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Wednesday, November 30, 2005  

I look forward to my first weekend of Christmas shows
at the Imperial Hotel, Ginza.

I will be working with some of my favorite musicians,
and the view from the 17th Floor in Ginza
is lovely.
I met the booking manager recently, Katayama-san,
to take a tour of the Aqua Room...

I've started a new YAHOO message group.

Here is my new ITUNES list for December 2005:

Jeannette - Café De Paris
Ten Cents a Dance - Shirley Horn
Baby, It's Cold Outside - Leon Redbone, Zooey Deschanel
If I Could Change the World - Eric Clapton
Selah - Lauryn Hill
Greensleeves - John Coltrane
Santa Claus is Coming to Town - Ramsey Lewis Trio
I Bought You a Plastic Star (For Your Aluminum Tree) - Michael Franks
Somewhere - Tom Waits
Meeting Across the River - Bruce Springsteen
River - Joni Mitchell
What Are You Doing New Years' Eve? - Nancy Wilson
Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies - Peter Tchaikovsky
Nativity - Jaco Pastorius, Airto Moreira
Silent Night ( Oiche Chiún ) - Enya

Till next time...
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2:36 PM

Friday, November 25, 2005  

Aki No Hi (Autumn Day)

2004 Kazuyuki Ohtsu

Every place has it own subtle seasonal changes.
Some more subtle than others.

Everyday, the persimmon tree (kaki in Japanese)
next to my window,
grows more lovely.
The leaves and the fruit are now the same color;
dusty orange in shadow,
blazing coppery red in sunlight.

What I find interesting is how people
sweep away all evidence of these beautiful leaves,
once they hit the ground.
But being that the tree is still full,
guess what tomorrow brings?

It puts my mind back to a Japanese film that
I adored back in the 80’s in NYC, when it played at
The Thalia Theater.

Woman in the Dunes...

Another one of my Thalia Theater favorites was
Berlin Alexanderplatz.

My partner in our love affair with art-theater
was my Brazillian artist friend, Marcia.

We would go faithfully to see anything

I miss that.

Watching international art films for hours,
with English subtitles...

And, my friend Marcia.

Till next time...
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9:35 AM

Thursday, November 24, 2005  

Coming home from Thanksgiving

Coming home from Thanksgiving

Anna Mary Robertson Moses

aka Grandma Moses

On this Thanksgiving day
I am thankful for my health, my family, and all my great friends;
from one end of the earth, to the other...

Till next time...
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8:32 AM

Monday, November 21, 2005  

I think this is what I miss so much about being a
New Yorker:

Whose EZ PASS paid for this?

Thanks to my sister Deb
for this treasure...

I've always wondered how this song
would sound if Elmer Fudd
were singing it:

Ovah da wivah
and twoo da woods
to gwamuddahs house we go
da hawse knows da way to cawwy da sweigh
twoo da white and dwifting sno-oh
heh heh heh heh heh heh ...

Till next time...
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12:13 AM

Saturday, November 19, 2005  

November Still Life

© 1998 Pamela MacCarthy

November Still Life

38 X43.5 cm., gouache on canvas board

This is my only November painting.

I used an old yukata for the backround.
I like the contrast it makes, to the colors of the vegetables, vase, and flowers...

Another November work of mine is this digital piece, NOVEMBER.
Then, later, this one,

It's cold around this neck of the woods...
I'm spoiled though.
Cold for me Tokyo Time is 55 F degrees...

In New York,
cold was touching a door handle without gloves
and your fingers stuck.

It's the quiet before the holiday season.
I use this time to prepare my costumes
and myself for my holiday shows.

Thanksgiving is not a holiday here,
so I plan the festivities for the Sunday after.

It's all about making do...
Taking away this, adding that...

I remember sky
It was blue as ink
Or at least I think
I remember sky.

I remember snow
Soft as feathers
Sharp as thumb tacks
Coming down like lint
And it made you squint
When the wind would blow.

And ice like vinyl
On the streets
Cold as silver
White as sheets
Rain like strings
And changing things
Like leaves...

I Remember ( Evening Primrose)

-Stephen Sondheim

Till next time...
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8:55 AM

Friday, November 11, 2005  

I went with my friend Michael
to the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art yesterday,
to see the Pushkin Exhibition,
visiting from Moscow,
from 10/22- 12/18 2005...

The Goldfish 1912

Henri Matisse

This gorgeous Matisse was one of the pieces exhibited,
and also the one on the promotion posters...

Matisse has always perplexed me.
His painting style viewed up close appears so indelicate and hap-hazard,
but from a distance, it is so dead on.

There were many many beautiful and well known pieces in this show.

Some of my favorites were:

3 Women; study for the painting- Pablo Picasso 1907-8
Queen Isabeau- Pablo Picasso 1909
The Ford (The Flight)- Paul Gaugin 1901
The Prison Courtyard- Vincent Van Gogh 1890
Mirror Above a Washstand- Pierre Bonnard 1908
Interior- Edouard Vuillard 1904
Roman Bridge in Saint-Maurice - Jean Puy 1909
Pine-Tree at Saint Tropez- Paul Signac 1909
A Ball at the Paris Grand Opera - Jean-Louis Forain 1880
White Water Lilies- Claude Monet 1899

It is a fantastic collection of works,
and it's well promoted,
which results in my main beef with the Tokyo Metropolitan:
Although all the pieces were placed and hung well,
the lay-out of the museum is not a good one for crowd control.

This is a major drawback-

It is very difficult to get an unfettered view...

On a sad note, Tokyo has lost one of it's long time Jazz enthusiasts;
Sugiya-san, manager of what was The Keynote,Harajuku,
and B-FLAT,AKASAKA has passed away...

A friend and fellow musician here in Tokyo,
Jonathan Katz,
sent me this in an email last night:

Some of you have heard the bad news already. Mr. Sugiya of the B Flat,
a lover and supporter of jazz in Tokyo and other good causes, passed
I played at Bb tonight with Richie Cole and the Mike Price Jazz
Orchestra. The room was packed and the band played Rhapsody in Blue
(one of Sugiya-san's favorites) arranged by Duke Ellington, and Richie
played an amazingly beautiful solo alto sax rendition of Leonard
Bernstein's "Somewhere" that he dedicated to Sugiya-san.

He was a funny little man who always wore a tuxedo to work,
with his black bow-tie.

I last saw him at B-Flat at the JAMMIN' for NEW ORLEANS
I told him at the end of the night, "You did a great thing,
gettin' this together, tonite, Sugiya-san"...

I didn't think those would be my last words to him...

Jazz musicians in Tokyo,
and abroad had history with this dude...

Otsukare Sama deshita, Sugiya-san.
Oya-sumi, nasai...

Till next time...
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11:59 AM

Tuesday, November 08, 2005  

© 2005 Pamela MacCarthy

Postcard from the Ledge

This is my new computer art piece,
Postcard from the Ledge...

I offer no explanations here,
I simply needed to make myself laugh...

My gig with Kei Shibata at the Tableaux Lounge
is done...
It's always a pleasure to work with Kei,
as he is a nice man as well as a great pianist.

I now have some time to breathe in and out after a hectic

I look forward to downshifting
until December...

Till next time...
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12:51 PM

Sunday, November 06, 2005  

I'm watching the birds outside my window...

If you want a real life lesson,
put some bird food out,
and watch what happens...

I'll be singing at a private party today-
At a place I performed at awhile ago,
the Tableaux Lounge, in Daikanyama.

Accompanying me on piano, an old friend, Kei Shibata.

The leaves of the cherry tree in the backyard shrine are turning a lovely poppy red,
and slowly falling...

Today, I can almost hear Yves Montand as I did on a Paris
bistro jukebox, many years ago:

C'est une chanson qui nous ressemble, 
Toi qui m'aimais, moi qui t'aimais. 
Nous vivions tous les deux ensemble, 
Toi qui m'aimais, moi qui t'aimais. 

Mais la vie sépare ceux qui s'aiment, 
Tout doucement sans faire de bruit. 
Et la mer efface sur le sable, 

Les pas des amants désunis...

Les Feuilles Mortes (Autumn Leaves)

- Jacques Prévert – Joseph Kosma lyrics, music
as sung by Yves Montand

Till next time...
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11:06 AM

Wednesday, November 02, 2005  

November is here...
I have often heard people say Autumn depresses them,
as it feels like an ending.

I have never felt that way.
I've always thought Autumn a beginning...


This is the birthstone of November,
the golden Topaz or, in this case,
the Citrine.

Yesterday, I closed DIGITAL DIARY,
bid my Thank-you's to Koda-san,
and so it went...

My second show this year,
I believe it a success!
An idea come to fruition!

I'm glad some people were receptive to it.
There were some sales...

The ideas keep coming,
wether or not they are recognized-
Some ideas take a little more time to catch on...

Thanks to all who supported me...

Till next time...
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4:04 AM

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