Saturday, June 21, 2014

The AMAZING Lindsey Stirling
(This review updated as of 2/6/2016.)

Let's face it: most entertainment in today's world ranges from mildly vulgar to flat-out obscene. There really is a shortage of good quality, wholesome, entertainment.Fortunately, there are some high-quality, family-friendly options that can be enjoyed by all ages. Here is my favorite:

Lindsey Stirling is an independent performer (violin and dance) who is nothing short of amazing. She is an incredible violin player (while dancing!), and always gives energetic performances. You really have to watch one of Lindsey's videos to get a true sense of her unique style.

I love watching Lindsey Stirling's videos on You Tube. The music is great and the videos are highly imaginative, fun, and extremely well-done. So much of enjoying her performance is watching her move and dance, and especially watching her smile and have fun. She so obviously enjoys performing, and it really shows through on her face. I was/am so impressed with the visual impact of her videos that I only rarely just listened to her music, even though I do own both her CDs. Turns out that was a mistake.

Some time ago I began listening to her recent CD "Shatter Me" after I go to bed at night. I often have trouble sleeping, and thought listening to music would help relax me. For the first time I really listened, just listened, to Lindsey's music, without the (wonderful) visual distractions of her videos. There, in the dark, without any distractions, I was able to listen to her music, to concentrate for the first time on just the sound of her violin-playing. It was awesome. Really beautiful. What she does with the violin is truly amazing.

As much as I enjoy watching her performance, just listening to it revealed so much more. Lindsey is a truly talented individual.

Lindsey has two albums out - her self-titled debut album and her sophomore album, Shatter Me. She also has a DVD of her London concert. I've been watching the DVD lately and love it. Her concerts are definitely fun and energetic, to say the least. I look forward to attending one of her concerts in person one day.

Best of all, Lindsey's performances are not only beautiful and fun, but wholesome entertainment that can be enjoyed by all ages. The YouTube video for her song "Elements" is below. Its probably my favorite, although both Stars Align and Roundtable Rival come in a close second. Its so hard picking a favorite. There's literally not a video of hers that I don't like.

Her first book came out in January of 2016. It is a memoir of her "unconventional journey" as "a classically trained musician gone rogue," entitled The Only Pirate at the Party.

Elements - Lindsey Stirling (Dubstep Violin Original Song)

Lindsey also does collaborations with other artists. Her collaboration with Pentatonix on Radioactive won a You Tube music award in 2013. She's also done collaborations with many others, including Peter Hollens, The Piano Guys, and Lzzy Hale. Here is a Star Wars parody video she did with Peter Hollens

Star Wars Medley - Lindsey Stirling & Peter Hollens

Where To Find Lindsey Stirling

Lindsey Stirling on You Tube (music video channel)

Lindsey Stirling on You Tube (other videos)

Lindsey Stirling's Website

Lindsey Stirling on Twitter