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  • September 28, 2022 – National Piano Month | National Good Neighbor Day

    Does Your Piano Need A Little Love?

    Welcome to September 28th, 2022 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate tickling the ivories and the folks on the porch next door.

    Before the piano arrived on the scene, the most popular keyboard instrument was the harpsichord. It made beautiful music, but its volume could not be varied while playing.  Composers and musicians wanted an instrument with the ability for more controlled expression.  This led Bartolomeo Cristofori to create an instrument that allowed musicians to alter volume and tone with the force of their fingers.  He called it the piano. Well, technically the original name was much longer.  We’ll spare you the Italian name, but it translates to “soft and loud keyboard instrument.”  September is National Piano Month and thanks to Mr. Cristofori, we can celebrate beautiful music in every genre from Classical to Rock.

    In the early 1970s, National Good Neighbor Day was created by Becky Mattson of Lakeside, Montana.  What began as an effort to build goodwill in our communities, became a Presidential Proclamation in 1978.  Jimmy Carter said: “… we are mindful that the noblest human concern is concern for others.  For most of us, this sense of community is nurtured and expressed in our neighborhoods where we give each other the opportunity to share and feel part of a larger family…”  On National Good Neighbor Day celebrate the spirit of friendship that has far reaching consequences. 

    I’m Anna Devere and I’m Marlo Anderson.  Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day.

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