International Strange Music Day is celebrated on Aug. 24 to encourage people to discover and listen to all kinds of music that they don’t usually listen to.
The day was established based on the idea of ‘listening without prejudice.’ International Strange Music Day was created by a New York City musician, Patrick Grant in 1998. Grant who was a graduate of Julliard believed that when a person broadens the spectrum of music one listens to, it changes the way the person looks at other aspects of life.
According to scientific research, listening to different genres of music affects the mind and body in different ways. Some genres of music such as smooth jazz help to relax the body while pop music helps to improve endurance. Researchers have also found that listening to classical music has many positive impacts including helping to fight depression, improving creativity, relieving pain and sharpening brainpower. Studies have shown that listening to metal music provides a stronger sense of identity.
You can celebrate this day by experimenting with different genres of music which you normally don’t listen to or by creating your own strange music and sharing it with your friends.
- “Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.”- Plato
- “Music can change the world.”- Ludwig van Beethoven
- “Life seems to go on without effort when I am filled with music.” – George Eliot
- “My idea is that there is music in the air, music all around us; the world is full of it, and you simply take as much as you require.” – Edward Elgar
- “Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.”- Victor Hugo
- “Music touches us emotionally, where words alone can’t.”- Johnny Depp
- “Music is the universal language of mankind.”-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
- “The music is not in the notes, but in the silence in between.” – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
- “Music, once admitted to the soul, becomes a sort of spirit and never dies.” – Edward Bulwer-Lytton
- “Music is the strongest form of magic.” – Marilyn Manson