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Song I wrote: I Don’t Really Celebrate Christmas

I was inspired to write this a couple nights ago at work, where I’m a night cashier at a convenience store. A man asked me out of the blue if I got my Christmas shopping done, and I made the mistake of joking that I’m beginning to think the Jehovah’s Witnesses have the right idea. He then began, in dead earnest, telling me why Jehovah’s Witnesses have the wrong idea. It wasn’t a remotely awkward moment at all.

(Chorus:)
Oh, I don’t really celebrate Christmas
At least not how you do
It’s not like I got anything against it
It’s just not what I do
I don’t go in for Midnight Mass
Making lists or checking them twice
I don’t really celebrate Christmas
But I do hope yours is nice!

(spoken) No no, I’m not Jewish either. Or Jehovah’s Witness. Take it easy.

Don’t get me wrong, I like the lights
And wreaths and mistletoe
I’m rather fond of caroling
And new December snow (but just a little bit)
No I haven’t got my shopping done
I don’t intend to start
And no I don’t plan to cook a ham
Or mail six hundred cards, ’cause

(Chorus)

(spoken) No, please, I’m not interested in why they have the wrong idea. It was a joke, chief.

Look, I don’t want to go to shops I hate
With funds I haven’t got
For people I don’t really know
Or else don’t like a lot
And yes, I’m working Christmas Eve
I know what you’re gonna say
Just save it please and buy your smokes
While I get holiday pay, ’cause

(Chorus)

(spoken) Seriously, now you’re going to ask me why I don’t? Haven’t you been listening to the lyrics?
You shouldn’t ask questions you don’t want the answers to, you know.
Well… just remember, you asked…

I tried to believe since I was young
I just can’t help but doubt it
The whole idea just seems far-fetched
When you think about it
And if you do, that’s well and good
Your freedom I applaud
It’s just my personal belief:
There’s no such thing as… Santa.

(Chorus)

(spoken while fading out)

I mean, come on, seeing you when you’re sleeping and knowing when you’re awake? Let’s be adults here.
And how can he be everywhere at once, and yet, nobody sees him?
Well, milk and cookies are hardly conclusive evidence.
So how come bad kids get XBoxes, and good kids who happen to be poor get, like, an orange in their stocking?
Oh no, not “mysterious ways”. Please.

Copyright 2012 Laura J. Foster aka Mistletoe Ethaniel. If you make money off this, I want some.

Posted in entertainment, events, party

December Babies Birthday Party – Dec 10

Do you have a birthday in December?  Do you get tired of your birthday being overshadowed by that OTHER occasion what happens in December?  Had it with people saying “Here’s your birthday-SLASH-Christmas present”? Did your mom ever make you a freakin’ Rudolph cake for your ninth birthday?

OK maybe that last one was just me.  Hello, my name is Mistletoe Ethaniel, and my birthday is December 22nd.  I’ve decided to take matters into my own hands and throw a birthday party for ALL us December Babies: with cake, and presents, dancing to great music (NONE of it Christmas music) and fireworks!  Yes, I’m returning to Toot Toot’s Carolina Pub on Monday, December 10th, at 6PM to bring you all these great things, because for December Babies, the best birthday present is often just acknowledging the birthday!

Don’t have a birthday in December?  Hey that’s fine, because it’s not a party without lots of friends and family along to celebrate with us!  You’re not required to bring a present (but if you do, leave the word “slash” at the door), just bring your dancing shoes and all your friends to party down with us!

Here’s how you get there, and I’ll see you tomorrow night!

Posted in events, music, OpenLife, party, performing, raving

Virtually Live Events opener yesterday

Other than some glitch that wouldn’t make me stop dancing (no matter how many times I clicked “stop animations”, it would start up again), I had a very nice time at yesterday’s big opener for VLE. I don’t know what the final peak number of attendants turned out to be (was it 32, did I hear?) but I know it was very well attended and a quality performance.

The first performer to take the stage was Junivers Stockholm. Personally, his style of music isn’t my favorite; the phrase “if you like that sort of thing” comes to mind when I think of what to say to anyone who didn’t make it to the show to hear for himself. It was a lot of techno background and effect-pedal tricks which made for lengthy, meandering songs. Kind of like the longer intros into newer Pink Floyd songs, only to me it was like the song never quite began. Again, this is my personal taste in musical style and not meant to disrespect Junivers’ musical ability. The guitar playing was clean and harmonious, the sound quality very good. Technically very good, stylistically not my cup o’tea.

Next was Zorch Boomhauer, whose performance was a sharp contrast to the previous one. He didn’t have dancing girls or an electronic orchestra or effect pedal; it was just him and his guitar and his own original songs. I can best describe his voice as a blend between Cat Stevens and Jimmy Buffet, with the addition of a charming accent when he speaks. I have to brag a little: his suit and hair were my own creation, commissioned by Shai a few weeks before his performance.

So the performances seemed to me to be a fascinating contrast: the first felt more image than substance, the second more substance than image. All in all, a fine opener. I think VLE is/will be a fine starting point for musicians in OL, but I hope it doesn’t take the attitude of becoming the only venue.

Posted in Cat Agus Cu, events, music, party, performing, raving

Cat Agus Cu’s LIVE debut in OpenLife!

Today (the 19th) marks our first performance in OpenLife, and we hope you’ll be able to join us! We’re doing a half-hour mini-concert for Virtually Live Events’ Seasonal Party at 10PM GMT (which is 5PM Eastern, or 2PM Pacific). Himself and I will sing Christmas songs for the event, so likely several you’ve never heard from us before!

If you can’t make it inworld, you can go to this site at the time of our performance to hear us online. We’ll have our tip jar if you’re feeling generous, or you can support us via PayPal:

The event is to help support Medecins Sans Frontiers (Doctors Without Borders). We hope we “see” you at Virtually Live: Virtual Life, Real Music! Read more about them here

Posted in day-to-day, I wrote this, music, OpenLife, song

The Content Creator (song)

(c) 2009 L. Foster
Tune: “The Moonshiner”, Irish Traditional

(chorus:)
I’m a builder, I’m a scripter
I’m a performer too
This whole grid was built
by the things that we do
(I’m) done lining your pockets
With my hard-earned cash
It’s off to a new grid
Where I’ll rez till I crash

I’ve been an SL-er for over a year
I’ve made stuff from clothing to houses to beer
I pay for uploading, I pay when I sell
I pay for my land and to cash out as well

(chorus)

I’m taking my talents to a new count-er-y
I’ll sell all my lindens and go on a spree
I’ll get my own region for a quarter the price
And with triple the prims it’ll surely be nice

(chorus)

Oh Lindens, oh Lindens, how did I love thee
But you’ll never rest till you take all from me
So bless content makers and buyers of goods,
For you ne’er more will see me in this neighborhood!

(chorus)

Posted in I wrote this, love, music, personal, relationships, song

Tell me

I don’t know when it happened
Can’t put my finger at the start
But by and by it got to where
I’d let you in my heart
Maybe that first and only time
your lips had met with mine
And now today I burn inside
Every time we part

It seemed so very simple
I was always in control
Lonely nights and secrets
Began to take their toll
And fear and fantasy
Got their hooks in me
This love’s become a cancer
And it eats into my soul

(Refrain: )
Just tell me
Tell me you don’t love me
Tell me you don’t want me
It’s all you have to say
Then I can break free from this chain
Begin to heal from all this pain
And if it isn’t true, just say it anyway
Tell me that you just don’t feel that way

Some day I hope you’ll understand
Just why I had to leave
I never meant to hurt you
Never wanted you to grieve
It’s more than just a game
This poison love became
I won’t let it destroy us both
And it would, I believe

So (refrain)

(c)2009 Laura Foster

Posted in business in SL, Cat Agus Cu, music, nightclub, out of character, performing, rant

Wait, what?!

Excuse me, but… WHAT?!

This apparent authority on the music in SL business is under the impression that it’s the artists trying to make a living who are to blame for… whatever it is he’s blaming for. An apparent “crisis”.

If there is a crisis in SL music, it was largely created by the artists. The solution to the problem is not inventing new sources of income, but revisiting the very reason that SL Live music exists. Is it a source of exposure and an avenue to sell CD’s? or is it an alternative Performance Platform to rival RL and as such generate a living?

Each Musician will have to answer that for themselves. But if they truly want to help the Venues, as they claim in these discussions, then they should reduce their fees, in line with the real state of the SL economy, Share the tips with the Venues, and Stop Competing with those who they claim to be helping.

We already charge about a tenth what we’d ask in RL for a gig. If someone honestly offered us $14 in RL to play an hour at their place, we wouldn’t even bother to call them back. Cab fare there and back would total more than that. For gigs at our virtual home pub, we take even less than that, totalling about $8 (Yes, our gigs, attended or not, are paid for by the Entertainment Fund, if at a huge discount.). If I played out on the street and didn’t get more than $8 in one hour, I’d call it a lousy day.

And while it’s often considered a courtesy for the musicians to tip the venue that hired them, it’s not expected. In addition to undercutting our rate even more, the poster suggests we share the tips that we earn with the venue. At the risk of sounding totally mercenary, they are the ones paying us to play, not the other way around.

So to even suggest that we as musicians are still charging too much to play is laughable at best. If there’s a “crisis” in music, it’s that live music has become so devalued that musicians are finding it less and less worthwhile to even bother doing it.

I know I am.

Posted in Cat Agus Cu, rant

Just don’t call us Angus.

I have to kind of chuckle that a lot of people spell our band’s name “Cat Angus Cu”. I’m sure lots of the time it’s a typo; your hands just kind of make the word that feels more familiar. But just for the sake of clarification, we have neither a Scotsman nor a cow in our band. “Agus” is the Irish-gaelic word for “and” (often the only one I’ll recognize when I hear a song performed in Gaelic). “Cat”, thankfully, is the same word in both languages so it’s nice and easy to remember. “Cu” (which should have an accent over the “u”) actually means “hound”; the word for “dog” is “madra” but that doesn’t scan nearly as nicely. It lacks the brevity and alliteration.

Also, while I’m just talking about myself (in a blog? Perish the thought!) and the band, I wanted to mention why we don’t say we play “Celtic” music. I’m sure when people say “Celtic” in the case of our music what they mean is “Irish and Scottish”; in which case the word “Gaelic” may be more appropriate. “Celtic” refers to a group of languages, the speakers of which include not only Ireland, Scotland, and Wales; but also Cornwall (in England), Brittany (in France), Galicia (in Spain), Cape Breton (in maritime Canada), and other far-flung places as well.

Well, fair enough, you may say, but what I was referring to was the genre of music. And while it’s true that Irish Trad music often gets lumped into the same category, it’s still not correct. If you ever want a good glaring- and possibly yelling-at, go to a pub in Boston and compliment the seisun musicians on the “Celtic” music they’re playing. To most Trad musicians, Celtic means Enya or Lord of the Dance: new-age, synthesizers, modern compositions. Instead, compliment them on the Irish music. Not only is it more accurate, it sounds more appreciative as well.

Posted in Cat Agus Cu, events, Glendalough, music, performing

Cat Agus Cu LIVE today 1PM SLT

Come join us at a NEW venue, Lilly’s Irish Pub in Glendalough, today at 1 PM SLT (4PM Eastern, 9PM GMT)! If you’ve never heard Cat Agus Cu before, you’re in for a real treat. Come and hear Irish and Scottish traditional music, some jigs and reels, drinking songs, and some cry-in-your-ale ballads performed LIVE via stream at Lilly’s.

More about Cat Agus Cu here.

SLUrl to Lilly’s here.

About the Venue: Lilly’s is a casual modern-day small Irish pub. It’s got a big dance floor and some seating at tables, at the bar, and on couches. It’s in a Mature sim so “language” is OK. Voice is disabled for the sake of DJ’s and performers.

Posted in Cat Agus Cu, events, music, nightclub, performing

Cat Agus Cu LIVE 6:30 PM SLT

Join Cat Agus Cu for an hour of live Irish traditional and folksy songs and tunes at Grizzy’s Cafe, in North Bound. We’ll play our blend of toe-tappin’ jigs and reels, fun drinking songs, and cry-in-your-ale ballads starting at 6:30 PM SLT (9:30 PM Eastern, 2:30 AM GMT) and we hope to see you there!

About the Venue: Grizzy’s is a PG, modern-day establishment with dance machines for both “regular” sized and Tiny avatars. Downstairs is the dance floor, upstairs is their game room with a variety of retro arcade games. They’re a great group of people and we look forward to joining them again!