A crowd waits for the band "Alabama Shakes" to play at the Coachella Valley
A crowd waits for the band "Alabama Shakes" to play at the Coachella ValleyReuters File

The World Music Day, also known as Fete de la Musique or Make Music Day, is an annual event celebrated on 21 June across the globe.

The World Music Day was kick started in 1982 in France and was made popular as Fete de la Musique (meaning festival of music in French) by then French Minister of Culture Jack Lang, according to the organisers of the international event, Make Music Day.

There is, however, another theory that credits American musician Joel Cohen for the idea, according to India Today. Nevertheless, today the event has turned into an international musical event.

In France, 21 June is now an official national holiday, and since the country shuts down for the summer solstice, an estimated 35 million people participate in the free music event.

On the World Music Day, musicians across the globe hold free concerts in parks, museums, and even train stations. The idea of the event is to promote peace and in the process make quality music available to all.

For World Music Day 2015, musicians and composers in over 700 cities in 120 countries will be holding free concerts. 

Here we have complied a list of top quotes and sayings by musicians on what music really means to them:

Music is worthless unless it can make a complete stranger, break down and cry - Frou Frou 'the dumbing down of love'

Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy - Ludwig Von Beethoven

Music is your own experience, your own thoughts, your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn. They teach you there's a boundary line to music. But, man, there's no boundary line to art. - Charlie Parker (American bandleader, saxophonist and composer.)

A painter paints his pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence. We provide the music, and you provide the silence." - Leopold Stokowski (British born American conductor known for his influence as a populariser of classical music.)

One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain. - Bob Marley

I think music in itself is healing. It's an explosive expression of humanity. It's something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we're from, everyone loves music." - Billy Joel

Rock and roll ain't noise pollution. - AC/DC

Music must never offend the ear, but must please the listener, or, in other words, must never cease to be music." - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Music is a world within itself, with a language we all understand" - Stevie Wonder

Musicians don't retire; they stop when there's no more music in them." - Louis Armstrong

That's what music is: entertainment. The more you put yourself into it, the more of you comes out in it." - Kurt Cobain