Thursday May 16, 6pm I will be doing a live music performance for the Gypsy camp at Cormear. It is fitting that this will be my final virtual live music performance.
I've been thinking about this for some time and have chosen this event for a couple of reasons:
* Cormear is an Elf Clan region.
* The Gypsies are a new group that have endeared themselves to many groups and regions over the past months. Although they are new they equal Elf Clan in enthusiasm and friendship and spirit. The music I will be singing is Traditional Irish and Folk. What could be more fitting than the Gypsy camp on Elven lands to do my final virtual show.
WHY DA FINAL SHOW?
Answers are simple: limitations and focus.
I wrote my first song in 1980. That was 33 years ago-- quite a long time to be performing. The passage of time takes a toll on us all and in my case, the toll has been primarily with asthma and available energy. While at one time in my life I could sing until 3 or 4 in the morning... these days an hour show taxes me. I'm not old (yet) but neither am I any longer young-- and one has to be realistic.
My voice has grown weaker over time as has my lung capacity and finger strength. It's no longer easy to maintain the steady vocal energy required for an entire show. In addition, as my last performance indicated both allergies and asthma make it increasingly difficult to sing well these days. The last two shows were not up to my personal standards (although my friends were most encouraging-- and thank you for your support as I bumbled through that [expletive omitted] asthma attack).
It's also a matter of focus. I don't perform regularly like some do, so I don't practice enough to do live performance proper justice-- and that's simply unfair to the performance and my audience. If one is going to perform publicly, I feel I owe it to my listeners to present my best. When that's not happening... it's good to re-evaluate one's goals.
And simply stated... ya can't do everything. I'm a builder, scripter, merchant and help manage a large group and lands. I'd rather do one or two things well than over-extend myself and bungle along. Frankly my music has been suffering lately. So I'd rather leave the performing to those who make that their primary VR activity. We have some great performers on Inworldz.
I love music and enjoy performing for my friends, but my public performance days are coming to an end. More and more of my time is being taken helping other people with scripting and projects they're working on, as well as my continuing projects on Replicant City, DragonForge and Elf Clan. In addition my real life great nephew is now 16 months old and I need to spend more time with him. Getting to bed on time once in a while would be nice too. :D
So the Gypsy Camp Live Music performance on May 16 will be my "final" on Inworldz (never say never... you know how that is, but this is for all intents da last one).
Thank you all for attending my shows. I'll try to make the May 16th show a good one. It will be solid traditional music (mostly)... and hopefully my voice will hold out this time. I'll even try to practice my chording a bit before the show and I'll have some 80-proof medicine off to the side just in case all that preparation needs some throat-soothing in addition. Mmmmmm brandy: The gentleman's drink.
Thanks for your enthusiasm through the years. Hope to see you all there. : )