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The Mother of Invention

They say necessity is the mother of invention, and here is it in action!

This is the real thing, someone who wants to play and make music and has created an instrument with what they have, found objects.

This is a wonderful photo! I don't know anything about the boy, his name or where he is, other than what appears to be maybe Africa. but I sure would love to hear him play his guitar!