Popular on YouTube, Lindsey Stirling is an American musician; a violinist, dancer, singer and composer who is known for her upbeat and modern use of the violin.
Her work includes a variety of styles and genres from pop to classical to dubstep and includes covers of songs, with or without vocals, choreographed violin performances with lots of dancing, original songs and professionally made music videos. Additionally, she has worked alongside Pentatonix, Josh Groban, Echosmith and other YouTube musicians and is currently touring throughout America.
I really enjoy modern violin music and Lindsey’s is really fantastic. To check out her music, her YouTube channel is perhaps the number one place to go, click here to go to it. Lindsey’s about page describes her channel very simply: ‘I love to play the violin, dance, write music, edit videos, play dress up, and perform. So, I combined it all together and this is what happened. 🙂 Subscribe to my channel and be updated when I release new music!’
Here’s some examples that I picked out:
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Bryan Adams is a Canadian musician and singer who has been ‘one of the most successful figures of the world of rock music during the last three decades’. He is known for his husky voice and amazing guitar skills. You may well know him already but since I am a huge fan of this man I thought he was worth recommending. Additionally, my Mum is an even bigger fan of him and so is Tom Fletcher from McFly/McBusted (who I also love).
Last November, I saw Bryan Adams live with my Mum and it was genuinely amazing. He has so much energy and he really is a talented singer and guitarist. His music sounded exactly the same, if not better; live even after he had been singing non-stop for over half an hour. That’s another thing, he didn’t take any breaks for the entirety of the show and there were no support bands. When we paid for a ticket to see him, we literally paid to see him. It was incredible.
If you are part of the minority who have never heard of Bryan Adams, then you should check out the following videos:
‘Life is like a roller coaster, live it, be happy, enjoy life.’
‘Well, a lot of people don’t know this about me, but I’m actually shy around people I don’t know. I would just say with my first concert, my first tour, I didn’t really talk onstage. I was like, ‘Thank you, I love you guys,’ or whatever. But now I’ve just kind of learned to work a crowd.’
‘You get built up and put on a pedestal and then people want to bring you down. It can be hurtful. Some people try to make me look bad or not a nice person but it’s completely false.’
‘Why should I care what other people think of me? I am who I am. And who I wanna be.’
‘I have always looked for ways to give back because I think it’s a responsibility we all share.’
‘I’m very free-spirited and crazy. I love to have fun, and I like doing stupid things. At the same time, I’m like a 35-year-old. I have a house. I have a car. I have a steady job. I have a business, and I have to make serious decisions.’
‘I don’t believe war is a way to solve problems. I think it’s wrong. I don’t have respect for the people that made the decisions to go on with war. I don’t have that much respect for Bush. He’s about war, I’m not about war – a lot of people aren’t about war.’
‘I’m very comfortable with how I look. I always have been. I think I look pretty good. There’s nothing I want to change. I’m pretty happy with what I’ve got.’
‘I don’t fight. I don’t believe in it.’
PS. I wanted to let you guys know in advance I won’t be posting this Friday due to the fact I’ll be away in Scotland. 🙂
Recently brought to my attention by a friend, Caro Emerald is a Dutch pop and jazz singer. Her music and her style is very 50s and 60s in its approach. I really enjoy her music and I think this is because it resembles music from the 50s while including elements of a more modern style. In addition, the lyrics to her music, which you may expect to also resemble the 50s, are very modern and praise the independent women and are very feminist. The messages they promote I think are so important.
This is the ‘about’ summary from her YouTube Channel: ‘Full of songs about dancing, flirting and declarations of independence. Her smouldering vocals update the classic Americano sound with a contemporary sheen and suggestive lyrics over a melting pot of sounds and influences – yet the sound is entirely, inimitably that of an exciting new artist capturing hearts and minds across the continent’.
Please check Caro Emerald’s work out:
Here are my TOP 5 songs at the moment. Enjoy!
Jessie J – Masterpiece
Myra – Miracles Happen
Krystal Harris – Super Girl
McBusted – Getting It Out
Ellie Goulding – Love Me Like You Do
‘If you’re climbing the ladder of life, you go rung by rung, one step at a time. Don’t look too far up, set your goals high but take one step at a time. Sometimes you don’t think you’re progressing until you step back and see how high you’ve really gone.’
‘I never smile unless I mean it’.
‘You have to believe in yourself, otherwise you can’t do it. If you don’t believe in yourself, how do expect anyone else to? Because ultimately, you’re the one who has to do it.’
‘I had a rough spot about being a goody-goody Mormon, and not drinking or smoking. But I’m kind of grateful I’ve got this image now. There are no skeletons in my closet. What you see is what you get.’
‘Sometimes people take it for granted that they had success, especially nowadays when you have instant stardom. A lot of people feel entitlement and nobody is entitled to anything.’
‘Romance is alive and well in America, but the 50 percent who can’t make it work fail because of selfishness. It gets down to that. You can’t oversimplify it because every situation is so complex.’
‘Our father taught us such a work ethic that if there’s something worth doing, it’s worth doing well.’
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