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SANTA FE – Last year, Make Music Day was suppressed by a global pandemic that still has not ended with its outro. But local organizers are whistling a happier tune this year. While much of the annual global celebration of music will be held virtually in the Santa Fe area this year as a precaution, they expect the music to be live – and free of charge – in some venues. local.
“We’re coming out of a year and a half spent standing away from each other, but now we’re ready to start taking a look,” said Busy McCarroll, a local event organizer, who is celebrated around the world. June 21st.
Make Music Day falls on a Monday this year, which might not be ideal. But there is never a bad day for making music, McCarroll says, and playing music, or even just participating in it by listening, is a great way to beat the COVID-19 blues.
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“It’s really about spreading our love for music,” said McCarroll, who runs Busy y los Big Deals, of what is behind Make Music Day. “Music heals. We all need it for our souls and hearts, especially now more than ever. “
As president of the Santa Fe Music Alliance, McCarroll hosted Make Music Day in Santa Fe for several years. Part of it involved a concert-like event in the Plaza or the Railyard, but the music was blaring just about anywhere – porches, street corners, even moving sets in the backs of vans. .
It could happen again this year, after COVID-19 cut the music a year ago. And some of the places in town that usually host live music can do their own thing as well.
“We have contacted all the sites in Santa Fe and invited them to join us,” said McCarroll.
Make Music Day was born in France in 1982 when the Ministry of Culture created a new type of musical festival.
“They envisioned a day where free live music would be everywhere: street corners and parks, rooftops and gardens, storefronts and mountain peaks,” according to the Make Music Day website.
The Fête de la Musique remains a national holiday in France, the country stopping at the summer solstice and the musicians taking over. They say nearly 5 million French citizens of varying degrees of musical talent have played an instrument or performed in public at the festival.
The music festival has since spread to 120 countries, with the National Association of Music Merchants serving as the main sponsor in the United States. Almost 100 American cities are officially participating, including four in New Mexico. In addition to Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Gallup, and Las Cruces host events. According to the Make Music Day website, the group Las Cruces is planning an event in Klein Park where a local mariachi band will talk about the importance of mariachi music to the regional culture before a special performance.
Singers, church choirs, glee clubs, rock bands, brass bands, jazz combos and even MCs are invited to express themselves musically on June 21. But you don’t even have to be a musician to participate.
“The idea is to celebrate all things music,” said Cindy Cook, co-owner of Candyman Strings and Things on St. Michael’s Drive. “So if you want to learn music, play music or attend a workshop, the idea is to enlighten the community with music in its many forms and forms.”
Candyman hosts a few events that encourage people to start making music.
“Harmonica Mike” Handler, who teaches harmonica and blues guitar as part of Candyman’s Music Education Program, will host a virtual session on the fundamentals of playing the instrument.
You don’t have a harmonica? No problem. Harmonicas maker Hohner has donated 100 harmonicas which will be given to anyone interested in learning to play the mouth organ at the store between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m.
In addition, Candyman will host an in-person percussion workshop from noon to 5 p.m.
“If you don’t have an instrument, you can still make music,” Cook said. “All you need is a flowerpot and a mallet.”
Make Music Day Santa Fe is sponsored by Candyman, Santa Fe Music Alliance, the New Mexico Music Commission and its foundation, AMP Concerts, the Kludgit Sound recording studio, Santa Fean magazine, the city of Santa Fe and all the places that decide to participate.
One of the edicts of Make Music Day is that everything is free and no one should have to pay to hear the music. But don’t let that stop you from tipping a musician if you feel like you have to.
“It’s a great opportunity to tap into that energy that you get from music that is so magical and powerful,” McCarroll said. “Let him heal us, let him help us, let him make us cry and love.”
For more information on the event, visit the Make Music Day Santa Fe website: https://www.makemusicday.org/santafe/