Monday, October 7, 2013

Ron Bizzle



Thanks so much for agreeing to this interview. HGMM like yourself is about spreading the love of music and giving artists the opportunity to be heard.

Let's start with the basics...

How did you get started filming SL musicians and who was your first one?

I have always had a desire to take snapshots of images I see on my monitor and I attended a Tallguy Kidd (Dale Marsh) show one day and started taking snapshots.. and recorded some of the music he was streaming. By doing a little research, I learned how to edit these images and recorded audio into a video.  Producing videos has become a major part of my life now.

What is involved in creating one of your videos, could you walk us thru the
process of the work you put into it?

I use a program called Fraps that allows me to capture whatever I may see on my monitor and I use another program to record the audio. Fraps does allow the option to record audio but by doing so, the files (clips) become very large and take up alot of disk space on my computer hard-drive.

I use Sound Forge for editing audio tracks I recorded during a show and I use Sony Vegas for editing Frap clips and audio tracks into videos.

Do you work alone or do you have a staff?

I work alone and I often receive request from people interested of me to film a show.

How do you go about choosing who to film?
Normally I film shows on a whim.  I often check to see what performers are playing by looking at the "live music" events list and I check to see what venues they are playing at because some venues do not allow shows to be filmed. 

I favor such venues as Guthries Folk Club owned by Dottie Iceberg.. she has always shown support of my work as do a lot of other venue owners (I have a very long list of venue owners who support my work actually).

As a fellow member of the SL media, I know how many hours and money goes into
helping to spread the world of music. How do you fund your venture?

For the most part, I fund it myself...I have gone through 4 computers in past 5 years.  Sometimes I receive tips or donations given to me by grateful performers, venue owners and fans of my work. I use all tips I receive to help support the Second Life music community. I tip venues, performers, host and I also give to charities such as Relay For Life and Feed A Smile when I am able to do so. My venture of producing Second Life live music videos is not about the money, its about preserving history and I am grateful for those who have given me this opportunity.

 
Ron, there has been some "stir" on Facebook and in the world of SL regarding
some of the musicians not wanting to be filmed. What do you believe is at the
foundation, what's at the core of these controversies?
It is very rare that a performer will not allow me to film their shows. Those that don't allow me to film their shows, are protecting their original material and I respect their decision. I have no desire to infringe upon anyone that does not wish to be filmed or recorded. 

  My feelings are hurt when some venue owners refuse me permission to film despite the fact a performer has given permission. I find this very frustrating to say the least as most performers I have filmed have become very close friends to me now.

In response to this "stir" you mention, you might say I have my own feud going on with quite a few people including venue owners whom have made claims of me filming shows without permissions yet fail to provide any names of such performers nor has any performers come forward to back up those accusations made against me.  One venue owner sent me a message saying "I'd like you to know, I'm the one who started a campaign against you" although I have never even filmed a show at their venue.  I guess some people have nothing better to do than to "stir" up trouble for me.

Ron this is your chance to speak your side and make others understand what you are trying to do.

Simply to be able to go about my love of filming, to make others happy, to promote Second Life live music and preserve the history. Preserving it for not only the performers but for their families, their fans and the general public of both real life and Second Life community. 

Over the past few years of filming shows, we have lost a few Second Life performers such as Kelvinblue Oh, Micki Underwood and KevinBear Watanabe who have passed away in real life. I have received many messages from their families and fans thanking me for keeping the memory of them alive by capturing their shows. This gives me great pride, in what I have been able to do.

What are your plans for the future of your films?
To keep preserving Second Life music, seek new performers as they arrive in Second Life and promote their music.

Is there that one artist you want to film but haven't been able to catch up with?
Not really. lol :)..... I love them all.

Who has been your favorite artist to film so far and why?
I could never identify a favorite... that would be impossible. I have no favorites... they all mean a great deal to me.
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http://www.youtube.com/user/rpbizzle

http://www.dailymotion.com/rpbizzle

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Anything else you'd like to share with the folks?

I would like the performers and venue owners to know I am not behind any sort of griefing.

It has been brought to my attention that griefers have crashed Sims during shows and then tell the performers and the venues owners that I hired them to do it.  There is no truth to this what so ever.  They have been harassing me for over a year now and they just crashed the Sim this morning where Anna and I just set up our new venture.. a place where people can come in world and view our work on a big screen. 

Linden Lab boast about how many people log in each month, how much money is being generated, but fail to mention the fact griefers are ruining Second Life and that Linden Lab does not have any control of the situation. They would like for everyone to think Second Life is a bed of roses when in truth it isn't. They delete a griefer account and within 5 minutes, they come right back using another account/new IP address.  Griefers show no mercy....they will crash Relay For Life and Feed A Smile events and not even give it a second thought.
So with this combination of griefers harassing us, following us every where we go, crashing our home and venue sims along with the false accusations spoken against me.. it has brought a lot of stress into my life.. I pray for happiness and to get back into the spirit of making Second Life live music videos. 


I appreciate this opportunity of you to conduct an interview.
 

Robert69 Little aka Ron Bizzle  

Thursday, July 4, 2013

IVEZA and ELEMENTS



How long have you been singing?

I can say that I've sung ever since I can remember and it's one of the reasons I exist. After a few years of singing in my room I joined the chorus of a secular spiritual academic Liceum. After that I started to sing in various bands (KBO, Thimble , Librium ...)

Who are your influences?

Our influences are from different genres of music (Helmet, Boy Sets Fire, Bjork, Alice in chance, Faith No More, Prodigy, Infected Mushroom ...)

What is your target audience?

Our goal is to introduce our music to many and diverse audiences, regardless of age and the kind of music they prefer. Our idea is to present a vision of a new kind of contemporary music.

Where do you play? 

Because our band has existed for only a short time, we have performed at few local events. The tour is in preparation after the incoming EP.

What are your future plans for your music?

To spread the energy all over the world. After the incoming EP, we intend to go on tour and release new singles and music videos for the upcoming album.

Who are the members of your group?

Members of our band IVEZA and ELEMENTS are - 
- Ivan Ivezic (main vocal,keyboards)
- Marko Sujica (guitar and back vocals)
- Predrag Spasojevic (guitar and back vocals) 
- Nikola Vasic (Dj and electronics)

How did you get your start?

We had two different music projects - Marko and Pedja formed industrial band ELEMENTS, whereas Ivan had a solo drum'n'bass/rock project IVEZA. One day we decided to unite the two projects in a single project simply called - IVEZA and ELEMENTS . Later on Dj.Nikola joined the band to complete our music.

Where can folks buy your music? 

We are not selling our music for now. We are looking for a record label, publisher, management, promoter,etc... who would meet our needs. It is free for listening on these sites-

http://www.facebook.com/IvezaAndElements
https://soundcloud.com/pezdja
http://www.reverbnation.com/elementspezdja
http://www.myspace.com/598868573
 

Have you been in any other publications?

Somojo artist of the year

http://www.independentmusicpromotions.com/iveza-elements/

http://www.broadcastnetworkforindieartists.com/Artists/Artists_Pages/iveza.html

http://ventsmagazine.com/iveza/

We are thankful for the opportunity to participate in your awesome magazine and we are hoping to get many new fans thanks to you !




Thursday, April 11, 2013

EVAN OLMOS



Evan Olmos is an energetic, young new comer to the SL music scene; who I stumbled upon quite by accident on my way to another show and couldn't bring myself to leave. He's funny
and charming and everything the young ladies will fall in love with ;) His voice is strong
yet sweet and tender enough to swoon the gals. He's a sweetheart to boot!

Dreams Riler: How do you juggle school and music?

Evan Olmos: I have been lucky this semester to not have that many classes to attend because it is my last semester so it makes it easier to play in SL and go to all my classes.

Dreams: You're so young, when did you first start playing guitar?

Evan: I started playing guitar when I was a senior in high school at age 18.

Dreams: How long have you been performing for others and do you play in local venues?

Evan: I started playing for little groups of friends at bonfires to build up my confidence a little and then gradually started playing for larger crowds. Now I play at coffee shops, restaurants, pubs, high schools and my college and I love every second of it.

Dreams: When did you find SL? How did you find it?

Evan: My dad first introduced me to SL about 2 years ago. He plays in SL and had me play a song at one of his shows ad I loved it so that's how I got started.

Dreams: What SL venues have you played in?

Evan: Ecnad, Kicken, Mad Hatter, among others!

Dreams: Who is your inspiration?

Evan: My dad. He has always loved music and has always stuck with it and worked hard to achieve his musical goals and that's really what I want to do and he has thought me a lot about not giving up on something you love doing.

Dreams: What do you like to do in SL besides perform?

Evan: I rarely do anything on SL other than performing.

Dreams: Have you heard any of the other SL musicians? Who are some of your favorites?

Evan: Acoustic Energy, but that's biased because that's my dad haha Chapman Zane is also another great artist that needs some recognition.

Dreams: Why did you decide to bring your music into SL?

EvanI thought it would be a great opportunity to reach people that I probably wouldn't reach if I were to just put my music on Sound cloud or YouTube.

Dreams: Do you have music for sale?

EvanNo, all my music is free

DreamsAre you currently working on any projects?

EvanI am learning new songs, recording a cover cd and posting YouTube videos.

DreamsWhat do you see for the future of your music?

Evan: I think I can go far if I keep working hard and keep learning from other musicians and stay relevant.

Dreams: Usually I ask seasoned performers what advice they would give new comers, in your case... I'd like to ask you, if you could ask the seasoned musicians some questions, what would they be?

Evan: Hmmm, great question... I think I would ask them how many times they were knocked down and almost didn't want to get up and what caused them to keep getting up time and time again.


------------------------------------- http://www.youtube.com/user/olmose195 (youtube channel)

To book Evan contact his manager Spike Hartunian at spike@spikehartunian.me.uk 

Sunday, March 10, 2013

An evening at THE NEW ROOF @ STUDIO MARKUS GALLERIES



I was up and as luck would have it I was finally able to catch the Wednesday night show at THE NEW ROOF hosted by Lingual Markus. THE NEW ROOF hosts shows  twice a week on Monday and Wednesday nights.


This place always seems like 'THE place to be'. You will never find anything but spectacular
performers here and well trained hosts that make you feel welcome as if... they were expecting you :)

Folks dress to impress when attending this classy and spacious venue. Top performers don't just take the stage here, they can often be found in attendance. 

If you're an art lover you have another reason to visit THE NEW ROOF. The stage is found literally on the roof while underneath original works of beautiful art by Lingual himself can be found.

Strum Diesel was in top voice tonight giving us a little growl mixed with his outstanding guitar playing and usual sense of humor that makes him a delight to listen to.

Following Strum was Amforte Clarity. If you like Alanis Morissette you'll love AMFORTE! Her witty style will have you smiling through out her entire set.

Lazarus Doghouse took the stage next with sounds that are reminscent of Jim Morrison, post- Doors.

But this article isn't about the musicians who played here as entertaining as they were :) THIS article is about Lingual Markus and THE NEW ROOF!

Lingual and I sat down after the line up and chatted a bit about the success of his popular and always packed venue... I was interested about why he moved from the NYC Sim in December.

Lingual Markus: After a month and a half as a vagabond venue that took every sim it went to down with it... I settled on a great, stable sim! I had planned to just use my friend Mikas mall and test other locations, but the sim crashed with 40 people on it, the first night we opened.

Dreams Riler: From what I know THE ROOF holds more than that on most nights.

Lingual: We used to fill the NYC sim to capacity regularly.

Dreams: Why DID you move?

Lingual: When I took vacation at the end of September - I came back to find out the NYC Sim was up for sale.

So with two weeks notice and a few goodbye gigs Ling packed up shop and sought a place that could hold numbers THE ROOF regularly brought in. Sim after Sim crashed under the crowds wanting to claim their place on the "A" list. Although the Sims were judged to be stable they were crashing with less than 60 people which didn't make sense when the NYC Sim was able to hold such numbers. What was the difference Ling asked rhetorically... beta servers. It took a Magnum or Blue Steel server to handle attendance that large.

Although Sim owners were trying to convince Ling to accept 40 as the best he could do, he refused to accept it.

Lingual: When I opened The Roof it was built for a crowd of 40. I figured if we got 50, it would be perfect; and we got 60+ regularly. I wasn't going to downgrade to a place where I could only get 40. The philosophy of the Roof is not making it exclusive, but being a tips venue, limiting the crowd wouldn't work.

Dreams: Tips and you still draw crowds like that!

Lingual: We draw very generous crowds that make it worthwhile for musicians to want to play here. It's usually pretty fun and musicians leave feeling pretty good.

Speaking of such a loyal fan base, I asked Ling if he was afraid the move might confuse folks and lose regulars. Not many venues survive a landmark change. Folks go to the old one and if it's gone, they may just remove it from their inventory and remove themselves from the group missing important updates.

Lingual: I had no choice but to move. I feared losing the crowd. But I had two weeks to hype the move, and urge people to join the groups to stay informed. Any move is confusing enough, but at one point there were 3 different places set up as ROOFs.

The "hype" not only paid off but from where I was standing THE ROOF has not only survived but is THRIVING! 

THE NEW ROOF now resides on Eyefliez...

Lingual: A Sim with SO much history, the home of SO many venues in the past and I get along so well with Thea and G. Its so many more prims for the same price as I was paying before. They were extraordinarily generous with their time and venue while I was a nomad.

And all those extra prim come in handy for Ling since he has an art gallery so full of the most original and creative pieces I've ever seen. STUDIO MARKUS GALLERIES does not house your typical Second Life snapshots. Ling has a real eye for finding the unique and if he can't find it, he just creates it and then helps YOU to see it too.

I asked Ling to elaborate on the artsie side of his venue.

Lingual: NYC was more about The Music than for the Art for me. Before NYC I had Studio Markus in a skybox, SO this... is a QUANTUM LEAP from what I had before. I have a gallery that shows my SL artwork... as well as the Artwork of DavidWeiner. There's a combination of SL artwork by me and David as well as my photos of Guerilla Burlesque, on the 2nd floor by the Garden. 

AS IF all of this weren't enough, Lingual also manages an impressive list of performers that include AMFORTE, Saintess, Loreen Aldrin, SweetLilly Pinelli, Stratus Mactavish and Amereth Popastar. 

Dreams: What's been your most difficult struggle in maintaining such a successful venue?. What sets you apart being that most venues go under soon after opening?

Lingual: Staying as lean as possible yet not be stressed out and try to do it all myself. This is a HUGE improvement... this space.. having all these extra prims... but I still try to keep all costs as skint as possible. But everything cost more each year... good help costs more.. musicians cost more.... as we have grown we tip more when we can afford to. The SL economy is interesting. Tips are down. At the Roof... we were down about 400% from last year (going back to your earlier question of losing patrons in the move). BUT... this February is good... and people are finding us. We have two "exclusive" shows here... and are adding more as we can. Voodoo Shilton's Guitar Shop is unlike any other gig Voodoo does... and FunkyFreddy's Ambient Republic is my favorite hour each month!

Speaking of not trying to do it alone... Lingual has taken on a co-owner! I know, I know I'm shocked too  *chuckles* It was bound to happen folks. The man has been running THE ROOF for 3 years this April. Now I know very few venues that ban boast 1 year much less THREE! So I let them iron out the details and then spoke with Cricket Palianta.

Dreams: Congrats on the co-ownership with Lingual Markus and THE NEW ROOF! That's quite an under-taking. Were you nervous at all about excepting his request? THE ROOF is one of the few venues with mainstay. Do you feel confident in your ability to maintain it's popularity and numbers?

Cricket: Thanks! I'm really excited about the opportunity. One of my passions in SL is the live music and co-owning THE NEW ROOF is a dream come true! I have always wanted to be a venue owner and co-owning with Ling is a good fit, we work well together, so it makes running a venue effortless (almost) and fun!

I wasn't nervous, I worked with Ling before and know what to expect, I am sure there will be some growing pains as we move from our old relationship of boss/employee to co-owners, but that is to be expected and in the end I think it's going to be a positive experience for us both.

As far as popularity and numbers... it's still THE ROOF, granted in a new location, but what makes this venue so popular, is the experience. We were successful when I was managing THE ROOF@NYC, and we plan to continue those traditions; making people feel welcome and a part of THE NEW ROOF family; having fun, and enjoying the best live music SL has to offer!

Dreams: How long have you been in SL? How did you hear about the music scene?

Cricket: According to my profile I have been in SL 1,574 days. I had a relatively long learning curve when I first joined SL and didn't discover live music for months. I was more focused on fashion and modeling at first. I just stumbled on a live show the first time; Moondoggirl Moonintoog was playing. Her music was fantastic and during her show she even did a shout out to me about my unique outfit! How often do you interact personally with musicians you go to see in RL? I thought that was pretty cool. The second musician I saw was Mankind Tracer and he blew me away... after that I was hooked. I decided I wanted to work in the SL music scene and a friend told me about THE ROOF and that Ling was looking for help. So I chatted with him and he invited me to stop by the venue one night and I did... he was looking for assistants for musicians he managed, but somehow I ended up hostessing at THE ROOF@NYC, eventually I was managing the venue and assisting him with musician management as well. I worked hard, but enjoyed every minute, especially the nights we had shows.

Dreams: Did he give you an office LOL? How can folks contact you?

Cricket: My desk is bigger than his (of course)! I can be contacted in world via IM. If I am offline it's probably best to send a notecard, even though IM's do go to my email. I can also be reached when I am offline at: tagmecrickdet@gmail.com.

Dreams: Who is responsible for booking?

Cricket: That would be me primarily, but Ling will still do some bookings too.

Cricket is a charming gal who will no doubt only add to the warmth and family-like atmosphere felt at THE NEW ROOF in the past, present and we look forward to many more shows in the future!

Lingual, always a gracious and friendly host will make you feel completely welcome
and always has a spot reserved... just for you at THE NEW ROOF @ STUIDO MARKUS GALLERIES.










Sonia Eden

HGMM stumbled upon this young woman on Reverbnation. Her voice will touch and make you a part of the passion that flows through her music. In continuing our goal of bringing you only the BEST ladies and gentlemen I introduce to you... Sonia Eden!



How did I develop my sound:


It's been a really organic process- I like to write with Chords and tones which inspire the melodies which live inside of me.Sometimes I'll hear a particular chord or tone and I'll instantly get a melody line and we just go from there.
My producer on my first two CD's Duane Skerritt ("Pieces of Me" and "Truth Love and Life")  likes to build the track around my voice...he uses tones and instrument which compliment my tone.


How long have i been singing:

lol..I've been singing all my life.....seriously singing well I've been doing that for the past eight years.

Who are my influences:

I'm influenced by nature....by life...by people who have touched my life in good or challenging ways..Musically I've always loved Bob Marley,Sting,Bonnie Raitt,Amy Wine house,Dinah Washington,My producer Duane Skerritt, Victor Linton( My guitar teacher,Mentor and colleague) to name a few.

Do I perform in local venues:

Yes I opened at the Virgin Holidays Music Festival in Barbados....I've played Surfer's Cafe..I get together with a group of musicians and we have a jam at a place called Pelican (The Harbor Road).

Achievements or awards:

The greatest achievement I've had in my musical journey is just the blessing of inspiration and I'm thankful for the melodies and all the musical ideas I've had. Music is really it's own reward.

Future goals for my music:

I want to continue to develop my sound-grow as an artist,a musician,a performer...develop my ability to connect with my audience and share my musical journey with my fans and people in a meaningful way....If being signed to a label allows me to do that then I'm happy for it.

Biggest Challenges breaking into the music industry

Getting heard by the people who have the ability to take my musical career to a new level Funding

You can listen to Sonia at the following links

http://t.co/J5YniLbI ( Spotify)



Contact Sonia: soniaeden@sonaieden.com


Wednesday, February 6, 2013

TerryLynn Melody

art work by Cel Jaden



Before Christmas the SL New England venue was all covered in snow, and wrapped up with a large silver arch bow, and Sassy Nitely -- sounding like a brassy Sweetlilly Pinelli -- was warming
up the crowd for TerryLynn Melody. As the event manager, Christine Haiku told me, Sassy was a
regular there, along with TerryLynn, Zak Claxton, Max Kleene, and Marky Helstein.

But I was there for TerryLynn Melody. Several years ago she was a biweekly regular at my own venue, and I had the chance to observe her growth over a period of time, as she proved herself a real trooper, always on time and acting professionally, and bringing in the avatars in addition to her loyal fan group "Terry's Trouble Makers." As any fan and follower of SL musicians knows, the good ones keep adding not only to their musicianship, but to their repertoire; and in TerryLynn's progression, to their instruments as well, as she began to dabble on the piano as well as her standard acoustic guitar.

On this afternoon she was in fine form, fielding requests for her manager, and Dreams Riler
(in the audience to take pics for this article: TerryLynn did a playful cover of Brandi Carlisle's
"Dreams" for her), and even me (Prine's "Angel from Montgomery"). For a dead friend she gave
a heartfelt performance of Tom Petty's "Free Falling," but also broke away to do some of
her own original compositions, including "Watch That Turn," the title track of her upcoming CD.

In evidence was TerryLynn's greatest strength, a strong alto voice with clarity and the ability to
suddenly soar with piercing soprano precision, then slide quickly down to a gutteral note that
grumbles intensely, as if possessed by a male teen who is feeling his hormones. Add a
perfectly plucked acoustic guitar, and you have the iconic SL musician.

When you are listening to TerryLynn perform, there is a warmth that is not solely connected to
the music: you feel you are in an intimate place with a small group of friends -- even if the
sim is close to crashing from the number of avatars! -- and that TerryLynn is singing directly
to you. Part of this can be attibuted to her background, as Ms. Melody explained:

"I think being raised in rural southern towns, people didn't pass you on the street without saying 'hello.' If you stood in line at the grocery store, people caught up on current events or simply made small talk. We connect with one another and even though its simple conversation, it's an attempt to reach out. That grounds me . . . of course so do collard greens, corn bread and sweet tea! Of course too much of those and I'm WELL grounded . . . LOL . . . notice I left out the fried chicken and waffles . . . I'm working on being a little less grounded these days!"
Yet, as much as she reaches out to her listeners, she is constantly reflecting internally --
"You know on this journey my primary goal has been to know myself better. I think I'm almost through the intermediate phase . . . maybe in the next 10 years I'll reach PRO!"
But that reflection comes after the performance:
"As far as a turning point where performing is concerned, I still get nervous if I let myself start thinking too much. So I try not to think! I've realized it's better for me to leave the thinking for the writing. Difficult for me sometimes to do that, but I'm learning. I think my whole life i'm always looking for connections, and meaning in everything. I think thats what made me turn to art. I think it's healthy to express those connections. The music helps me with letting the thinking go, it gives me a place to squeeze out all the emotion all that thinking has caused."

As for the connection to her audience:

"In regards to being an extrovert, I'm an auditory learner, I learn best talking to people, and I think my need for understanding is what pushed me forward even when I feel awkward or uncomfortable. I think we are all like that to some measure. I consider the discomfort a reason to practice, music is no different, it's simply another form of communication. I falter in music sometimes, just like in conversation. I'm learning there are no mistakes, and sometimes we simply need to say it again differently to make sure we are understood."
Not only Second Life shapes her musical progress -- in "real life" TerryLynn channels outside influences too:
"We moved back to Fort Myers, Florida, after 18 years in Los Angeles, when my husband's mom had a stroke. There is a growing music scene down here, and a few great venues that support original singer/songwriters like myself. A fabulous restaurant built around the stage that features a lot of great acts, YABO, and a few great art spaces like Space39. Plenty of work for cover acts in the winter months, which is the season down here if you wanna do the weekend warrior thing, doing popular cover tunes, plus some great festivals across the state. I'm hoping to jump into the scene more once the CD is finished."
There is a palpable electricity to TerryLynn's performances these days, where you can feel the development of the CD in her own between-song patter and the song selections, and so I just had to ask about the upcoming release:
"The whole CD kind of came together organically, kind of like my life. Its seems like when you plan things, they never turn out how we expected anyway. So I didn't plan out the whole album, we started with a good foundation. My husband grew up in this area so with the help of one of his old buddies, Tedd Scott on drums, and a bassist friend of ours, August Zona, we laid down drums and bass on a bunch of the tracks. That got me rolling. I knew there was at least one track that I wanted simple and acoustic early on, a blues ballad called 'Rust and Blues.'"
To flesh out the sound,
"I asked around for a harp player, and someone mentioned that Charlie McCoy had a winter home in the area, and said I should send it to him. When I looked at Charlies' website, I'll admit I was a bit intimidated! He's a country music legend. I figured what did I have to lose, so I emailed him the track. I guess a part of me never expected him to call, because when he did, I was so shocked, I dropped the phone! He was such a nice man, and actually played on two of the tracks: he also appears on a fast moving train tune that I love called 'The End is Near.' [A tune that TLM played that day at SL New England] It's been great watching the songs evolve. The CD is incredibly eclectic. From really adult contemporary mellow tunes to funky pop-tinged songs. Somehow it all has managed to work together nicely. As fas as an overarching theme, the CD is called 'Watch That Turn,' which is the title track of the CD. I guess I'd have to say if there was a theme at all, it would be to never miss a moment of YOUR journey, be IN it, enjoy the ride, the wrong turns, the right turns, and even the dead ends, they still take you somewhere, in the long run. The experiences are YOUR life, in all its freaky, geeky, awkward, sad, lost, happy, silly, glory."
CD projects are never easy: professional studio time is expensive, and that is just to get everything on tape, and then come the other expenses:
"I expect to launch the kickstarter campaign in the next few months, as we get closer to completion. Mastering, printing, and publication cost a pretty penny! I've managed to complete the recording process over the past 2 years, using fan support which amazes me. It would take me another year or two to raise the money necessary to cover the final expenses, so I'm hoping to sell enough in the campaign to complete the project -- crossing my fingers and my toes on this one!"
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For downloads of TerryLynn Melody's music, go to:
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SL New England venue:
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Marblehead/128/128/20















































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Article written by Shaun Macpherson
TerryLynn Melody is managed by Cyberstar Management Services

"Phantom Musician"

















Sometimes, a story just needs to be told; if for no other reason than to mark a place in history, a point in time or to immortalize a life. The latter is the case in the story of “THE PHANTOM MUSICIAN”.

I thought long and hard about how I wanted to approach this article. How was I gonna tell you the story of this man's musical career without violating his privacy and his peace of mind? And then, laying in bed one night it came to me... I'm going to tell you his story, but I'm not going to focus completely on his music career because he's much more than that. I don't want you to wonder about his identity, I want you to marvel at his heart and by the time you're finished reading this multi-part article I want you to lust not after his songs but after the path he has chosen for his life and to gain the sort of peace he has reached and extends to others selflessly and without reward, well not the kind you can see or touch. His rewards are received and given to and from the heart.

I was privileged to befriend this amazing human being quite by accident. A simple post turned into a curiosity for me that I pursued. He did not seek out this interview, in fact he was quite reluctant and it didn't start out as an interview but more of a conversation that turned into something I felt needed to be shared.
Today the world is full of the cynical and self serving. It's rare to find someone who's heart is purely selfless, but when you do they stand out and they draw you to themselves because you can't help but want to be warmed by their glow. Western Levi (as he is known in Second Life) is such an individual.

I believe musicians have a special kinda heart, their ability to feel and see things around us the “normal” eye can't... (snickers) That's not to say musicians aren't “normal” though most of them would probably agree they are a bit eccentric and proud of it. I believe musicians have an insight into the world that most of us don't. They express their feelings and dreams not just in the written word but with music, the universal language that bridges the gap between poverty and riches while at the same time wrapping us all in a blanket of... happy ever afters and making us feel that they are singing directly to us.

Western Levi, a gentleman with his “darlins” and “sweethearts” captivated my interest right from the start and it's a conversation that feels like it picked up from some other place in time and will continue on to whatever awaits us next. This conversation has been a fun one and he made me do a bit of digging to figure out who he is and that was half the fun of writing this article, the other half has been this on going communication that enriches my days just by having the privilege of getting to know this man.
Not currently performing in SL our “phantom musician” spent years helping to build venues including Moonacy, manage and run shows with a friend. Many had no idea he played or co-wrote songs. He wasn't in this to self promote as he had done plenty of that in the real world during his earlier years. He's been around the SL music scene when there were no avies and only 8 bit sound. Eventually Dimi Van Ludwig got the musicians of that day from PalTalk over to SL.

Our conversation got cut short at this point so he could go finish up some studio work and it's at this point I want to tell you something about just a small part of how he gives back.

Two Weeks Of Christmas” isn't just a song title, it's a gift from his heart to the families of the victims of 9/11.

"Two Weeks of Christmas" started by a phone call to me as I was driving home from Nashville one cold night a few months before the holidays and asked what I do during christmas. I started talking about one christmas eve ...in a blizzard spotting an old man walking ...some feeling I got told me to stop and ask if he needed a ride. His family turned him away. I took him home with me. The person on the other end of that call was Moondoggirl Moomintoog; who turned the story into a song."


It's also about his yearly visit the week before and after Christmas to those who lost someone in 9/11. You see, he was scheduled to be there on 9/11, however; the day before he felt this strong urge to go then and so he did and his life was spared.

" I'll never be able to shake that ...why I was spared and so many not. "

The hardest for him was a 7 year old boy and asking what his dad was like and feeling honored that he picked him to speak to. As long as he lives the “phantom musician” will make this compassionate and healing round of visits.

This is only the tip of this iceberg, it goes much deeper. Stay tuned for more about our “phantom musician” in the next issue.