FÊTE DE LA MUSIQUE
After a really long what is that one thing which soothes your mind and calms your body?
90 percent of the answers will be music!
Well yes, music the power of enhancing the human mind up to great extends. Since millions of years music have charmed all our minds and souls in the most exceptional way. Well, the story of music is the story of humans. So the definition of music existed since our ancestor’s era. To be more specific the story of music is somewhat equal to the story of humans. Back then music was any sound that expressed emotions, a mother humming or crooning to calm her baby would probably count as music. Scientists have studied the fossilized skulls and jaws of early apes, to see if they were able to vocalize and control pitch. About a million years ago, the common ancestor of Neanderthals and modern humans had the vocal anatomy to “sing” like us, but it’s impossible to know if they did.
Another important component of music is rhythm. Our early ancestors may have created rhythmic music by clapping their hands. This may be linked to the earliest musical instruments when somebody realized that smacking stones or sticks together doesn’t hurt your hands as much. Many of these instruments are likely to have been made from soft materials like wood or reeds, and so haven’t survived. What have survived are bone pipes. Some of the earliest ever found are made from swan and vulture wing bones and are between 39,000 and 43,000 years old. Other ancient instruments have been found in surprising places. For example, there is evidence that people struck stalactites or “rock gongs” in caves dating from 12,000 years ago, with the caves themselves acting as resonators for the sound.
So, we know that music is old, and may have been with us from when humans first evolved. When music has given humans so much 21st of June every year is celebrated as a world music day.
The concept of world music day came about back in the 70s when American Joel Cohen was working as a music producer for French National Radio. He came up with the idea of a day full of music to celebrate the summer solstice on June 21st – the longest day of the year – and the idea caught on.
After that ny 1982 the French government put its weight behind the idea and made it an official event and it’s been popular ever since.
When the concept of Fête de la Musique was being conceived, the French Ministry of Culture believed, and applied their reflections to the musical practice and its evolution:
“The music everywhere and the concert nowhere”
When they discovered, in a 1982 study on the cultural habits of the French, that five million people, one child out of two, played a musical instrument, they began to dream of a way to bring people out on the streets.
The celebration was designed to promote music in two different ways through World Music Day:
● Amateur and professional musicians are encouraged to perform in the streets, under the slogan “Faites de la musique” (“Make music”), a homophone of Fête de la Musique.
● Many free concerts are organized, making all genres of music accessible to the public. Two of the caveats to being sanctioned by the official Fête de la Musique organization in Paris are that all concerts must be free to the public, and all performers donate their time for free. This is true of most participating cities as well.
The festival is now celebrated in over 700 cities in over 12 countries.
HAPPY WORLD MUSIC DAY, KEEP SINGING!