Holy smokes! Never have I ever ran into a piece of music that I had to pause because I couldn't wait to start talking about it!
May I introduce you to Lindsey Stirling!
|Isn't she the cutest thing? This picture's from her Facebook music page.|
This song, "Crystallize" was my first impression. I don't know if you're a fan of dubstep or violins, but I hope you appreciate the mix of the two.
My friend Kyla posted the link to my Facebook wall, and I had to share! I started to look up a few of her other pieces. Here are my favorites.
Man, you can tell just by the few few moments of watching her on these videos, this girl loves what she does. I can't help being enamored and the tiniest bit jealous at the same time. I took violin instruction for 7 years then messed around with improv in music groups during my four years of college, but I never reached this level of comfort or freedom with my instrument. Lindsey's got mad skills, and I feel like a part of myself has found this rare chance to come alive in her performances. (I'll even point out these especially and delightfully nerdy videos to prove my point of how I feel we're distant kindred spirits: The Zelda theme and Lord of the Rings.) If you're looking for even more wow factor, check out her taped audition for Barrage which is a large group of fabulous dancing fiddlers who blew my socks off at our first meeting.
Now, if you'll pardon me, I have to go listen to the my new favorite cover of "Party Rock Anthem" one more time before I go to sleep and dream happy dreams with an awesome soundtrack. Ahh, the interlude sends me soaring! What a uniquely sweet voice for this typically harder song. Dang, I gotta get back to playing more music soon.
One more thing, because I know you were wondering, she does have sheet music available for some of her most popular pieces! Check it out here!