And the Band Played On, Part 2

I need to get new headphones. In my previous post, I stated that the MadPea Cursed Collection did not play music. It does indeed! When the instruments are set on the platform, they play the music from this video, composed by Harter Fall.

Each instrument plays individually as well! So add to the animations, the beautiful mesh construction, the gorgeous textures and the scripting, and you get quite a bang for your Linden at the Arcade . Find out more about Harter’s work on the collection on their website.

And the Band Played On

Band set: MadPea Cursed Collection by Harter Fall for MadPea, available at the Arcade*

  • MadPea Cursed Collection Suitcase – The Stage
  • 1. MadPea Cursed Collection – Harmonica Box
  • 2. MadPea Cursed Collection – Trumpet Box
  • 3. MadPea Cursed Collection – Violin Box
  • 4. MadPea Cursed Collection – Lyra Box
  • 5. MadPea Cursed Collection – Snare Drum Box
  • 6. MadPea Cursed Collection – Tambourine Box
  • 7. MadPea Cursed Collection – Hunting Horn Box
  • 8. MadPea Cursed Collection – Recorder Box
  • 9. MadPea Cursed Collection – Cymbals Box
  • 10. MadPea Cursed Collection – Glockenspiel Box
  • 11. MadPea Cursed Collection – Trombone Box
  • 12. MadPea Cursed Collection – Tuba  Box
  • 13. MadPea Cursed Collection – Bass Drum Box

 

And the Band Played On

And the Band Played On

No one can whistle a symphony. It takes a whole orchestra to play it. ~ Halford Luccock

And the Band Played On

When I received the Mad Pea Cursed Collection gacha set for this month’s Arcade, I wasn’t quite sure what to think. A mysterious message came with it directing me to open the packages with the enclosed tools and then rez all the instruments on the stage platform. As I opened each crate and box (which come with clever animations to replicate unscrewing or crowbarring or loosening bolts), I saw each beautiful instrument emerge and magically move to its spot on the platform, regardless of where I rezzed it on the platform. Very spooky.

And the Band Played On

I had to try each instrument, of course, and they are all scripted to be played as instruments with darling animations. I erroneously stated originally that they don’t play music but they do, which you can find out about here. Since I anticipated wearing the baton and stepping to the podium as instructed, I wore the tuxedo dress Fhara Acacia has at Shiny Shabby and accompanied it with Zuri Rayna’s drop dead gorgeous new jewelry set. I ran to Steffi Villota’s store to get her new Paige applier for the Lelutka mesh head because it was just so gorgeous and topped my look with Chiaki Xue’s messy but elegant ‘do.

And the Band Played On

Ready to go, I stepped up to the podium, baton in hand, and raised my arms. Rather than being “cursed,” the entire set is blessed with whimsy and joy because as the animation started, the instruments raised up on their own and began dancing around the podium with musical notes. I did a little animated gif below to show because a photo just couldn’t explain how awesome this set is. The whole set of gacha pieces, singularly and as a collection, has been constructed with such care and skill and whimsy that I would recommend you run out and jam that machine with your linden. It’s just so fun!

orchestra

Hair: *DG*63 HAIR – MIX COLOR FAT(+Bangs) by Chiaki Xue for Dura *

Mesh head: .LeLutka.Mesh Head-STELLA v1.1 by JadenArt for LeLutka *

Skin applier: DeeTaleZ *Appliers* for LeLutka Heads *Face Paige* MIXED by Steffi Villota

Eyes: IKON Triumph Eyes (left) – Loam by Ikon Innovia for IKON, available at Shiny Shabby *

Lashes: .LeLutka.Kyra lashes.02 by Thora Charron for LeLutka *

Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V3.3 by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

Dress: Ricielli – Tuxedo Minidress /Black by Fhara Acacia for R.icielli, available at Shiny Shabby

Jewelry: Zuri Rayna- Serenity Bracelet- Fall Mocha/Garnet/Onyx by Zuri Rayna for Zuri Jewelry *

Shoes: Essenz – Amsterdam (Maitreya) by Senzati0n Domenitzo for Essenz, available at Shiny Shabby *

Poses: an lar [poses] The Rochester Series by Katya Valeska for an lar poses, available at Shiny Shabby*

Band set: MadPea Cursed Collection by Harter Fall for MadPea, available at the Arcade*

  • MadPea Cursed Collection Suitcase – The Stage
  • 1. MadPea Cursed Collection – Harmonica Box
  • 2. MadPea Cursed Collection – Trumpet Box
  • 3. MadPea Cursed Collection – Violin Box
  • 4. MadPea Cursed Collection – Lyra Box
  • 5. MadPea Cursed Collection – Snare Drum Box
  • 6. MadPea Cursed Collection – Tambourine Box
  • 7. MadPea Cursed Collection – Hunting Horn Box
  • 8. MadPea Cursed Collection – Recorder Box
  • 9. MadPea Cursed Collection – Cymbals Box
  • 10. MadPea Cursed Collection – Glockenspiel Box
  • 11. MadPea Cursed Collection – Trombone Box
  • 12. MadPea Cursed Collection – Tuba  Box
  • 13. MadPea Cursed Collection – Bass Drum Box

And the Band Played On

The Feminine Mystique

The Feminine Mystique

“Each suburban wife struggles with it alone. As she made the beds, shopped for groceries, matched slipcover material, ate peanut butter sandwiches with her children, chauffeured Cub Scouts and Brownies, lay beside her husband at night- she was afraid to ask even of herself the silent question– ‘Is this all?” ~ Betty Friedan, The Feminine Mystique

The Feminine Mystique

When I was in college, I did a paper about the watershed that World War II brought  to women’s liberation. After working in the factories and offices of America while the men were away fighting, women were once again relegated to the homes when the soldiers came home. And they discovered it wasn’t enough. Past the beautiful lawns, the lovely houses, the equipped kitchens, middle-class women were slowly realizing their dissatisfaction with the suburban life.

It’s an irony that women seemed to have it so good but rebelled in the 60s and 70s. I was inspired by a few pieces that have recently come out. This look reminiscent of a 50s housewife made me think of June Cleaver or Harriet Nelson. An easy dress from monlmanl, which she made for Shiny Shabby, is a perfect outfit for our ideal housewife, especially with flats that Senzati0n Domenitzo will be featuring at the Luck of the Irish Gacha (opening on the 10th). A great big handbag from Gianna Brody carries her wallet, head scarf, gloves and tube of lipstick for touchup plus the keys to the big Buick her husband bought her to drive to the grocery store.

Maybe it was because their lives were unfulfilling. With this full array of cleaning items from MadPea’s gacha at the Arcade, a 50s housewife could carry on the task of her womanly duties. The vacuuming and rug-cleaning, the mopping, the window washing, the ironing and the sauna are all covered with these darling pieces, perfect for scattering around your SL house to show you keep clean in your other life. (Remember that the MadPea crew’s top dog comes from a Scandinavian country so sauna supplies are not that odd.)

The Feminine Mystique

Bubbles Clawtooth’s hair was also the inspiration for this look. This drop-dead darling cut, reminiscent of the prettiest of 50s ladies, made my look perfect. I can see this hairstyle easily being used for contemporary looks as well, it’s so versatile and cute. I vamped up Umazuma Metaluna’s skin with firey red lips from Constance Daehlie that she is featuring at Anybody. My pearls are oldies but goodies, hand assembled from prims (!) by Polly Pavlova.

I am floating on a cloud because who wouldn’t dream of this? The dress, the housework, the cleaning. Oh yay.

 

The Feminine Mystique

Hair: Clawtooth: Audrey H. by Bubbles Clawtooth for Clawtooth, available at Collabor88 *

Skin: [theSkinnery] Cristy 1 (toffee) RARE by Umazuma Metaluna for[theSkinnery], available at the Arcade *

Lipstick: #adored – cherub lips – firebrand by Constance Daehlie for #adored, available at AnyBody *

Eyes: #adored – dawn eyes – hazel by Constance Daehlie for #adored *

Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V2.1 by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

Dress: *_M.birdie Story_* kara dress long 5 by monlmanl for birdie, available at Shiny Shabby*

Jewelry: LOGO Everyday Pearls Necklace by Polly Pavlova for LOGO (probably no longer available) *

Handbag: -David Heather-Dolce Purse/A1/Navy by Gianni Broda for David Heather, available at Shiny Shabby*

Shoes: Essenz – Auckland Maitreya by Senzati0n Domenitzo for Essenz, available at The Luck of the Irish *

Poses by Luth Brodie for Reel Expression (no longer available)

MadPea Squeeky Clean! by Wavie Haller and Harter Fall for MadPea, available at the Arcade*

  • MadPea Dust Free
  • MadPea Stainless Toilet
  • MadPea Wrinkle Free
  • Sauna Freshness
  • MadPea Spotless Floors
  • MadPea Sparkling Windows Harter Fall

The Feminine Mystique