Wynwood paint by numbers

The street art way to paint by numbers in Wynwood Arts District:

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Wynwood Little Red

A new take on Little Red Riding Hood in Wynwood:

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memories of the `80s – Saving All My Love For You by Whitney Houston

whitney_houston_-_saving_all_my_love_for_youIn the mid 1980s, a young singer kicked off her career with a debut album and a hot single: Saving All My Love for You by Whitney Houston.

Signed by Clive Davis to Arista Records in 1983, Houston started working on her debut album in 1983.

The search for the right songs to fit her gospel voice was difficult, with the popularity of rock songs that were prevalent in the early 1980s.

Soon songs came from Jermaine Jackson, Narada Michael Walden and Michael Masser who wrote Saving All My Love For You, which had previously been recorded and released by Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr. in 1978.

With an original budget of $200,000, the album`s long production swelled the budget to double $400,000.

The second single from the album, which was released on February 14, 1985, Saving All My Love for You was released in April 1985.

It was chosen as a result of a bet between Masser and Davis, who watched the female audience reaction to the song after a performance by Houston in Los Angeles.

Entering the Billboard Hot 10o at 53, the song steadily climbed the chart, reaching the top 10 in five weeks and hitting the number one spot in October 1985, spending 15 weeks in the top 40.

The song was reviewed well by critics and won Houston her first Grammy in 1986 for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, one of four nominations she received for the debut album Whitney Houston.

The first number one single by Whitney Houston, the song would become the first of seven consecutive number one singles released by an artist, a record that still holds to this day. The album was certified 13 times platinum and has sold over 25 million copies worldwide.

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Wynwood whale

Spotting sea creatures in Miami’s Wynwood Arts District:

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memories of the ’70s – I’ll Never Fall in Love Again by Dionne Warwick

ill_never_fall_in_love_again_-_dionne_warwickAt the beginning of the 1970s, singer Dionne Warwick kicked off the decade with one of her most memorable hits: I’ll Never Fall in Love Again.

Composed by Burt Bacharach and lyricist Hal David, the song was written for the musical Promises Promises, a play based on the 1960 film The Apartment, directed by Billy Wilder.

Warwick chose to cover the song and include it on her album of the same name, which was her 13th studio album, and featured a majority of songs written by Bacharach and David.

Prior to Warwick, Johnny Mathis covered the song in May 1969, making the Billboard Easy Listening charts. Bacharach’s version with a female chorus also made the Billboard charts in June 1969.

But in December 1969, Warwick, who had worked with Bacharach previously, released her version of the song, which hit the charts for the first time on December 27, 1969. The song climbed for the next 11 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100, and in January starting climbing the Billboard Easy Listening charts as well as the soul music charts.

Warwick’s distinctive voice led the song to hit the number one slot in the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart in February 1970.

Although Bacharach lost the Grammy for Song of the Year in 1970, Warwick was nominated for the next year, and won for her version of the song in the Best Contemporary Vocal Performance Female.

Covered by several singers in the past 30 years (Shirley Bassey, Anne Murray, Ella Fitzgerald, Chet Atkins, Elvis Costello, Kristin Chenoweth, Lea Michele), the song still is a signature hit by Dionne Warwick, who version is still one of the most played on radio.

 

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Wynwood taste

In the Wynwood Arts District, a visual comment on consumerism:

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Wynwood skulls

The dark side of the Wynwood Arts District:

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