Live music is one of the many wonderful things to be enjoyed in Second Life. First-class performers and hard-working managers and hosts deserve our support not only to show our appreciation but also so that our enjoyment can continue.

Where else can we enjoy such excellent live music at such a small cost ? Show your Linden Love !!!

Damian Carbenell at THE LUMBERYARD, Dragon Cove - 2pm Friday 27 May 2011

Damian Carbenell is a very popular and well-established performer in Second Life.  Dottie and I have heard him two or three times before, enjoyed his show each time and been very impressed with his top quality singing and playing.  He's been on my to-blog list for months and last night at last I could be in the right place at the right time.

Damian is a singer song-writer with a dozen originals on his song list, as well as an extensive range of covers of popular pop, rock and soul songs. He sings to his own excellent and tuneful acoustic guitar or piano playing.x


Damian settled the stream and the audience in with some beautifully-played acoustic guitar which developed into that great opener and 1982 hit Jack and Diane by John Mellencamp -

Little dittie 'bout Jack and Diane
Two american kids growin' up in the heartland
Jacky gonna be a football star 
Diane's debutante backseat of Jacky's car
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His singing is strong, confident and relaxed - as good as the original !!

" AND it's FRIDAY !! "

He'd re-strung his guitar and was concerned about the sound.  He checked his tuning - those strings sounded spot on !!

Nikki Mathieson - Damian's Manager

Then Damian gave a taste of his versatility and flexibility with Pinch Me the year 2000 hit from the album Maroon by Canadian alternative rock band Barenaked Ladies -
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It's the perfect time of day
To throw all your cares away
Put the sprinkler on the lawn
And run through with my gym shorts on
Take a drink right from the hose
And change into some drier clothes
Climb the stairs up to my room
Sleep away the afternoon
...... ..... ....

His singing is free-flowing, smooth and full of real enthusiasm.  He followed with a great rendition of Bruno Mars much-covered Grenade   

Then one he doesn't often do, 1982 number 3 hit from British rock group Tears For Fears Mad World

All around me are familiar faces
Worn out places, worn out faces
Bright and early for their daily races
Going nowhere, going nowhere
Their tears are filling up their glasses
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He wanted to take requests, wanted to make sure we were enjoying ourselves.  He moves on at quite a pace, full of energy !

He slowed us down with some soul music, and the pop standard - Sam Cooke's 1962 hit  Bring It On Home To Me

If you ever change your mind
About leavin', leavin' me behind
Oh, oh, bring it to me
Bring your sweet lovin'
Bring it on home to me, oh yeah

Damian's singing is strong, powerful, and he sang it with real conviction !

More soul followed with Marvin Gaye's smooth 1973 hit Let's Get It On
I've been really tryin baby
Tryin' to hold back these feelings for so long
And if you feel, like I feel baby
Come on, oh come on

Let's get it on
Let's get it on
Let's get it on
Let's get it on
...... ..... ....

Wow !! there were 44 people in the audience !!

From San Francisco rock band 4 Non Blondes  What's Up  hit the charts in 1993 -
" I want everybody here singing along !! "

25 years of my life and still
I'm trying to get up that great big hill of hope
For a destination
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Then I scream from the top of my lungs
What's goin' on 

And I say hey, ay, ay, ay-ay
...... ..... ....

" I hope you guys are havin a blast out there !! "

" Please keep the venue in mind at all times "
" Without the venue there's nowhere for us performers to sing !! "

He followed with The Cave the 2010 hit from English folk rock band Mumford & Sons -
It's empty in the valley of your heart
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You And Me by Jason Wade of Los Angeles Lifehouse released in 2005 remained on the Billboard Hot 100 for 62 weeks and has been called " the wedding song of the year "  And this song typifies Damian's strong, magical and emotional style of singing and playing for me.

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cause it's you and me and all of the people
with nothing to do
nothing to lose
and it's you and me and all of the people
and I don't know why
I can't keep my eyes off you
..... .... ....

For his last two songs Damian moved from acoustic guitar to piano.  The first was romantic -

...... ..... ....
but even angels die and the light just fades
oh broken angel you got to learn to fly
...... ..... ....

 " Pammy Xenno cries "

Unfortunately I crashed at that point :((

Finally on piano he gave an incredible rendition of Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody

Damian is a talented, confident and versatile performer, full of energy.  He sings with tuneful enthusiasm, conviction and style !  When Damian performs top quality music and song is always assured ! 

Further information about Damian and many other Second Life live music performers can be found in our linked blog - HERE

THE LUMBERYARD is a big log cabin, recently rebuilt, located on Dragon Cove which is an adult-rated sim.

Here's the SLURL to get to the THE LUMBERYARD

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