• Carmen Cardone

Max Kleene & Fly Kugin @ Love Kats Kat Vargas Memorial MS Benefit



Everyone is here today to honor Kat Vargas who recently died. She managed many Second Life singers and musicians including Max and Fly Kugin who I am blogging about today. She was the manager of Max and Fly among many others. I know that she managed Max from his beginning in 2006. Many live performers in sl depended on her so they are here today to remember her.

The memorial is at Love Kats and when I arrived the place was packed, what a tribute to Kat for so many to come and remember her. I have been to many memorials in Second Life, and I have to say that this community has always stood behind others who have passed.


Max and Fly start out with a great song Humble and Kind by Tim McGraw. The vocals of Max and the tone quality of Fly's violin automatically overwhelms you. I am sure for the people who knew Kat this probably brought tears to their eyes along with memories they had of her. There is something to be learned here with this song, always be Humble and Kind.

Next song is Somewhere Only We Know by Keane. The two of them are performing such a great tribute. I don't think they have any idea how much this means to the audience listening to them today. Max and Fly are doing a great job of picking songs for this memorial. Each song has lyrics in them that you can relate to their friend.

They continue with Wild World by Cat Stevens and then She's Always a Woman by Billy Joel. Kat will always be a woman to them and their friend. I am sure this song has some relevance to these two as they sing it. A great Beatles song is next Yellow Submarine.

They continue with a Maroon 5 song called Memories, so appropriate! Here's to the ones that we got, cheers to the wish you were here, but you're not Kat :-(

Next song I am so familiar with because I am from the area this next artist who sang this song is from Alex Bevan and the song is Gun Fighters Smile. Now on to Street Spirit by Radiohead.

Somewhere Over the Rainbow the version by the great Israel "IZ" Kamakawiwo'ole is next. That is where we will see you Kat, Somewhere Over the Rainbow.

The last song for the memorial is Imagine by John Lennon, what a great choice.

This memorial was so wonderful from the great performances by Max and Fly Kugin to all the people that attended. It was such a great choice for Max to bring in the lovely violin talent of Fly I really think it made this special and a day that Kat would have been so pleased with.

Memories bring back Kat, at least that is what this did today for everyone. Don't ever forget her and what she did for so many.

As Max put it, "Kat will always remain a force in live music in Second Life."

If you would like to help support the MS Society, the link is below.

https://www.nationalmssociety.org/