From the Library: Music from My Father

I (Gabrielle) am so blessed to have Radio Riel, its staff and you, our lis­ten­ers. It is the cul­mi­na­tion of my life long pas­sion for music, and it is my goal to bring that pas­sion to those of you that lis­ten to Radio Riel. I’ve been influ­enced by music from dif­fer­ent sources through­out my life, but the sin­gle largest influ­ence on who I am musi­cal­ly, and thus what you Riel Audio­philes hear on Radio Riel, is my father.

Burke Riel (actu­al first name, my SL last name) passed away in August 2006. I don’t think it’s a coin­ci­dence that I joined SL in April of that year dur­ing the decline in his health, nor that my first time to play a show on air was in Octo­ber, the show that sowed the seeds for Radio Riel. The ener­gy that you feel from me regard­ing music, the love of it that I express on a reg­u­lar basis, comes direct­ly from my father, because I am exact­ly like him when it comes to music.

Last week my moth­er and I cleaned out his CD col­lec­tion, a great deal of which I brought home with me for use on Radio Riel. Today’s pro­gram is all from his Clas­si­cal music. You will hear a vari­ety of pieces, com­posers such as Bach, Mozart, Scar­lat­ti, Puc­ci­ni and more. And I think you will also hear the “ances­try” of Radio Riel. This is the music that sur­round­ed me as I grew up, the music that influ­ences how I play music on Radio Riel today.

Enjoy it. My father was as much of an enter­tain­er as I am. He would be ecsta­t­ic to know that you find joy in his music today.

Radio Riel pro­duces this pro­gram in con­junc­tion with the Alexan­dri­an Free Library Con­sor­tium of Sec­ond Life. You can lis­ten to the pro­gram now at . Today’s music orig­i­nates from the music library of Gabrielle Riel.

For more infor­ma­tion on the Alexan­dri­an Free Library, cur­rent exhibits and the work of Con­sor­tium mem­bers in gen­er­al, please vis­it the Alexan­dri­an Free Library web­site, or one of their branch­es in-world.

My Father, in the chair, in June 2006
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One Response to “From the Library: Music from My Father”

  1. Steadman Kondor says:

    Won­der­ful trib­ute to Mr Burke Riel 🙂 I look for­ward to hear­ing this

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