November 14, 2012

20,000 Vinyl LPs 14: Like "Picasso at the Lapin Agile"

"Picasso at the Lapin Agile"
illustration by Sarah Paolucci

Wander through my vinyl LP garden. It's a garden sixty years in the making. It's kind of like the brilliant stage play by Steve Martin, "Picasso at the Lapin Agile"; incongruous personages meet up with each other in my vinyl garden.

Madonna lunches with Bartók

photographer unknown

Elvis shakes it for Frederica von Stade. Ella visits Blue Oyster Cult from time to time and Alice Cooper has been blessed by Soeur Sourire (The Singing Nun).

Joan Baez winks at Johnny Rotten and Benny Goodman has a cool pad in Jazz Alley as well as a sumptuous apartment on Classical Blvd.

Both Woodie Guthrie and Sade listen to Marcel Marceau (yes, I have a recording of him TALKING).

John Steinbeck reads from his novels to
Julie Andrews who jumps with joy!

The Sound of Music
photo of Sound of Music album cover by Styrous®

Judy Collins has a cozy spot she goes to when meeting with John Cage (they affectionately call each other JC). Lotte Lenya finds great delight in the antics of the Stones. Mahatma Gandhi discusses the world and its woes with Pink Floyd.

  Pink Floyd's Pulse album cover
photo of Pulse album cover by Styrous®

And Albert Einstein shows
 David Essex how to Rock On.

Associated Press -
photographer unknown

Willie Nelson . . . 

 photo by Larry Philpot

. . . Maynard Furguson . . . 

photographer unknown

. . . The Residents . . .

The Residents
 in concert at the Berkeley Art Museum 
photo by Styrous®

. . . Sonny Terry, Canned Heat,

 photographer unknown

. . . Big Black, Lead Belly . . .

Lead Belly
photographer unknown

. . .  Porter Wagoner, Frédéric Chopin, Yello . . .

photo by Francesca Fiovanelli

. . . Divine and Leontyne Price
all rub elbows together.

 Leontyne Price
photo by Louis Melancon

The wonders and achievements of the men and women who have given us so much beautiful music/sounds/words mingle together like one huge happy family in my collection. It is like a dream to wander from one to the other at my discretion. To choose what I want to hear when I want to hear it. It's ecstatic pleasure to read the liner notes and see where performers mingle/collide with each other, usually with brilliant success, sometimes stunning disaster. But they live with each other and give pleasure in ways far beyond description.

My 20,000 vinyl LP collection is beyond listening enjoyment or pleasure; it transcends money and fortune. It is a Garden in Paradise.

And Paradise is for sale.

Interested? Contact Styrous®

For more info, see:
20,000 vinyl LPs (intro): Doris Day
and 20,000 Vinyl LPs 6: Categories

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