Lang initiated the idea with his staff at the Ministry of Culture. The idea behind the day was for people to enjoy free music everywhere in towns and cities. Whether it was coming from a professional live band playing in a park or just a random person playing the ukulele from their balcony, the dream was for street corners, rooftops, gardens and storefronts to be filled with the beauty of musical sounds. 

Musicians, composers, conductors, singer/songwriters and instrumentalists alike have an ideal opportunity to show their stuff in honor of Make Music Day!

How to Celebrate Make Music Day

Certainly it’s no burden to celebrate Make Music Day! Whether a person is an avid maker of music themselves or simply one who enjoys listening, this is a day that has all sorts of options for observing and enjoying the day. Try out some of these ideas:

Make Beautiful Music

What would be the absolute perfect way to celebrate Make Music Day? Well, it’s making your own music, of course! By yourself or with friends. In a band or just with a playlist from the internet, this day is all about creating a new soundtrack of tunes for all the world to hear. It isn’t even necessary to be a professional or even amateur musician, because anyone can make music. For those who have children, they will love something as simple as banging on pots and pans and singing!

Enjoy Some Karaoke

Even for those who can’t play an instrument, it might be fun to get together for a night of karaoke with friends. And even for those who have no musical talent whatsoever, it’s still possible to enjoy Make Music Day! Just spend the day listening to some favorite songs, sharing them with friends and listening to some new artists that they share with you. The great thing about music is that it’s for anyone and everyone – and anytime!

Watch Some Films About Making Music

Looking for some inspiration from the entertainment industry around the idea of Make Music Day? Well, consider enjoying a film or movie that features the stories of those fictional or real characters who were inspired to make music. Try out some of these titles in celebration of the day:

  • Begin Again (2013). With an all-star cast including Keira Knightly, Adam Levine, Mark Ruffalo and James Corden, this film tells the fictional story of two people who become friends while they begin making music on the streets of New York.
  • Tick, Tick…Boom! (2021). An autobiographical portrait of the life of Jonathan Larson, who was a playwright and composer most famous for Broadway musical, Rent.
  • The Music Man (1962). This classic musical offers a peek into the life of small town America in the early 1900s where a conductor wants to start a band. Featuring Ron Howard as an adorable little boy.
  • Sing Street (2016). It’s amazing what love can do for a person’s musical inspiration! This musical romance film, set in the 1980s of Dublin, tells the coming of age story of a young man who starts a band to impress a girl.

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