The Virtually Live Events project is almost two months old and although its breakneck development has been well-chronicled, many things haven't been said for lack of time. As the details for upcoming events are being finalized, it's a good point to take a moment to look beyond the builds.
VLE is truly a labor of love: love of music, love of creativity and innovation, but, most deeply, love of community. The idea for VL arose out of the simple recognition that music is a prime mover for society. Long before the first paleolithic human gave an invitation-only exhibit of cave drawings, some bonobo monkey mindlessly blowing across a reed riveted the troop with its music. Music is not the universal language because we understand it necessarily, but because it brings us together and moves us. It is that internal awakening that lets us know we all experience life in the same ways.
Speaking personally, I've been overwhelmed by the response to the project. Even before the 23 September launch, people have been incredibly supportive. The development team, each member exceptionally knowledgeable, talented, and energetic, could be doing many other things with their time. Instead, each absolutely refusing compensation, prefers to enjoy the experience of giving to the community what is evolving into a very special gift. Their generosity has spurred all kinds of activity around the Openlife grid and the number of people involved continues to expand. The community has been moved and is coming together seemingly effortlessly.
Everyone is excited for when the real music starts. Both musician and non-musician visitors to Virtually Live have been taken aback by the venue. I'm as critical as they come concerning design and development in virtual worlds and even I smile each and every time I login to the island. Warm, inviting, and well-executed with its hangout, tweeting/talking/dispensing hawwt coffee machine, and performance venues, Virtually Live is meant to be enjoyed by all, event day or not, and provides a wonderful focal point for the community. Everyone is encouraged to embrace it as their own, listen for the music, and be moved.