“Xylophone is a word one expects to encounter in the x section of any children’s alphabet book. It is there because it is one of the few words beginning with x that a child or most anyone else would know.”
The American Heritage Dictionary of the English  Language, 3rd edition
That’s why when xylophones are mentioned, most people imagine something that looks like this.

 Rather than something that looks like this.

 The Cherry Blossom Cloud by Charles Juhasz-Alvarado has been displayed outside the Mead Center for American Theater in Washington DC as part of this years National Cherry Blossom Festival. Drumsticks were available nearby for passers-by to activate the xylophone by playing a melody or creating their own musical work.

If you can’t remember what a xylophone sounds like you can play a virtual xylophone by clicking here or here. Or you could listen to Gone Daddy Gone by Violent Femmes. Gone Daddy Gone, which features 2 xylophone solos, is from the album also titled Violent Femmes released 29 years ago this month.

I couldn’t find any other songs that I was familiar with that featured a xylophone. The unusual percussion on Under My Thumb by the Rolling Stones is the  marimba.


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