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Meladramas
 
Tuesday, October 31, 2006  





Remember this?
Here are some of my all-time favorite Halloween movies!


Tonight I'm gonna roam the streets of Roppongi,
shift my broom into first...



Now I present my newest Digital work:





NYX










Till next time...
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9:19 AM

Saturday, October 28, 2006  







Pamela at Cavallino's (surreal)


My next gig is next Friday the 3rd of November,
at Half Tone, Tachikawa.
Go here to see more details!

When I was in Los Angeles,
my friend Young Hee took me to a fabulous
discount fragrance store, in downtown L.A.

I am a fragrance lover,
but in Japan,
I can't always get the fragrances I like,
as they are either priced out of my reach,
or have been discontinued- (either in manufacturing, or delivering here...)

Imagine my glee when I asked for 3 of my favorite hard-to-find fragrances,
and this place had ALL of them,
at a discount!

First, from my favorite perfume house, Guerlain.
Jicky,
in eau de toilette form.
It is available mainly in eau de parfum form,
in tiny, expensive bottles, here...

Next, a perfume not easily found, anywhere-
But I scored in this shop:
Je Reviens; Worth, Paris.

The third is one of my "Winter" favorites,
I used to buy this at the Osaka Airport,
on my return trip home from my Christmas Shows:
Basile, from the House of Profumi, Italy...

It's a lovely cross between two of my other Winter favorites,
Opium, ( Yves Saint Laurent ) and Coco by Coco Chanel.

And the last one, pour Homme,

Grey Flannel, Geoffrey Beene.


I left this place carrying a full bag of plunder!

Big thanks to my girlfriend Young Hee
for turning me on to this treasure trove!

Here's a treasure trove I recommend,
If you love fragrances as I do-
You'll love this informative and well written weblog called
Bois de Jasmine.

It is written by a lady who Knows perfume.


I updated my iPOD with some Hollow-weeny stuff:

Return of the Living Dead - The Cramps
Ancient Tomes - Midnight Syndicate
Crypts of Eternity - Slayer
Tales From the Crypt Theme - (Who the Hell Knows Who Does This?)
I Put A Spell On You - Bette Midler (HOCUS POCUS)
Vampira - Jaco Pastorius
I Was A Teenage WereWolf - The Cramps
Fire - The Crazy World of Arthur Brown
Gothic Sanctum - Nox Arcana
Improperly Dressed - The Slits
Beetlejuice Theme - Danny Elfman
Pretty in Pink - The Psychedelic Furs
The Killing Jar - Souxsie & The Banshees
Look Mom, No Head! - Iggy Pop & The Cramps
Barbie's Dead - UK Subs
Friday, I'm in Love - The Cure
Last Waltz in Budapest - Boris Kovac & The Ladaaba Orchestra



It's almost Halloween!





Purrrrrrfect!...







Till next time...
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2:52 PM

Wednesday, October 25, 2006  




The tires touched down on Narita airport,
delivering me back to The Land of the Rising Sun, on Sunday.

After almost 90 degree sunshine in Los Angeles,
the cool, rainy night was a stark contrast.

Yep, I'm glad to be home again...

My time in Los Angeles was so lovely,
due in large part to my friend, Young Hee, and her family's warm hospitality...

"Mrs. Pamela" was welcomed as a family member, for 2 weeks.

Many thanks, to the Bain family...

I will post some pics as soon as the film is developed,
but for now, I will post a few pics sent to me digitally...





Pamela MacCarthy at Cavallino's, Huntington Beach, Oct. 2006


More pics of this gig to follow.
It was a great night,
and everyone was in great form.
For a first time effort,
I felt right at home with:

Billy "Mitch" Mitchell - piano
Tomas Gargano - bass
Kenny Elliot - drums


A write up is forthwith in LA JAZZ
a Los Angeles based monthly newsletter...

I will post it here when it arrives.






The Fabulous Ford, & me


California is synonymous with mint condition classic cars.
The dry heat keeps them well preserved.
I couldn't resist the urge to capture this classic beauty...






Pamela at Pink's!


I met up with a few of my old friends, while in Los Angeles.
One of whom was my dear Marilyn,
who drove all the way up from San Diego.
She drove us to our old stomping grounds in Hollywood,
where I picked up these fab jetset shades on Hollywood Boulevard,
and later a fantastic hot dog lunch at the infamous Pink's...



I promise to post more of my pics as soon as I can!



To all who made my trip the fantastic success it was,
Thanks a million!



Happy Belated Birthday to my sister Wendy!





Till next time...
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2:52 PM

Tuesday, October 17, 2006  




Greetings from Los Angeles...
I have been relatively busy since my arrival,
and posting is not so convenient...

'Skooozy...

My gig at Cavallino's went very well.
The guys were absolutely fab!

Billy "Mitch" Mitchell - piano
Tomas Gargano - bass
Kenny Elliot - drums


I met a nice guy from LA JAZZ; Glenn Mitchell
who took photos of us all, to include in his article for the LA JAZZ
monthly magazine.
Should be in the November issue...

I have been staying with Young Hee
and her family, and that has been lovely.

Young Hee is a very warm person,
and we have been having fun telling our stories to each other.
Also, she's a great cook,
and her mom makes the best kim-chee!

Last night was my turn to prepare
Mama Mela's Italian Extravaganza!
It was a hit!

Today, I will visit with some dear old friends
that I haven't seen since 1993.
Debby & David, & Peedy & Mike...

I will teach a vocal workshop with Billy "Mitch" Mitchell on piano,
at the Arai Network Music School
tomorrow...

Later in the week, I'm going to meet another old friend from my
80's L.A. days, Marilyn.

Marilyn will cruise up from San Diego to see me!

When I return to Tokyo I will put up pics
of my trip.

I am having a great, relaxed time.

A little glitch getting past the air quality allergies,
but Young Hee gave me some excellent Chinese herbal tea bouillon
and it is easing up...

Taking it a day at a time...

I know I will miss my new friends,
and remember all my good times, here...


And how about those Mets?






Till next time...
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1:57 AM

Wednesday, October 11, 2006  





I'm here in Los Angeles at last!

After a long flight, nothing beats a friendly smile, and some Vietnamese
noodles, to set you right!
My lovely girlfriend Young Hee, met me at LAX,
and whisked me off for a nice light snack...






Later on, back at her & her families' place...

I met YH's husband, Jeff,Sr. her son, Jeff Jr., & Little Audrey,
who is very sweet to let me use her room for a little while...




Me in front of the bouganvilla...



Tryin' to shakeoff the jet lag,
which has been kept minimal with all the wonderful activity that meeting new friends
and family can bring.
I met the whole family for the most excellent bar-be-que.
Lots of laughs, and my jetlagged furbrain was feeling right at home!

Sunday, we made a stop in Buster's,
a neighborhood coffee/art/music kinda hangout.
No sooner we sit down,
on the sunlit sidewalk bench outside,
than some kickin' jazz action was fired up.

Helloooo Pamela!

I gravitated in to see who was attached to these fine
sounding jams.
An excellent keyboardist, bassman, and drummer
were gettin' busy...

Then a young lady gets up to sing a tune.
A high shool student of The Arts;
she had a nice delivery, and I smiled,
remembering my own self starting out...

Next a tenorman joined the mix,
and then, yours truly,
Miz Mela Mac
gets up to bring a heapin' helpin' of her own brand of
musicality...

It was a serendipitous afternoon.

It brought me back to the days of the "old" Upper West Side, NYC-
The neigborhood joints.
Artists, musicians, actors, poets, and the like,
would congregate and share ideas, etc.,
and pass the hat at the end of the session...

These same places have now been converted to BIG BI'NESS INC.,
created for tourists...

But, I digress...

I met Young Hee's parents.
They both were very warm,
and it was a nice meeting.

Today I will get together with Billy "Mitch" Mitchell
and the Trio, for a little rehearsal
before our gig at
Cavallino's this Thursday, Oct. 12th...,






'Till next time...
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1:06 AM

 
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