George Michael, better known to Macjammers as DaddyG, is a professional musician and has been for 40 years, “slugging it out” (and loving every minute) in Seattle, WA (USA).
Typical of many professional musicians, he also has a side job: working in the shipping & receiving department of a local state university. But according to George, he is busier musically than he’s ever been. Along with local stage and studio work, he also performs 3 times a week in Second Life. He also has rubbed elbows with the some of the greatest stars in the music industry, either while touring or while recording in professional studios (especially in San Francisco). Through it all, he’s never lost his sense of humor, his enthusiasm for music, or his artistic vision.
My favorite daddyg tracks:
- Wrong Remedies
- Disarm Yourself by the Puddle Jumpers
- Oasis by the Puddle Jumpers
- Max and I by the Puddle Jumpers
- My Old Friend Jack by the Puddle Jumpers
- I Ain’t No Jukebox with K. J. Corell
- Cuppa with Deidre Kroener
- Tug of War with Vera Wildauer
- Midnight with Dayna Wills, K. J. Cortell
So, I gotta ask… Do you get confused with George Michael (of Wham!)?
“All the time. I’m told I resemble him greatly… When Wham hit the charts my family was at first ecstatic and then alternately confused and disappointed.
“I was invited to a professional songwriters symposium back in ’87 and when I signed up for a class I forgot to put the (USA) after my name and the class filled quickly. When we went around the room to introduce ourselves, the groan was audible when I stood and said “I’m the real George Michael.” *sigh*
What is your Second Life avatar name?
“My avatar name is Lyndon Heart.”
Did you pick something other than George Michael in order to avoid annoying discussions (like this one)?
“Let’s face it, I’ve taken enough abuse in the real world, I didn’t want to start it with Second Life right off the bat.”
Have you had any showdowns with Second Life ‘griefers’ – even without the Wham! connection?
“Most SL participants are friendly and helpful, but there are ‘griefers’ whose aim is purely to cause trouble. A few showed up at a recent online concert I gave, peppering the graphic scene with pornographic images and ‘bumping’ my avatar off the stage. Three of my shows were ‘griefed’ in a row, but we got the names, and those participants were quickly banned.”
How do you handle the SL groupies?
“There is a sexual element to Second Life. That’s probably one of the driving forces behind the world. I don’t participate, but all the avatars are, ahem, anatomically correct, and the imagery is phenomenally real-looking. (more…)