September 28, 2020 – National Piano Month | National Good Neighbor Day
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Welcome to September 28, 2020 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 one’s fingers. He called it the piano. Well, technically he didn’t name it the “piano.” The original name was much longer. We’ll spare you the Italian name, but it translates to “soft and loud keyboard instrument.” In September, we celebrate National Piano Month, and thank Mr. Cristofori for an instrument that has given us some of the most beautiful songs ever written, in every genre from Classical to Rock. We also give a special shoutout to whoever decided to shorten the name.
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, when Jimmy Carter said: “As our Nation struggles to build friendship among the peoples of this world, 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 an 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.
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