Seuss-inspired

As spotted in downtown Toronto:

Seuss artist

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Whale in the city

As seen in Kathmandu:

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memories of the ’80s – Little Jeannie by Elton John

EltonJohnLittleJeanie7InchSingleCover.jpgThe beginning of the 1980s led Elton John back into the spotlight with the single Little Jeannie.

After announcing he wouldn’t tour any longer, stopping his writing partnership with Bernie Taupin and seduced by the fleeting music trends of the moment, John hadn’t pushed into the charts since 1976.

Written with Gary Osborne, Little Jeannie was the first single released from his 14th studio album 21 at 33, which was John’s 21st release when he was 33 years of age

Recorded in France and California in August 1979 and the first three months of 1980, MCA Records released the album and single in May 1980.

The soft rock ballad climbed the charts quickly, hitting its peak position of number three on the Billboard Hot 100, the first time the singer/songwriter had gone into the top since 1976 with his last chart hit Don’t Go Breaking My Heart, a duet with singer Kiki Dee.

Certified gold and narrowly missing certifiying platinum, Little Jeannie’s soft rock rhythms and saxophone solo made it a favourite of DJs across North America.

Despite its success on the charts and with listeners, Little Jeannie has rarely been performed in concert by Elton John. Listen to the single here.

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Boy

Inspired by Banksy, spotted in Kathmandu:

boy

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memories of the ’70s – Your Song by Elton John

Elton john your song (2).jpgThe beginning of the 1970s was the beginning of major success for Elton John with Your Song.

Releasing his second self-titled studio album, the album was produced by Gus Dudgeon, and was the first album released in the US by John.

Recorded between November 1969 and January 1970, the album’s initial goal was to attract other artists to record songs written by John and his writing partner Bernie Taupin.

Border Song was the first single released when the album was released on April 10, 1970 by DJM Records.

In October, the second single was released, Take Me to the Pilot, with the B side as Your Song. Although not chosen as the A side single, it was Your Song that DJs across North America and Europe chose to play.

The soft rock love song hit the chord with many listeners for its simplicity and use of piano, showcasing John’s skills. Listen to it here.

Three Dog Night, also recorded the song for their album It Ain’t Easy, after John was the opening act on their tour.

Your Song hit the top 10 Billboard Hot 100 in the US, and the top 10 in the UK, Canada, Ireland and The Netherlands. And it also launched Elton John as a singer, not just a songwriter.

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Wisdom

In Nepal, the eyes of Buddha are seen everywhere from stupas to doorways, sharing his wisdom:

wisdom eye

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Kensington cool

As seen in Toronto’s Kensington Market:

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