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Tara Linden

Music Mondays: Community Appreciation


Music Mondays

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(Photo by Melony Parker)

In just a few months, Music Mondays has been an incredible journey of getting to spotlight the part of life where music and SL overlap. A space filled with people of all ages, from all over the world, who play a broad spectrum of genres.

I hope newcomers have felt inspired to take to the stage, and that maybe even some veterans have dusted off their virtual gear. I also encourage musicians from lesser known styles and every type of avatar aesthetic to feel excited about sharing their creative outlets.

As always, if you or somebody you know would like to submit content for Music Mondays, please sign up here.

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(Photo taken at the Altitude music venue)

 

 

 

Tara Linden

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(Photo courtesy of Mimi Carpenter)

This week's featured artist is Mimi Carpenter, who brings us energetic acoustic reimaginings from various genres, and original material, both subtly encased in her French accent.

Please check out her music on the following platforms.

SoundCloudYouTube, Twitter, & Facebook

She also has a calendar of upcoming events.

 

Q: When/how did you hear about Second Life?
A: I first discovered Second Life back in the summer of 2006 (yes... it's been quite a while... haha). It was on a rainy weekend while I was doing an internship in Salzburg, Austria. I was browsing the internet, looking for an online community and I found Second Life, which was free to sign up for. I tried it out and made my way to the Help Island.
 
Q: How long have you been playing music, and what got you started?
A: When I was about 6 years old, my mum asked me which activity I wanted get into. Could have been judo, ballet, or whatever else that was available in our area. I said I wanted to learn music. I hesitated between violin and piano for a while and I ended up starting with the electronic organ and music theory!
 
Q: Tell us about some of your favorite French musicians.
A: Naming some of my favorite musicians is always a difficult task for me in general. If I could name a few, I'd say Noir Désir, MC Solaar, Jacques Brel, Daft Punk... 
 
Q: I absolutely loved your cover of "Realiti" by Grimes, I never would have thought that it would translate to acoustic so well. What is your approach when creating an acoustic version of a song from a very different genre?
A: I am glad to hear that you loved it! I usually do enjoy covering songs that are sometimes less expected. That's why I like covering male songs as well to make it different. It's something I really have a great time doing as I get excited to bring something more unique to the table, whenever I'm able to.
 
Q: Who is that little yellow bird next to you? Do they have an SL presence?
A: I do like cute things, so this is a cute little chick I found when I traveled to Seoul with one of my previous jobs. Unfortunately no, he doesn't have a presence in SL but that's a good idea. I may consider that, thank you haha. For many years since I started performing in SL, I've had my pink piggy, Maple! He's been around and got a mesh update a few years ago as well. His name is inspired by Canada, where I had wanted to move to for a long time and where I've now lived for close to 3 years.
 
Q: What is the most meaningful aspect of the SL music community to you?
A: What's awesome about SL is that I've been able to keep a following over the years from all over the world, and I'm able to go on singing for them, no matter where I live. I've lived in about 7 different countries. I made many friends thanks to SL and live music and enjoyed attending Live Music meet-ups in Europe and in North America. It's a shame we cannot travel at the moment but it's definitely one of the best things that has ever happened, thanks to SL live music.
 
Thank you, Mimi!
 
Join her group at secondlife:///app/group/aa81b6f9-fe5b-c995-d688-f689489bd716/about
 
If you or someone you know would like to submit material for Music Mondays, please fill out this form. Have a great week, everybody!
Tara Linden

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(photo courtesy of Tally Mercury)

This week's featured artist is Tally Mercury, who gives us a mix of original music and covers that are made distinct by the contrast of his powerful voice with featherlight acoustic guitar.

His music can be found on many platforms through his Linktree, and don't forget to check out his videos. For more information, please visit his website.

 

Q: When/how did you hear about Second Life?
A: I first heard about Second Life by working in the education sector. Some colleagues of mine were investigating how SL could be used to enhance digital learning. As a graphic designer, I got involved as I saw an opportunity to be creative and make clothing, so I started doing that back in 2009.
 
Q: How long have you been playing music?
A: I've been playing music for as long as I can remember. I think I have been singing for as long as I have been talking lol. I started singing properly when I was 16 though, in a church setting. They sang quite modern songs, and that is when I started to play the guitar, too! I had played many instruments before that, but the guitar seemed to sing with me, so I've stuck with it for the remaining 24 years!
 
Q: Name some of the musicians who have been most influential to you.
A: There have been so many over the years and from such an eclectic mix. I grew up listening to classical music, through to Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie, to Michael Jackson. When I was 16 and started playing guitar, I got into a lot of rock music. Nu Metal particularly, like Papa Roach, Limp Bizkit, and Linkin Park, but over the years, there have been certain musicians that have always stuck with me. Jeff Buckley is probably my biggest inspiration. He inspires me with my vocals and with my songwriting. The guy was a genius. I just wished he had lived longer - I often wonder where he could have taken his music.
In Second Life there have been a few musicians that have had a big impact. Skye Galaxy really helped me to use more emotion and create more atmosphere in my performances, but there have been people like Saintess Larnia and Lexus Melodie that have always driven me forward and encouraged me too. Phemie Alcott is also a great emotional performer.
 
Q: Do you feel there have been more concerts this year since the pandemic started, and do you think the atmosphere at inworld shows has changed?
A: There are definitely more concerts inworld, but there are also more artists performing. I have seen many new artists either join SL for the first time or start performing for the first time. I've seen some artists that haven't performed in years come back to the scene, too!
I don't think the atmosphere has changed. There has always been a very strong music community in Second Life. I think it has grown, so we are seeing larger crowds now, but it's still the same positive vibe as always, and I find it very exciting to see it thriving still, even after performing here for 11 years.
 
Q: Tell us about an "A-ha!" moment when something about playing music clicked for you.
A: I remember playing a concert in Second Life at a sim called Burrow that my good friend Harlow Heslop owns. After the show, I got a message from someone who was there for the first time. She told me how she had been brought along to the concert by a friend because she had been feeling down. She had recently come out of an abusive relationship in RL and was struggling to put things back together again, but she said that when she heard my music, she felt her soul heal. I mean, what an incredible thing to hear from someone. So I guess I realised a few things from that moment. 1. How important my music is, even when I don't think I'm doing anything significant, or those days when I feel like I'm rubbish and should give up, that despite how I'm feeling, my songs could just be helping someone through a dark moment and show them some light. 2. Never underestimate how much putting your own emotion into your music can translate over the airwaves. I always try to feel what I am singing, so that those listening can feel it too. It makes for a more intimate performance and it becomes way more than just listening to someone sing. It really is a performance. Listeners cannot see me, they can only hear me, so I have to give it that something 'else.'
 
Q: What is the most meaningful aspect of the SL music community to you?
A: I think the friendships I have made. The people who have committed so much time and money to help the music scene thrive for as long as it has. The late Garrett Lutz was a huge inspiration. He believed in the live music scene in SL. Even up to the point of when he passed away, he was still supporting the scene here. Places like Templemore (Lutz City) owned by Luis Lockjaw and Whata Conundrum, that has just celebrated 10 years of being a live music venue in Second Life. How awesome is that! I will never get over how dedicated people are to the community and how much they invest in keeping it alive. It's why I keep coming back, and can't imagine a life without it. I love every single person that has ever come to a show and supported the artist and venue. I love how we all need each other, The artist, the venue and the patrons - we can't do this without everyone involved. What an amazing family to be a part of!
 
 
Thanks, Tally! He is also in a band called Neon Fiction. Keep an eye out for them, as they hope to play more gigs in SL soon!
 
If you or someone you know would like to submit content to be featured in Music Mondays, please fill out this form. Have  great week!
Tara Linden
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(Photo courtesy of Phemie Garfield)
 
This week's featured artist is Phemie Garfield, whose earnest and uplifting blend of folk and indie rock will energize the start of your week.
 
Please check out her music here
 
Q: When and how did you hear about Second Life?
A: I heard about Second Life on New Year's Day at the dinner table with my family. My brother asked me if I'd heard of it and how it's not a game but a world where you can just socialize with people and create things, and there was live music, which made me so curious to check it out!
 
Q: Some of your songs come to a really powerful crescendo, is that of particular symbolic value to you?
A: That is a really interesting question! Yes, I think I've always been a fan of dynamics and expression and power in music. When I'm writing music there is a cathartic release of emotion. I feel things very deeply and sometimes talking about it is so uncomfortable, but with music I can express it safely. It's like riding a wave and that crescendo is probably my way of riding that wave of anger or passion or sadness or hurt or joy. I've always loved anthemic rock, like U2 for example.
 
Q: How did you first become interested in playing music?
A: It really started in high school after a few years of devouring records that my big brother would play for me and listening to my dad's old vinyls that I would sing to in my bedroom. I started piano in 5th grade and learned how to sight read very quickly, and then in college learned acoustic guitar. Once I graduated college, I moved home and somehow started jamming with a friend and then it turned into a rock band that I sang in for four years. We toured regionally and I loved every second of it.
 
Q: What instruments do you play, and do you have any favorite models?
A: I play piano and guitar.  I think it's fair to say that Tori Amos was a big influence especially with how she wrote piano. Vocally my role models are Joni Mitchell, Tori Amos, Bono, and Sia. 
 
Q: Tell us about some musicians and/or artists that have influenced your style. 
A: Bono and U2 were a huge influence on me. He had this passionate soaring voice that just carried you into another dimension. They were heartfelt and something felt so true and authentic about his voice.  Tori's Amos' style was delicate and yet strong, deep but accessible. Her music is beautiful yet when you read some of her lyrics they are edgy, dark, and full of pain, and you can tell she was working out some deep stuff. Joni MItchell... Well, she was just a goddess genius of lyricism and melody. Her voice was warm and could move you, and her melodies were so imaginative. All these people taught me that it isn't enough to just sing, you have to give yourself... It has to come from deep within. The music has to come from your heart and you can't be afraid.
 
Q: What is the most meaningful aspect of the SL music scene to you?
A: The SL music community is one of the most accepting and welcoming communities around. If you have an original to throw out there, they welcome it. If you aren't the best singer in the world but you have heart and you give your time to people, they will come and listen and they will stay the whole hour. It's just wonderful to see. People love to hear a live performer just giving their all and they give budding musicians a chance to be heard and to practice their skills. Also, hearing from people who IM me and say things like, you really helped me through my night, or you really made me feel something is so awesome. To know people from around the world are listening! That is so cool.
 
Thank you, Phemie!
 
 
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