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Sunday, February 24, 2008  

The wind has been blowin' big time
for 2 days now...

I feel something delivered with it...

The orchids are here, for one!

I will visit The Japan Grand Prix International Orchid Festival 2008
on Tuesday, next.
I'm bringing my fellow Ikebana classmates along to check it out.
I love to turn people on to this show!

Tokyo Dome filled with orchids-
How cool is that?

Sometime before the 31st March,
I'll be entering, by invitation,
The Lessedra Gallery Art Print Mini 2008,
in Sofia, Bulgaria.

These 3 of my newest digital art prints,
will be my entries...

I'm always curious to know which of my entries
will be chosen to go in the catalogue!
This is my 3rd consecutive year to participate,
and the catalogues are fantastic!

My music schedule seems to be temporarily
in a state of suspended animation...

Pamela November Topaz
© 2008 Pamela MacCarthy

The costumes, the scenery, the make-up, the props,
the audience that lifts you when you're down.

The headaches, the heartaches, the backaches, the flops-
the sheriff who escorts you out of town!

The opening when you're heart beats like a drum-
The closing when the customers won't come...

There's no business like show business,
like no business I know-

Yesterday they told you you would not go far,
that night you open, and there you are!
Next day on your dressing room they've hung a star,
let's go on with the show!

Theres No business Like Show Business
-Irving Berlin

Here's my "Grammy Up A Rope 2008" updated iPOD List:

Airplane Glue - Lenny Bruce
What Goes Around... Comes Around - Justin Timberlake
No One - Alicia Keys
One Week Last Summer - Joni Mitchell
Lost Highway - Willie Nelson / Merle Haggard / Ray Price
Let The River Run - Carly Simon
Sweet Child of Mine - Guns 'N Roses
Gone Gone Gone - Alison Krauss / Robert Plant
Ray of Light - Madonna
City of Blinding Lights - U2
Nobody's Supposed To Be Here (Hex Hector Mix) - Deborah Cox
Tea Leaf Prophecy - Herbie Hancock feat. Joni Mitchell

'Till Next Time...
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12:48 PM

Monday, February 11, 2008  

I went with my friend Hiroshi,
this past Saturday, the 9th February,
to visit the Fuji Art Museum,
in Hachioji.

From Jan 24th - March 23rd,
Masterpieces of the State Russian Museum from Late 18th Century to Early 20th Century
will be visiting from St. Petersburg, Russia.

It was a cold, cloudy afternoon, when Hiroshi and I
met to take the Keio line to Hachioji.

I smelled snow...

We took a taxi to the museum,
from Hachioji Keio Station,
as the buses were infrequent.

The 15 minute cab ride was through the stark landscape
situated just past the burgeoning suburb / city.

Cozy and warm inside,
we watched the winter bleakness go by,
passing what seemed to be an old landmark building,
complete with Doric columns and marble walls and staircases-
But it is new.
A not-yet opened, soon to be, Convention Hall.

Riding past, down and around, and up the hill,
we approached The Fuji Art Museum, on the left.

I came to this show without much previous knowledge
of the works or artists showing,
so I couldn't've known the magnitude
and impact of this show.

Such heartbreaking realism.

There is no room for Abstraction, here.
This art is the window to those times-
This Realism had to be!

Each piece is so exquisite,
in the treatment of the light,
the details, unflinching-

From the sable collar of a woman's folk costume,
to the strapped on rag shoes
of a peasant boy in the snow.

The detail and clear perspective of the architecture,
the skintones, and warmth in the eyes that looked as if you could
actually touch this person's cheek,
were mesmerizing...

Each artist's work was so powerful!

The magic captured in these paintings has to be seen
to be truly appreciated!

Some of my favorite artists and their works:

I. Shishkin 'Winter' 1890

Ivan Shishkin
1890 Oil on canvas
The Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia

I. Repin 'Sophia Dragomirova'

Ilya Repin
Portrait of Sophia Dragomirova
1889 Oil on canvas
The Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia

Ivan Aivazovsky 'Storm' 1875

Ivan Aivazovsky
Storm at Cape Aya
1875 Oil on canvas
The Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia

After the show, we went to the Museum Cafe,
which featured Beef Stroganoff,
and Borscht.

Hiroshi took this photo of me:

Pamela MacCarthy at Fuji Art Museum

Pamela at the Fuji Art Museum
Photo: Hiroshi Yamamoto

It was a lovely show,
that I enjoyed immensely.

As we left the museum,
the snow was falling in big, fat flakes-
Later I watched it from the train window,
and finally from my home, as it continued
up until 9pm...


'Till Next Time...
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2:07 PM

Sunday, February 10, 2008  

'February Conversation' ©2008 Pamela MacCarthy

February Conversation

©2008 Pamela MacCarthy

I caught this shot on a snowy afternoon while waiting for my train...

It has been a cold winter, so far.
Snowy days,
followed by cold blue skies
that turn dark early...

I've turned my internal clock to winter mode.
Like the light, everything starts earlier,
and ends earlier, too.

'Valentine's Day Live' ©2008 Pamela MacCarthy

Valentine's Day Live

©2008 Pamela MacCarthy

Next week,
I'll be performing a pre-Valentine's Day Show at
The Conrad Hotel's 28 Bar
on Wednesday, February 13th.

Keisaku Takahashi will join me on piano,
and Kazuo Midorikawa on bass...

A not so distant harbinger of Spring,
and for me the lifeline to a warmer season,
is the Japan Grand Prix International Orchid Festival 2008.

This annual event will be held in Tokyo Dome
from Feb. 23rd - March 2nd.

Soon the Orchid Show
will enchant and delight me-
I'll remember Spring

©2008 Pamela MacCarthy

Wadin' through the waste stormy winter,
And there's not a friend to help you through
Tryin' to stop the waves behind your eyeballs
Drop your reds, drop your greens and blues

Thank you for your wine, California
Thank you for your sweet and bitter fruit
Yes I got the desert in my toenail
And I hid the speed inside my shoe

But come on, come on down Sweet Virginia,
Come on, honey child, I beg of you
Come on, come on down, you got it in ya, ah ha
Got to scrape the shit right off yo' shoes

- Sweet Virginia
M. Jagger/K. Richards

Art by - R. Broders

Sign me up!

'Till Next Time...
Mela signiature

6:03 PM

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