Saturday, August 28, 2010
Last Wednesday's Ikebana : © 2010 Pamela MacCarthy Ikebana # 83 8-25-2010 Lorna and her blog have a fresh new look... On Thursday, my dear friend, & drummer extraordinaire Jimmie Smith took me to his gig at the annual New Orleans Dixieland Jazz Festival in Asakusa, Tokyo. There were 2 bands featured. From Japan were Yoshio Toyama's Dixie Saints; and from NOLA; Thomas Fischer & The New Orleans Jazz All Stars. Jimmie played with The Dixie Saints : Yoshio Toyama - trumpet Keiko Toyama - piano, banjo Koji Suzuki - clarinet Tadanori Konakawa - trombone Yoichi (Baseball) Fujisaki - bass Jimmie Smith - drums I sat backstage and got this shot : © 2010 Pamela MacCarthy Jimmie Smith @ The New Orleans Dixieland Jazz Fest Asakusa, Tokyo 8-26-2010 I so enjoy Jimmie's artistry... He plays on my first CD, "How About You"? I wandered over to the dressing room next door to meet the second band. From New Orleans, La., are The New Orleans Jazz All Stars : Thomas Fischer - leader, clarinet, sax Thomas Hook - piano, vocals Neil Unterseher - banjo, vocals Charles Fardella - trumpet Frederick Lonzo - trombone Richard Moten - bass Gerald French - drums Yolanda Windsay - vocals It was a pleasure to meet and spend some time with the musicians from N'Awlins. The warmth and camaraderie I felt was something I won't soon forget. Their performances were magical. Then, out came the lovely Yolanda Windsay. She has a golden voice, that just soars with spirit! I really must visit New Orleans very soon! The spirit of Dixieland Jazz was spread over that hall like butter on bread. I was glad to be there! Thomas Fischer & The New Orleans Jazz All Stars featuring Yolanda Windsay Asakusa Hall 8-26-2010 Till Next Time...
August photos, drummer Jimmie Smith, Ikebana, The New Orleans Dixieland Jazz Festival 2010, The New Orleans Jazz All Stars, Yolanda Windsay, Yoshio Toyama's Dixie Saints
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Happy Birthday, Michael! © 2010 Pamela MacCarthy Sunflower Watercolor / Ink on Postcard 8-20-2010 This is one from my recent August Etegami session, I saved for this occasion. I sent this card to Michael right after I finished it, so it would get there in time for his 50th birthday celebration. He is currently celebrating with old friends at his hometown in the Bay-area of Ca. dude! Totally Tubuloso, Till Next Time...
Artist Pamela MacCarthy, Etegami, Happy Birthday, Michael, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Yesterday was my monthly Etegami session. I enjoy painting Etegami, and the camaraderie of this group. It was very productive session : © 2010 Pamela MacCarthy Peach Watercolor / Ink on Postcard 8-20-2010 © 2010 Pamela MacCarthy Atsui ( Hot! ) The Summer of 2010 Watercolor / Ink on paper 35cm X 65cm 8-20-2010 I used my "HOTTER 'N JULY" music playlist for backround music : Sun Goddess - Ramsey Lewis & Earth, Wind, & Fire Creepin' - Lee Ritenour & Bob James In Perfect Dreams - k.d.lang Whine Up - Kat DeLuna, ft. Elephant Man Bullshit - Grace Jones Sunspot Baby - Bob Seger Life of the Party - Snoop Dogg, ft. Too Short Sunny Afternoon - The Kinks Apaga La Luz - Celia Cruz y Willie Colon Across the Universe - Fiona Apple The Look of Love - Nina Simone I Do It For Your Love - Bill Evans & Toots Theilemans 2000 Light Years From Home - The Rolling Stones Island - Cat Power Big thanks to the our sensei; Hamada-san, and to Iijima-san, for her guidance with my Kanji caligraphy. And to my fellow painters, the homemade dishes for lunch afterwards, were awesome : Dim Sum dumplings, Spaghetti with meatsauce, Deep fried fish, Sweet and sour vegetable salad, Red beans and rice. The giant peach I painted, was served up... Shindo-san brought a large round watermelon from her friends' garden in Yamanashi- A most excellent session! Till Next Time...
Artist Pamela MacCarthy, Etegami, iPod playlist, Peach, Summer of 2010
Thursday, August 19, 2010
© 2010 Pamela MacCarthy Photo : Lorna Summer white Ikebana # 82 8-18-2010 Happy Birthday to my mom, Shirley! VIDEO "You Belong To Me" Patsy Cline and the Jordanaires 1962 Till Next Time...
August photos, Happy Birthday, Ikebana, My mom Shirley, Pamela MacCarthy, Patsy Cline, YouTube
Monday, August 16, 2010
© 2010 Pamela MacCarthy Summer Bloom © 2010 Pamela MacCarthy Summer Bloom 2 © 2010 Pamela MacCarthy Summer Bloom 3 More Summer colors Fuschia, Pink, Magenta Visual candy... © 2010 Pamela MacCarthy Here's my GHOUL-ASH 2010 iPod update : Policy of Truth - Depeche Mode The Hearts Filthy Lesson - David Bowie Everyone's Gone to the Moon - Nina Simone The Same Deep Water As You - The Cure Soldier's Things - Tom Waits Pocketful of Rainbows - Elvis Presley That Train Don't Stop Here Anymore - Ruth Brown The Sound of Goodbye ( Edx's Indian Summer Remix ) - Armin Van Buuren Vincent ( Starry, Starry Night ) - Don McLean Separate Ways - Journey Happy - The Rolling Stones Indian Summer - Lee Konitz, Stan Getz Summer Wine - Nancy Sinatra, Lee Hazlewood Footprints in the Sand - George Benson Everyone's Gone to the Moon ( Jonathan King ) Nina Simone Till Next Time...
Artist Pamela MacCarthy, August photos, Elvis Presley, Haiku, iPod update, Nina Simone, YouTube
Pamela MacCarthy's Live Schedule © 2010 Pamela MacCarthy In September, I will perform at a new venue, in Daimon, near the Tokyo Tower called The Shiba Park Hotel. The room is called Bar The Fifteen's. I have 2 dates, thus far: Sept. 10th, Friday, & Oct 15th, Friday. 3 shows; 8, 9, & 10pm. I will perform with the elegant jazz pianist Tom Pierson, & Trio. I hope to see you there! Till Next Time...
Pamela MacCarthy Live Schedule
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Yesterday's Ikebana : © 2010 Pamela MacCarthy Ikebana # 81 8-11-2010 The night before, August 10, was the annual fireworks on the Tama river. My son Michio & I, have made it a family tradition to make that annual trek down to the riverbank, at 6am, to put our tarp down and reserve our spot. This year, Lorna, Hiroshi, and Kristy joined us. Lorna brought some delicious home-made dishes and cocktails. Hiroshi brought his red, red wine. Kristy brought chocolate-filled koala cookies. I brought plum-flavored potato chips, cheese & crackers, watermelon, and this : Kirin alcohol-free beer There was a delicious night breeze that cooled and calmed us... And of course... © 2010 Pamela MacCarthy The Fireworks! 8-10-2010 Best wishes to all my traveling friends, may you reach your destinations, and return safely! Till Next Time...
Fireworks, Hiroshi, Ikebana, Kirin Free, Kristy, Lorna, Michio, Pamela MacCarthy, Tama river
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
My dear friend Michael invited me to join him & his friend Akemi, to go to the beach! This past Sunday, I was out early to meet Michael to catch the long train ride out together, to Chiba. In Chiba, we met Akemi, who was waiting with her car. She took us for fabulous morning coffee at Peace Coffee. Michael picked up this CD for the ride : Journey Greatest Hits I got a frozen Aquarius, to cool my neck, and drink later... And, we're off! Through the ricefields of Chiba, it was so hot- But the scenery was breathtaking, like an oil painting... © 2010 Pamela MacCarthy Rice field in Chiba Michael, being the motor enthusiast he is, took us for a quick pitstop; a motor-track, on the way. © 2010 Pamela MacCarthy Michael & Akemi @ the motor-track They hold races with go-carts, mini bikes, etc. The sun was blazing, and I was soon feeling woozy... Cold drinks for the house, and we're off, to our destination : Isumi; Ohara Beach! Soon... © 2010 Pamela MacCarthy We're there! It's a fabulous beach. The toilets, showers, & changing rooms are nearby. We got our bathing suits on, and... The beach! © 2010 Pamela MacCarthy Ohara Beach The waves weren't too knarly, but big enough to body surf. A DJ kept the jams bumpin' ... © 2010 Pamela MacCarthy Akemi 8-8-2010 © 2010 Pamela MacCarthy Michael 9-9-2010 © 2010 Pamela MacCarthy Me 8-8-2010 The heat was soon forgotten, in the sea breeze. The seawater was so refreshing... Akemi brought a birthday cake for Michael and we had cake on the beach. We stayed until sunset... Michael flew for a visit back home, to the Bay Area, yesterday. This pre-birthday beach party was a most excellent send off! Special thanks to Michael & Akemi for their warm hospitality. I had a spectacular time! Till Next Time...
Akemi, August photos, Chiba, Isumi, Journey's Greatest Hits CD, Michael, Ohara Beach, Pamela MacCarthy
Saturday, August 07, 2010
A few snaps : © 2010 Pamela MacCarthy © 2010 Pamela MacCarthy © 2010 Pamela MacCarthy Colors of Summer inexpensive diversion for all who will look... © 2010 Pamela MacCarthy Till Next Time...
August photos, Haiku
Friday, August 06, 2010
Another scorcher, yesterday. At around dusk, I love the light. Images are softened by a glowing amber that spells relief from the contrasting harshness of midday... © 2010 Pamela MacCarthy Nozen-Kazura ( Chinese Trumpet ) These flowers to me, are Natsu ( Summer ) in Japan. I painted them a few years ago... © 1999 Pamela MacCarthy Chinese Trumpet Flowers 45.5 cm x 53 cm gouache on canvas At sunset, I took this portrait : © 2010 Pamela MacCarthy Summer Portrait 8-4-2010 Sunset in my eyes Cicadas in the chorus A tall cool one, please... © 2010 Pamela MacCarthy Till Next Time...
August photos, Chinese Trumpet Flower, dusk, Haiku, Natsu, Pamela MacCarthy, Pamela's painting, Summer Portrait
Thursday, August 05, 2010
After Ikebana, yesterday, & I went to see this Lorna : Inception ( 2010 ) Starring : Leonardo DiCaprio, Ken Watanabe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard, Cillian Murphy, Tom Berrenger & Michael Caine Dir: Chris Nolan Music: Hans Zimmer I loved it! The music was intense... The "return from a dream" sequence reminded me somewhat of the feeling I got watching "The Wizard of Oz" for the first time, as a youngster... Till Next Time...
Ikebana, Inception (the film), Lorna, The Wizard of Oz, YOUTUBE trailer
Tuesday, August 03, 2010
Sweltering on, in the baked Mikan... Grazin' in the Grass? Thanks to my sister Debbie for this one ... Here's my iPod update 8-2010 : Start Me Up - The Rolling Stones Emotion in Motion - Ric Ocasek Beautiful Girls - Van Halen Turd on the Run - The Rolling Stones Welcome to the Suck - Thomas Newman Soleil d'Egypte - Natacha Atlas Pink Mist - Thomas Newman Piant it, Black - The Rolling Stones Grazin' in the Grass - Hugh Masekela More Than You Know - Blossom Dearie Letting Go - Terence Trent D'Arby Chameleon - Herbie Hancock Indian Summer - The Doors Ai Du - Ali Farka Touré & Ry Cooder Chameleon Herbie Hancock & The Headhunters 1974 Till Next Time...
cartoon, Chameleon, Grazin' in the Grass, Herbie Hancock, Hugh Masekela, iPod update