I have written frequently about Esperanza Spalding. I am a huge fan, in part because she gives hope that studied, complex music is not a dead form for young musicians and she promotes the dream of innovation and the future, not just in music but in general (which we don’t have enough of nowadays). Add to that, she is an absolutely beautiful young woman whose story is quite amazing. Raised in a lower-income area by a single mom who worked many jobs to get her through school, she is a testament to the encouragement of the many adults in her life who got her where she is and nurtured her passion and talent. At age 20, she was on the faculty at the Berklee College of Music, and at age 23, she won the Grammy for Best New Artist (beating Justin Bieber). What an amazing role model for girls!
I tried to look like Esperanza, complete with upright bass from Paul Ge. (This one comes with poses and music. When I contacted Paul to inquire about it, he gave me a money back guarantee, which guaranteed I would not ask him based on his attentive customer service.) Esperanza always dresses fashionably, elegantly, and age appropriately. I wore this rather sophisticated dress by machang Pichot (that I did snag at the 50% off sale) for Esperanza’s performance tonight to echo an outfit she wore to perform at the White House.
What makes the look is this fantastic hair from Neveah Niu who knows that a girl doesn’t always want straightener or short hair, and Esperanza wears her hair like this typically. I love this hair—I will definitely wear it again. Anzhela Karsin made my skin, which is one of the few skins in SL that I have found that seems to capture a black woman’s features and looks without just being a skin colored darker and made from a white skin. The shape is of my own making—Esperanza is a tiny woman. Imagine lugging that bass around!
Check out this fortunate accident I created…. I was finding all the links above to plug into this blog and somehow threw one of the links on the prim behind me. So while I wrote this, I enjoyed Esperanza on the NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert.
I don’t expect to ever taste the fruit
My life devoted could bring forth
I almost believe
Well I do believe
Oh the path to peace is endless
So, choosing to close our eyes makes our faults mendless
Of this I’m sure enough
I won’t give up
I’m sure enough
~ “Espera” by Esperanza Spalding
Hair: ICONIC JoJo-Blackpack* by Neveah Niu for ICONIC
Hairbase: AD hair base – black by Queue Marlowe for Analog Dog
Skin: Rhianna M1by Anzhela Karsin for Angelskins *
Shape: by me
Eyes: FASHISM ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Dark Brown (ML) by Ikon Innovia for FASHISM *
Dress: AOHARU_BT_TweedFeminineDress_Purple by machang Pichot for AOHARU
Necklace: “R.A.Crystal”*Frola* white & platinum necklace brooch on chest by Rama Anatine for R.A.Crystal
Shoes: N-core SEDUCTION XtremeHeel “Silver” BOXED by Claire Messenger for N-core
Bass: Upright bass (Wearable) Updated by Paul Ge for Mainland Music Instruments