If you look for a "holiday" on just about anything or for a particular day these days, you'll find it. Today I was searching for a holiday on today's date, and up came Saxophone Day (unfortunately spelled "Saxaphone Day"). So, at the dismay of my saxophone-playing husband, I'm recognizing the "fake" holiday of "Saxophone Day" in my daily phrase. It's really to honor Adolphe Sax. :)
For a little background for those who are interested, this is from today's Google Doodle blog:
"If you were alive in the mid-nineteenth century and had a particularly keen ear for music, you might have noticed a void somewhere between the brass and woodwind sections. Adolphe Sax certainly did, and being both a talented musician and the enterprising man that he was, he started tinkering and endeavored to fill it. The result was the iconic, honey-toned instrument still bearing his name: the saxophone.
The son of an instrument-maker, Sax was highly creative and had a deep understanding of brass and woodwinds. He started tinkering with instruments of his own, and upon bringing together the body of a brass and the mechanics of a woodwind created a hybrid that would revolutionize music. His eponymous saxophone had a sound all its own, a wonderfully smoky middle ground between the two.
The Saxophones that were popularized by the likes of John Coltrane, Lisa Simpson, and Kenny G constitute only a fraction of his impressive body of work. From the whimsical looking 7-bell trombone to the large and swooping saxtuba, Sax never tired of exploring, experimenting, and creating new—and sometimes unusual—instruments."