National Day Calendar

National Day Calendar

October 5, 2021 – National Get Funky Day | National Do Something Nice Day

October 04, 2021

The Godfather Of Soul Blazed A Funky Trail!

Welcome to October 5, 2021 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate getting funky and paying things forward. 

As a child growing up in Georgia, James Brown was so poor that his clothes were little more than rags. Sometimes he was sent home from school for being too dirty. So when he became a professional musician, this shaped his image. He dressed in extravagant outfits—becoming known for wearing capes, jumpsuits covered in rhinestones, and copious amounts of jewelry. This caught everyone’s attention, but it was his talent that earned him the name “The Hardest Working Man in Show Business.” Brown was a major player in the history of Funk music, setting the standard for musicians like Earth, Wind, and Fire, Parliament Funkadelic, and even Prince. It’s National Get Funky Day and while you don’t need to be the Godfather of Soul, you can play some music and get your groove on. 

Aaron Collins was only 30 years old when he came up with his last wish. In life, he loved to give waiters and waitresses a big tip, and when he passed away just a few weeks after his 30th birthday, his brother Seth carried out Aaron’s last request.  Sarah Ward was serving pizza to the Collins family at Puccini’s Restaurant in Lexington, KY when Seth handed her a $500 tip wrapped with Aaron’s name. Sarah immediately offered to share it with the entire staff.  Even better, she pledged to tell Aaron’s story for the rest of her life.  Since then more than $30,000 has been donated to continue the cause, now known as "Aaron's Last Wish.” Wait staff in all 50 states have received $500 tips.  On National Do Something Nice Day celebrate the ripple effect with your own act of kindness. 

I’m Anna Devere and I’m Marlo Anderson.  Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day.