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Wednesday, April 26, 2006  

I bought this movie recently:

I know Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
was nominated for an Oscar
for Art Direction, (Stuart Craig)
and Set Decoration( Stephenie McMillan).
But the evidence isn't clear...

Seriously, this film is so dark,
I find myself wanting to adjust the brightness / contrast
on my TV set,
but, like, gee-
They don't do that anymore...

I don't want to be a complete downer on this movie.

Although portions of the original story were cut,
it is still pretty long.
But the pace moves too quickly,
leaving lollygaggers in the dust.

And no World Cup Quidditch match,
no Dobby, S.P.E.W. ,or the behind the scenes
at Hogwarts, in the kitchen with the house-elves.

I wanted to see that.

I really liked the Weasly's magical tent at
the World Cup.

You'd think if they could magically make a tiny tent interior into a
mansion ,
that something could've been done about Ron's
dress robes.

What is the deal on this selective magic?

I liked the dragons,
and the Pegasis driven carriage
of The French girls' school, Beaux Batons-
Annoyingly pronounced "bow battinz"
by the "new" Professor Dumbledore, Michael Gambon.

I just don't like him in this role.

It's like he's high on catnip, or something...

He doesn't have the command and stringency that
the late Richard Harris set in this character.

When the new Dumbledore calls out "Harry Pod-der"
after his name was spewed from the Goblet of Fire,
I just cringe.

When Richard Harris said "siiiiilence"-
it never sounded feeble.
Dollars to donuts he would not have called
the French girls' school;
bow battinz., either...

The rising ship entrance, with the huge Durmstrang sail,
was interesting.

I like the way Bulgarian Head Master , ex Death-eater
Karkarov, says "Junior"...

He just oozes droll.

All in all, the film is entertaining.

But J.K. Rowling's notion of
"Well, you're getting older, so you're life should turn to shit, for realism",
is a bit depressing.

If this movie is filmed so dark,
what will The Order of the Phoenix look like?

Till next time...
Mela signiature

12:15 PM

Saturday, April 22, 2006  

I'd like to present my son Michio's art work
from his Introduction to Visual Art: Design class,
at Temple University Japan.

This was his final "exam" of the class.

© 2006 Michio Yves Ueda

Art Meteors

pencil on paper

I've always known Michio has artistic ability.

To me, this piece explodes!
It speaks out of a certain humility he posesses,
and transcends into his deepest dreams.

Such a pureness of vision!

He has his own style;
with a flair for precision,
drafting, and design...

I am very proud to post it here...

I've got a gig at B-Flat , Akasaka
on June 22, Thursday.


Pamela MacCarthy - vocals
Keisaku Takahashi - piano
Tomoya Hara - guitar
Mark Tourian - bass
Mike Resnikoff - drums

I have some new tunes I will be presenting
at that time.

Soon, it will be "Golden Week",
or GW as they call it here.

To me, GW is a bridge in upper Manhattan...

During "GW" people usually make tracks outta Tokyo,
and travel elsewhere from May 3- 8th.

Perfect Spring weather, with a much less populated Tokyo,
now that is golden...

Here's my new iPod list:

My Father's Eyes - Eric Clapton
River of Tears - Eric Clapton
Pilgrim - Eric Clapton
Tokyo Blues - Cal Tjader
All Through the Night - Cyndi Lauper
Bohemian Like You - Dandy Warhols
Born in Time - Eric Clapton
Mariama (Senegal) - Baamba Maal
Unhook the Stars - Cyndi Lauper
Lazy River - Chet Atkins & Les Paul
The Wind Cries Mary - Jimi Hendrix
I Drove All Night - Cyndi Lauper
La Mer - Jacques Brel
April in Paris - Billie Holiday
Swing Valse - Cafe de Paris (French Accordian Classics)

In the lonely night,
In the stardust of a pale moonlight,
I think of you in black and white
When we were made of dreams.

I walked alone through the shaky streets,
Listening to my heart beat
In the record-breaking heat
When we were born in time...

Born in Time

- written by Bob Dylan,
as recorded by Eric Clapton

Till next time...
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12:09 PM

Sunday, April 16, 2006  

3 are mine, 3 are Michio's

Easter Eggs 2006

Coloring Easter eggs is a holiday tradition.
My mom started it for me when I was a little girl,
with my sisters.
Then, later, when my son was a baby,
I coloring eggs alone.
Then, a few years later, Michio wanted to help.
We started out with food coloring and crayons-
Now, we use oil pastels and watercolors.

Through the years, I didn't see a need to quit because
he's no longer a little boy.

Creativity has nothing to do with how old you are.
I think sitting together with friends, family members,
or whomever, of all ages, and just creating things
is a fantastic way to communicate!

I think one of the reasons why
Martha Stewart's TV show is so popular is
she brilliantly connects otherwise fragmented people
in a homelike setting, to create together...

It's a spiritual thing...

These are my all-time favorite

Can I get me a witness?!

Today I'm gonna grab my Easter Bonnet,
and look for wabbit twacks...

Till next time...
Mela signiature

7:48 AM

Thursday, April 13, 2006  

At last, I present my finished portrait of my son, Michio,

Painting Michio's portrait is something I've felt a very strong urge to do
for a while now.
Him turning 20 seemed an auspicious time to finally take this challenge on...

To see more of my canvases,
go here.

Till next time...
Mela signiature

7:14 AM

Friday, April 07, 2006  

Today is the birthday of two jazz / latin jazz greats;
as well as my personal favorites, Billie Holiday, and Mongo Santamaria.

I caught the American Idol hub-bub about Mandisa
being voted off the island, er, show.

It gets aired a week later here, so now I already know the results.

They need a week here to add subtitles,
and for that ingratiating bi-lingual commentator Chris Peppler
to add his annoying 2 cents,
for the thought challenged.

One might say that the thinking
wouldn't be watching this show in the first place,
but there's no accounting for taste...

I know the contestants all have to work hard on this show,
putting in the hours to make it happen-
It's definately an emotional highwire
not knowing week to week
if you're "on" or "off".

To a "regular" singer like me,
I can't help but envy some of this set-up:

Unbelievable amounts of publicity, (faxes, emails? Phooooey! you can't beat TV coverage!)
A large fan base, (asses on seats is always a good thing!)
Stylists, (so why are they always wearing jeans?)
Celebrity guest advice, ("You forgot the lyrics to my song?")
A kickin' FULL ORCHESTRA to play just for them...
( Without the whimsy of sidemen competing for the spotlight with loud 10 minute solos?)

Rave- on, people!!!

Here's some remnants from the hanami season...

Michio in Cherry Blossom-land!

A comfortable chair, at last!

Blossoms at Shinjuku Gyoen (Park)

I'm about to put my signature on my portrait- painting;
then the medium,
then the photographing.

I think you're going to like this...

Till next time...
Mela signiature

9:34 AM

Wednesday, April 05, 2006  

The raindrops bring down the pink snow in the street out my window...


© 2004 Pamela MacCarthy

See more of my digital artwork here...

I'm down to the last finishing touches on Michio's portrait.

A dear friend and great guy,
Wayne Gabel from The Asahi Shimbum,

will be leaving Japan and returning to the States with his wife
after 14 years here.
He was a guy I could depend on
for getting a nice blurb in about
my live jazz shows or an art exhibition.

He will be missed.

All the best to you , Wayne !

Michio's about to finish his second semester
at TUJ.

April is about beginnings, and endings-

And pink snow...

I never knew the charm of Spring
I never met it face to face
I never new my heart could sing
I never missed a warm embrace
Till April in Paris
Chestnuts in blossom
Holiday tables under the trees
April in Paris,
This is a feeling
That no one can ever reprise...

April in Paris

-Vernon Duke / E. Y. Harburg

Till next time...
Mela signiature

1:41 PM

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