Tomorrow night is the first of a series of live tapings of the public radio show "The Infinite Mind" in Second Life. Given the show’s emphasis on science, health and technology, doing a live show from with the virtual world of Second Life makes a lot of sense. Their in-world shows will feature a plethora of celebs including folk singer Suzanne Vega, author Kurt Vonnegut and internet guru Howard Rheingold.
Tomorrow night Ms Vega will perform in-world on the show, apparently the first major recording artist to do so in SL history. I have been a Suzanne Vega fan since her first album in 1985, and have seen her live several times. But seeing her perform in SL will be a uniquely geeky thrill.
Apparently an enormous amount of effort has gone into creating an avatar that resembles her middle aged self as well as scripting a guitar that animates her playing more realistically. We’ll see how it compares to a RW performance.
I’m putting in requests for my favorite Vega songs "Tombstone," "Solitude Stands," and "My Favorite Plum". Sadly, I’m sure that she will be singing "Tom’s Diner" and "Luca" since that’s the only songs of hers most people know.
[Image taken by Hamlet Au from New World Notes.]