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Meladramas
 
Friday, April 29, 2005  




Let me introduce my son,



Michio Yves Ueda .



His dad is Japanese tenorman, composer,
arranger & teacher of music, Akio Ueda.


His mom is an American jazz singer & artist;
a bubbly mixture of Irish, Italian, German, and English descent-

That would be me...







Till next time... 'Mela




11:35 PM

Monday, April 25, 2005  












This is my new computer art piece, "ALIDA"...
It was my great-grandmothers' name,
and it's my middle name.
It's always held some mystery to me.


The big news is this:
My son Michio has been accepted at
TEMPLE UNIVERSITY JAPAN!
I'm very proud of him.


Here's my newest list of music to watch the leaves grow to:

I did my time- KORN
Purple Rain- Prince
Home at Last- Steely Dan
Banquet- Bloc Party
Dope Hat- Marilyn Manson
Don't get around much anymore- Harry Connick, jr.
One of Us- Joan Osborne
Hey Joe- Jimi Hendrix
O SUPERMAN- Laurie Anderson
Love me or leave me- Nina Simone
The Peacocks- Toots Theilemans





Till next time... 'Mela




10:05 PM

Tuesday, April 19, 2005  




Upcoming Live Performances:


On May 6th, Friday I will be appearing at a new live house for me
in Tachikawa called Half Tone.

I will be performing with a new pianist I met a short while ago named Hiro Morozumi.
Hiro is a rising star, and has a quality not found so often in today's musicians-
As well as taking care of his own when he plays his own compositions,
he is considerate, polite, and he takes direction from a vocalist without loosing his own groove.
He plays with assurance.
I think he'll go far, and I'm glad to have this chance to perform together.

On May 13th, Friday I'll be at Jazz Spot "J" Shinjuku.
One of my "regular" livehouses,
I like to perform here as Koda-san
and his staff are so hospitable,
and I feel free to musically experiment.
I'll be performing with one of my favorite pianist here in Japan,
Keisaku Takahashi.


I'll also be using a few new guys this time around.

I heard some nice guitar work coming from an outdoor Xmastime gig in Shinjuku.
I had to go over and check him out, and he will be joining me this time.
Greg Chako knows all the chords,
and I think he'll be a nice addition to this mix.

Together with another new player,
an electric bassman named Hiroshi Eguchi.

I met Hiroshi almost a year ago,
when he came to see me perform at the Satin Doll Roppongi.
He was returning back to Japan,
after completing a tour with Mavis Staples.
Hiroshi plays some funky electric bass,
which is a sound I'm looking for this time around.

Also joining me will be a right on the money drummer
by the name of Yosuke Hase.
He is truly an understated guy, but he can play.

As well as a few new jazz tunes,
some BLUES WILL BE PLAYED.

On June 17th, Friday, I'll be at Club KEI, AKASAKA.

My schedule just would not be complete without an appearance here.
I'll be appearing with the fabulous Stan Gilbert; on bass,
and Shigeo Fukuda on piano.

On June 19th, Sunday, I'll be performing with
The Big Wing Jazz Orchestra at Session Suginami Hall.
I appeared the first time with these guys 5 years ago.

The theme of this event will be:
26th Swing is Here!
A Celebration of the Great American Songbook.


I will be selecting tunes from the works of
Oscar Hammerstein II, Jerome Kern, & Harold Arlen,
to name a few...
Also paying tribute to the anniversary of the birth of Frank Sinatra, Billie Holiday, Nat King Cole, & Sammy Davis, Jr.

Akio Ueda; tenor sax, composer, arr., will be arranging my tunes.
He did a fabulous job the first time I appeared with this big band,
arranging all 5 of my pieces.
I'm sure with my choices from this great collection of music, he'll do it again.


I hope to see you there!





Till next time... 'Mela




10:07 AM

Monday, April 18, 2005  




All things Catholic going on recently has got me thinking back...
Remembering my weekly Sunday morning adventures in church.

I didn't much like the whole proceedings,
except for a few very good Homilies from the Rev. Hordern,
I felt largely ignored and alienated;
just there to be lectured at, and pleaded with to "repent".

In the world I was living in,
it seemed somehow unfair to confess my sins at 9 years old,
when the rest of the world went on it's busy way,
doing whatever the hell it wished.

Every week, my mother gave me & my three sisters each some coins to put in the basket that came across our way on a long pole that reached into the pews.

My sisters & I developed sleight of hand tricks to make it look
and sound as if we had just dumped a handful of coins in the basket.

Unless the Homily was a particularly moving speech on guilt,
we palmed 'em, to be spent later at Seymour's...


















Some of my fav's...


Some Sundays I'd indulge in brain candy:





Millie the Model would get me through the week.
I would drop myself in the wonderful world of Millie,
with all her costumes, travel adventures, lightweight romances, or gigs singing in London with an English rock band.
And who could forget the drama queen girl stuff with Chilli, the other model, her red-headed best friend.

My 9 year old's troubles would disappear for awhile...

Circa 1966 was the best era in my opinion.
In terms of this comics' drawings and story-
After 1967, the style changed, and the storyline became less dramatic-
Millie started to look and act like Betty from the "Betty & Veronica" series from Archie's Comix .

Here's some other editions...

Early inspiration?
Mebbe.

But I still haven't seen if
England swings, yet...

It's on my "to do" list.


London by night
is a wonderful sight
There is magic abroad in the air
I'm often told that the streets turn into gold
When the moon shines on Circus and Square

Deep in the dark
that envelopes the park
lovers walk, kiss and talk all a glow

Down by the Thames
lights that sparkle like gems
seem to wink
till you think they must know...


London by Night

-Carroll Coates






Till next time... 'Mela




1:42 PM

Thursday, April 07, 2005  






© 2005 Pamela MacCarthy
All rights reserved

Forever Lady Day
Digital




Today is the 90th anniversary of Billie Holiday’s birth.

I created this digital work,
inspired by the William Gottlieb photo,
to pay my respect to a singer who has inspired me.

I admire the spirit she possessed to carry on,
and create what she did-
What lives on in her recordings-
In spite of her troubles...

My digital homage will also be on the cover of the program
for my show with The Big Wing Jazz Orchestra,
Sunday, June 19th.

The Great American Songbook will be the theme of this concert...





Till next time... ‘Mela






10:26 AM

Sunday, April 03, 2005  





Pope John Paul II






Till next time... 'Mela




1:12 PM

 
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