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Meladramas
 
Sunday, July 29, 2007  




My friend Kenji invited me
to join him at Roppongi's
Satin Doll, Thursday
night.

The fabulous pianist; Mulgrew Miller
was performing with his Trio;
Ivan Taylor, on bass, and
Rodney Green on drums.

It was a sweltering night in Tokyo,,
but the elegant mood
Mulgrew and his & Trio was laying down
permeated the premises
like a cool breeze...

And then up walks the lovely,
multi-talented jazz vocalist, composer, & fellow artist,
Carmen Lundy.


Carmen Lundy @ Satin Doll Shibuya ©2007 Pamela MacCarthy


Carmen Lundy at Satin Doll, Tokyo, Japan 2007
© 2007 Pamela MacCarthy


Between sets I had an opportunity to chat with Carmen...

I was both curious and eager to get acquainted.

We both were performing in NYC
around the same time, early 80's,
but we've never met.

She has so far had a very impressive career!

She's a very warm and talented individual,
and I was glad to meet her...



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I've started working on my new canvas.

I'll check back after awhile...


Michio's got final exams until Wednesday,
after that it'll be summer vacation at last!



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Here's my "Summer 2007"
updated iPOD list:


All The Young Dudes - Mott the Hoople
Like This - Kelly Rowland feat. EVE
Make No Mistake - Keith Richards and the X-pensive Winos, feat. Sarah Dash
Soul Sacrifice (live from "Woodstock", 1969) - Santana
There Goes Another Love Song - The Outlaws
Do It Again - Chemical Brothers
Candy Shop - 50 cent feat. Olivia
Trouble Man - Marvin Gaye
I Can See Clearly Now - Jimmy Cliff
Black Is The Color Of My True Love's Hair - Nina Simone
Hope - Natacha Atlas
A Love That Will Never Grow Old - Emmylou Harris
Blue Money - Van Morrison
Green Grass and High Tides - The Outlaws



Recently I watched Woodstock: 3 days of Peace, Love & Music.

Each time I see it,
I am struck by the abso-fucking-lutely amazing performances on it.

2 stick with me in particular:

Jimi Hendrix's phenomenal version of the American National Anthem,
and Santana's performance of "Soul Sacrifice".

That drum solo by a then 19 year old Michael Shrieve,
has to be one of the best, ever!


Can I get a witness?




'Till next time...
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6:48 PM

Tuesday, July 24, 2007  




I threw on my glad rags on and made it on over
to Shibuya, Friday night
for the The Japan Blues & Soul Carnival 2007.


Pamela MacCarthy  at Shibuya 2007 ©2007 Pamela MacCarthy

C'est moi, cherie!

©2007 Pamela MacCarthy


I had the wonderful experience of meeting
once again, the Queen of the Blues,
Koko Taylor,
here in Tokyo,
this past weekend.


Koko Taylor 'Old School'

Koko Taylor's new CD; Old School


I met Koko the first time, almost 20 years ago,
in NYC, where she performed with her Blues Machine
at a music hall on W14th Street.

She was so kind to me then, backstage,
when I first met her & her manager/husband 'Pops'.

I asked her advice for myself, then a fledgling singer.

"If you like it, keep on doin' it" she told me...

20 years on, I am still doin' it,
and most definately,
so is she!

She surrounds herself with family
and musicians who love and respect her,
and dayum, can they play.

The first night in Tokyo
at Shibuya's Duo Music Exchange,
Koko was in top form.

Steppin' out in her silver jacket and hat...

The audience just loved her.


Koko Taylor at Shibuya Duo Music Exchange 2007, ©2007 Pamela MacCarthy

Koko live @ Duo Music Exchange, Shibuya, 2007

©2007 Pamela MacCarthy


Supported by her most excellent Blues Machine:

Vino Louden; guitar,
Shun Kikuya; guitar,
Anderson Edwards; keyboards,
Melvin Smith; bass,
& Rick Nelson on drums.


Vino Loudon & Melvin Smith at Shibuya Duo Music Exchange 2007 ©2007 Pamela MacCarthy

Vino Loudon & Melvin Smith

©2007 Pamela MacCarthy


I also met Joe 'Smokin Joe' Thomas.

He's a very charismatic guy.

He had the first night off,
so we were able to hang out a bit.


Joe Thomas & Pamela MacCarthy at Shibuya Duo Music Exchange 2007 ©2007 Les Coles

Me & "Smokin" Joe Thomas at Shibuya's Duo Music Exchange, 2007

©2007 Pamela MacCarthy


He's a bassman with fellow Chicago bluesman
Lurrie Bell.

I saw their first set Saturday night, 7/21,
at Blues Alley, Japan.

The finale was on 7/22 Sunday afternoon,
at The Outdoor Hibiya Bandshell.

It was a great event,
and I'll keep Koko's encore
in my head for awhile:

Come on
Baby dont you wanna go?
Come on
Baby dont you wanna go?
Back to that same ol' place
Sweet home Chicago



I heard the first cicada of summer, today...


'Till next time...
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10:10 PM

Tuesday, July 17, 2007  




Typhoon, check.

Mud slides, earthquakes...
check, and check!

This long weekend,
leading up to the Marine Day holiday
on Monday in Japan,
when they officially open all public pools,
this year the 16th July,
had it's own brand of summer activity.

Not a lot of sun block or floating pool whales
this year.

I saw a news brief of a poor old local woman,
still in her gardening sunscarf-
Had she not been outside gardening
she might've been part of the casualty list.

Surveying the mess that this latest earthquake
originating off the coast of Niigata,
(Sea of Japan
side, north)
had made of her home,
she sighed, and said :
"I was just feeling glad the typhoon finally blew over".

She got off easier than some...

Here in Tokyo, I felt a vaguely familiar "seasickness."

I remembered this same sensation
I had once before on a Christmas gig,
singing on the top floor of The Imperial Hotel.

A slow swaying kind of sensation,
but no movement can be seen.

Then, my wind chimes started to ring,
which is always my best gauge
of earthquake action...

Now, today, after all is said and done, it rains...

Twist up another one, just like the uddah one,
and pass it over to me...


Heh.



marijuana girl



I've got my new canvas,
and I'm going to start painting very soon.

But to tell yiz all the troot,
I'd rather be here :


Bali High


Bali High!






'Till next time...
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12:29 PM

Wednesday, July 11, 2007  




My TV commercial for Shoshu-Riki is now on the air!

I acted & sang on it.

I'm in the #3 "scene",
as a backup singer,
and standing around a huge toilet with my
"co-stars" on the last scene...

If you'd like to see it,

check it out here.



Pamela MacCarthy in Shoshu-Riki TV commercial



Me, on a Shoshu-Riki TV commercial out-take video-grab








'Till next time...
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9:26 PM

Saturday, July 07, 2007  




Today is 07/07/'07.

And, tonight in Japan,
it will be the Tanabata Star Festival...


star lovers


These two stars meet once a year,
on July 7th-
Orihime (Vega), upper left
Hikoboshi(Altair), lower right



Smile


Hi, how's it goin' ?
©2007 Pamela MacCarthy


Updated iPOD list:

Night Clubbing - Iggy Pop
He Was a Friend of Mine - Willie Nelson
Lust For Life - Iggy Pop
I Must Have That Man - Billie Holiday
The Maker Makes - Rufus Wainwright
Willow Weep For Me - Billie Holiday
The Wind - Cat Stevens
The Test - The Chemical Brothers
For What You Dream Of - Bedrock feat. KYO
Tambourine - EVE feat. Swizz Beatz
Bailamos - Fergie
Freeway Jam - Jeff Beck
Melissa - The Allman Brothers
A Love That Will Never Grow Old - Emmylou Harris
Wings - Gustavo Santaolalla (Brokeback Mountain Soundtrack)



R.I.P. Beverly Sills;
a New Yorker par excellence.

I remember her as a child.

Watching her appearances on the The Ed Sullivan Show,
and, of course,
The Muppet Show...

She was a brilliant Opera singer
who brightened the world with her long career...





'Till next time...
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