Music You Should Know: Imaginary Versus Real Love

Don't miss Lindsey Stirling at the next Michael's Jeweler's Acoustic Session!

 

Lindsey Stirling Ft. Rooty & Zedd  - Love's Just a Feeling

 Lindsey Stirling burst into the scene when America's Got Talent roared into its 5th season.  There, Stirling's ballet paired with her violin skills earned her a spot into the live shows, but the judges condemned her for being  too showy and complicated with her act. She was subesquently voted off and child opera singer Jackie Evancho won the whole thing, but Stirling's the one who came out on top in the end.

Because she never gave up.  Even though Piers Morgan, who was a judge at the time, told her to pick a new hobby.

This hip-hop violinist has since come out with 2 albums and both reached the top 10.  On top of that, Stirling launched several successful tours and had songs make it onto the billboard charts and radio including "Shatter Me" and "Crystallize."  She also made Forbes' 30 Under 30 In Music. She also won 2 Billboard music awards, 3 Streamy awards. 2 YouTube awards, and 1 Shorty award.

Also, her YouTube channel recorded over 1 BILLION hits.

She also has a top 10 New York Times best-selling book, with her autobiography, "The Only Pirate at the Party."  And this is her advice to those too afraid to take that leap of faith:

"Pirates don't take orders or ask permission,... They do what they want. Allow me to clarify. If your mom asks you to do the dishes, do not pull out your pirate attitude. But if someone tells you you’re not good enough, says your dreams are too lofty, or claims there is no room in showbiz for a dancing violinist — well then, by all means, pull out your eye patch, my friend, and take to the high seas"

So, if someone tells you you aren't good enough, think of Lindsey Stirling and the faith she had in herself to keep going.  Because look where she is now!  Teaming up with Zedd, no less!

 

 

Max featuring Gnash – Lights Down Low

Max is a 25-year-old singer and he already knows exactly how he wants his career to go.  He only wants to sing about what's real.  Plus, he wants to be true to himself and not let himself become a brand like other artists.  He also believes most love songs are written about imaginary people and not about those who mean the most to the songwriter.

That's why before he sings this song at concerts, he always says:

“This song is for love. Love is love, no matter your sexual orientation, who you are [or] where you’re from.”

As for what inspired Lights Down Low, it's simple:

"This song was a portal to finally let my personality come out. Now I paint my nails gold and wear colorful clothing. I was afraid people wouldn’t be into it, [but] it’s at a point where I don’t care."

This song is dedicated to his wife and he hopes that more artists follow his movement to only write about what's real.