Melodia - A Holiday to honor and celebrate Music... and how it can benefit the World
Jan 27, 2010
What is Melodia?
Melodia is an idea for a Holiday which celebrates humanity's universal love of music, and how it can benefit the world. It is there to remind us of what we all have in common, instead of concentrating on our differences. Music has the power to move, inspire, and change the world for the better... So it deserves a Holiday devoted to it.
Melodia was born from an intense brain storming session at work between me and my friend Joe Chavez on April 9th 2009. Somehow we started talking about how lame some holidays were. We concluded that the meanings & intentions behind most holidays were lost, and that most had become marketing "cash cows". Even worst, many holidays were exclusive to different groups of people. During the discussion, a "eureka" moment happened and I decided that we all needed a new holiday. This holiday would not exclude anybody and would celebrate what we all have in common, instead of concentrating on our differences. In a way, it's a holiday that would celebrate"humanity" and it's strengths and ideals. Within that thought process, Music was the perfect element to bring that all together ...because it has the power to bring people together. I envisioned a holiday where people could celebrate by going to concerts that would benefit charities, and the gifts given could be music related. Musical instruments, CD Mixes, & Concert tickets seemed like fun gift ideas. The name I came up for this new holiday was a combination of two words "Melody" and "Dia" (the Spanish word for 'day')... Melodia was born. I came up with the date "August 1st" for Melodia because August didn't have any major holiday yet, and because I wanted it to be during a "warm" month where people could celebrate outside (for example, outdoor concerts). And because every Holiday needs an official food, I came up with Lavender flavored Ice Cream/Gelato. Ice Cream works great because it's such a universally loved food, and I chose Lavender because it's a unique flavor that is starting to get noticed and is becoming more and more mainstream. Lavender is a seasonal flower that is usually harvested in July, so the timing was perfect as well.
The Future of Melodia
I admit, It seems like a ridiculously crazy notion; inventing a new holiday. I never thought in a million years that I would be writing about and pitching my idea for a creating a new official holiday...but I truly believe that we need a holiday that honors the power that Music has to inspire us, move us, and bring different people together to make positive changes in the World. If this idea resonates with others, my hope is that it will gain a life of it's own, and inspire others to make this Holiday a reality. So if you think that this new holiday is a good idea, please let others know... especially if you have friends who can help give this holiday some momentum (like Celebrities and Musicians). Also, if anybody has an idea for how to help make "Melodia" an official holiday... please contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Melodia is an unnofficial holiday that was invented by Duc Truong. It's a holiday that celebrates Music and it's power to benefit the world in a positive way. It's also a holiday devoted to celebrating what we (humanity) have in common, as opposed to our differences. The word 'Melodia' was invented by putting together the two words "Melody" and "Dia" (spanish word for 'day'). The offical food of "Melodia" (because every holiday needs one) is Lavender flavored Ice Cream or Gelato. It is the hope of the inventor that Melodia becomes an official holiday and is celebrated all over the world. In his own words Mr. Truong says: "I envision a holiday that celebrates not just our universal love of music, but celebrates the spirit of humanity. Music has the power to move us, to inspire us, and to change the world in many positive ways... it deserves to have a Holiday in it's honor, and we need a holiday that the whole world can celebrate together". Melodia is celebrated on August 1st.