Friday, November 6, 2015


Happy Birthday, Adolphe Sax, inventor of the saxophone! He was born in 1814 on this day (November 6), which would make this his 201st birthday. He invented the saxophone in 1846.

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."

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