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No Music Day


Audience members enjoy a music show in Guatemala City. Photo: Hyungsup Kim/Comvite
Audience members enjoy a music show in Guatemala City. Photo: Hyungsup Kim/Comvite

Today is No Music Day. Yes, really. This is an event introduced by the South African-born Scottish musician and record producer, Bill Drummond. Though he originally created it as a five-year plan to “draw attention to the cheapening of music as an art form due to its mindless and ubiquitous use in contemporary society,” it has come to hold no particular meaning through the years. According to the event’s official website, the only thing that’s certain about it is that it’s observed before the feast of Saint Cecilia, the patron saint of music. So, today we will use the occasion to salute those who make a living through music by focusing on the cheapening of music in itself. But in a good way.

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