Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Welcome to the Top 2000 - Day one!

I hope you are having a merry Christmas (if you celebrate)!

It's the first day of the Top 2000 Blog party!  If you are not familiar with the Top 2000, it's a celebration of the Top 2000 songs of all time - as voted by listeners of Radio 2 in the Netherlands (and anyone else in the whole world who wants to vote!).  Starting on December 25, they play the songs in order, starting from 2000, and working up to #1, which plays on New Year's eve.

My friend Marit Barentsen hosts an annual online party, where she invites the world to play along with her, as she creates a piece of art inspired by a song from each day's playlist.  This is the fourth year of the party, and I have played along each year!  Sooooooo, here we go!

I have a format I like to follow.  It has three guidelines...
     1.  Make the page about the song itself (as opposed to making it about my life, and using the song as a title or something)
     2.  Include a photo of the artist(s) somewhere on the page.
     3.  Include the number on the list where the song falls, somewhere on the page.

My pick for today's song is "Magical Mystery Tour," by the Beatles, which comes in at #1977.  Here's my page...

Magical Mystery Tour was released in 1967, and it's a great representation of where my love for bright colors and groovy style comes from!

The page was pretty straightforward to make.  I created a mask for the horizon line, and sprayed orange and yellow mists on the bottom.  The sky is acrylic paint, with some sequins sprinkled on top.  For the letters, I typed the title in Bell Bottom font, and then traced it onto some October Afternoon Witch Hazel paper, and handcut each letter out.  The image of the Beatles was taken from the internet.

Take a step back in time, and check out the video for "Magical Mystery Tour..."

Also, each day Marit posts all of the artwork for everyone who is playing along with that day's list.  It's so much fun to see what everyone picks, and how they interpret the music!  Check it out here!

See you tomorrow for day two!


Marit said...

Merry Christmas Michelle!!! I love your submission for day one (broadcasting will start in about 2 hours and I'm anxciously awaiting...) Your page is so funky and bright! It's wonderful to 'have you with me' for the fourth year already! Enjoy Christmasday and say hi to your beloved from me!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

I just saw this on Marit's blog and KNEW it was yours right away!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE the BEATLES and loveeeeeeeeeeeee your page!! Merry Christmas!!!!

The Dog River Cat House Studio said...

I love your spread for this song! I'm right with you on groovy and bright and The Beatles!

phinner said...

oh swoon! blingy, bling, bling! who doesn't love the Beatles!!! love this border too!!!

the magical mystery tour is waiting to take you away!


Sharon Fritchey said...

Such an amazing idea! I wish I had started with you guys . . . Just too busy here right now. :(
I love the Beatles, the song, and your pages!!!!!