My first way to play music came in the form of this little Fisher Price record player. Here’s a quick 25 minute doodlewash of the player, as that’s all the time I have today before heading out again. It was actually a wind-up music box that required no batteries. Just place a record on the little turntable, wind the button on the front and you were treated to impossibly slow and sleepy versions of these foot-stomping hits:

Record #1 – Humpty Dumpty – Jack and Jill
Record #2 – Twinkle Twinkle Little Star – Au clair de la lune
Record #3 – London Bridge – Oh where has my little dog gone?
Record #4 – Camptown Races – Children’s marching song
Record #5 – Hickory Dickory Doc – Edelweiss

The effect was pure magic! Even if the music left much to be desired, mainly just based on the speed. How did we land here, you ask? We’re heading out tonight to a Kansas City Symphony concert and so I had music on the brain. They won’t be playing any of these beloved songs, but will be treating us to the music of famous movie soundtrack phenom, John Williams. It will be a bit like going to several movies at once while blindfolded, so this should be interesting.

As some of you may have noticed, I’ve officially run out of guest posts for the week, so you’re stuck with only me until I can get more in. Not to fear, they will continue, but it takes a lot of time to recruit them and I’ll have to work on that this weekend as this week has been super crazy. If you know of anyone that you think should be featured here, or you’re reading this and thinking, “me! pick me!,” then by all means, contact me and let me know! 

About the Doodlewash

M. Graham watercolors: Pyrrol Red, Azo Orange, Cobalt Teal, Quinacridone Gold, Cobalt Blue, Permanent Green Pale, Ultramarine Blue, and Neutral Tint. Lamy Safari Al Star pen with Platinum Carbon black ink in a 5″ x 8″ 140 lb. (300 gsm) Pentalic Aqua Journal


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44 thoughts on “Little Record Player

  1. I remember a similar-looking small portable turntable that we used to take to the beach and play appropriate-sounding music for our day of fun in the Sun. I don’t think it was a toy ‘tho. I like those coloured vinyl records! I was a fan of songs #1, #2, #3 and #5. Enjoy the concert!
    Doodlewash contenders — I see you’ve been visiting Tofan Gheorghe. Maybe also A-wing and A-way’s jmnlandin (his wife does the illustrations to his posts, she’s very talented). Possibly Anna Cull of In the Art Cave, and Anna Warren of Anna Warren Portfolio. Just a few…

    1. Hehe!! Thanks Janina! Glad you liked the doodlewash and most of the songs… Yeah #4 was my least favorite record and I don’t think I played it much. I wish I’d lived near a beach. That sounds fun!! And thanks for the suggestions! A few folks in there I had heard of! Yay! Just chatted with Anna Warren yesterday so hopefully she’ll be coming soon! When I started this I assumed I’d hit a point where I was getting unsolicited requests from folks, but that never happened sadly. Hehe… I haven’t had time to contact people and follow up so I’ve hit a bit of a lull. 😊

      1. I’m glad Anna Warren is considering it! Yes, it does take a bit of work to get people organised…sometimes one just has to wait! Maybe some of the ones I’ve mentioned in these comments may see it and get in touch with you! Hope so. Any others I come across, I’ll email you. Cheeri-pip! 🙂

  2. You know, on the one hand, I am loving your art taking me on a trip down memory lane…on the other hand, you are making me feel freakin’ old! LOL! I loved those FP players; never had one but played with them whenever I came upon them. Marvelous job on the details! <3

  3. I remember a friend who had one of those! But now the kids don’t even know what record players are! I hope you and Phillippe enjoy the symphony! I would be humming all the tunes!

  4. What fun! Sadly I was never lucky enough to own one of these – I’d have felt most grown up if I had, with my own snazzy record player. (I did have a Fisher-Price telephone I believe – pity it wasn’t that one on which I dialled 999, eh?) I would have loved driving everyone mad playing it endlessly, mwahaha! It looks so sweet though – liking the decoration on the sides. Aww.

    Do hope you had fun at your do!

    1. Hehe! Thanks Jacob! This was such a snazzy player and it did make me feel all grown up! I remember the phones!! That’s too funny as I almost sketched one of those. I still might. There are a 10 more days to go and I’m running out of memories. 😊lol And the concert was so fun!! I thought I’d get bored without lots of pictures, but it was fun to imagine the movies in my head.

      1. It’s so cool with its little coloured records! And I’ve just googled the Fisher-Price phone to remind myself how it looked – so cool. It’d make a fun doodlewash, for sure!

  5. I’m sure #1 was a hit – Jack and JILL! Lol! 😍 I can’t keep up with your 2 posts a day, my friend! Heck! Some days I don’t get anything posted – like tomorrow! 😜 Hope you had fun tonight, Charlie! Your doodlewash is fantastic! 💕💖

    1. Thanks Jill!! Hehe…anything with Jill in it is sure to be a hit!! 💕😎😉👍🏻 yeah… and yeah, two posts a days are a lot! I may drop to 3 guests a week… But I’m still determined to keep my own dailies. Hehe… I have to force myself some days to keep going, because if I ever stop I might have trouble starting up again! 😊lol

  6. Oh brilliant, blast from the past, I still have mine, Camptown races, I used to play that one lots….they don’t make toys like that anymore….built to last! I also had the weebles, and the plane, the dogs on wheels, with the shoe in their mouth, well played but in great condition still.

  7. Oh my gosh! I’m loving these posts! I had one of these too when I was little. It was lost/sold/donated sometime after I grew up, but I loved it so much I bought a reproduction one for my youngest daughter a few years ago. Thanks for bringing such joyful memories to the forefront of our minds!

  8. Popped over from Cathe’s blog … lovely memories here of DD endlessly playing Twinkle Twinkle 🙂 FP toys just went on and on didn’t they so well constructed … handed down and across to many other little ones I fear I’ve none left now in the loft Lol
    Gorgeous doodlewashes Charlie . Enjoyed very much looking at your work .

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