On Friday, December 17th, the Music Road Trip venue welcomed two of Second Life’s most beloved performers - Jaycatt Nico (Marc LePine) and Frogg Marlowe (Jeremy Works) - to its campfire stage for an hour of originals and acoustic-folk favorites.
Marc and Jeremy have know each other for over 40 years, but have been performing music together for 16 . In Second Life, they perform as Effinjay - a fuzzy cat named Jaycatt and a frog with very large, floppy feet named Frogg. To quote their official bio, “Effinjay, was born on the dirty backstreets of suburban Eugene, Oregon in 2005. Aside from a few rare live sightings, they can be found playing their unique blend of Frogg's vocals, guitar, and harmonica, and Jaycatt's piano and harmonies in Second Life to a mostly captive audience of lovers of contemporary, acoustic-folk music.”
When asked what got them interested in music, Marc will tell you it’s all his parents fault. “When I was 10, my parents inflicted culture on me with a piano and I stuck with it,” he says. “Music used to be just a way to entertain myself on car rides, but once Frogg and I became friends, it gave me something awesome to do with him.”
Jeremy, on the other hand, says he was hooked the moment he learned to whistle. “I’ve had a lifelong love/hate relationship with music. It started off as love, but the more I learned the rules, the more I learned to hate that we only have 12 notes (but microtonal music hurt my head right off the bat).”
Both friends not only play, but compose as well. Marc likes to start his song with “unique chord progressions that make me feel all squidgey inside.” Jeremy says he starts off with an idea or thought that pops into his head. “Then, I obsess over it until something with the same rhythm and maybe a rhyme presents itself.”
When it comes to inspiration, Marc says, “Chip Davis and his Fresh Aire series taught me everything I know!” while Jeremy says it was Marcel Marceau who changed his view of the world. “Seeing Marcel Marceau live was a life altering experience. He taught me not everything needs to be lighthearted.”
Effinjay plays regularly in the virtual world of Second Life. To learn more about their weekly shows there, contact Marc LePine at firstname.lastname@example.org
For general inquiries about Second Life - how to get started and listen to amazing live concerts there, contact Jena at Jenaia.email@example.com.
You can learn more about Effingay’s work, listen to samples of their music, and purchase their songs and album at the links below:
Main Shop: http://www.effinjay.com/shop.php
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Sounds wonderful that they have been performing together for so long.