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Friday, June 30, 2006  

I am leaving tomorrow for vacationland...

I hope to swim with these guys:

Please use CONTACT email address to reach me .
There's a little coffee house with one computer there,
so my response might not be prompt,
but I'll check when I can.

I'll be back on the 10th July...

Till next time...
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8:11 AM

Monday, June 26, 2006  

My gig at B-Flat, Akasaka went pretty well.

I wore a beautiful dress called a Cheongsam,
I ordered to be custom made,
from The Chinese Tailor.

Their store is located in Hong Kong,
and I can't say enough good things about their service,
the workmanship of their clothes, and the quality of their fabrics.

I have always dreamed of having such a dress,
but being a statuesque girl, my size was never available off the rack.
This is the style,

and this is me in mine:

Can you see Michio's reflection taking the photo?

Musically, it was an experiment gone in a good direction.

Special thanks to all the guys,
especially Keisaku Takahashi; on piano,
who also did a fair bit of arranging on 4 new tunes-
Tomoya Hara,
on both electric & acoustic guitars-
Mark Tourian,

who played on some beautiful electric basses-
Mike Resnikoff, on drums,
and a special guest appearance by Colin Grafton, on blues harp.

I played my resonator /dobro for a rendition of Big Rock Candy Mountain,
which Colin joined me on blues harp.

Set list:

Shanghai Blues (original)
The Nearness of You
How About You?
The "In " Crowd

Second show:

That's Life
Out of the Rain
The Big Rock Candy Mountains
Blue Skies
Route 66

Had it not been for the competition of the World Cup elimination match between Japan and Brazil scheduled for later that evening,
I think we might've had a better turn out.

Thanks to Rika at the Asahi Shinbum for her nice promotional write up.
Also The Japan Times, The Metropolis, The Daily Yomiuri,
and many other magazines and newspapers that listed me and wrote blurbs...

There were some old friends, and some new ones who came out to see me, and to them all, I say,
Thank you!

My son Michio was there as my helper, I was thankful for that.
He assisted me and carried my guitar in a fab lightweight case
my sister Wendy sent me, & my costumes.
He brought his buddy Yama-chan, along, for company.
Later on, they both carried stuff home for me.

God Bless helpful young people!

I recently captured this beauty in a nearby rice farm.

It is the rainy season now.
It will persist until into July,
then BLAMMO; the unrelenting, stifling heat and humidity
that is summer in Japan will be upon us.

I am now getting ready for my vacation from July 1-10th.

Till next time...
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10:35 AM

Wednesday, June 21, 2006  

Summer is here!

My gig at B-Flat Akasaka is tomorrow night.

The collection of tunes I will perform will run from Broadway,
to Brazillian, to old school R&B,
to The Blues...
And, of course, standard straight ahead jazz !

I will be performing with some of my favorite musicians:

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

On the second set,
there will be a guest appearance
by Colin Grafton,
a fabulous blues harp player .

For more details or in Nihongo;
go to B-Flat's website...

I hope to see you there!

Till next time...
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6:00 PM

Tuesday, June 06, 2006  

It's a day of three sixes...

Pretty, Pretty, Paper Parasol

© 2006 Pamela MacCarthy

My iPod stirs
the kaleidescope air
and serves it with a sprig of mint...

Moving along
on a blustery June day
in Tokyo-

Home of natives
and the things that wouldn’t leave

Fuschia-pink toes, fingers and lips
serve as landmarks
in the washout of the midday sun

French Accordian music gives my steps bounce

Koto music makes me float as if not having feet

American music pins the groove all down:

It takes names, but no prisoners;
occupations, physical descriptions, social security numbers,
and mood ring shades...

Just the facts, m’am.
Just the facts.

Pretty, pretty, paper parasol...

Till next time...
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11:33 AM

Sunday, June 04, 2006  

It’s that time of year, once again...

Starting around the end of May,
the rice fields are flooded.
Soon after, the irises,
called shoubu, or ayame here in Japan,
start to bloom...

Just yesterday, I said hello to the first
bloom of these beautiful purple irises.

This painting of mine from 1999 is of them.

© 1999 Pamela MacCarthy

The Irises at Nakagawara

53 X 65 cm.

gouache on canvas

Recently, I took this photo, taken when the sun was about to set,
the rice seedlings have been planted.
These are shoubu irises, this one a wine color.

©2006 Pamela MacCarthy

Sunset on the rice field

This is also the time of the year for wearing yukata;
at least I do.
In the warmer weather they are so comfortable for wearing around the house,
after a bath.

I recently discovered the art of katagami-
A kind of paper-stencil pattern used for dyeing and designing yukata fabric.

Tsunebei Takahashi is a katagami

My upcoming concert is now listed on B-Flat Akasaka’s website.
Check it out!

Brazil, where hearts were entertaining June
We stood beneath an amber moon
And softly murmured "Someday soon"
We kissed and clung together

Then, tomorrow was another day
The morning found me miles away
With still a million things to say

Now, when twilight dims the sky above
Recalling thrills of our love
There's one thing I'm certain of
Return I will
to old Brazil...


-Ary Barroso

Till next time...
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10:30 AM

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