GRAPHIC BY YING YANG
By CHARIS QI
It will definitely be Warmer in the Winter this year.
Lindsey Stirling, American violinist, dancer, performance artist and composer recently released her newest Christmas-themed album Warmer in the Winter. The album was produced all while Stirling was filming new music videos, practicing in tour rehearsals, and competing in the ABC television series Dancing with the Stars (DWTS).
Although she has a busy schedule, Stirling displays the span of her talent and ability in Warmer in the Winter.
The album includes covers of Christmas classics such as “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy,” and “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch,” both having a pop twist, and originals, such as “Christmas C’mon” and the title track, “Warmer in the Winter.” Some songs were collaborations, such as “Time to Fall in Love,” featuring Alex Gaskarth from All Time Low. With these songs, Stirling redefines the Christmas music everyone loves and enjoys.
In first track, “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy,” electronic instruments are used to enhance the original tune of the classic and make the song more upbeat. In turn, Stirling’s rendition of the classical tune contrasts to the serene tone with a bold dubstep background that modernizes the song, making the song very unique.
Moreover, Stirling’s collaboration with major artists contributes to the album’s worth. For instance, in “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch,” Stirling collaborated with on the rise artist Sabrina Carpenter, whose strong voice combine with Stirling’s violin to make a perfect duo. What once was a children’s Christmas song, “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” became a catchy pop song fitting to rise to the top of charts. Stirling and Carpenter’s unique rendition will no doubt draw viewers in, once more popularizing Christmas music.
Overall, Stirling’s collaboration with well-known artists in the music industry such as Becky G and Alex Gaskarth shows her rising position in the industry. In an age where music plays a huge role in many people’s lives due to its mass production and advertisement to the public, Stirling released a classic yet unique album.
Despite her quality album, Stirling still faces obstacles. Just this past Tuesday, Stirling endured a rib injury during rehearsal on the set of DWTS. She was immediately sent to the hospital, and will possibly have to forfeit the competition regardless of her forerunner position on the show. The injury not only hinders her from the show but disrupts her busy schedule.
In this, Stirling’s dedication and enjoyment of her instrument is undoubtable. Stirling herself even said that making this album made her feel “like a child again,” proving that she is truly loves her art.
Ultimately, Stirling has put in all her effort to make her album a unique and meaningful one. She has proved with her success that hard work really does pay off in the end. With one violin and zero hindrances to her resilience, Stirling managed to give Christmas music a wonderful and bold new taste.