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Weekend Music Diversions at

I pleasantly discovered another marvelous site, the Museum of Musical Instruments ( It’s been around for about two years now, but I just happened to discover it this past week.


While there you can listen (MP3) to current hits or travel back in time to music by The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Woodie Guthrie, classical music, Jazz, folk music, every flavor of rock and heavy metal, blues, R&B, hip-hop, reggae, movie and theater soundtracks, and so much more. Listen to TV show music themes from The Howdy Doody Show and Rin Tin Tin to The West Wing. Or hear Robin Williams in his early days in the theme song to Mork and Mindy. Or remember who shot J.R. or twisted plots from Dynasty, too. Hundreds of TV show sound tracks! Amazing.

Set up and save MP3 playlists of the music available there, too. Or select one of their 'Killer Playlists' already made up if you wish. There are thousands of MP3s from which to choose, with a growing list and a subscription available soon. has made the above music available whether you have a slow connection or high speed connection, so it’s highly accessible.

I’m rediscovering music I hadn’t heard in years. I didn’t remember Dusty Springfield’s rendition of The Look of Love being so sexy, I chuckled all over again listening to Janis Joplin singing Mercedes Benz, and remembered many fun evenings dancing to Van Morrison’s Moondance.


Besides all the fabulous music, though, you can also view photos and read about rare musical instruments from famous musicians such as John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Billie Holiday, Les Paul, Woodie Guthrie, and many more. Hank Risan, Chairman of the Board, has also been collecting Martin guitars from the 19th and 20th centuries for the past 25 years, which are included in this exemplary virtual museum. Groundbreaking for a physical museum is scheduled for Spring 2002 for this remarkable collection, too.


In addition to all the listening and photos you’ll find several dozen articles and photographic series in some way related to guitars of the 19th and 20th centuries.

I’ve barely scratched the surface with the adventures to be discovered at

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