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Dancing with your shadow

Here’s a delightful performance by Lindsey Stirling. If you’re not familiar with her — I wasn’t until recently — check this out and see what you think.

I have one of her CDs now, because even without her visual performance, Stirling’s music turns out to be exactly what I like as background music for writing: mostly instrumental, active, strong rhythm. I expect I’ll be picking up other CDs as well.

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6 Comments Dancing with your shadow

  1. Hanneke

    I hadn’t heard of her before, but I liked that! I’ll search out some more of her music.
    Thanks for the tip!

  2. Macsbrains

    I discovered her a few years ago and her tunes have become some of my most played. I grew up mostly listening to classical music, but with my dance background also wanted something with a solid rhythm and she’s really perfect for that. I find lyrics get in the way unless I am actively listening (which I can only do if I devote all of my attention to the music to prevent myself from tuning it out.)

    Now I only wish I could find other artists doing similar things, but I haven’t had any luck finding them. Sometimes video game soundtracks work, but it’s not the same.

  3. Rachel

    I only recently realized (not having a dance background) that a strong rhythm is almost always crucial for me. I never could understand why most classical music left me cold but some was extremely compelling. Not till last year did I finally realized that this is generally due to the presence or absence of a very strong rhythm component.

  4. Elaine T

    Macsbrains I wonder if anime soundtracks would work, especially fight music? Fullmetal Alchemist is full of instrumentals with rhythm that even I notice: Fanfare for the Brave, Versus Homunculus, Battle Scherzo, Knives and Shadows, Crisis in the North, Military March (ok, that last had better have rhythm). And the main theme is a waltz beat. (about the only rhythm I can recognize.)

    Or from Slayers seasons 2 & 3, which the Teen is playing across the room.
    Pike around on Youtube, to see if they suit you.

    I’ve never heard of Lindsey Stirling, but I showed the video above to the Teen who said, “this is old…oh, now it’s Stirling, it’s recent, I know her work, she does stuff with Malukah. … cool video. “

  5. Macsbrains

    The problem with some of the anime soundtracks is that the individual tracks can sometimes be too short. But it does remind me, if you have not tried music from the anime .hack//sign and its sequels (I may have the punctuation wrong on that title off the top of my head) the background audio is amazing, as are the vocal tracks. The composer is KAJIURA Yuki, and I guarantee you will not be disappointed.

  6. Elaine T

    I know that composer – Pandora Hearts, Tsubassa, and Garden of souls/kara no kyokai? Teen says of the latter “soundtrack awesome” series not so much.

    Goes off to poke the site.

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