Cat or dog?

As seen in Miami’s Wynwood Arts District:

Cat or dog

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memories of the ’70s – Baby Come Back by Player

Baby Come Back(Single).jpgThe late 1970s saw the creation of a band who garnered a number one hit with the soft rock ballad Baby Come Back.

Player was formed in Los Angeles out of the ashes of two other bands – Skyband and Riff Raff. Peter Beckett, JC Crowley, Ron Moss and John Friesen formed Player and were signed to Phillips RSO Records.

Gaining popularity for their melodic soft rock, Player was asked to open for established acts such as Boz Scaggs and Gino Vanelli on their stadium tours in 1977.

Releasing their self-titled debut album, Baby Come Back was the first single from the album, written by Beckett and Crowley ,and released in October 1977 on a seven inch single, with the B side featuring Love is Where You Find It.

Climbing the Billboard Hot 100 throughout the latter half of 1977, the song hit number one in January 1978, knocking off The Bee Gees’ How Deep is Your Love, fellow label mates on RSO Records.

The band also hit number one on the Canadian charts, and landed on a smattering of charts in Europe.

Although the band had continued success, this single was their only number one hit and was also called one of the top 10 Yacht Rock songs, a style of music attributed to California, blending soft rock with smooth soul and smooth jazz to create clean sounds.



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Most Fresh

As seen in Miami’s Wynwood Arts District:

most fresh

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Don’t be like this while shopping (as spotted in Miami):


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memories of the ’80s – The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus

Image result for the life and adventures of santa claus 1985Well known in the 1970s for their animated specials, Rankin/Bass completed their last holiday special in 1985 with The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus.

Based on the 1902 book by L. Frank Baum (best known as the author of the The Wonderful Wizard of Oz), the story was adapted for the small screen by Julian P. Gardiner.

The story focuses on the origins of Santa – a babe found in the Forest of Burzee, the Great Ak allows the wood nymph Necile to raise the human among the Immortals, and she names him Claus.

When he becomes an adult, the Great Ak tells Claus to make the mortal world better. He moves to the Valley of Hohaho, becoming a toymaker and delivering gifts to the children of the valley.

But the Awgwas don’t like that Claus is trying to spread joy and try to prevent him for delivering toys. They kidnap him, but he escapes, focused on spreading joy, especially to the children who live in the Weekum orphanage.

As he gets older, he uses reindeer to help him deliver toys farther and has the Immortals come to his aid to continue his good works. But will he be able to continue as the Awgwas plot against him?

the Immortals consider granting Claus immortality? What will happen?

Released on December 17, 1985, the CBS TV Christmas special was typical stop motion animation and a highly edited story to keep to the 50 minute deadline of the hour special.

Breaking from tradition, this is the only Rankin/Bass special that doesn’t have a celebrity narrator – and one of the few that didn’t gain a strong audience. The book wasn’t readily found in bookstores at the time, a story that had faded out of publication.

But the story wanted to explain the origins of Santa Claus, how he became someone who wanted to bring joy to children, how he delivered his gifts and in the end, how a Christmas tree was tied to his legacy and how he gained his immortality.

The show didn’t grab ratings nor any notable critic support, and sadly became the last Christmas special done by Rankin/Bass.


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Black and white times two

Side by side creativity spotted in Miami’s Wynwood Arts District:

black and white duo

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memories of the ’70s – The Year Without A Santa Claus

Image result for a year without santa clausIn the mid 1970s, an animated Christmas special focused on the scary possibility: The Year Without a Santa Claus.

Based on a 1956 book by Phyllis McGinley, the story was adapted by William Keenan for producers Jules Bass and Arthur Rankin Jr.

The duo were well-known for their animated features, including Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman and The Little Drummer Boy.

Shirley Booth is the voice of Mrs. Claus, who acts as the narrator. In this holiday story, Santa Claus is dealing with a cold and his doctor advises him to make some changes. Santa decides to not deliver gifts on Christmas Eve.

Elves Jingle and Jangle are left with the task of proving that people believe in Santa Claus and will miss him if he doesn’t appear. Taking Vixen the reindeer they travel to find proof.

Finding themselves lost in Southtown, the elves are issued tickets by a local policeman while Vixen, who is disguised as a dog, is seized and put in the dog pound.

The Mayor agrees to release Vixen if the elves can make it snow on Christmas Day while Mrs. Claus now has to convince the Snow Miser to make it snow, who says its his brother’s decision, the Heat Miser.

Meanwhile Santa arrives in Southtown to get Vixen released and hears a little girl’s lament that she will miss Santa Claus this year. Will Santa go out on Christmas Eve? And can Mrs. Claus convince Mother Nature to influence her sons to make it snow?

The hour long special first aired on December 10, 1974 on ABC TV – featuring the quintessential style of stop motion animation of Rankin & Bass.

A regular seasonal special, The Year Without a Santa Claus was released on DVD and in 2006, a live action version was done, featuring John Goodman, Delta Burke, Harvey Fierstein and Michael McKean.



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