It has been a while since I updated here. Part of that has been due to recent health issues brought on by the sub-zero temperatures we experience the week before last, which greatly reduced the time I’ve been able to spend in Second Life.
Yesterday was the sixth anniversary (or ‘Rez-Day’ as it’s called by some folks) of my joining Second Life. Sadly, I wasn’t feeling up to celebrating, so it was pretty low-key this year.
I also had to contend with an extended loss of broadband access last Friday, thanks to a cock-up on the part of Virgin Media. That came at the end of a stressful few days as we worked, and waited on the phone, to haggle down the price Virgin are charging. Thankfully, the broadband returned last Saturday, but by that point I’d had to cancel my DJ set at Second Pride, which I was gutted about as I’d been looking forward to it.
But I’ve had some success, at least with my job as Advertising Production Manager for Gorean Whip Radio. With help from a few others (hi to Shaina and Volund!) several new adverts got put together and are now in rotation, making for very happy sponsors. 🙂
And I have a new home in Second Life! I’m renting a small apartment in MetroSomnia, the place where I role-play now, as well as the garage underneath. That has given me an excuse to rez and use the two hover-bikes I have in my inventory, one of which is a two-seater. As the sim is cyberpunk-themed they fit in perfectly, and I’ve taken them for a spin around the city. 🙂 I do need to work on my driving skills a bit more, so I doubt I’ll be persuading anyone to ride with me any time soon. 😛
For a change, I was able to get plenty of photos taken for this visit to BURN2, which is great because words along cannot fully describe the creativity (and craziness) on display on the Playa! 🙂
The theme of this year’s event was ‘Bubblegum & Duct-tape”, so there was much pink gooeyness and tape replacing the roads.
I took these photos on the day before I was due to perform, so it was marginally less laggy walking around the region and I could get unobstructed views of the various builds.
Suffice to say, there were a lot of Bernie Sanders meme pictures dotted around! I guess the Burners decided that he was perfect for a winter festival. 🙂
Incidentally, that last picture is the installation of Patrick Moya, who has an entire region of his own full of his wonderfully surreal creations. He’s in the bottom right of the photo, by the way. 🙂
I caught the end of one of the Saturday DJ shows, which was followed by a live performance by the Changhigh Sisters. They are regulars at just about every BURN2 event I’ve been to, and for once I was able to both watch the show and take some photos. These stills don’t really do them full justice, their performance combines dance, acrobatics and a lot of pyrotechnics!
My show was on the Sunday from 12pm to 2pm SLT, and once again I simulcast it on Gorean Whip Radio. There was a small technical hitch at the start where the radio didn’t get switched to my DJ stream right away, but everything went smoothly at my end. I say ‘smoothly’, but that was because for the most part I had my Firestorm Viewer setting cranked down so that I could still type and control my broadcast setup!
There was a large crowd during my show, and they enjoyed the mix of soul, funk and disco. 🙂 Later on, I was able to bring up my viewer settings enough to snap some photos of the partygoers — lots of sexy pixels on display!
I had a great time, and will definitely be back for the next BURN2 event!
Move On Up — Curtis Mayfield Soul Man — Sam & Dave I Say a Little Prayer — Aretha Franklin Sir Duke — Stevie Wonder (Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay — Otis Redding Try a Little Tenderness — Percy Sledge War — Edwin Starr Walk On By — Dionne Warwick Let’s Stay Together — Al Green Ain’t Nobody — Rufus & Chaka Khan Sweet Love — Anita Baker
It’s My Thing (You Can’t Tell Me Who To Sock It To) — Marva Whitney The Message From The Soul Sisters (Pt. 1 & 2) — Myra Barnes Think (About It) — Lyn Collins Super Bad, Pt. 1 & 2 — James Brown & The J.B.’s Never Too Much — Luther Vandross Le Freak — Chic We Are Family (Single Version) — Sister Sledge Boogie Wonderland — Earth, Wind & Fire, The Emotions
Give Me Just a Little More Time — Chairmen of the Board Play That Funky Music — Wild Cherry Disco Inferno (Single Edit) — The Trammps Proud Mary — Tina Turner Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler) — Marvin Gaye We Have All the Time In the World — Louis Armstrong
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. 🙂
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
As promised, here’s the audio recording of my DJ set from Saturday at BURN2 “The Multiverse”. There weren’t as many people this time, compared to my previous appearance at BURN2 VRC at the end of August, but the upside was that I could actually type in chat without horrible lag! 😛