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Gina Gracemount at Aftermath II - 6pm Friday 3 June 2011

Friday nights are always great for first-class entertainment in SL !!  For those who like a giggle alongside top-quality singing Gina Gracemount's regular show at Aftermath II is a must !!

Although Gina's show started half an hour late after major music stream and teleporting problems at the venue were solved, Gina always packs so much fun, entertainment and gorgeous singing into her shows that the wait only added to our anticipation !!  We were fully rewarded, not only with an extra 10 minutes of fun and laughter at the end before Gina had to leave for another event, but also with Gina's tip off as to why she had to rush off which I will tell you more about below :))

Born in the UK, now living in Florida, Gina Gracemount is an extremely talented singer of jazz and burlesque with a beautiful, sexy, sultry voice which is a real treat for the ears, and an amazing flair for stimulating audience participation and enjoyment.  Gina is certainly up with the very top SL live music performers and entertainers !!

Gina has a huge list of almost 300 songs !!  Covers of for example, Adele -Make You Feel My Love,  Diana Krall - Peel Me a Grape, Melody Gardot - Your Heart is as Black as Night, Cher - Welcome to Burlesque - and every one a winner !!  It is for burlesque that Gina's show is most exciting and memorable :))

Gina began quietly with a 2005 song from an english girl, Corinne Bailey Rae's Like A Star

Just like a star across my sky
Just like an angel off the page
You have appeared to my life
Feel like I'll never be the same
Just like a song in my heart
Just like oil on my hands
Honour to love you ...... ..... ....

Absolutely beautiful !!  Not only is Gina's voice sexy and sultry, her singing is   spot on !!

The entertainment, fun and giggles began :))  The next song was more steamy and Gina's fans new and old lapped it up :))  Katie Melua's My Aphrodisiac Is You together with Gina's voice and bubbly personality has that stimulating effect !!

Some people say
That oysters make you come on strong
But I don't buy it
I don't believe my diet turns me on
Won't take no pills
That's the last thing that I need to do
I can't deny it
My aphrodisiac is you 
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Don't smoke no grass
Or opium from old Hong Kong
That hubble bubble
Just makes me see you double
All night long
Don't waste my time
With Spanish fly and roots to chew
They cause me trouble
Because my aphrodisiac is you
...... ..... .... ...

Born in Georgia in the Caucasus, Katie made her musical debut in 2003, and under the management of english composer Mike Batt became the UK's best-selling female artist of 2006.

Dottie and I Dressed Up for Cabaret :))

English singer-songwriter Kirsty MacColl wrote the next song which was released in February 2000 just a few months before her tragic death hit by a boat while diving in Mexico.

In These Shoes

I once met a man with a sense of adventure
He was dressed to thrill wherever he went
He said let's make love on a mountain top
Under the stars on a big hard rock
I said in these shoes ? 
I don't think so
I said honey, let's do it here

So I'm sitting at a bar in Guadalajara
In walks a guy with a faraway look in his eyes
He said I've got a powerful horse outside
Climb on the back, I'll take you for a ride
I know a little place, we can get there for the break of day
I said in these shoes ?
No way José
I said honey, let's stay right here
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Gina's cover of this song is one of the best I've heard !!
Smiles got wider, giggles and laughter erupted :)))))

New Yorker Christina Aguilera starred in the 2010 musical film Burlesque and contributed most of the songs including this next one to the soundtrack album.

But I Am a Good Girl

The dress is Chanel
The shoes YSL
The bag is Dior
Agent Provocateur
My address today, LA by the way
Above Sunset Strip, the hills all the way

My rings are by Webster
They makes their heads twirl
They all say "Darling, what did you do for those pearls?"
"What? I am a good girl"
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The audience play their part in Gina's shows too :)))  Her group in Second Life is large and thriving and those who join are given the titles Strumpets or Strumpeteers !! 

Topaz Harley pole-dancing with Jaiden Ashdene

That much-covered and very popular 2005 song  Black Horse and the Cherry Tree written and performed by Scottish girl KT Tunstall followed :)) Again Gina's rendition and the audience reaction were lively and hilarious :)))

" woo hoo ... woo hoo ... woo hoo ... woo hoo "

Then came Gina's slowed-down and jazzed-up version of Paul McCartney's Can't Buy Me Love  Gina really made this song her own !!  Her version had a totally different feel from the original.  Dottie and I loved it !!

Originally by Dolly Parton PMS Blues is guaranteed to get good audience participation :))  Gina's audience are super participators !!!

Eve you wicked woman, you done put your curse on me
Why didn't you just leave that apple hangin' in the tree
You make us hate our husbands, our lovers and our boss
Why I can't even count the good friends I've already lost
Cause of PMS blues, PMS blues
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" Chocolate helps with that !! "

" Wooo ! Sing it Gina ! "

Another blues song followed. This one from a native of Mississippi, Pinetop Perkins.

You guys are brilliant !!  I love you to bits !!

Despite the hiccups at the start of this show there were 30 people in the audience !!

That duck's getting a bit close Mr Jaiden !
It makes me nervous !
Dangerous with that duck Mr Jaiden !

Burlesque in cabarets, clubs and theatres was famous for featuring bawdy comedy and female striptease.  Aspiring male strippers need tight control during Gina's shows !!

Stray Cat Strut by New York's Stray Cats encouraged the audience even more :))

Stray cat strut
I'm a ladies cat
I'm a feline Casanova, hey man that's where it's at
Get a shoe thrown at me from a mean old man
Get my dinner from a garbage can
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Caroline Esmeralda van der Leeuw better known as Caro Emerald is a Dutch jazz singer who debuted in 2009 with her single Back It Up.  Her album Deleted Scenes From The Cutting Room Floor rocketed to number 1 in the Dutch album charts in 2010 !!  The first track on that album is That Man which Gina calls the chow chow song (ciao ciao).  This is perhaps my favourite of Gina's songs, and somehow encapsulates her show and style for me.

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Ooh that man is like a flame
And ooh that man plays me like a game
My only sin is I can't win
Ooh I wanna love that man
Ooh that man is on my list
And ooh that man I wanna kiss
My only sin is I can't win
Ooh I wanna love that man
...... ..... .... ...

The YouTube video of Caro singing this at the 2010 North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam really gets me in the mood for another Gina show.  Yes !! our Friday night's entertainment programme has to have a place for Gina now :))

Gina told us she was going to Under The Willows next.  She had another show which followed that of SOAR.  Though SOAR knew she was coming and there would be some overlap between the two, Gina tipped us off with a giggle that she planned to embarrass her friend Bright Oh !! 

Cut !!    Change scene to Under The Willows !!

We arrived half way through SOAR's show just as Bright Oh was telling the audience that he was mentally and emotionally prepared for Gina Gracemount. He has been singing a song about SOAR's sweet friend Gina Gracemount for a few weeks now :))  

Before that we listened in awe to another really beautiful SOAR song :)))

I’m Falling I’m Crying
I’m Losing Out at Something Grand
I’m Trying But I’m Losing
As I’m Crying Out For Your Love Again
...... ..... .... ...

" Thanks everyone and PLEASE stay for Gina... you will not regret it.. believe me ....  I've spent 54 minutes preparing myself for this "

Bright Oh Prepared

Gina arrived and stood quietly in the audience and Bright Oh sang -

Oh Yeah Baby, Gina Gracemount
Where You Been Hiding All Of My Life
Get Down And Boogie Gina Gracemount
Incognito's Got Nothing On Me Tonight

You Know That I'm The One
Incognito’s number Two
You'll Never Get To Three
Cos I Was Sent To Please You
Oh Gina, Gina Gracemount
Oh Gina, Gina Gracemount

Oh Yeah Gina Twist and Shout
I'm Through With Flirting
Now I’m Taking Ya Out

Yeah, it's a really good song with a nice groove to it !!

Bright confirmed that " On Gina's list of approved dates I'm in the top 100 "
And with that he handed the stage and stream over to Gina.

>>> >>> >>>  >>>

" Mr Bright was singing a song for me. I was so thrilled.  We dedicate songs to each other :)) "

And Gina began singing her Song for Mr Bright to exactly the same music as his song.

Oh yeah baby Mr Bright
Get up and shakin Mr Bright
I was meant to tease you
I was meant to please you
Ah ... heavy breathing
Oh yeah baby, you know I want you
Turn off that light
My heart is tired I'm taking it slow
You took me in your arms 
You know that we're at one and you want to get to 2
Let's skip and go to 3
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" So that's the story of the rest of that night that Mr Bright didn't tell you about :))  In fact our friendship has been going for over a year and I've the greatest respect for all of SOAR !! "

" Now experiment Rhode is completely innocent in all of this :))) "

" The only time I set my viewer close up is when I set it on Mr Bright's behind :))) "

Bright appeared to take all this in his stride :)))

Gina in the beautiful landscape of Under The Willows

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

Here's the SLURL to get to Aftermath II
Here's the SLURL to get to Under the Willows


  1. What a fantastic performer Gina is ! I can't wait to see her again !

  2. Wonderful review of a wonderful singer and person, and in a wonderful frock!
    Looks for the button to delete all images of Bright.