By Swetha Kannan
‘I was born with music inside me. Music was one of my parts. Like my ribs, my kidneys, my liver, my heart. Like my blood. It was a force already within me when I arrived on the scene. It was a necessity for me – like food or water.’
American singer Ray Charles couldn’t have described it better.
Music means different things to different people, at different times. It rejuvenates the spirit, soothes the nerves, unites, heals and does many more things to the body, mind and soul. The magical power of music is undeniable, whatever be the form – Carnatic, Hindustani, folk, trance, jazz or blues.
Music of the lyrical kind often pays tribute to so many things – God, nature, peace, love… So, it is only befitting that a tribute is paid to music itself.
June 21 is World Music Day. Its origin dates back to 1976 in France when American musician Joel Cohen came up with an all-night musical tribute to commemorate the start of the summer solstice. Since then, it has become a world-wide phenomenon promoting and spreading the joy of music through concerts and performances across parks, train stations and museums. The fervour has caught on in India too with several performances scheduled to happen at various venues.
So, check out who is playing where in your city. Tune into some old-fashioned music on the good old radio. Soak yourself in some divine ragas on your snazzy phone. Or get together with friends for a fun karaoke session. Bring out the music in you – this day and forever.
Happy Music Day to you all!