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Posted January 27, 2013 by Tim Wells in Music

Lindsey Stirling: Nerd Music at its Best

Lindsey Stirling

The only thing more questionable than my friend, Josh’s, driving record is his taste in music. But when he offered to buy me lunch last week, I happily hopped in his car and braced for literal and figurative impact.

Imagine my surprise when we not only arrived at the restaurant unharmed, but I found myself totally digging the unfamiliar music coming from the car’s speakers.

“What is this?” I asked.

Josh, probably thinking he was about to endure my usual mocking, narrowed his eyes as he answered, “This is Lindsey Stirling.” After waiting to see whether my clueless stare would turn into disapproval, Josh continued, “She’s a violinist. This is her cover of the Skyrim theme.”

Apparently, I’m a bit late to this particular party. In 2010, Lindsey was a quarter-finalist on America’s Got Talent. This explains why I wasn’t familiar with Lindsey. She was introduced to the world on the same show that introduced Piers Morgan to America. I’d rather gargle crushed glass than watch anything involving Piers Morgan.

Speaking of Piers Morgan, he was one of the judges who harshly criticized Lindsey’s final performance on the show. Lindsey later wrote about the rejection on her blog:

Well, I admit that the things that were said to me on live, national TV were extremely hurtful. I was devastated at the results and it was almost serial that something that had nearly consumed my life for so long was instantaneously gone. Yes it was painful, and a bit humiliating; however, I had to relearn where it was that I drew my strength. Was it from this faulty fake world of glitz and glam, big hair, make-up and celebrity judges, or was it from things that are real? Through heartfelt prayer I reminded myself that I am a daughter of God and that he was proud of me. After publicly being ripped apart, I left the theater and I was embraced by the people that love me. My family and friends had come quite a ways to see me and they were so proud of me. That’s what’s really important. These people know and love me for who I am and for the love I’ve given them.

Fortunately for the rest of us, not even the black hole of Piers Morgan’s suckage could eclipse Lindsey’s talent. She went on to become a YouTube superstar.

And if Morgan’s disapproval wasn’t enough to make me a fan, Lindsey’s video game theme covers sealed the deal.

Here’s the video for the Skyrim cover I mentioned earlier:

Here’s her cover of the Assassin’s Creed III theme, which is currently stuck in my head:

In this video, Lindsey goes old-school:

Lindsey has even collaborated with The Piano Guys, who created another deliciously nerdy YouTube video:

To thank Josh for introducing me to Lindsey Stirling’s music, Dawn and I will be treating Josh to one of Lindsey’s live performances in March. You know the old saying, “even a broken clock is right twice a day.” Occasionally, Josh’s epically bad taste in music surprises even me.

I’m still not letting him drive us to the concert.

In addition to Lindsey’s awesome covers, she has an album of original songs:

Tim Wells

Dad, husband, gamer, blogger, geek. Not necessarily in that order.