The Only Pirate at the Party by Lindsey Stirling

Rating: 5/5
Genre: Memoir/Autobiography
Description from Goodreads:

Electronic and dancing violinist Lindsey Stirling shares her unconventional journey in an inspiring memoir filled with the energy, persistence, and humor that have helped her successfully pursue a passion outside the box.

A classically trained musician gone rogue, Lindsey Stirling is the epitome of independent, millennial-defined success: after being voted off the set of America’s Got Talent, she went on to amass more than ten million social media fans, record two full-length albums, release multiple hits with billions of YouTube views, and tour sold-out venues across the world.

Lindsey is not afraid to be herself. In fact, it’s her confidence and individuality that have propelled her into the spotlight. But the road hasn’t been easy. After being rejected by talent scouts, music reps, and eventually national television, Lindsey forged her own path, step by step. Here, for the first time, she shares every triumph and trial she has faced until now. Beginning in a humble yet charmed childhood, this book follows Lindsey through a humorous adolescence, to her life as a struggling musician, through her personal struggles with anorexia, and finally all the way to her success as a world-class entertainer. Lindsey’s magnetizing story is at once remarkable and universal—a testimony that there is no singular recipe for success. And a witness that, despite what people may say, sometimes it’s okay to be The Only Pirate at the Party.

I’m going to a Lindsey Stirling and Evanescence concert tomorrow! I only found out about this concert last week, so this was a super last minute decision. As such, I’ve been listening to a lot of her music to get hyped.

Then I found out she wrote a book!

If you’re unfamiliar with Lindsey, she is a violinist who you should totally check out. She creates such unique music and seems like such a cool person. I’ll link some of my favorite of her songs at the bottom.

Anyway. The book. I really enjoyed this book. It was great to get a behind the scenes look at the various aspects of Lindsey’s life. She details some of her process for making videos, and it really made me appreciate how much effort goes into them. For example, she talked about how when she’s editing a video she makes sure all the notes she’s playing line up with the music, even though it’s a detail most people wouldn’t notice.

She talks about growing up in a low-income family, which makes it even more impressive that she has been able to get to where she is. She started playing the violin when she was five, but since her parents couldn’t afford real lessons, they found a college student who would teach her for cheap. All of the stories she tells about playing the violin and the sacrifices she and her family made before “making it big” really demonstrate how dedicated she is to her instrument.

Even though she probably makes millions of dollars off her music these days, it’s cool to see that she’s still such a normal person.

She also talks about how her faith has influenced the way she lives. For example, she talks about the standards she sets for herself and tourmates on the road and how she felt uncomfortable when one of her openers didn’t follow those rules. I’m not really a religious person so I felt like I couldn’t really relate, but it’s cool to see that she has stuck to her beliefs, even when people give her crap for it.

She’s also funny! She incorporates humor is so well into her story. There were points where I actually found myself laughing when reading this book.

It’s not all sunshine and rainbows, though. She also talks about her struggles with an eating disorder and other mental struggles. I listened to the audiobook, which is read by Lindsey, and at some points throughout the reading you can hear that she is tearing up.

Overall, I really enjoyed this memoir. If you’re into Lindsey Stirling at all, I would recommend checking it out.

And if you’re not, here are some of my favorite songs she’s made if you want to check her out:

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