June 21, the summer solstice for the northern hemisphere, is also known as World Music Day. The celebration started in France in 1982 as Fete de la Musique, which simply means Music Festival. Maurice Fleuret, the Director of Music and Dance, founded the holiday when he discovered the statistic that in 1982 five million people in France and one out of every two French children played an instrument.
The holiday calls for people everywhere, professionals and amateurs, to take to the streets and play music, as well as give and attend free concerts of any musical style. In fact, there is a French slogan for the holiday, Faites de la musique (which, I’m told, sounds identical to Fete de la Musique if you actually speak French) that means “make music.” Sounds like fun!
“Praise the Lord with the harp;
make music to him on the ten-stringed lyre.
Sing to him a new song;
play skillfully, and shout for joy.”