A Different Take On Mainstream

MY TOP FIVE MUSICIANS: WORDLESS EDITION

       Well hello there, 
how art thou? I’m great by the way, thanks for asking. Alright, fine– let’s get to the point– 
You see, there is a lot of music out there in the world, there are so many genres, and sub-genres, and fusions, and whatnot– and if you are dissatisfied with a certain genre in one country, chances are, you can hear a different take on that same genre in another country. So basically, we are bursting with a lot of sound. Basically. Thing is, way back in Ye Olde Great-Grandpa’s time, there was no such thing as Alt-pop. in fact, Ye Olde Great-Granpa may probably still ask you what is an alt-pop. And he may even be surprised when you tell him that no, indeed it is not a newfangled kind of soda. Because back in Ye Olde Great-Grandpa’s time, a lot of the music they listened to was wordless. 
       I feel as if over the decades, most people have lost the art of listening to music for the emotion it conveys. It feels as if everything now needs to be stuffed with words. There are even some pieces of noise songs out there who completely disregard the beauty true music can give to a piece, instead opting for a plastic voice and a flashy body. And while those pieces of noise songs can be enjoyable at times, they lack that magical ability to transcend words. I feel as if the lost language of instrumental music should be rediscovered, simply because it is the only language out there that can transmit feeling simply from the color of it sound. And honestly, listening to instrumental music does not mean that we must shackle ourselves to Mozart for the rest of eternity. There are so many musicians out there that are experimenting with sound, fusing the soft heartbeats of piano with the dissonance of dubstep, or distressing Beethoven’s 5th even further with some crazy electric guitar riffs. And with that in mind, I give you my top five wordless musicians– fusing the essence of music with a 21st century vibe. Onward:

I. Lindsey Stirling
Yes, I know I have ranted and raved about Lindsey Stirling already on This Post, but how can I not include her in a post on awesomesauce wordless music? I mean you tell me! For those of you who do not know who Lindsey Stirling is, she is a youtuber who has managed to successfully intertwine the classical violin with genres like dubstep, electronic music, pop, among many other genres. Through each of her music videos, Lindsey manages to tell a completely different story, using just her violin, her crazy costumes, and her own two feet. Using her violin as her voice, Lindsey has ventured into almost every genre possible, proving that you don’t need to sing to be called a rockstar. That said, she also does a lot of collaborations with singers, but since that is not what this post is about, I’m not mentioning them. 

Top 3 songs at the mo:
2. Prism
II. David Garrett 
So this is definitely a classical musician gone rogue. The dude trained under Itschak Perlman and is a Juilliard alumnus among other numerous boring-to-mention accolades. what makes him so special is the fact that he knows classical music–yes, he knows it well. But then, like a Kandinsky, or a Bosquiat, or an Andy Worhol, he rips open these classical pieces, exposes them to the modern elements, and creates a masterpiece of sound that can be described as nothing less than the musical version of Abstract Art. He loves taking well loved classical pieces like Beethoven’s 5th, or Bach’s Toccata and Fugue–which he knows how to play extremely well– and adds a sick rock element to them, so you don’t really know if you are listening to Great-Grandpa’s Ye Olde classical music, or an excellent piece of Rock. He also likes to take film scores and rock music and classic them up, so that once again, you have that excellent fusion of old and new, the historic and the now. 

Top 3
III. Mairead Nesbitt
Ok, so I don’t exactly know what is wrong with me, all I know is that I absolutely love Celtic fiddle. I have loved it since I was a little girl, and will probably probably continue loving it until I am a very old girl. I blame my parents and their weird taste in music. Celtic fiddle has this personality, this flavor, that is unlike anything else out there in the world. It’s like a streak of bright paint that is jiggled against a white canvas–you honestly can’t help but react to it. Mairead Nesbitt happens to be my personal favorite Celtic musician. She has this way playing her violin that simply gets inside of you and makes you feel the music. Her fiddle especially sounds as if she is speaking a musical, mischievous language. 
Top 3
1. Skidoo
3. her upcoming album Hibernia (I know it isn’t out yet, but from what I hear of the promo, I am definitely going to like it.)  
IV. 20’s Charleston Jazz
So I only started listening to 20’s Jazz last year, after taking a music appreciation class in the fall semester. This forgotten music is so joyful, and walloping, and crazy, and dance worthy– its astounding that it has been so buried beneath layers of forgotten history! Listening to this music, you honestly cannot help but flap your arms– I mean, I save this music purely for when I need to clean my room, because it makes my movements quicker and my heart beat faster. Music nowadays can be so dirty, and so guttural, but the crazed soul behind 20’s Charleston simply proves once again that you do not need Nicki Minaj’s gross twerking to dance like a maniac. By golly gee, the things you can do with a saxophone and clarinet. 
Top 3 
V. The Piano Guys
So these guys, like Lindsey Stirling, started off as just a group of guys fiddling around Youtube with some pop music, a piano, and the occasional cello. What ended up happening was some of the best instrumental music created in the 21st century. And I don’t say that lightly. These guys are the real deal when it comes to capturing the essence of a song through an instrument. What’s beautiful about them is that they don’t even use so many instruments or electronic tweaking. There are many instrumentalists out there who will be very heavy on the remixing to achieve that “modern” sound, but The Piano Guys sound avant-garde without even trying. Their rendition of ‘Let it Go’ is astounding. Well, so is a lot of their stuff. You know what–JUST CHECK THEM OUT.  
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       And that is all for today! I hope you enjoyed this venture into some music left unheard, and perhaps I have inspired you to research some music with a different kind of sound. If you have any music recommendations for me, please do leave them in the comments as I love to hear what you guys listen to! And with that, I leave you! 
’till next Sunday,
Love,
Cynical Duchess
Do you have any obscure, yet well loved singers/musicians on your iPod? 
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