Make Music Day is a remarkable day that converts cities into concert spaces and pedestrians into audience. To hear specifically-crafted music coming from notable public locales reveals unexpected creativity in the place of the ordinary. And it provides a snapshot of each city's leading talent and the diversity of its communities.
In the last few years, I've been a part of Make Music Day concerts all over New York City – on an Upper West Side pier, at a Greenwich Village block party, and in the middle of Times Square. I've seen firsthand the joy and sense of community this celebration brings. I'm proud to support the efforts of Make Music Day to foster participatory music-making across the country, and around the world.
Make Music Day is a wonderful holiday that’s all about people sharing music with each other. I led a ukulele event for Make Music Los Angeles in 2014, where anyone could bring their instrument and join, and I could feel the spirit of Aloha in the park that day.
The goal of Make Music Day is simply to celebrate music, a universal art form that binds us and enriches our lives and cultures in so many ways. Make Music Day is truly special and unique in its inclusiveness of all musicians of any level or genre - or anyone at all - who wants to participate and spread the joy of music.
What I love about Make Music Day is that it brings music out to the public with no barriers or boundaries. On June 21st, you never know what you might hear – a jazz trio on a train platform, a funk band in a prison, or a string quartet on a porch. They're celebrating every kind of music and bringing people together. It's a great day and I'm happy to see it growing nationwide.
I’ve been part of a few Make Music Day concerts, and it’s heartening to see people responding to the music as they go about their day. I have watched my husband Poez perform concerts in Harlem on the street in front of a coffee shop; in a beautiful garden on the Upper West Side; and downtown on a side street flanked by high buildings. Once I performed a concert at the French Embassy on Make Music Day, which has led to a great friendship. I am glad to help it continue around the world.