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Laurel Canyon is featured in two recent documentary films, one on the musicians and the scene, the other about David Crosby (a Cameron Crowe film).
Here’s my third in the series of tribute clocks (each with different records), with Joni Mitchell’s iconic Blue album (with the song “California.” showing). Also: “Helplessly Hoping” is the first 45 rpm single (the B-side of Marrakesh Express) from Crosby, Stills & Nash, who met at Mama Cass’s place in the canyon, but first sang together at Joni’s place nearby. Mamas and the Papas’ “I Saw her Again” single is included.

BTW: Crosby and Stills have different recollections where CSN met and sang first. Per the film, Crosby insists it was at Joni’s.

Adjacent to the canyon store, Jim Morrison rented a place (Door’s “Wishful Sinful”). Meanwhile, Carole King also lived in the canyon (see cover photos of her Tapestry and Music albums). Appropriate to the region, I’ve included the “I Feel the Earth Move” single.

The clock features tiered accent slices cut from black and orange 45rpm records (see close-ups). These are original issue records.

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One-of-a-kind letter holder that’s a tribute to really upbeat feel-good music.  Be reminded of greeting cards you bought and need to send to make someone’s day… or keep ones you’ve received in view.

Includes Three Dog Night’s infamous 1971 anthem “Joy to the World” (one of three #1 hits for the group in the U.S.).

And from England, “Walking on Sunshine” (1985) by Katrina and the Waves. It was their only hit, reaching #9 in the U.S. Katrina’s lyrics are appropriate and inspirational:  “ Now every time I go for the mailbox, gotta hold myself down, cause I just can’t wait ’til you write me you’re coming around.”

If you’re a little down, you can always peer inside to see the B-sides of these records: “Do You Want Crying”(Katrina) and “I Can Hear You Calling” (Three Dog Night).

As always, these creations are one-of-a-kind. I don’t repeat record selections, which are often acquired specifically for the piece.  Note: these are used records.


Note: I can make you a holder to order. Many 45s to choose from, including:

  • One-hit Wonders such as In-a-Gadda-da-Vida, by Iron Butterfly, the Trogg’s Wild Thing, and Soul Man by Sam & Dave.
  • Singles by Sly & the Family Stone, Yardbirds, Beatles, Turtles, Monkees, Tommy James & the Shondells, Elvis, Mitch Ryder, many others.

FIRST NAMES Has your first name been immortalized in a song? I may also be able to make a holder with your first name (or someone else’s) in the song title. Available now: Alicia,  Amanda, Billy, Bonnie, Brenda,  Connie, Donna, Gloria, Janet, Jenny, Jesse, Joanna. Jo-Ann, Jody, John, Kim, Laura, Maggie, Marie, Martha, Molly, Nancy, Rebecca, Renee, Sue, Timothy, Tracy, Vanessa, Wendy and many others.

See first name 45s and ideas here.

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Unique gift for the Beatles connoisseur. This clock features the first/early solo works of John, Paul, George and Ringo, on Apple Records. Surrounding Paul McCartney’s first solo LP (Side One with “Maybe I’m Amazed” showing), there are original-release 45rpm singles of:

  • John Lennon’s “Imagine”
  • George Harrison’s “My Sweet Lord
  • Beatles “Let it Be” (their last major single). The song is about Paul’s mum, who died when he was a teen-ager, but it’s also a kind of epitaph as they broke up the band.


  • Ringo’s first single Beaucoups of Blues (rare 7”33 1/3 rpm release)

For added dimension, I put hand-cut tiered slices of 45rpm records as ascents on many of my clocks, and you’ll see them on this one in the photo.\

Colliding Vinyl Timepieces are one-of-a-kind clock creations paying tribute to music artists, music styles/eras and record labels … via a collaged display of their actual records. To purchase, contact me at

Custom gift for Eric Summer (via Cass). Beatles (Abbey Road), Stones, Who …and importantly, Strawberry Alarm Clock.  Began using tilt angles on the 45rpm singles to give it a kinetic feel.
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New “Ladie’s Night Out” clock features Linda Ronstadt’s Lush Life album, surrounded by 45s from rare record labels Paula Records and Lilac Records in the pink and purple theme.
As always, one of a kind

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Finished the first of the new breed of Laurel Canyon artists clock. Joni (featuring her Ladies of the Canyon album), Carole King, Mamas and Papas and Doors first single Light My Fire. Photos: all at their places in the Canyon in the late 60s (Carole’s shot was during the photo shoot for the Tapestry cover). I’ll have to do Crosby, Stills and Nash in the next clock since they formed at Mama Cass’s place. Click on the clock photo for a better look at the records.

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Latest clock is custom for OverTones friend and wonderful photographer Cass Summer. She wanted all California, so the Doors first album anchors it, with Beach Boys and others weighing in around the periphery. And “A Summer Song.” And I’m enjoying the beautiful “mystery meadow” scene in an enlargement from Cass’s work.

To see her beautiful photography:  Cassandra Summer Photography

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