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Dual Streams Everywhere!!

I’ve been dual-streaming a lot lately! I know some of you have heard the term, but may not understand exactly what it entails. Basically, one performer plays and sends out their music like normal. Then the next performer listens to the first performer’s stream, sings or plays along with it, mixes it all together, and streams THAT to the venue and listeners! The first performer doesn’t hear the second performer at all, but it sounds as though both are in the same room.

If you’ve been to any of the shows where I sing with MrMulti Writer, that’s a simple description of what’s happening. Mic sings, I listen and sing along, and then you all hear what –I– send out. (So if the balance is bad, it’s probably my fault.) LOL. I was having some issues recently after reconfiguring my system but *crossing fingers!* it all seems to have been worked out. Mic and I are looking forward to the next duet show this coming Saturday at Acoustic Garden Club!

I’ve also been practicing with and have performed a few times with Maximillion Kleene, a very talented performer I met at the Baltimore Jam. He’s a real pleasure to work with!

Possible future dual streams are in the works with Ed Lowell and Keeba Tammas! Stay Tuned!

Upcoming Shows!

This week I’m at the following venues:

Thursday 5/19 – 7pm – The Merry Prankster (click link for SLURL map)

Friday 5/20 – 7pm – Sinatra Jazz – Inworldz (see Annan’s profile picks in Inworldz for LM)

Saturday 5/21 – 7pm – Acoustic Garden Club  – Dual Stream with MrMulti Writer (click link for SLURL map)

Easier Samples for Your Listening Pleasure!

Now you can click on the “Recordings to Enjoy” page and see a variety of sample songs that I’ve finally figured out how to link to from Singsnap. You can still get to the whole catalog of things on Singsnap from the link on the right, but this makes it a little easier!

Look for more shows soon!

I’m ramping up now and in the next few weeks will start doing shows on a more regular basis! Look to see you at some of them!

— Annan

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Soooo… I think we all agree, I suck at updating a blog. 🙂  I should do it more often, granted, but… well, I don’t always have stuff to say!!

But see, I save it all up and now, I have lots of news!

First: lots of new shows! (edited 5.17.2011 to remove inaccurate schedule info – changed since orig post)

  • ACOUSTIC GARDEN CLUB:  Every Saturday at 7pm, I am at Acoustic Garden Club, usually doing duets in a dual-stream show with MrMulti Writer, aka “Mic”. We have a great time and work really hard to come up with great new songs every few weeks or so to keep things fresh. We usually alternate doing duets and solos, so we can do a pretty wide range of songs over the course of a show! Beautiful ambiance in the garden too. Bring someone along!
  • INWORLDZ  – Sinatra Jazz – Every other Friday night at 7pm, I’ve got a regular gig at the popular Sinatra Jazz venue in InWorldz. If you haven’t been to InWorldz, give it a try 🙂 It’s a lot of fun there, and everyone is SO friendly!  You can always check my calendar to see if it’s Sinatra Jazz week!  For a LM, look in my picks once you’re in world.

Next bit of news, and the last two are sorta wrapped up together:  I’ve been practicing like MAD on my ukelele, and am happy to report I’m feeling pretty good. What I’m doing is simple, but quite pretty! So… I might be rolling out my debut performance at…

SL MidAtlantic Jam! Yep! That’s right – Norith and I are registered to attend the MidAtlantic Jam (with a few assorted family members too!), and meet in person with a lot of really good friends.  I haven’t seen the official list recently, but I know for a fact that I’ll be meeting MrMulti Writer and the lovely Meetu there! MrMulti will be playing his own set, as well as helping me with music for mine and for our duets! OMG – I’ve been singing with this guy for almost 2 years, and FINALLY I am going to get to meet him!!!

For my bit of the show, you’ll see a healthy mix of duets with MrMulti, solos where I sing and MrMulti plays music for me, a track or two, and … my MAD UKE SKILLZ.  I’m also looking forward to meeting VanMorrison Mint there. Van is the owner of the Saranac House and has been a great friend of mine for a long while now. Norith and I are really looking forward to meeting him!  And yes, Keeba, you’ll get your pics… be careful what you wish for. 😛

Anyway, now you know… the REST of the STORY.  (so far anyhoooo)….

Huggles and luvvles!

Annan

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I’ve been singing again this past few months, now that I’ve started feeling better and my summer of craziness seems to have settled down.  And when I say I’ve been doing a few shows “here” and “there” — I mean it literally.  I’ve been performing both in SL, and more recently, several shows in “InWorldz”.

InWorldz is an alternate grid, very similar to SL in the basics of the world (because it’s based on the older SL architecture, I think, as are most of the ‘open grid’ sims.. I only have a slight understanding of all this. I’m sure Norith could explain it quite well.. anyway, I digress) — it’s similar to SL in “HOW” things work – but there are a lot of differences too.  It’s like being on the new frontier – not that it’s lawless… just that there’s a sense of “beginning” there.  Of being part of something that’s just starting… and I like it a lot!  There are music venues slowly springing up throughout InWorldz, and I imagine I’ll be singing at some of them pretty regularly going forward – so I may actually begin notating in my calendar “IW – location name” and “SL – location name”… just so people know which Grid to look for me in 🙂

Anyway – I’ve started REALLY doing a lot of work on my Ukulele practice, and I’m improving by leaps and bounds. Nor and I have also started working on putting those original songs of ours into music I can use and play to accompany myself.  So you’re all witnessing what may be the beginning of a new phase for Annan:  performing live, original music played on my own instrument.  I’m SO excited. I love my backtracks, don’t get me wrong – a lot of them are really wonderful music to sing to and I will still be using them! — but it’s a totally different experience as a performer to be able to pick up an instrument and make the music myself that supports my voice… i could go on forever about all of this. LOL. I’ve had a lot pent up, I guess!  Sooo anyway– look for me in IW ok!?  Check out my booth there at this cool place called “Tunez”.  I’d post a slurl, but that only works in chat there, not in links from the web.  So just look for it in my profile picks if you sign in!  Tell ’em Annan sent you!  And if you DO sign on, Friend Me!! I need friends! 🙂

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Hi there Dreamers!

Last night at Waterside was so fun. Mic (MrMulti Writer) started the night off right – I always love listening to him. Then it was my turn and I had a few people dancing on my chim while I sang. Had a bunch of requests for some songs I hadn’t done in a while, so it was nice dusting off some old favorites.

So, next week, I’m thinking that on Tuesday night (8/25), I’d love to have my group members over to Dreamscape Valley for an evening of just hanging out. I have this cool “dreamscene” jungle bar sky box that I thought would be neat to use as a little gathering place, and I’ll dj for old times sakes and maybe sing a little here and there. I hardly ever just get a chance to CHAT with all of you, so I’d love to see you all there to just hang out. If you’re a group member or subscribo member, or on my friends list, be looking for an invite!

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Hey Dreamers!  Yes, I know… I’m a bad poster!  I tend to post when i think there’s news… 

Well, there’s news NOW:  I’m so excited to tell you about our music video on YouTube!  It’s my rendition of “Cry Me a River”.  I just love that song, and Norith showed just one of his many talents while putting this together! I was just thrilled with it – he really seemed to just reach into my head and pull out the exact vision I had!    Please check it out!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ee-4H6es_58

To give credit where credit is due – Our efforts were kicked off by the wonderful videos that Sazzy Oh put together for the two songs I’ve got out there singing as a duet with MrMulti Writer – “High on a Hill” and “Amie”.  Please check them out too! They’re great! You can find links to both here on her YouTube channel page:

http://www.youtube.com/user/ncangels

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So guess what? I’m learning to play the ukelele.  I asked for one for my birthday last month, and so far I’ve got 4 chords down.  That’s enough to play a lot of songs, but of course, I’m nowhere near good enough to introduce that to the act yet.

You’d be amazed at how different a ukelele sounds than you’d expect.  Ever heard of Jake Shimabukuru? Go on Youtube and check him out. You’ll be amazed.  And that version of Over The Rainbow by Iz (Israel) kamakawiwoole is stunningly pretty.  So no, it’s not all “woka woka woka” kind of music…

Mine is a concert ukelele and it sound like a tenor or capo’d guitar. I love it – it has very sweet tones to it and it’s not intimidating at all. I have REALLY SMALL hands, so it fits just right – guitars overwhelm me.

So why a ukelele, Annan? Well, see, here’s the thing:  I love to sing. I mean I LOVE to sing. I believe a voice is an instrument, and I everytime I use my “instrument” I try to get better and better at it.  But I’ve always wanted to learn to play an actual instrument as well.  I was in band as a child, and loved my clarinet and my flute, but developed asthma and ended up switching away from them to the xylophone.  Granted, it didn’t use my lungs, but it wasn’t nearly as fun for me either, so I stopped playing.  Over the years, after I outgrew my asthma, I’ve focused more on singing, and I love it more than anything else I do. It is the one hobby I’ve taken on that I just NEVER get bored with, and am always working to improve at.  But I’d love to be able to play to accompany myself. Singing to backgrounds is wonderful, but there is a feeling to live music – an organic feeling, plus an ability to improvise – that I can’t get using backtracks.

And then let’s add this in:  The truth is, there are places out there in SL, and people out there in SL, who don’t see what I do as “real” music. That burns me up. It really does. Every time I sing, it is with every ounce of energy and concentration I can muster. I have a very sophisticated set-up of mics, mixing boards and music.  I sing a wide variety of songs ranging across a truly diverse spectrum of genres. And still, you hear the occasional ignorant person denounce it as “just singing” or as “karaoke”.

Sure – I guess you might say that technically, I’m singing to pre-recorded background music, like you do with karaoke.  But that’s not what I’m doing in my head and my heart, and it’s not what I’m doing with these songs. Every new song that I sing I have practiced and sung over and over and over until I can forget about the little technicalities, and truly sing it with my heart and my soul for the people listening. I am not singing karaoke, I am performing covers with a back-up band.  It doesn’t matter if the backup band is there, or previously recorded, it’s still the same thing – I’m a singer singing with music. Period.  I am perfectly capable of singing just as well with live music, and have done so in dual streams performed live in SL.  (MrMulti and I are working on this regularly.)  It’s just that I don’t happen to play myself.  My instrument currently, is my voice.  And I’m proud of that. Unequivocally.

That said, I’m learning the ukelele because it’s the first stringed instrument that I picked up, strummed and instantly felt connected to. It made me smile. It makes my fingers happy. I like it. I can feel that I will be able to learn it to a point where I can play it naturally and not be so focused on the mechanics of playing that my singing becomes wooden and rote because I can’t focus.  I can feel it come alive in a way that means someday, I’ll be able to write my own songs on it.  And I can’t wait. 🙂

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