Are You Getting the Music??


NOTICE TO CELL PHONE VIEWERS:  Certain videos and audio files may not load or play on your cell phone.



Music is the BEST vehicle to take you back in time  especially our music. So to enhance your enjoyment, this site makes  extensive  use of memorable music that was painstakingly selected to coordinate with the various themes on most of its pages.

The pages with music are marked in the upper left corner with the musical note symbol that you see illustrated on this page,  So if you see that symbol, wait for the music to download. If you know you have a sound card installed and speakers, make sure the volume is turned up.  (There should a little speaker icon in the "SYSTRAY" in the lower right corner of the screen, double click on it,)

Although we have worked to minimize their size for ease of downloading, some of the music files are still rather large and take longer to load than the image files.  If you do not have a high-speed, broadband internet connection, they will likely break up the first time through, but once downloaded, depending upon how it is set up, your computer will store them on your hard drive for a while, and they will load faster.  These songs are worth waiting for.  So be patient.

Since this website was originally built in 1999, it worked well on Internet Explorer (IE). I now access it flawlessly with Google's Chrome, but  to play our music or other sound files with other modern, popular browsers, such as Firefox, or on an Apple Mac using its Safari browser, you may have to install a plug-in. To overcome a problem getting the music to play, follow the numbered instructions below.

Remember, if you can't hear the music, then you are truly MISSING THE BOAT!



If you have not yet been able to enjoy the the music on our class site, you should do something about it because you are missing the single feature that will most magically bring back good memories and enrich the nostalgic experience the site was intended to give you.  In its precious few words, a song says best what most of us feel but cannot otherwise express.

So try the following tips:

1.  Make sure you have a compatible sound card installed with speakers, that the volume is turned on and that your internet settings in Windows have enabled sound (Start/Settings/ Control Panel / Internet Properties / Advanced). 

2.  You need to know that our music (and some sound effects) files are in .mp3 format. If you are using a very old version of  an internet browser such as Microsoft Internet Explorer, it may be time to upgrade it.  Go to the supplier's website (e.g. for information about downloading upgrades. They're usually free unless your old browser is so old, it is no longer supported.

3.  To play  the .mp3 sound files, you also need a fairly current version of  a reliable media player such as Windows Media Player or RealPlayer (see last paragraph of section 3) for your system The most current version of Windows Media Player  appropriate for your operating system can be downloaded free from Microsoft at from If  the sound still doesn't load, open the Windows Media Player, and go to Tools / Options / Formats, and make sure that mp3 is checked.  If not, check it, press Apply, and then refresh (or reload) the webpage. (RealPlayer can be downloaded (also free for a "Basic" version)

We determined some time ago that our audio files will play on several popular, alternative, non-Windows browsers such as Google's Chrome and Mozilla's Firefox , but for FireFox (and possibly others), you will probably  have to install a media player plug-in such as Apple Quicktime to get the audio to play. If such is the case, you should see a graphic appear near the top of the page like the one at right.  (In some cases, you may receive a message asking for your permission to open the media player.) Our audio has been confirmed to work on an Apple Mac with Safari but not on an iPhone; if you use Chrome with  a Mac or IPad, who knows?

4.   In the unlikely event you are still struggling with a really old-fashioned 56K modem, the music files could take 2-3 minutes to download and will start and stop playing several times during that period the first time (until they are stored in your computer's cache see para. no. 5, below).  If you have an even older 28K modem, you'll never hear the music; it is definitely time to upgrade.  If you want really great performance (about 100 times the speed of a 56K), get a wonderful, but a little more expensive, high-speed internet connection.  When everything is set up right, the music will be there for you right on cue!!  If not, see paragraph 5, below.

5.  Sometimes, if the sound file doesn't load, it will if you press the refresh (or reload) button in the tool bar at the top, and try again once or twice.  (Once it is automatically stored in your Temporary Internet Files or "cache," this usually won't be necessary except if you periodically clean these files out.)  You may want to expand the space on your hard drive allocated to the Temporary Internet Files to about 200 MB.  This can be done by accessing Tools/Internet Options while you are in your browser.

6.  If you are unable to do the foregoing, or if you did it and it still doesn't work, I have no idea what to tell you except to rent a teenager they know everything!

"All my best memories
Come back clearly to me
Some can even make me cry
Just like before
It's yesterday once more."

The Carpenters, 1973


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