Second Life (updated april 20)

If you have had a look at my performing calendar lately you will realize that a high percentage of my performances are on the internet these days....particularly on Second Life. When I start talking about it to my friends, my daughters get this smirk on their face and their eyes roll back in their heads. I guess until you experience it first hand, it is hard to grasp the scale and the entertainment value of it. Most of my musician friends don't get it either. "How much money can you make there?" is kind of the standard question. Well I do make Linden dollas (their currency) and it is convertable to real dollars, but by normal standards of pay for music it is pretty minimal. So what is Second Life anyway? It is a 3D virtual world where you can exist in your second life as a life like figure called an "Avitar." I won't go into the extensiveness of the place, but just say it is unimagined by most people. Quite simply, I'm just there to play music for the aviatars (and their owners) and every time I play I am playing to much larger crowds of listeners than I do at my "real life" gigs. Hey, I haven't quit booking those at all, but I quit booking the bar gigs where most of the time no one ever listens to my songs. In Second Life I am performing to a "listening" audience. I know, because I'm selling and delivering my mp3 tracks on the spot at my shows. And my cd sales are better than when I was doing bar gigs in the past. It is getting my music out there a lot faster. You do not have to be in Second Life to listen to the shows. They are streamed in high quality sound to a shoutcast site first and then beamed into the club in Second Life where I play. When you go to my calendar, if you click on the club link, it will take you to that Shoutcast page. From there if the stream is online, you just click on "listen" and it should launch your music player and off you go. Remember when ebay first came on the scene? It just seemed like a novelty....well look at it now. Second Life is well on it's way to becoming that kind of scale. I plan to be there as an established performer....well I already am, but you can be a mover and a shaker quicker when you are on the ground floor of an emerging new world. Check out http://secondlife.com and read some of the news articles that have been written about it. Stop in at one of my live shows sometime either on the net or in Second Life....

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