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Saturday, December 31, 2005  

I went out and bought a new 2006 calendar.

After looking over my past dates in 2005,
I realize I had a busy year:

2 art exhibitions;

the month of February,
Meladramas: On Stage At Last!
at Cafe CoCoLo, Shinjuku.
Thanks to all who came to see my work.

The month of October
at Jazz Spot “J”
Thanks to all who came to see my work.

My son Michio started his first semester
at Temple University Japan, in September

My big band show celebrating the “American Songbook”, in June.

So, today, the last day of 2005,
this is my “blog” .

I'm listing events and giving thanks for all
who helped me succeed in the year 2005.

For my live house and gallery appearances;
thanks to the club/ gallery/ cafe owners:

Kei Ishida & Stan Gilbert at Club Kei, AKASAKA
Koda-san at Jazz Spot/Gallery “J” Shinjuku
Kuriyama san, at Cafe CoCoLo, Shinjuku
Inada-san at Half-Tone, Tachikawa
Sugiya san, (R.I.P.) at B Flat, AKASAKA,

Digital art created in 2005.

Gouache painting for 2005.

The trip to Guam in August...

Thanks to all my dear family and friends around the world who keep me posted on things,
and keep my spirits up.

I’m also thankful for the great friends I have here in Tokyo:

Hiroshi Yamamoto, for his friendship, patronage, help & support of me & my art .
Michael Robben, for his friendship, patronage, moral support, art gallery treks together, and telephone chats!
Kenji Tsuboi, for his long time friendship, patronage & support in my art & music.
Kamitori-san, for always being there when I look out in the audience, and for supporting my efforts, be they art or music.

Thanks to all the press, who list my events...

Thanks to my fans who come to my events...

To my son Michio, for doing his best this year, in his studies, and as a helper to me.
And his dad Akio,for his support, and writing music charts for me...

Also, all the musicians whom I play regularly with, whom make my job
a pleasure!

For the new musicians I met this year; Hiro Morozumi; piano, Hiroshi Eguchi; electric bass, “Moto” Makino; guitar, JJ Vicars; bass, guitar, Moreno Bussoletti, piano, & Alessio D'Alessandro, drums...

And for the musicians/ old friends I re-met after a long time passed...

Thanks for all the great people I worked with
on the Benefit Concerts for Katrina,
at the FCCJ and at B-FLAT Akasaka.
Thanks to The J-Belles; Julianne & Joni Davidson,
for doing some great work with me at the Katrina Benefit at FCCJ.
Also the fun rehearsals...

Thanks for my last gig this year at the Imperial Hotel in Ginza.

Thanks to you, my readers, for tuning in!

I thank God,
and hope He will bless us all,
and keep the souls we lost in 2005.

And I pray that 2006,
will be a great year; bringing us peaceful days,
& fun nights, filled with health, happiness, prosperity and lotsa gigs!

Thank you 2005, and Adio!

Till next time...
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9:37 AM

Wednesday, December 28, 2005  

My son Michio & me

Imperial Hotel , Ginza, Tokyo

Christmas Eve, 2005

photo: Takako Vogel

Special thanks to all the musicians who made my gig at The Imperial
a warm, breezy experience:

Keisaku Takahashi; Tom Pierson, on piano
Tomoya Hara, Greg Chako, Toshiki Nunokawa, Yutaka Kubota on guitar
Rick Vogel on trumpet / flugelhorn.

Also, a thank-you to all my friends who came to see me!

Thank you to my son Michio, he gave me a beautiful purple black velvet collared
padded hanten jacket or, chanchanko, for Xmas...

Perfect for keeping winter drafts away!

Here is my new ITUNES list:

Foxy Lady - Jimi Hendrix
Cat People - David Bowie
People are Strange - The Doors
Windmills of Your Mind (Thomas Crown Affair) - Sting
Shattered - The Rolling Stones
Nothing From Nothing - Billy Preston
20th Century Fox - The Doors
Truckin’ - The Grateful Dead
Little Girl Blue - Janis Joplin
Julia (1984) - The Eurythmics (Annie Lennox)
Indian Summer - The Doors
I think It’s Gonna Rain Today - Nina Simone
Marrakesh Express - CSNY
I’ve Been Loving You Too Long - Otis Redding
The End - The Doors

Truckin’, like the do-dah man- once told me you’ve got to play your hand
Sometimes your cards ain’t worth a dime,
if you don’t lay’em down...

Truckin’ (1971)
-Grateful Dead ;
Jerry Garcia, Robert Hunter, Bob Weir, and Phil Lesh

Till next time...
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1:09 PM

Sunday, December 25, 2005  


Till next time...
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10:00 AM

Saturday, December 24, 2005  

The Road, Winter 1853

Otto Kirsch

Currier & Ives

After singing the song "Sleighride"
a few times,
I was caught by the lyrics:
It'll nearly be like a picture print by Currier & Ives...

I love antiques, and also prints,
and this particular print company is one in
American History.

It's Christmas Eve morning here now.

Tonight my son Michio will come along with me to
The Imperial Hotel.

He has watched me since he was a baby every Christmas
getting ready to do that thing I do.

This year, he'll actually check out my show!

The fabulous Tom Pierson will join me on piano,
Yutaka Kubota on guitar, and Rick Vogel trumpet / flugelhorn.

Snowflake animated

O Holy Night!
The stars are brightly shining,
It is the night of the dear Saviour's birth.
Long lay the world in sin and error pining-
Till He appeared and the Spirit felt its worth.

A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.
Fall on your knees!
Oh, hear the angel voices!
O night divine, the night when Christ was born;
O night, O Holy Night , O night divine!
O night, O Holy Night , O night divine!

O Holy Night (1847)

-Placide Cappeau de Roquemaure , lyrics
Adolphe Charles Adams, music
translated from the French to English by
John Sullivan Dwight

Till next time...
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9:42 AM

Thursday, December 22, 2005  

Tonite starts my final four consecutive Christmas shows at The Imperial.

I'll be performing with Keisaku Takahashi on piano, Greg Chako on guitar, & Rick Vogel will join the mix for the next four shows on trumpet / flugelhorn...

Snowman animated

I hope to see you there!

Till next time...
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8:05 AM

Tuesday, December 20, 2005  

It just occurred to me that it was exactly 15 years ago today,
that me, Akio, and Michio arrived to stay here in Japan.

Akio was in the U.S.A. for 15 years, before returning home.


I remember it was frosty cold, and the fragrance of mikans was in the air.
I think that's why when I smell mikans, I think of Christmas.
Michio was four and a half years old , ready to start kindergarten.

He's now 19, and in University.

What a long, strange trip it's been...!

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11:04 AM


Yeah, but where does the nutmeg come from?

My mood has been improving.
Maybe it's because this Christmas spirit
has finally hit me,
or maybe because my friends and family have been so great
in helping me over the rough spots.

Maybe a little of both.

I took some time for just me & my son yesterday.
We rarely do things together, with his school and my work,
but since neither of us had any other obligations,
we went to our nearby town, to get some sushi
and dig on the Christmas scene...

Christmas is very popular here.
Not for the same reasons,
but the facade is real enough.
We had a nice time walking around the town.

My next gigs are 4 consecutive nights,
starting Thursday;
The 22nd, 23rd, Christmas Eve, & Christmas Night
at The Imperial.

I'm working with some great musicians, in a beautiful setting.

It's definately looking like Christmas around here.

I'm hoping to make a "mini- video" this Christmas Eve.
I'll get back on the results...

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Ev'rywhere you go;
There's a tree in the Grand Hotel, one in the park as well,
The sturdy kind that doesn't mind the snow.
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas;
Soon the bells will start,
And the thing that will make them ring is the carol that you sing
Right within your heart.

It's Beginning To Look Like Christmas

-Meredith Willson, Words and Music

Till next time...
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9:32 AM

Monday, December 19, 2005  


Thanks to my sister Debbie, for this one...

Till next time...
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9:39 AM

Saturday, December 17, 2005  

I've been alerted by a few friends that I've been negligent
with my storytelling, lately...
I apologize.
I've been in a BAH HUM BUG, kind of mood...

My gig last night went.
Keisaku & Greg were in good form...

When I first got in, on the lobby floor of the hotel,
I heard piano music coming from a little alcove.
I went in to investigate, and there was Bruce Stark
playing his beautiful theatrical style of piano.
We gave each other the hi sign...
We worked together awhile back at a truly surreal gig,
a church chapel / wine salon weekly concert.

Only in Japan.

I loved singing in that cavernous chapel,
but the wine intermission was a bit surreal...
Or, maybe, church is surreal without it.

Anyhoo, I digress.

l was listening to my walkman CD player playing

Love Street:

She lives on Love Street
Lingers long on Love Street
She has a house and garden
I would like to see what happens

She has robes and she has monkeys
Lazy diamond studded flunkies
She has wisdom and knows what to do
She has me and she has you

She has wisdom and knows what to do
She has me and she has you

I see you live on Love Street
There's this store where the creatures meet
I wonder what they do in there
Summer Sunday and a year
I guess I like it fine, so far

Love Street

-Jim Morrison & The Doors

La ti dat dat daa La ti dat dat daa ...

Up the elevator to the 17th floor...

It was one of those nights that brought me back to
my old piano bar times.
The only difference was then, when someone requested a song,
they tipped for it.

Here's a hint for anyone who feels the need to make requests
of a lady who's on the bandstand singing:

If you have the cohones to disrupt her line-up,
back it up with some Christmas green, ya know?

Tonight I'll be performing with Tom Pierson, on piano,
which is always a thrill.
The guitarist I don't know yet.

It should be interesting...

Hey Santa, if you're listening,
how 'bout a big bucket fulla Krugerrands for me this year?
I've been an awful good girl...

Signing off from Surreal Central...
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12:35 AM

Sunday, December 11, 2005  

As I sit here mumbling to myself in my après - gig
gravel-gurty voice,
a bucket ( a very large mug) of Starbuck's Komoro Dragon decaf in hand,
I am saddened to learn of the passing of Richard Pryor.

I don't know anybody who put as much oomph in the word "motherfucker"
as he did.

I met Richard when I lived in West Hollywood, in my wild and crazy vagabond days-
He was performing his "Live on the Sunset Strip" show.
After he finished, I went up and gave him a big hug and kiss,
and he said: "Amen, Baby".

I will always remember his fabulous stand-up shows,
and his film performances.

My personal favorite was his role as " The Piano Man"
in Lady Sings the Blues.

He put a lot of sweetness in that role...

My son loved his performance in The Toy.

He reached a lot of people.
The world has lost a truly great man.

"Amen, Baby"

Till next time...
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10:30 AM

Friday, December 09, 2005  

My holiday season is officially in second gear...

Tonight starts my second weekend at The Imperial;
with Keisaku Takahashi - piano, Greg Chako - guitar.

Till next time...
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12:14 AM

Wednesday, December 07, 2005  

©2005 Pamela MacCarthy

Portrait of Debbie

Today is my sister Debbie's birthday.
We share a unique thing:
From now till my birthday on January 9th,
we are the same age.

I am passing you the torch, Deb...

I am close with all my 3 sisters.
As children we kept each other afloat.
My mother went to work to support us,
and we girls were
our own support system.
We had our own world,
where we’d live and let live.
We'd never tell on each other,
because it was just plain impossible.
We all had bargaining chips on each other,
so there was no point.

I think I learned how to belt out a tune
from my early days of calling my sisters home for dinner,
across the thick woods of upstate New York.

My sister Debbie and I share a special
bond because we are so close in age-
But also because we were both little hellraisers
in our girlish days...

She is a Sagittarius,
a hard working & loving person who cares deeply for her
2 children, and now, her grandchildren...

But to me, we are still those two girls hitch-hiking together,
laughing and making jokes...

Happy Birthday, Debbie!

Get your motor runnin'
Head out on the highway
Lookin' for adventure
And whatever comes our way
Yeah Darlin' go make it happen
Take the world in a love embrace
Fire all of your guns at once
And explode into space

I like smoke and lightning
Heavy metal thunder
Racin' with the wind
And the feelin' that I'm under
Yeah Darlin' go make it happen
Take the world in a love embrace
Fire all of your guns at once
And explode into space

Like a true nature's child
We were born, born to be wild
We can climb so high
I never wanna die

Born to be wild
Born to be wild

Born to be Wild

words & music by Mars Bonfire
as recorded by Steppenwolf

Till next time...
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12:05 AM

Sunday, December 04, 2005  

©2005 Pamela MacCarthy


This is my new digital work, Tatiana.
To see more of my works,
go here.

Last night's show at The Imperial was great!
Tom Pierson is a fantastic pianist,
but with me, he brings out my subtle, artistic side.
Paired with Tomoya Hara on a classical acoustic guitar,
it was a nice contrast to the previous night's show...

I look forward to my next show December 9th, Friday...

Till next time...
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10:22 AM

Saturday, December 03, 2005  

Christmastime is always an interesting time for me,
with my holiday shows...
Traveling to different places throughout Japan -
always something different.

One year I'm on a shinkansen to Niigata,
or Osaka, or Fukuoka,
or on a plane to Hokkaido...

One Christmas, I performed on a cruise ship in Tokyo Bay.
The waters were so rough, that the ship rocked.
"Rockin' Around the ChristmasTree"
took on a whole new meaning-
In one hand I held a microphone,
and with the other I hugged a center beam,
to keep my balance.

Last night, I appeared with two of my favorite players,
Keisaku Takahashi- piano, & Greg Chako- guitar...
We were on our third set, about 10:10pm, up on the 17th floor,
when this wave of sea-sickness came over me.
I thought it weird as we were not at sea.

I looked at Keisaku who, being Japanese
and used to such events, was smiling.
I looked at Greg,
he was not smiling.

I was in the middle of a song and realized we were having an earthquake.
A spectacular view from the 17th floor,
and we were definately swingin'...

Tonite's show is with Tom Pierson - piano,
& Tomoya Hara - guitar.

See you there!

What good is melody, what good is music
If it ain't possessin' something sweet?
It ain't the melody, it ain't the music
There's something else that makes the tune complete...

It don't mean a thing, if it ain't got that swing
doo wah doo wah doo wah doo wah doo wah doo wah doo wah doo wow

It don't mean a thing, all you got to do is sing
doo wah doo wah doo wah doo wah doo wah doo wah doo wah doo wow

It makes no diff'rence if it's sweet or hot
Just give that rhythm ev'rything you got!

It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing

- Duke Ellington

Till next time...
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1:58 PM

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