For years we have rented a beach house in Newport Beach. For the past three years we have rented the same house. It's a dream house and it was decorated perfectly.
One of the things I love about the house are the framed Beach Boys album covers that are hung in the stairway. There is something about the vintage LP covers that just make me laugh. They fit perfectly in the house. I hope the owrners don't mind that I have borrowed their idea for our new beach house.
I started my hunt for Beach Boys LP covers at an antique store in Ventura a few weeks ago. The store was one of those large antique places with lots of stalls. Every other one had hundreds of old LP's. So I started searching for Beach Boys albums. Two hours later I had found two. Yep, only two! And the good news was they were about $6.00 each. I was going to type that the bad news was that it took me two hours to find them. But to be honest, it was fun. I really enjoyed re-discovering all of my favorite albums of the 1970's and 80's. Just seeing the covers brought back so many great memories. And of course I hadn't thought of them in decades.
It saddened me to think our kids don't really have any visual association with the "albums" of today. Since everything is electronic there really isn't a graphic image that you will associate with a CD. (They won't see the Kenny Loggins album cover from "Celebrate Me Home" and be reminded of the night they drove all around Santa Barbara with their girlfriends trying to find the house that matched the photo on the back of the album cover. Oh gosh, please don't tell my children I actually did that.) Right?
When I got home from my trip down nostalgia lane I went on ebay and found six more Beach Boy LP's. Some were even cheaper than the ones I had found in the antique store. So I bought them. And I should probably mention that I only picked the album covers that fit in to my color palette ... at least somewhat ...
A few days later when the album covers arrived Dave said to me, "I thought we were going to put your art on the walls". I assured him that was the case. But a little touch of nostalgia is a good thing too.
Does anybody know what I can do with eight Beach Boys albums?