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Lindsey Stirling
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What Lindsey Stirling does is pop music.  Her performances are true to that, and she's not afraid to have fun with her playing.

I don't think it is that she doesn't do what she does well, so much as some folks having a tendency to lose respect for someone holding a violin if the sound that comes out of it isn't classical or some accepted folk fiddle style.  That is having an overly limited view of an incredibly versatile instrument, in my opinion.

It's good pop/dance music, and respectable for that.

The pajamas don't phase me one way or the other.  I raised three daughters.  LOL

@Oliver:  So get yourself some pajamas and give it a shot!   You never know, you could be the next big star...

"This young wine may have a lot of tannins now, but in 5 or 10 years it is going to be spectacular, despite the fact that right now it tastes like crude oil. You know this is how it is supposed to taste at this stage of development." ~ Itzhak Perlman

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She found her niche. She is part of what makes the violin special, Variety. :)

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Barry said
...and Violin teachers love her as there has been a surge of young girls influenced by her taking up violin... its all good

True Barry. But I think there are going to be 'lot' of disappointed girls out there when they find out that it's very difficult. 

But hopefully we'll have a few that actually get there :)

Seen it all. Done it all. Can't remember most of dunno ..... What was I saying???? facepalm

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If I were her manager I would be working hard on a Lindsay Halloween clothing line.

Big bux there!

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As far as how many "get there."  hummm

Many call me optimistic or think maybe my goals and dreams are too high. I say there will be more than a few people that can attain to Lindsey's levels and dreams. I believe in music and I believe in dreams coming true.treble-1226

There is not a limit on the numbers of great playing or great dreams being fulfilled.  There tends to be a limit on hard work and drive.

  • The more we want our dreams to come truefish
  • The more we get behind our dreamsexactly
  • The more we put ourself around people who get get behind usdone

.........then the more we can soar.dancingnote

Caution... a dose of dreams and optimism.. good ahead.. choke it down..it wont hurt.gold_stargold_stargold_star and a bit of a soapbox....facepalmfacepalmfacepalm

I know there are still all kinds of notions that people can only do certain things at a certain age, and I can't really accept that.  I know there are physical limitations for athletes. Even if I could perform five double axels in the ice rink and a triple, I could not keep up or be accepted as an olympic ice skater.  I get that.  

But...   Is there a physical limitation on someone being a musical great at a late date?  I mean is there some reason a 60 year old can't turn in to a great musician? I don't believe that is the case.  Just because I haven't seen it, or it is not encouraged in our society, I just do not believe that it is not possible to be what we want.cool

American Idol puts an age frame on who they want to back as a star/idol.  29 years old, and they lowered the age to even let 15 year old compete.  That tells us what we are fed as a society.  It shows us a lot of the value that is put on youth.   I get that..but I don't buy into it and I don't believe it and I won't let it affect my dreams.cheerleader

We don't have to accept all these notionsviolin and then kill our dreams or the dreams of others.  Anything is possible, the sky is the limit.  violin

....tippy toe-ing off soap box..

Three cheers for dreams, hard work, and one day you might wake up and find yourself awake in your own real dream, living the life you wanted as a violinist or fiddler or bunny_pole_dancerbunny_pole_dancerit could happen. 

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I don't think that every person that gets inspired to look into violin and maybe give it a try actually expects to suddenly become Lindsey Stirling.  Most people, regardless of age, are actually more sensible than that.

But so far as role models go, one could go a darn sight worse than Lindsey Stirling. 

Will they "get there"?   Well, if "there" means achieving the same level of fame/etc.. Odds are steep on that, no matter what genre of music or what a person does.  But some will, you never can tell.  Like they used to say about the lottery.. "If you don't play, you can't win.."  (Hmm.. that would be a good motto to add to the wall in my music corner)

But if "there" means to learn some music, be comfortable expressing creativity with a musical instrument, maybe also have some fun dancing around or wearing costumes and making videos if they are so inclined?  Yes, I think some of them will.  I like to think more than a few will manage that.

I feel that dreams and getting inspired by performers one sees are important parts of what keeps music alive.

So.. thumbs-up

"This young wine may have a lot of tannins now, but in 5 or 10 years it is going to be spectacular, despite the fact that right now it tastes like crude oil. You know this is how it is supposed to taste at this stage of development." ~ Itzhak Perlman

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LS is only evidence of a society without direction so any direction is possible.

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This forum never ceases to amaze me for the occasional bits of inspiration and wisdom that get stated here.

"a society without direction so any direction is possible"

That is a very positive and powerful idea, Oliver.  It transcends limits.  I like it!

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"This young wine may have a lot of tannins now, but in 5 or 10 years it is going to be spectacular, despite the fact that right now it tastes like crude oil. You know this is how it is supposed to taste at this stage of development." ~ Itzhak Perlman

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I like her "uplifted" attitude and her "spunk". Kinda reminds me of my daughter.

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Definitely, Ken!

She reminds me a bit of one of my daughters as well.  Although Lindsey's costumes and dance routines are maybe a bit tame, by comparison.  But Lindsey is a youngster, and it's not really a fair comparison there.

My middle daughter dances and also runs a dance/performer troupe of over 30 professional entertainers that have toured all over the US. 

She took violin for a bit when she was a youngster, but dropped it after a while of not showing up for lessons or practising.  It just wasn't her time to get serious about an art yet.  But she found her art in her mid-20s and worked hard, got good at it and went pro.  Originally it was just a hobby for exercise, though. 

You find a dream, you either chase it hard or you spend a lot of years wondering what might have happened if you had. 

We're proud of her.  I'll get down off the soapbox, though, before I go from "bragging parent" to plugging her gigs or biz here. LOL

I look at Lindsey, and I see somebody else's daughter.  Talented kid, and I am sure her parents, family and friends are all proud of her as well.  It's the folks that know how hard you've worked at something that will know enough to be proud of you for it.

"This young wine may have a lot of tannins now, but in 5 or 10 years it is going to be spectacular, despite the fact that right now it tastes like crude oil. You know this is how it is supposed to taste at this stage of development." ~ Itzhak Perlman

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Hey, I found a buzz to get over LS.  Midori is pregnant!   Now we will find out about starting the violin early :)

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ROFL, I can see my daughter in her too.

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Looks like it was a fun event.  Neat concept, using a bunch of wireless speakers.

It will probably ruffle the usual folks' feathers, but I'll say it anyway.. She's playing good.

"This young wine may have a lot of tannins now, but in 5 or 10 years it is going to be spectacular, despite the fact that right now it tastes like crude oil. You know this is how it is supposed to taste at this stage of development." ~ Itzhak Perlman

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I enjoyed this performance a lot.  What fun!

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Hum... I had no idea she was 27.  I was thinking younger.

She ooozes of youth and energy and spunk and spirit.

I applaude what she has done with her violin career.

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Eight years later, what are the thoughts on Lindsey now? Is she the same now as she was then? Has she improved? Is she still a possible inspiration to young people to take up violin?

Personally I like much of what she does and it is fun to watch her performances.

The old curmudgeon!

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My favorite is her most current Holiday videos!  

I really like that her arrangements are fairly complex, but her fiddle playing shines throughout each Holiday!  Not sure if she's any 'better' than 5 years ago, but still great!

"Joy To The World"

"O Holy Night" 

"Snow Waltz"! 

https://i.pinimg.com/736x/6f/78/37/6f7837bd3a733350d7df07465a605bfe--winter-fairy-disney-films.jpg

This last video was posted in the Halloween thread, but they are all the same album.  It's like "The Nightmare Before Christmas" - GREAT for the whole Holiday Season!  I like when she's included other dancers/characters, too.

I've been enjoying playing along with it for fun. 

- Emily

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I think she’s made a huge improvement. No matter what, she’s always been miles ahead of what I’ll ever do. But when you watch the new challenges she throws herself into, it’s inspiring. I think people are overall too hard on her.

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People need to realize that Lindsey is not a classical violinist. She has said so in interviews. Lindsey is an entertainer. She loves to dance and she loves her violin, and was smart enough and talented enough to put the two together to entertain and have fun doing it.

There is no musician around who is on the mark with notes all the time. She is constantly being compared to classical violinists, She cannot be compared to a violinist who just stands there and plays or pop or fiddle music either. That is not who she is. She is a dancing violinist who is very talented and is getting younger people interested in the violin. 

I bet Hillary Hahn cannot dance like that and play a violin and hit every note and every beat. As talented as she is, she is in a different category. As are all violinists who do not dance while playing their violins.

I love the freedom and expression Lindsey Stirling emits. If I were given the option of tickets to watch and listen to Lindsey Stirling or a regimented violinist, I would always choose to be entertained by Lindsey Stirling.

Just my opinion. I have nothing against Hillary Hahn or other violinists, I just prefer the entertainment and selections chosen by Lindsey Stirling. She brings the music to life.

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Fun reading over the views at the beginning of this & earlier threads! 

Here's another one about Lindsey that was also started back in 2011 - spurred a lot of comments! 

Hip hop violin and dancing Thread

 

And this one from 2014. 

Lindsey Stirling Thread

 

She definitely has become a very successful, professional performer!

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