Beauty and Imagination


“Beauty awakens the soul to act.”
Dante Alighieri

This quote came to mind when I watched this music video of a violinist dancing along the coast of New Zealand and playing her own medley of music from Lord of the Rings. Since beauty not only awakens the soul to act, but also to imagine and to create, I thought this video was worth sharing. I hope it will spark some imagination in you!

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Isn’t that inspiring?


  • Janeen Ippolito
    August 9, 2012 - 1:17 pm · Reply

    Ah yes, Lindsey Stirling! She does fun videos. I prefer her Zelda medley, but that may be because I heard the music nonstop when my brother first got the game in the late 90’s. I’m not sure it’s that inspiring to creativity–the music evokes Lord of the Rings–I find that original music inspires me more, at least when it comes to instrumental things.

    • Sarah Sawyer
      August 13, 2012 - 2:33 pm · Reply

      I love the creativity demonstrated in the filming, costumes, and music (even if Lindsey is creating a medley from other songs).

      It’s interesting to hear what inspires and doesn’t inspire others. For me, if I see something beautiful or intriguing, it makes me want to write. Not that I would listen to this music while writing, but that it puts me in the mood for writing. But original music is great too! 🙂

    • Sarah Sawyer
      August 13, 2012 - 2:34 pm · Reply

      You’re welcome! The Dante quote has stuck with me for a while, and it got pulled to the surface again when I saw this.

  • Jenny Miller
    August 21, 2012 - 6:31 am · Reply

    I’m glad I stopped by your website. That was a great video. Georgeous music, georgeous landscape. And as a violinist (I’m not anywhere near as good as she) I’m impressed she can sound that good while jumping around like that. I certainly can’t!

    • Sarah Sawyer
      August 22, 2012 - 3:11 pm · Reply

      Jenny, thanks for dropping in! I agree that it was an impressive video. I love seeing demonstrations of creativity like that. 🙂

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