Saturday, December 25, 2010
© 2010 Pamela MacCarthy Greetings from Myself & my son, Michio My dear friend Michael stopped by on Christmas Eve, to share a little cheer... He showed me some awesome Hot Wheels model cars he found at a local market. He is a race car enthusiast. Just seeing that logo brought to mind one Christmas, long ago, when me & my 3 sisters were little girls. It was pretty near to Christmas, and one of my sisters got very curious as to what could be hiding in the closet, wrapped up. I said "No, don't go there!" But 2 were for, 2 against. So I said, "OK, but whatever you do, make sure you wrap it back up so you can't notice it's been opened!" So my sister opened the package, which contained an awesome Hot Wheels "Daredevil" set; loop de loop track, and some great model cars. My 2 "daredevil" sisters put the track together and were having some pre- Christmas fun, when I, the oldest and quite like the goldfish in "The Cat in the Hat", was the voice of reason : "OK, I said, that's it, preview's over. Pack it up, and put it back, before our mother comes home!" So, the Hot Wheels got wrapped up once again, retaped, bows in place, back in the closet... Christmas Eve, and out of nowhere we all heard my mother's voice coming out of the general vicinity of her closet : "What the hell is this!?" Busted. Although the package was replaced, & rewrapped, my sister made the fatal error of leaving the instructions out! Shit hit the fan, bigtime. My mother was so angry with us! She worked very hard to present us with gifts, and the surprise had been spoiled... Christmas was a day in the doghouse for us... But because we did not tell on each other, we all suffered it together, and that is what I remember most. Right or wrong, us 4 girls were in it together. Today, I miss them so... And although we are miles apart, we are still those little girls... "A Charlie Bown Christmas" Charles M. Schulz Till Next Time... 'Mela
"A Charlie Brown Christmas", Artist Pamela MacCarthy, Christmas Card 2010, Meladramas, my sisters, my son Michio, YouTube
Friday, December 24, 2010
It's a quiet morning... My son Michio is off to work, I am about to engage in pie making, of the blueberry sort. Fortunately, blueberries are reasonably priced now, shipped in from Chile. They are very sweet, and don't need much honey added... © 2010 Pamela MacCarthy My Christmas Tree I've compiled an Xmas Eve, iPod playlist Alone & Pie-Making : The Secret of Christmas - Shirley Horn Winter Wonderland - Shirley Horn, Roy Hargrove Xmas in February - Lou Reed The Dust Blows Forward 'N The Dust Blows Back - Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band Trop Bonne Pour Toi (Le Clip) - Simone et Pop-Hip Thunder Road - Bruce Springsteen & The E-Street Band Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out To Dry - Wynton Marsalis Christmas Card From a Hooker in Minneapolis - Tom Waits Rainy, Rainy Day - Brownie McGhee Pale Blue Eyes - Lou Reed Minnie The Mermaid - Bernie Cummings and his Hotel New Yorker Orchestra What Shall I Say? - Billie Holiday with The Teddy Wilson Orchestra A Child Is Born - Oscar Peterson Sunday, Monday, or Always - Jimmy Rowles White Christmas - Béla Fleck Merry, Merry! Till Next Time... 'Mela
December Photos, iPod playlist, Meladramas, Pie baking, Xmas Eve 2010, YouTube
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Today is the Winter Solstice... © 2010 Pamela MacCarthy Illumination Like beautiful blue fireflies- Dusk becomes darkness... © 2010 Pamela MacCarthy Michio & I, as of December 20th, started our 20th year here, in Japan... Sending a big hug to my sister Wendy... Feel better, soon! Till Next Time... 'Mela
December Photos, Haiku, Lunar Eclipse, Meladramas, my sister Wendy, Winter Solstice 2010, YouTube
Thursday, December 16, 2010
I got some pics from the Lumiere event from last month. It was a great party, international food, beautiful Indonesia dance, Ikebana and Etegami exhibitions, and music... This was my bit... © 2010 Pamela MacCarthy Photo : Mr. Kim Pamela MacCarthy @ Lumiere Party 11-27-2010 I did two numbers. Paul Simon's "Gone At Last" in my own style; The Blues! Keisuke Wada joined me on electric guitar, adding some nice riffs... The second song was a slow, beautiful song from Kris Kristofferson : "Help Me Make It Through The Night". Everyone coupled up for this- Even little ones were dancing! I came back on the bandstand at the end, without my guitar, to sing the finale, John Fogerty's "Proud Mary" with Ike & Tina Turners' arrangement. It was a great party.... Congratulations to Tom Waits, The Alice Cooper Band, Dr. John, Leon Russell, Darlene Love, & Neil Diamond, on getting inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2011! They got it right this year! Coney Island Baby Tom Waits Till Next Time... 'Mela
Coney Island Baby, Fuchu Lumiere November Party 2010, Jazz Vocalist Pamela MacCarthy, Meladramas, November photos, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees 2011, Tom Waits, YouTube
Saturday, December 11, 2010
One of Friday's Etegami works : © 2010 Pamela MacCarthy Yuzu Black Ink Watercolor on Washi-Postcard Till Next Time...
Artist Pamela MacCarthy, Christmas Decorating, Etegami, Meladramas, my son Michio, The Eurythmics, Winter Wonderland, YouTube
Thursday, December 09, 2010
© 2010 Pamela MacCarthy Ikebana #94 12-8-2010 Tonight, I will visit Jazz Spot "J" in Shinjuku. My dear friend Jimmie Smith will work his magic on the drums; playing a concert with Teddy Kinjo and his Quintet. I met Teddy when I first came to Tokyo in January 1991... A Jazz pianist, he is giving his "farewell" performance tonight- He is losing his site, due to diabetes. My 12-2010 iPod update : Winter Wonderland - The Eurythmics Snowflakes - Kitaro Darktown Strutters Ball - Alberta Hunter Song of the Seas - Vangelis Eternity - Vangelis Fragile - Sting The Ball Game - Sister Wynona Carr Stuff Like That There (For The Boys) - Bette Midler Dust on the Moon - Eddy Duchin & His Orchestra O Tannenbaum - Vince Guaraldi Trio I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm - Billie Holiday and her Orchestra Waltz of the Snowflakes (The Nutcracker) - Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky You've Got A Friend - James Taylor Catching Snowflakes On Your Tongue - Mannheim Steamroller A Thousand Kisses Deep - Chris Botti Oíche Chiúin ( Silent Night ) - Enya Joy To the World - Aretha Franklin 'Saying a prayer for the Queen of Soul; Aretha Franklin, diagnosed with cancer... Till Next Time...
Aretha Franklin, Artist Pamela MacCarthy, drummer Jimmie Smith, Ikebana, iPod update, Jazz Spot "J", Meladramas, Teddy Kinjo Quintet
Tuesday, December 07, 2010
©2009 Pamela MacCarthy Happy Birthday, Debbie! Till Next Time...
Happy Birthday, Meladramas, my sister Debbie, Pamela MacCarthy
Thursday, December 02, 2010
© 2010 Pamela MacCarthy Ikebana # 93 12-1-2010 It was a beautiful first day of December. The weather was mild, the leaves golden brown... It was good to see my friends at our Ikebana session yesterday- The first we've met since after the party/exhibition. I will post some pics from the party very soon! © 2010 Pamela MacCarthy Photo by : Lorna Golden 12-1-2010 Fragile Sting Till Next Time...
Artist Pamela MacCarthy, December Photos, Ikebana, Lorna, Meladramas, Sting, YouTube