Remembering Soliel: Music of Scotland

Some of you may know that our dear friend and col­league, Soliel Snook – Janet in the world out­side Sec­ond Life – passed away yes­ter­day. Today’s pro­gramme is broad­cast in her mem­o­ry, and our thoughts are with her fam­i­ly and friends in the real and vir­tu­al worlds.

I met Soleil in the Sec­ond Life region of Cale­don, soon after I came into the vir­tu­al world in March 2007. She was always won­der­ful to talk to, pre­pared to make help­ful com­ments and give advice, and she soon become a val­ued friend in my life in the vir­tu­al world.

We both became involved in Radio Riel that year and she soon became an inte­gral part of the sta­tion, both behind the scenes and on the air, and I always enjoyed her pro­grammes – often fea­tur­ing jazz or Scot­tish music – and dis­cov­ered that, though she was Amer­i­can, she lived in the Scot­tish High­lands, in a lit­tle town on the North side of the Moray Firth, just across the water from the Find­horn Foun­da­tion, with which she and I shared a con­nec­tion. One day when I was up there, she made the jour­ney round the Firth via Inver­ness and we met in the Kim­ber­ley Inn in Find­horn for the first time in per­son.

We met sev­er­al times in real life after that – and of course in-world, where she devel­oped gar­den cen­tres and a beau­ti­ful French region inspired by Mon­et’s gar­den in Giverny, after which she named it, and was the sub­ject of at least one Design­ing Worlds show.

Even­tu­al­ly she left the High­lands and moved back the the US to start a new life in Flori­da.

Today I’m play­ing a pro­gramme of Scot­tish music in her mem­o­ry, includ­ing some artists she intro­duced me to for the first time.

Good­bye, dear Janet: you will be sore­ly missed by many, in many worlds.

—Richard Elen/Elrik Mer­lin

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