So there we were. All the months of recording, mixing, production, promotion, preparation for the new CD and at last it was time to stand on stage and play it. And it was a blast! We played in three worlds Saturday night. First, to our audience at Soulfood Books. (Thank you all for coming out!) Second, in the virtual world, Second Life. (Thank you all too!) Third, via live streaming video.
The video was a late surprise. We stopped by Soulfood Books Friday night and discovered they’d just added streaming video. I grabbed the url, posted it to my blog and emailed some out of town friends. Compare that to weeks of notices, press releases, emails, phone calls and smoke signals about the other two avenues to watch. And yet more people watched the show by video than any other way.
I’ve been mulling that over. Attending a show is like dating. There’s some commitment involved. You have to choose it over any other possible activity for the evening. You have to dress and get in the car and drive somewhere and be at least minimally sociable. Even though Second Life is easier once you’re familiar with it, you still have to get an account and learn basic skills to manage it.
But video is a slut. YouTube proved that. Ease of access outweighs almost any other consideration. Video and audio quality might suck, but it doesn’t matter. It’s irresistible.
Very well. I’m not proud! Here are the video archives from the CD release party, laid out spread-eagle for you. Just click.