“Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.” – Victor Hugo
Music has the power to stimulate our senses. It has the ability to connect with people in a way that transcends the barriers of dialogue. It can fill our beings with pure, unadulterated joy and it can mend broken hearts.
June 21 is celebrated as Fête de la Musique, named after a musical festival which started in France in 1982. World Music Day, as it is popularly known, is a day when the world comes together as one to celebrate the beautiful gift of music.
There are a few theories surrounding its inception, but the most famous school of thought connects it to the summer solstice and France. It is believed that it was France based American artist Joel Cohen who first proposed the festivity back in 1976. Whereas the other theory suggests that Jack Lang, French minister of culture was the one who started the festival after reading an impressive study about music and its impact on people.
Music is not only used for entertainment but can also be therapeutic for body, mind and soul. There are many ways in which music can help one heal. It is widely believed that music can improve one’s mood. It can motivate or inspire and may even increase the productivity level of a person.
Many people associate certain kind of music or a song with specific memories and emotions. Studies show that music has the power to hold the attention of the listener and can help in refining basic skills.
There have been cases where patients with brain trauma recovered with the help of music. It has the capability of bringing people together.
The best possible way to celebrate World Music Day would be to listen to all of your favourite songs or perhaps even be a little adventurous and find music from different cultures around the globe. And if you know how to play an instrument, then what would be better than picking it up and creating new music!