Five years ago, in 2012, I brought home my first smartphone and before I really got to play with it, I remember my roommate inviting me over to Bluebeard coffee in Tacoma where he was studying, which was down the street from our South 15th street apartment. He really loved that place, even though he is not a coffee drinker. He even bought a logo T-shirt a painting off the wall!
I sat there at the window seating, staring at my touchscreen blankly, fingers hovering over motionless, wondering what to do with it first. I’ll need music, of course, so let’s get an app for that! I discovered Pandora, and thought it a good idea to add a station that played video game music, also of course. In between songs from the soundtrack, a violinist to dubstep music came on. It was one of those, okay, what is this moments that compelled me to look at the screen and hit that thumbs up button. That was the moment that Lindsey Stirling would forever be my go-to Pandora station for all upbeat music needs, whether during exercise or driving, doing dishes or visualizing a story in the dark in my mostly empty room. I watched one of her music videos, Crystallize, and thought it was very cool how she had so many talents on display with her YouTube channel.
Flash forward to present. Last week, I’m listening again, and another one of those songs comes on that just stops me in my tracks. Okay, Lindsey, what have you come up with this time is my thought as I hit that replay button (the song was “The Arena”, by the way). I got tired of hitting the replay button and bought the whole dang album. Then I realized, I haven’t visited her YouTube page in almost five years. What?!
Now I wish I hadn’t, because now I’m JEALOUS!
It happened when I saw this:
Why am I jealous? Because I wanted to make music videos like this animated one! With the simple stylized graphics and visual storytelling and all, and nine million views? She is living the dream (need I shamelessly plug my Dragon Warrior music video previsualization again?).
What’s more is that there seems to be a treasure-trove of hidden gems in the form of symbols and metaphor laden throughout this as well as her other amazing and best-ever music videos. Why haven’t I noticed this before?
And why haven’t I noticed Dia Frampton before? I should have — she shared the stage with Vicci during the finals of The Voice Season 1, except I didn’t watch any of it other than Vicci’s audition on YouTube back then (I’m a terrible fan, I know).