This show was broadcast from 12pm SLT on the 1st January 2021, at the WHIP Club House in Second Life. I’d considered doing this show in the early AM, but logistics plus a likely lower listening audience ruled that out.
Part of the playlist was recycled from the one I did for New Year’s Day 2020 because I feel they’re good songs that symbolize a new beginning. 🙂
I bookmarked this post by Strawberry Singh from 2017 — before her joining Linden Lab and becoming Strawberry Linden — ages ago, but never got around to doing anything about it due to… does the ‘all this’ gesture with their hands.
So, as part of my promise to myself to actually blog here regularly in 2021, here are my seven SL facts about myself:
I have always had a female, or slightly female, avatar ever since I joined Second Life nearly six years ago. The thought of changing to a male appearance has never crossed my mind, and frankly I think I’d be very uncomfortable if I did, even more so than if I ever changed back to a more human appearance.
I’ve owned three different types of Linden Home at various points over the years. The first two were the old style, 512 square metre homes — I forget the names, I’d need to look them up on the Second Life website. I do have a soft spot for my current Linden Houseboat in Belissaria, as it has given me the opportunity to try sailing. (With mixed results, but I’m hoping that the completion of Linden Lab’s moving of all SL regions to the Cloud might improve my sailing record.) I’ve not looked at any of the newer Linden Homes, and am not tempted to switch locations.
Music, both played by DJs and performed by musicians and singers in Second Life, is one of the reasons I’ve stayed in Second Life. As someone who is intensely introverted in real life, being able to listen to and enjoy music together with others in a virtual space is incredible!
Related to the point above, becoming a DJ in Second Life, and then a radio DJ on Gorean Whip Radio, allowed me to overcome more of my introversion, while also giving me a chance to share myself through the music that I love. 🙂
I am constantly tweaking my appearance in Second Life, though often in ways that might not be immediately obvious. Part of that has been driven by the evolution of my persona in-world, but I’m also analysing other aspects like the number and weight of scripts I’m carrying on me and the complexity and load times for my avatar. Any opportunity I can find to reduce my script count and complexity is grabbed with both hands!
The colour pink plays a big part in my Second Life. My hair, my clothes, even my furniture! The exact tone varies, and I have been known to turn up in multiple shades. 😀 But there is a method to my apparent madness — it has probably saved me a lot of money by deterring me from buying stuff that either isn’t pink or can’t be coloured pink. (Oh, and my Firestorm viewer is pink too.)
My biggest peeves in Second Life? Definitely gachas, particularly when they contain an outfit I like. Followed by performance lag, and anyone whose avatar is so ridiculously complex that my Firestorm viewer refuses to render them at all.
Overall, this year has been… okay. While I did achieve a lot in terms of DJ sets and broadcasting, I’m acutely aware that my output has been reduced due to anxiety and depression, which resulted in my skipping shows and not applying for some events.
Okay, making a note here, next time stop at three hours, or else do it in the AM on Christmas Day. I didn’t log out of Second Life until after midnight UK time, and didn’t get to sleep until nearly 1am! 😫
But on the plus side, I had a load of fun putting this show together, with a little help from Apple Music. 🙂 Pulled together soul, jazz and reggae covers of various Christmas songs and carols, plus some of my favourite songs of the season. And yes, a couple of songs get repeated in different versions. 😛
I’m now taking a break from DJ-ing and radio until the New Year. Hope you’re all staying safe out there!
Festive Voice-bed: Dubstep Christmas Robot — Jaywalker Jack
O Come, O Come Emmanuel — Enya Purple Snowflakes — Marvin Gaye Walking In the Air (Duet) — Aled Jones Jah Rasta Claus Aka Christmas Time — Cosmo Good King Wenceslas — Mel Tormé Mull of Kintyre — Wings
Happy Xmas (War Is Over) — John Holt Back Door Santa — Clarence Carter King Tubby’s Snow Dub — Roots Radics Meet Scientist And King Tubby Ecce Novum — Ola Gjeilo, The Choir of Royal Holloway & 12 Ensemble O Christmas Tree — GIVĒON Santa’s Got a Bag of Soul — Soul Saints Orchestra In the Bleak Midwinter — James Blake
I Want To Come Home For Christmas — Marvin Gaye White Christmas — Bing Crosby, Pentatonix & London Symphony Orchestra The Twelve Days of Christmas — Peter Broggs Simple Gifts — Alexis Ffrench We Wish You A Merry Christmas — Victoria Monét Deck the Halls — Herbie Hancock Lieutenant Kije Suite, Op. 60: IV. Troika — Paavo Järvi & Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
O Tannenbaum — Vince Guaraldi Trio In dulci jubilo — Mike Oldfield Just Another Christmas Song (This Time I’ll Sing Along) — Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings This Christmas — Donny Hathaway I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus — Johnny Clarke Ave Maria — Jax Jones Rich Man for Christmas — Lady Saw Es Ist Ein Ros’ Entsprungen — London Brass
My Favorite Things — Tony Bennett Christmas Will Really Be Christmas — Lou Rawls Frosty the Snowman — The Mighty Diamonds Little Saint Nick — The Beach Boys All I Want for Christmas — Bria Skonberg Wonderful Christmastime — Paul McCartney Winter Wonderland — Jeff Goldblum & The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra Happy Christmas (feat. Toots and the Maytals) — Byron Lee & The Dragonaires
Santa Baby — Eartha Kitt Wish You a Merry Christmas / Ahameric Temple — Jacob Miller Last Christmas — Joy Crookes The Nutcracker Suite — Les Brown & His Band of Renown The 12 Days of Christmas — Straight No Chaser
O Holy Night — Mickey Guyton Jingle Bells — Ella Fitzgerald Who Took The Merry Out Of Christmas — The Staple Singers Stop the Cavalry — Jona Lewie Santa Claus Go Straight to the Ghetto — James Brown It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year — Andy Williams Portsmouth — Mike Oldfield Cool Yule (feat. The Commanders) — Louis Armstrong
What Christmas Means to Me — Stevie Wonder The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas to You) — Nat “King” Cole All I Want For Christmas (Is My Two Front Teeth) — Spike Jone & His City Slickers A Christmas Carol — Tom Lehrer Winter Wonderland — Macy Gray Baby It’s Cold Outside — Ella Fitzgerald Fairytale of New York — The Pogues
Apollo 8’s Christmas Eve 1968 Message — Frank Borman, Jim Lovell, William Anders I Believe in Father Christmas — Greg Lake
The final song comes from the (in)famous album Christmas In The Stars, which I will probably play in full next year… 😀
Ghetto Santa — Spyder-D All I Want For Solstice Is My Sanity — H.P Lovecraft Historical Society Last Christmas — Crazy Frog White Christmas (Dubstep Remix) — Iggy Pop Chillin’ With Santa — Derek B Have a Cheeky Christmas — The Cheeky Girls
Awake Ye Scary Great Olde Ones — H.P Lovecraft Historical Society Walking In the Air — Nightwish O Come, O Come Emmanuel (feat. Rick Wakeman) — William Shatner Jingle Balls — Korn When Was Jesus Born? — Lil Gee Dominic the Donkey — Tainted Flavor Away in a madhouse — H.P Lovecraft Historical Society
Something That Santa Claus Left Behind — Peter Cetera Do You Fear What I Fear — H.P Lovecraft Historical Society O’ Holy Night (Erik Cartman) — The Humorist Santa Claus (Has Got the Aids This Year) — Tiny Tim Deck the Halls – Dubstep remix Dana Dane Is Coming to Town — Dana Dane Fishmen — H.P Lovecraft Historical Society
Freddy the red brained Mi-Go — H.P Lovecraft Historical Society Christmas Wrapping — Spice Girls Carol of the Turrets — Harry Callaghan Oh Come All Ye Faithful — Twisted Sister Shake Up Christmas — Train I saw mommy kissing Yog-Sothoth — H.P Lovecraft Historical Society
Leroy the Redneck Reindeer — Joe Diffie Jamaican Drummer Boy — Shaggy If I were a Deep One — H.P Lovecraft Historical Society Mistletoe & Wine — Cliff Richard Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree — Mel Smith & Kim Wilde
A Christmas Sighting [‘Twas the Night Before Christmas] — Meco (feat. R2-D2 & Anthony Daniels)
That was a blast, literally! 🙂 Not only one of the biggest audiences I’ve had for one of my Gorean Whip Radio shows, but also one of the biggest audiences I’ve had in-world too. Of course, the flip-side of that was lag, and lots of it, to the point where I had to switch away from Firestorm to get my streamer controls to respond! But I soldiered through, and had a load of fun riffing off the crowd in front of me.
Benjamin Brougham, the organizer and lead for the Sci-Fi Expo, provided me with a list of songs he wanted to be played during the ceremony, plus a prepared speech to broadcast. (We’d discussed the possibility of doing that live over Discord, but given that I knew it would be laggy I suggested that he pre-record instead.) I filled around that playlist with my selection of themes from TV shows and films. 🙂
I wasn’t expecting to have such a nice DJ booth, nor have a light-show to accompany it. Thanks to the Sci-Fi Expo team for arranging that. 🙂
And this evening they dropped a new promo video for the event, which features the audio of the audio promo I created earlier this week for Gorean Whip Radio. 😀
The Clangers – Intro — Smallfilms
Extended Intro (from ‘The Day The Earth Stood Still’) — DJ Spitfire
Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30: I. Prelude (Sonnenaufgang) — Berlin Philharmonic & Herbert von Karajan
Star Wars Main Theme — John Williams
Space Walk — Silent Partner
Fun — Selena Gomez
Wonder — Shawn Mendes
Soon You’ll Get Better (feat. Dixie Chicks) — Taylor Swift
The Final Countdown — Europe
2020 SL SciFi Expo – Opening Speech — Benjamin Brougham
JUST STAND UP! — Artists Stand Up to Cancer
Buck Rogers In the 25th Century — The Daniel Caine Orchestra
Battlestar Galactica Theme — Stu Phillips & Royal Scottish National Orchestra
I Am the Doctor — Murray Gold
Doctor Who – Clean Tom Baker Opening (1974) — BBC Radiophonic Workshop
End Credits (from ‘Star Trek’) — Jay Chattaway
Outro music (from ‘The Day The Earth Stood Still’) — DJ Spitfire
I’ve been a very busy alien the last few days! The 2020 Sci-Fi Expo is happening from the 14th to the 28th October, and Gorean Whip Radio is the official station for the event. In previous years it has been help around November / December time, so I was caught off-guard when Irish Breen informed me that it was happening this month! 😮