Anyone who has seen a Lindsey Stirling performance knows that it is a physically exhausting experience. One review reported that she stepped out onto the stage for her hour and a half concert “and-she-never-stopped-moving.” However I have heard testimony that the show is just as draining an experience for many fans. It is kind of a vicarious exhaustion that reaches out and touches the spectator – in the most intimate kind of synergy.
Likewise, having Lindsey drop in for a week is a blessing, an adventure, and a workout all at the same time. And in many ways it is a group as well as an individual experience.
Lindsey arrived in Arizona with her crew last Tuesday morning. Diane picked her up at the hotel. That might have looked like a relaxing day. But Lindsey spent a good part of it with someone who needed her — someone with whom she could converse about important things. She made a new friend and completely enjoyed herself. That is a lot of what Lindsey does whenever she can, because to Lindsey, life is about people.
That night she played the national anthem at the Arizona Diamondbacks baseball game. She came home that evening (after a great game) but was on her way early Wednesday morning for Tuscon. It was my first day of school (another year begins) but I raced home after my last class so Diane and I could get to Lindsey’s Southern Arizona concert. I hadn’t seen it since the Red Rocks show in Colorado. But it never seems to get old.
We were exhausted when we returned home at 1:00. But I can only imagine how tired Lindsey is – or should be after one of those performances. She and the crew drove to Phoenix the next morning to prepare for the concert at the Comerica Theater. Another day of teaching for me, and another grueling race to get to the venue where so many friends and fans gathered for another dynamic presentation. It is awesome to watch that girl entertain. Anyone who has seen her shoe knows that she doesn’t merely give a concert. She presents a spectacle in showmanship. And she did again that night for 5,000 spectators.
She came back to Gilbert that evening, for a few more short hours of family and home. But it didn’t last long. Lindsey moves faster than a speeding bullet, and more frequently a locomotive – because they occasionally stop. We had to have her to the airport by 6 am for a flight to Utah.
That day, Friday, she graduated from Brigham Young University with a bachelor’s degree in youth management and psychology. Her emphasis was in helping at-risk girls. With Lindsey, it’s always about reaching out to people.
On Saturday she was back on the road. And tomorrow (Monday) she performs at the Greek Theater in LA – a bucket list item for any artist – where she will end the “Music Box Tour.” I hope she takes a day or two off to get some rest. I know that whenever she comes to town for a visit – I always need some time to recuperate. In the meantime, can’t wait until she drops in again. It’s good exercise.