To blend or not to blend? That is the question I have in mind. I first heard Lindsey Stirling’s Crystallize today (I have been looking for new and amazing pieces to better understand my fellow musicians) and let me tell you, my ears were pleased. Her Youtube video has over twenty-four million views and I assume it will continue to grow.
Why is this song so popular? Well, it’s a wonderfully crafted piece that showcases Lindsey’s talent and originality. Anyone could relate to this song. A simple rundown of the piece consists of the following: the violin plays with beautiful melodic sounds in the background and as the song progresses, so does the beats. When the baseline come in, it’s strong and distinct mixing and alternating with the violins sweet melody. Then there’s a break two minutes in where the baseline is silenced and the violin shines independently until the baseline reclaims its place in the piece. Theres a resonant ambient feel to it near the beginning and end with the distinct dubstep baseline in the middle of the piece. The interpretation and skill of Lindsey adds a special kind of mysticism to the song. There is a sense of wonder floating about. The music video was also well crafted. It was filmed in Silverthorne Colorado and was shot by Devin Graham. Lindsey’s choreography throughout can be seen as representing the blend of music.
Of course, after hearing this track I was interested in getting to know the artist and the piece itself. Lindsey Stirling is a classically trained violinist who loves to dance and does so in her videos. Here music and music style is a reflection of her personality. On her blog, she says she gained inspiration from Dr. Masaru Emoto’s experiments on water and crystallization and thoroughly explains why. Apparently, human vibrational energy can have an affect on the molecular structure of water. Pretty cool stuff. In her blog she goes into full detail.
And to the question in mind, I so strongly believe the answer is a yes. A resounding yes! To blend both the subtle and delicate violin, strength and character with the sounds and beats both bold and genteel is a good deal. Lindsey Stirling is definitely a must-see artist.