A whole bunch of people around the world will join together Sunday to admit that music has special powers.
The idea for a community fest to celebrate such a concept started in 1989 in France.
They picked June 21, the day of the Summer Solstice. Most sunlight in the Northern Hemisphere and all.
Now it’s spread to more than 700 cities worldwide. Thanks to the Syracuse-based Making Music magazine, we’ve got ours on deck this Sunday.
I wrote about it for this week’s installment of my Mark It Up community column for Syracuse Public Media site waer.org.
You can read my column there by clicking the link below.
Having been the music writer and critic for the big daily for 21 years, I know that Central New Yorkers can get into it.
The premise is: Volunteers at designated spots will bring their instruments. Everybody in the community is invited to bring theirs, too. Nothing is amplified. No matter the level, the mood is “play together.”
Hell, at the harmonica jam, the Hohner folks are even giving out free samples of the instrument they make, hoping to fuel the interest.
And it’s Father’s Day, too. A happy Sunday could be on the horizon.
Have heard about Make Music Day in your community? Have you ever participated in a jam, and if so, what was it like? If you could pick one instrument to pick up and learn now, what would it be and why?