Advent Vinyl Drawings

Since my vinyl collection is something I celebrate with each and every day during the Holiday season, I decided I’d begin documenting this in an advent-type fashion.  Each and every day, I will feature and draw a record that I am spinning.  I’ve tried to choose just 25, but this is such a difficult task.  Christmas music really is one of my favorites … and holiday music is really one of the first types of records I began collecting.


dean-martin200

“The Dean Martin Christmas Album”

ellaswingingchristmas199

Ella wishes you “A Swinging Christmas”

carpenters198

sheandhim197

She & Him ~ “Christmas Party”

sharonjones196

“It’s a Holiday Soul Party” ~ Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings

philspector195

“A Christmas Gift for You” from Philles Records, a Division of Phil Spector Records ~ The Crystals, The Ronettes, Darlene Love, Bob B Soxx and the Blue Jeans

pinkmartini194

Pink Martini ~ “Joy to the World”

themuppets193

John Denver & The Muppets ~ A Christmas Together

bingcrosby191

“Merry Christmas” ~ Bing Crosby

nutrackersuite189

Arturo Toscanini ~ Tchaikovsky ~ Nutcracker Suite

herbalpert188

Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass ~ Christmas Album

empty-sleeve187

An Empty LP sleeve, symbolizing the necessary silence during the busiest season of the year. For me, advent means deciding to embrace the emptiness, the stillness before the celebration.

snoopyschristmas186

“Merry Snoopy’s Christmas” ~ with Snoopy and His Friends, the Royal Guardsmen

mickeyschristmascarol185

“Mickey’s Christmas Carol”

relientk184

“Let it Snow Baby… Let it Reindeer” ~ Relient K

elmopatsy183

“Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer” ~ Elmo & Patsy

imagenepeise

Imagene Peise “Atlas Eets Christmas” produced by the Flaming Lips

raffi

Raffi’s “A Collection of Christmas Songs for Children” ~ Christmas Time’s a Comin’ ~ This album takes me back to the days when I was the store manager of a cute locally owned toy shop in Cambridge, Henry Bear’s Park.

americana-christmas179

“An Americana Christmas” ~ Various Artists ~

brighteyes178

“A Christmas Album” ~ Bright Eyes ~

christmas-in-the-stars

“Christmas in the Stars” ~ Star Wars Christmas Album ~ “What do you get a wookie for Christmas (when he already owns a comb)?”

emmylouharris176

“Light of the Stable” ~ Emmylou Harris ~ The Christmas Album ~

katebush175

“December Will Be Magic Again” ~ Kate Bush ~ “Come to cover the lovers. (Cover the lovers, But don’t you wake them up.) Come to sparkle the dark up. (Sparkle the dark up, With just a touch of make-up.) Come to cover the muck up. (Cover the muck up, Ooh, with a little luck.) December will be magic again.”

achristmasrecord165

“A Christmas Record” ~ Various Artists ~ 1982

madmen-christmas166

“Madmen Christmas” ~ Various Artists ~ “What do all the good boys and girls want for Christmas? Lucky Strike!” ~ “The only thing worse than not getting what you want is someone else getting it.” – Roger, Madmen “I don’t hate Christmas. I just hate this Christmas.” – Donald Draper, Madmen

over-the-rhine

“Blood Oranges in the Snow” ~ Over the Rhine ~ “Just a little while longer Before we know We’ll be eating blood oranges In the snow … ” ~ “My father’s body lies beneath the snow And I’m still learning how to let him go I’ve come to Know him better since he’s gone And often wondered if or how I could’ve been a different Better [daughter]”

christmas-rap

“Christmas Rap” ~ Various Artists ~ “The time is now, the place is here And the whole wide world is filled with cheer My name’s d.m.c. with the mic in my hand And I’m chilling and coolin just like a snowman So open your eyes, lend us an ear We want to say Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!”

charliebrown

“A Charlie Brown Christmas” ~ Vince Guaraldi Trio ~ “I won’t let all this commercialism ruin my Christmas!”

John Lennon

“Shaved Fish” ~ John Lennon ~ “All we are saying is give peace a chance … Imagine no possessions .. I wonder if you can .. No need for greed or hunger .. A brotherhood of man .. Imagine all the people .. Sharing all the world ..You may say I’m a dreamer .. But I’m not the only one .. I hope someday you’ll join us .. And the world will be as one … And, so this is Xmas .. For weak and for strong .. For rich and for the poor ones .. The road is so long .. And so happy Xmas .. For black and for white .. For yellow and red ones .. Let’s stop all the fighting .. A very Merry Xmas And a happy New Year. Let’s hope it’s a good one Without and fear.”

A Merry Monster Christmas

“A Merry Monster Christmas” ~ Len Maxwell ~ “My son, you’ve got to stop biting people and eating people… you’ll get a reputation as a bully.”

 

Twelve Days of Christmas

“Twelve Days of Christmas” ~ Bob & Doug McKenzie ~ “You know what you left out … donuts. On the 9th day or the 10th day, you could’ve gotten me donuts … Next Christmas get me a chain saw.”


Anyway, now to begin this fun-filled adventure, I will share something we all must hear on Thanksgiving day as we stuff our faces with all sorts of colorful goodness.

alices-restaurant

“Alice’s Restaurant” ~ Arlo Guthrie

I’ve been excited to share this with you for a while now.  Soon the kids’ kindness elves will deliver an advent calendar to my kiddos ….  they’ll visit Santa, begin taking gifts to others, baking Christmas cookies, having holiday parties, and Santa Claus will leave surprises for them to unwrap on Christmas morning!  Of course, I get excited about all of their funtivities as well, but I wanted to create something special that I could look forward to each and every day this season.

These are a few of the things I most look forward to during this time of year:

  • the snow (although we don’t always get enough for my taste)
  • the music (especially my ever-growing vinyl collection)
  • the excessive and gaudy decorations (… I mean who couldn’t enjoy all those lights)
  • the baked goodies (ahhhh…. so much sugar!)
  • family (although they’re all separated from us)
  • the Christmas specials on television
  • and all the magical city windows

I mean everything is just oh so magical during this time of year!

I’m posting this now, so you can choose a theme to challenge yourself to during the Advent Season as well.  I realize it’s the busiest time of the year (for most), but you can simply create a sketch in 20 minutes or less.  And if you choose to focus on something you love, you look forward to creating time for the project each and every day!  If you decide to participate in this, use this hashtag: #adventdrawings2016

 

You can follow along with these #adventvinyldrawings via my Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or Tumblr. (Just in case you’re wondering, my favorite social media platform is Instagram, so even if I accidentally neglect to post elsewhere, you can catch all sorts of things there.)

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