Wednesday, July 18, 2012

More From The MIM

Right as you enter the Musical Instrument Museum there is a sign on the wall that reads:
"Music Is The Language of The Soul"
So true.
When sound fills the air, we are soothed.
I also consider music an International language that unites no matter our race, gender, religious belief or economic status.

So many of the instruments at the MIM were unique in design.
The Lyre Guitar from France (1815) made me think of an animal face.

The Germans came up with this creative combination called a Harp Guitar.

Many of the instruments were superior in the quality of workmanship, and felt more like pieces of art.
The Dragon Double Neck Guitar has over 850 inlays

Mahogany, maple, rosewood, mother-of-pearl, abalone, paua and oyster shell, Ivory, Ebony, gold and silver.

Maker: Paul Reed Smith Guitars

Some say that necessity is the Mother of Invention.
The Horn-Fiddle is a product of France 1900-1950

And wouldn't it be fun to play this Harmonica?

It has also been said that one man's trash is another man's treasure.
This guitar from South Africa proves that man will find a way to create sound from any materials available.
Tomorrow I will show you some of the textile garments worn by musicians from various countries and cultures.


Lynette said...

What a fun post! Man, you gotta laugh at that Castrol instrument.

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

these are really cool! sometimes you wonder how people come up with designing these so different.

•stephanie• said...

do you think the MIM would be interested in my violin? i haven't played since ninth grade. that's ~ let's see . . . oh, about forty years ago. so ~ it's vintage. no hair left in the bow and rotten strings. wait! i'm confused. it needs to go to goodwill!

{we also have an even older trombone. and two guitars. and a banjo. and maybe a flute. but they are NOT getting my piano!}

i do love musical instruments. and music. a lot!