Last week, when I challenged MoonMaiden Horner to tunes at 20 paces, I had no idea this musical duel would turn into something way bigger than we could have even hoped. The original intent was to have some fun playing some contrasting music and to make a few Lindens for Relay For Life.
We did expect a good turn out because the trash talkin’ was going back and forth pretty regular and people were chatting about the battle. Facebook was busy with posts about the contest and it was being promoted as well. Then the Relay For Life people got involved as well. It all added up to lots of hype beforehand. To be honest, I was nervous. I haven’t been nervous before a show in a long time. I just hoped we could provide the kind of entertainment for which everyone was hoping.
Then before I knew it, it was Saturday night. When I arrived at 7 PM. Mac Ronas had a house full. He always does. (Following Mac is one of the best gigs in SL.) The thing is the crowd kept growing. We had over 60 avatars on the sim a few times during the set and over 50 almost the whole show. It was a sight to see. All of these True Bluesers at the Riverside to witness the musical brawl. Sage Allegiere was there to referee the bout. The crowd was hungry and wanted my blood. I was told many times Moonie was gonna kick my butt. I was starting to believe them. 😉
Then it started. I came out hard with one of my best punches. I missed but it didn’t matter. Everything changed right then. The war became a show of Riverside community. The crowd started donating to RFL like crazy. Soon, the battle dissolved into a celebration of music and life. It was really amazing to see.
Some people started telling about loved ones they had lost and the donations flowed even more. It seemed that whenever someone opened up a loss it touched someone else and they contributed a story or more Lindens. In all we raised over 200,000 Lindens or $800 US. An incredible achievement in two short hours.
We all have important people we have lost in our lives. Mine is Eileen. She was my best friend’s mom when I was a kid. She was the one that I developed my love of music from. She was always playing Ray Charles, Otis, Aretha and BB King. She sure loved those old soul records. I would like to think that after last night she was smiling somewhere.
Thanks to each and everyone of you. This will go down as one of the Riverside’s finest moments.