Les Paul guitar google doodle

You may have come across this yourself, but just in case not, you will want to go check out Google's search engine today -June 9th, 2011. Google often has some spectacular doodles but this one, in tribute to Les Paul, is a strum-able and in most countries, a record-able guitar, fashioned to look like Google's logo. Simply amazing! So creative.

In looking for more information on Les Paul, I found lots of articles online about him and the special Google logo doodle today. Les Paul died in 2009, but today would have been his 96th birthday. He was the designer of the solid body electric guitar bearing his name, a "state-of-the-art" guitar. You can read more in this Washington Post article. My favorite find was this 10 minute video below made in 2007, following Les Paul on a 'typical work day' when he was in his early 90's.

My parent's had a lot of Les Paul playing when I was growing up in the 60's and 70's, so it was sweet to delve into this history and learn more about him. I absolutely adore Google's doodle logos. The John Lennon one is a favorite and the more recent Martha Graham animated doodle was really my absolute favorite. It is beautiful and I have a personal connection to anything Martha Graham as that is the dance technique I studied for many years. Although today's doodle is interactive and amazing! I did try recording my guitar 'strumming', so here is my unprofessional, but fun and fast recording! Lenna's take 5 ; ^ ) Have fun!