T Is For Torch Song

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It’s quarter to three
There ain’t no one in the place except you and me
So set ’em up, Joe
I’ve got a little story you ought to know

~ Lyrics from “One For My Baby” by Johnny Mercer & Harold Arlen

A smokey bar, a melancholy piano and a beauty singing of lamented love. The perfect recipe for a torch song.

I’m not into fantasy or role play so I don’t usually visit Genre, but when I saw the theme this round was “Big Bands” I had to go. And I am happy I did.

This torch that I’ve found
Must be drowned or it soon might explode
So make it one for my baby
One more for the road
A long, long road

~ From “One For My Baby”

Pretty stuff I’m showing off:

Dress Kastle Rock Couture : :KR: Marlena Gown – Nude by Spooky Mistwallow (available at Genre April 2014)
Necklace/earrings: ::: Krystal ::: Behira – Jewelry Set – Gold by Krystal Jenkins (available at Genre April 2014)
Hairpiece: Volstead . Peacock Headband . Gold/Black by Dolce Blackflag
Hair: Analog Dog AD – norma – dark reds by Queue Marlowe
Lips: Senzafine .:SF:. “Moonglow” Lip Color: Vintage Reds – Candy Apple by Synjari Myriam (available at Genre April 2014)
Nail appliers: Senzafine .:SF:. “Moonglow” Full Color: Vintage Reds by Synjari Myriam (available at Genre April 2014)
Skin: [PXL] Creations [PXL] JADE NAT PetalPink MEB C2 by Hart Larsson
Hands: Slink Mesh Hands (av) Casual by Siddean Munro
Hand appliers:[PXL] Creations – [ PXL ] Slink Hand Appliers NAT by Hart Larsson
Eyes: Amacci Gaze Eyes – Ocean Blue by Carina Larsen
Lashes: Mon Cheri *MC* “Falsies” Eyelash by Freya Oliveri

Mic stand/pose: .mien. {vocals} by Connie Stratten (available at Genre April 2014)
Piano: ..::A.O.W::.. MESH Piano by worldwide Wonder
Tan vases: The Beachstore Patio Set Vases by Paula001 Goldschein
Black vase: PILOT – Larkin Set – Vase by Kaz Nayar
Build: Barnesworth Anubis [ba] south beach penthouse skybox by Barnesworth Anubis

Photo taken using the LumiPro HUD

M Is For “Memories”; M Is For “Music”

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I was standing at the counter
I was waiting for the change
When I heard that old familiar music start
It was like a lighted match
Had been tossed into my soul
It was like a dam had broken in my heart

After taking every detour
Getting lost and losing track
So that even if I wanted
I could not find my way back
After driving out the memory
Of the way things might have been
After I’d forgotten all about us
The song remembers when

~ from “The Song Remembers When” by Trisha Yearwood

I often say that I have no business being a DJ because I am terrible at remembering song titles and artists. More than one of my friends will attest to this because I have been known to ask them, “What is that song that I love?” and they invariably can tell me. When I put a two-hour set together, it often takes me longer than that to queue the music because I have to listen to parts of each tune to make sure it flows with the previous ones. To build a set consisting of 25-30 songs, I may listen to snippets of twice that many.

But occasionally, a song that I haven’t heard in years will trigger a deep response that can’t be forgotten. A song that I associate with a particular time in my life, a special person, a moment that is burned into my memory.

This is why I love music. Not for the catchy beat or the clever lyric, but for the strong reaction it creates. Sometimes a song comes on the air and it elicits a small smile; other times, it is a visceral response, as if my heart has been gripped with an iron glove. So many people feel the same way. Very often when I get a request for a song when I DJ it is preceded or followed by, “That’s my (our) song.”

So whether it is a song I personally like or not, I play it…with a nod of understanding.

Well, for all the miles between us
And for all the time that’s passed
You would think I haven’t gotten very far
And I hope my hasty heart
Will forgive me just this once
If I stop to wonder how on Earth you are

But that’s just a lot of water
Underneath a bridge I burned
And there’s no use in backtracking
Around corners I have turned
Still I guess some things we bury
Are just bound to rise again
And even if the whole world has forgotten
The song remembers when

Pretty stuff I’m wearing:

Top: Tee*fy Basic Tucked Tank White by Azure Electricteeth
Pants: *Fishy Strawberry* Yoga Pants – S Camel by Fae Eriksen
Shoes: tulip. Gladiator Sandals (Sand) add-ons for Slink Flat Feet by Minami Susanowa
*Necklace & Earrings: Cae ::Pemberley :: Collection by Caelan Hancroft (available at The Seraphim Social until Feb. 28)
Hair: Analog Dog – AD – yeah – dark reds by Queue Marlowe
Skin: [PXL] Creations – [PXL] JADE SK Peach Lips MEB C2 by Hart Larsson
Eye Makeup: [PXL] Creations – [PXL] JADE SK Smokey Eyes by Hart Larsson
Hands: Slink Mesh Hands (av) Casual by Siddean Munro
Feet: Slink Mesh Feet (Av) Flat by Siddean Munro
Hand & Feet appliers:[PXL] Creations – [ PXL ] Slink Hand & Feet Appliers SK by Hart Larsson
Eyes: Amacci Gaze Eyes – Ocean Blue by Carina Larsen
Lashes: Mon Cheri *MC* “Falsies” Eyelash by Freya Oliveri

Pose: [Black Tulip] DREAMING -M by Auryn Beorn

Breaking The Rules

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I’ve mentioned before that I work in a club in Second Life called Breaking The Rules. I’m a host and shift manager there. But I also spend what spare time I can just hanging out, listening to music and having a good time. It’s one of those places where I always feel at home, whether it’s packed to the rafters or if there are just an “intimate few”, as I call it when the numbers of guests dwindle to single digits. BTR runs 24-7, so it’s a great place for insomniacs or for those of us who live on the “wrong” side of the international date line. I wanted to share some of my “happy snaps” I’ve taken there to share just a taste of this incredible place.

While the club itself is a dark, wood and brick warehouse-type building, it’s the people who go there who make it vibrant and alive. From the DJs and hosts to the regulars and those who just drop in to see what it’s all about, you can always count on an incredible cast of characters within the confines of those four walls. I also have a showroom there for Pics by Peep (walk out of the club, turn right and I’m the last shop at the end of the row of stores) and I offer a discount to “Rule Breakers” – members of our in-world club update group.

So, if you’re in Second Life and love rock music, fun people and a party that never stops, click the link above to find your way to the club.

Remember, you’re not having fun if you’re not Breaking The Rules 😉

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Oh…and if this looks like the place for you, be sure you Like BTR on Facebook!