On Tuesday night Dottie and I were treated to the excellent and talented singing and playing of Andreus (Anj) Gustafson streaming live music from his home in Oak Ridge Tennessee to Starport Omega.
Keyboardist / guitarist / flautist / vocalist Anj Gustafson has been performing in real life for many years. He has toured the USA, Japan and Korea in cover bands since the late 1980's, and since the summer of 2007 has been performing in Second Life. He has a wide taste in music drawing on multiple styles including pop, alternative and progressive rock to sing popular covers and originals with something for everyone.
For his first three pieces he played keyboard and began with The Verve's Bitter Sweet Symphony
Cause it's a bitter sweet symphony this life...
Trying to make ends meet, you're a slave to the money then you die.
I'll take you down the only road I've ever been down...
You know the one that takes you to the places where all the veins meet, yeah
Next came another british band - Coldplay with Speed of Sound
Look up, I look up at night,
Planets are moving at the speed of light.
Climb up, up in the trees,
every chance that you get,
is a chance you seize.
How long am I gonna stand,
with my head stuck under the sand?
I'll start before I can stop,
before I see things the right way up
Yes, we were in Starport Omega :)) Music and place fitted together brilliantly.
His third piece was a pleasant light original Our Turn
He changed to electric guitar for an instrumental version of Shine On You Crazy Diamond by Pink Floyd. Mystical, ethereal and atmospheric suiting our location among the stars.
Enough of the mystical it was time to rock with Teenage Wasteland !!! Written by Pete Townshend for The Who it's published title is Baba O'Riley
Sally, take my hand
We'll travel south crossland
Put out the fire
And don't look past my shoulder
The exodus is here
The happy ones are near
Let's get together
Before we get much older
Behind Blue Eyes - another song by The Who followed. Wow where would the world be without british rock !!!
No one knows what it's like
To be the bad man
To be the sad man
Behind blue eyes.
No one knows what it's like
To be hated
To be fated
To telling only lies.
More rock followed with Sharp Dressed Man by Texan band ZZ Top :))
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In mid-concert Anj had an audience of 37 people. Great music, great artist, great place !!
Music by another Texan followed with Standing on Shaky Ground by Delbert McClinton. Slightly more funky and Starport Omega was really throbbing !!
After another great instrumental on electric guitar Anj switched to acoustic and began with South Carolina's Edwin McCabe's song I'll Be
And I'll be your cryin' shoulder
I'll be love suicide
And I'll be better when I'm older
I'll be the greatest fan of your life
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THIS SONG IS AWESOME!!
Altogether he played 11 pieces in a little over the hour. He finished with some country and western rock :)) Freewind by David Devann.
Dottie and I really enjoyed our evening listening to and dancing to Anj's music. It was the third time we had heard him and we will make a point of going to another of his gigs. Thank you Anj !! Thank you Starport Omega !!
Anj is a very professional and well-established live singer in SL with 926 members in his Group - 'Anj' Gustafson Continuum. He is an accomplished keyboard player and guitarist and creates his own sequenced musical arrangements. His singing is smooth. He has a light, flexible, mellow voice, and is at ease, relaxed and comfortable with his audience.
Contact his Partner Kiran Sporg for bookings.
He has more than 160 songs on his songlist of which 21 are originals.
The covers range from -
Ain't No Sunshine - Bill Withers, to Bullet - Radiohead, to Crossfire - Stevie Ray Vaughan, to Dun Ringill - Jethro Tull, to Empty Spaces - Pink Floyd, to Heaven - Bryan Adams, to I'm On Fire - Bruce Springsteen, to Let It Be - The Beatles, to Money For Nothing - Dire Straits, to Slide - Goo Goo Dolls, to Watching and Waiting- Moody Blues ...........
Find out more, sample his music, and see his calendar of events here:
Starport Omega is a smart new venue owned by Kimberly Uriza and Jennifer Genira. It is fresh, clean, colourful, and fun ! It is described by the owners as " the SL sector's nexus for progressive rock - SL's finest rock is brought to you by Starport Omega and Space Pirate Radio "
Built in a skybox its futuristic style is perfectly suited to progressive rock music. The design and detailing are interesting and their execution are first class. It feels great to be there. I love it !!
Here is the SLURL to get to Starport Omega: