Lots of writers like to have music on whilst they work. For me, it has to be the right sort of music. Anything with lyrics and I just end up singing, or typing the lyrics. A couple of days ago, I discovered the wonder that is Lindsey Stirling. She’s a violinist and dancer (often at the same time!), and her music videos have such amazing, feel-good energy. I’ve been listening to all of her stuff on repeat pretty much non-stop.
In the midst of my YouTube binging, I came across this. It does exactly what it says on the tin, as the saying goes: Lindsey Stirling’s cover of the music from Disney’s Into the Woods.
Go on, have a listen. Trust me, you won’t regret it! I recommend you watch it in full screen HD if you can, to get the full effect of the beautiful visuals.
Right, before I say anything else, I need to get this out of the way:
OH MY GOODNESS THAT GOLD DRESS IS SO PRETTY AHHHH!!
Okay, that’s my costume fangirling over with (you may have noticed by now that I’m a sucker for pretty dresses. And books. Sorry not sorry!)
Lindsey’s video is clearly split between ‘Cinderella,’ ‘Rapunzel,’ and ‘Little Red Riding Hood.’ These three stories feature in Into the Woods, along with ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ which Lindsey has not included. I haven’t actually seen Into the Woods yet so I can’t compare it to the imagery in the film, but this video feels very magical. The low-key lighting, rustic settings and forests just scream ‘fairy tale!’
I also love the cheerful-looking white wolf, very cute!
That’s it really, I just wanted to share this with the fairy tale blogosphere. Has anyone seen Into the Woods? If so, how does this compare? What do you think of Lindsey’s take on it?
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Amelia Starling is a writer and folklorist. She graduated from the University of Winchester with a degree in Creative Writing, and is a content editor for Folklore Thursday. She loves travelling and collecting stories, and spent 15 months living in Japan doing this alongside teaching English. Amelia blogs about folklore and fairy tales at The Willow Web. You can follow her on Twitter @amyelize.