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  1. Donn Devore at Gonja Land This week's featured artist is Donn Devore, a talented multi-instrumentalist who creates electronica and post rock inspired by the paranormal, his spiritual experiences, and more. He even has an album of Brony music! Please check out his official website, Bandcamp, and an extended YouTube set. Q: When/how did you hear about Second Life? A: It was around the Thanksgiving holiday in 2006 when I saw a news story on tv about SL and virtual worlds. I had been playing WoW for a couple of weeks but I wasn’t that interested in quests and mons
  2. Image provided by Amforte This week's featured artist is Amforte, whose dedication to music started when she was a child, growing more potent with time as she became familiar with various styles. This singer songwriter is not afraid to bare her soul, and her music is an energetic and comforting reminder that there is always someone who can relate to what you're feeling. Please check out her official website to listen to her music and see what's she's been up to! Below are some links to follow her inworld. AMFORTE (AMFORTE Clarity):: secondlife:///app/agent/16f3fc26-7d2b-4
  3. This week I'd like to highlight the Challenge section in the forums. They're a great way to interact with the community and see what other Residents are experiencing. Every once in a while Strawberry Linden puts together a fun survey that dares people to share their input, like this Have You Ever quiz that illustrates the endless possibilities and broad range of interests within Second Life. Today I posted my first challenge, and I would love it if you participated! I would like to think I'm not a total newbie anymore, although some people thought otherwise when I revealed I on
  4. Share your experiences from when your avatar was just learning how to walk, run, and fly! Let others know the things that stumped you and what underrated aspect you want the world to see! To participate in the challenge, download the blank template and fill it out using Photoshop, or any imaging and graphic design software. You can also use pixlr.com for free without installing any software. Or, you can just answer in text below! If you decide to do this challenge and post it on any social networks, don’t forget to use the hashtag #SLNewbChallenge. You can also add your images to th
  5. Photo courtesy of Mavenn Resident This week's featured artist is Mavenn Resident, who imbues familiar songs of intimacy and romance with an unrestrained passion that can be both soft and powerful. She pulls from a range of styles, and you'll hear everything from ballads to folk and some blues rock. Please check out her music here. Q: When/how did you hear about Second Life? A: I had been on another chat program previously when a musician friend of mine mentioned he was going to start performing in Second Life. He asked if we would be interested in following him into the
  6. It's time for another Region Evolutions post to show everybody the remarkable transformations that take place within Second Life. Kudos to these region owners for putting in the effort to ensure that their creations stand the test of time! First up is Snowy River Saloon, a country music club that also offers dancing and a mechanical bull, among other exciting activities. You can see that they've amped up the rustic autumnal charm to make it look it super cozy and inviting. Looks like the perfect place for a romantic walk along the water after a fun-filled evening.
  7. I’m not sure why spring gets all the credit for cleaning when each season deserves a thorough organizing session. Sometimes we let things slide for a little too long, and next thing you know, you’re late to the party and only wearing one shoe. It happens, and when it does, it’s time to talk about inventory management. As someone who may or may not lose my keys somewhere in my house, room, or even purse (Why would I put it in that pocket? I never use that pocket. Oh, it’s in that pocket.) almost everyday, I found organizing my virtual closet to be crucial. You can see above that I hav
  8. This week's featured artist is Jack Slade, whose moving and relatable songs are inspired by his life. From his humble beginnings to the Army and beyond, his voice highlights the beauty in the seemingly ordinary and is sure to leave an impact. For his music and bio, check out his website here. Q: When/how did you hear about Second Life? A: Someone who heard my music told me that I should sing in Second Life... I don't remember when. Around 2014? Q: How did you start playing music and do you play any instruments in addition to singing? A: I started playing guitar in the Arm
  9. Photo taken at the SL USF Health Campus While some of you may have just survived midterms, others might be just about to start the emotional rollercoaster that is trying to remember the year that Constantinople fell to the Ottoman Empire. You read it six weeks ago, remember? Maybe not, because in quarantine years, six weeks ago feels like when flip phones were the coolest thing since car phones. For many of us, midterms are a marathon that tests your physical and mental limits, and an experience that is made bearable by a sense of comradery with your classmates and vending machines f
  10. (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
  11. (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. SoundCloud, YouTube, 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 i
  12. (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 d
  13. (still from a video by Burnha Firehawk) Machinima, named for its fusion of machine and cinema, is a unique art form in which computer graphics are rendered and choreographed to create a cinematic production, like this recreation of 1920s Berlin by Pepa Cometa. It is shot in real time, differing from other forms of computer animation that are shot frame by frame. This approach to filmmaking has grown and evolved over the last few decades, growing such a large following that there are now machinima festivals, and Second Life is proud to host many Residents who create content in this medium.
  14. (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 o
  15. Levi Zuzu at The Burrow This week's featured artist is Levi Zuzu, whose modern take on 80s synth pop, rock, and jazz is the perfect soundtrack for some cinematic musing. Please check out his SoundCloud and stay tuned for his new album, which is in the works. Q: When and how did you hear about Second Life? A: It has been a minute! I was looking for a new game to play with a more realistic touch, and later on I found Second Life. I bet it doesn't sound very exciting when I say I found it through Google but living in Germany you don't have too many English-spe
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