What’s so great about Lindsey Stirling?

If you don’t know who Lindsey Stirling these days, people will look at you and say “Do you know what YouTube is?”

lindsey-stirlingIt is now the time where people can get famous on YouTube, shooting videos, doing talk shows, and of course, record music covers! This is how Lindsey Stirling got her breakthrough in music. She was just a typical violinist and can play fantastic tunes. However, she is just normal. As we know in art, normal is never good. If you want to be good, you have to stand out.

And that’s how she stood out! She is not just a violinist. She can dance, while playing the violin! Yes, I repeat, she can DANCE while holding the violin, and PLAYING the song out! Now, that’s what I can say is great about her. And this is how she charmed her audience world wide with her dance steps and beautiful music, on stage, and on YouTube records.

If you haven’t watched any of her videos, then you must. Now, this is free on her YouTube. (Warning: Once you start, you can’t stop!)

Lindsey’s videos have hit records after records, and she has millions of subscribers now on her YouTube channel.

Lindsey also came to Australia for her concert, and without surprise, her concert is full house. I didn’t know there are so many of her fans in Australia alone. I’m one of her fans, but I just watched all her videos on YouTube, and that’s all. I didn’t even know any of my other friends who enjoys her video.

(She’s coming back to Australia again!)

If there’s something that I like about Lindsey, is her hardwork and perseverance. And this is important to us artists who want to make it in the big scene. When she was kicked out of America Got Talent, people laugh at her, her judges laugh at her and said she will hardly make it, as not everyone will enjoy her style of music.

But guess these judges were wrong. The public bought it. I bought it.

What can Lindsey teach us artists?

1. Audience is the judge

Art is very subjective. One person may say she is amazed by your fantastic dance, but another person may say you are doing the wrong way. So who is right? The only way we know, is by the response we get from our audience. One judge’s comment doesn’t ascertain our performance. Afterall, we don’t just perform for one person. We perform for people who want to see us perform, and we do a great performance for them.

2. Be creative

As we progress in our dance performance, we have to branch out of the traditional way of doing things. Just like Lindsey, no body believes one can move around playing the violin. Because if you attend orchestral performance, musicians always stay in one place – they sit down, and don’t even stand up until the performance is over!

3. Don’t give up! 

If you are in our sphere long enough, you will receive lots of praises, but also lots of criticism. Nothing is sweet here. People may just slam your performance for nothing. You can let their comments drown you down, or you can pick yourself up, learn from the comments, and become better. Lindsey become better and prove the judges wrong. We artists should do the same!

Let me end off this post with this short clip, on the Rise of Lindsey Stirling.

Cool Artistic Furniture That You Want For Your Office!

Today, let’s stray a little bit out of our usual art topics. Nah, we are not shifting the focus on our blog. It just so happen that I chanced upon this article on Bored Panda about super cool offices.

At first when I read the headline, I thought, how much coolness can you give to an office, other than the world famous Google office? However, I was wrong! I was really amazed by some of the other offices in the world! Forget about just the design. Some of the office furniture, tables, chairs are simply too ‘cool’. If you are a new-gen guy like me, you will be blown away too.

Let’s enjoy some of the offices.

Google. (Who else?)

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Invention Land Design Factory

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Dropbox

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Are these offices considered art and design?

You see, we have never worked in such cool offices before. If you want to compare it to my own art college, I can say we can compete the layout, design, art work, cool furniture with them. But that doesn’t matter. What it amazes me is that you don’t have to be an art college to have artistic workplace!

Hold on, there are more cool furniture that you must see. If you must, get them for your office! What about us people here who have a plan to start a drama or theatre company in the near future? Sure, we may want to have these cool chairs in our office too, since we are ‘artist’ too!

You see how they move the table away to create space, and slot it back so that you can have your dining table back? Look at how they ‘modify’ the chair into something that you can do without, but when you need it, you just need to flip it up?

There are many more really cool stuffs out there (other than our own stage) that we should explore and see how much we miss out in the world. Overall art is not just about ‘watching a musical or a play’. It can be part of our daily lives, on how we apply them to live better, stay comfortable, and be like these cool offices, impress people.

Meanwhile, if you are keen to check out cool furniture, you can visit the facebook page on Office Furniture here!

The Value of Art

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The culture of any place is highly influenced by the art form practiced in the area. Art can be of any form; Painting, Music, Dance or Theater. Though art is an integral part of our everyday life, it is not easy to appreciate it enough.

You must learn to recognize the quality work. Not everyone can understand the beauty. You need to spend time listening to music, watching drama, visiting art galleries, going to opera shows to start enjoying it deeply.

You should also choose any form of art which appeals you most and start practicing it. Some people see it as a waste of time thinking that it has no benefit at all. But, such people are simply ignorant about the benefits behind appreciating and practicing art.

They should learn more about it. It does not matter whether you indulge in art as an artist or an art lover, both are equally enchanting. Make it your hobby. The more you indulge in your hobby, the less you think about worries
in your life. Appreciating art is similar to falling in love with someone. It makes you happier.

It makes you feel good. We all know, a happy heart resides in a healthy body. So, isn’t it a miracle that you can be healthier just by looking at great art like those of Picasso, Leonardo Da Vinci, Von Gogh etc.. Art appreciation is in fact a well-established way of healing. Watching and/ or participating in theater is
another way to nourish your mind and soul.

The world is full of imposing and beautiful theatres.

The Seebühne (floating stage) juts into the Austrian waters of Lake Constance, and is the most dramatic setting for performances at the Bregenz Festival.

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Venice’s La Fenice theatre staged world premieres of operas by Rossini, Donizetti and Verdi.

The Fox Theatre, Detroit, uses a blend of African and Asian motifs – called as “Cambodian Gothic”

The futuristic, curvaceous Guangzhou Opera House in southern China simply stands out. What can you use to describe this magnificent stage you see below?

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Cornwall’s Minack Theatre was constructed at the end of a garden in Porthcurno to stage productions put on by local players

The Winter Garden is one of the last remaining stacked Edwardian theatres, constructed seven storeys above the Elgin Theatre in Toronto, Canada

Sydney’s Opera House visible from the ocean as well as from the bridges, it is one of the most iconic opera houses of the modern age.

And this is Dream Theatre from Boston Opera House:

There are many more such alluring and magnificent theatres in the world. All these countries represent different continents but they all have one thing in common; the love for art.

There cannot be a better way than a good opera show to relax yourself, to get rid of all the negative energy. Enjoy a really good
show and feel the difference in your life.