With the ending of 2012, so also ends the BS's "Bring a Friend and Stay Awhile". this was decided upon after a great deal of soul searching. As I bounced back and forth, one day a performer actually made it final in my mind. There was a performer that im'd me....just as I was trying to get an event going, never asked how I was doing or anything else in the world...except do I have any intention of hiring him back. I did explain that money has been tight, having just relocated, replaced a computer system and the holidays here. and he let it go....needless to say I have not heard another word...then again, is this the type of character that I would have perform again...no matter what my financial situation was, now that is truly debatable. Everyone goes through ups and downs, but when a performer makes me feel that our friendship is based on my wallet.....well it makes one wonder. This was when I knew that the venue was done. Times have changed, it made me remember my friend Craig Lyons, who has since left Second Life, but was a great performer while here. There was a time when rl had taken a bit of a toll on me, though I would never accept it, this is a performer that told me not to worry about anything that he would perform for free at BS's, It was a health situation that made me step back for a few weeks in there and not a financial one, he never probed to see what was wrong, just gave from his heart. He brought tears to my eyes...and until the day he left Second Life I would hire him over and over again. Sometimes that small offer of generosity can affect people in ways that no one realizes.
I believe it is time for me as a person to remember what Second Life is all about and get back to enjoying it...to focus more on myself both in sl and in rl. I will say that it is one of the hardest decisions in Second Life that I have ever made. Telling my friend Max Kleene was another a very difficult thing to do. Max opened BS's with me On July 3rd, 2009 and has been at BS's every single week since barring different circumstances (rl), it was only fitting that Max have the last performance at BS's. I was the blubbering idiot at the end as Max had performed "Still's Song" and the closed the performace with Greenday's "Time of Your Life".
One of the guests asked me that night, was I aware that the next question will be about the team. So before anyone automatically assume, or jump to conclusions, I will give you the same answer that I gave them. I have had not had a chance to meet with the co-captains yet and hope to within this next week. SL MUSIC RACES FOR A CURE will continue to go forward. Once we have our meetings and then the team brainstorming meetings, there will be more clarification in the avenues followed at that time. Until then...lips are sealed.
This does mean though with free time on my hands, that I will have more opportunities to visit different venues, hear the many different performers and find that talent here in Second Life to write about. I also have something that I would ask people to think about and consider. The website directory for live music venues is a paid for website. Currently it is paid in full until October 2013. I am hoping that someone will take an interest and want to continue it from that point.
To those of you that have performed at BS's, visited BS's and supported both me and the venue over the years, I will never find enough words to express my gratitude. You have touched my heart in so many ways.