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Violinist from Arizona wins new fans with ‘Boulevard of Broken Dreams’ cover

February 16th, 2021

About 10 years ago, teenagers all over the world went through a major “emo” phase.

Aside from the raccoon eyes, side-swept bangs, jet black hair, converse-style footwear and dark clothes, emo music was certainly another highlight of the era.

Green Day is one of the most popular rock bands from America.

They gained popularity during the Dookie era in 1994 but eventually, the short burst of fame wore off. The band was originally founded by lead vocalist and guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong and bassist and backing vocalist Mike Dirnt. Fortunately, they made a comeback album called American Idiot which led them to regain the spotlight in 2004.

“Boulevard of Broken Dreams” was the fourth track on the album, which became a hit and remains one of Green Day’s signature songs.

Everyone in the world has heard this song at some point, and as of this year, it is the only song to win both the Grammy Award for Record of the Year and the MTV Video Music Award for Video of the Year.

You can watch countless instrumental covers for this song, but this particular cover from a 34-year-old violinist woman is sure to give you a different kind of nostalgia.

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She began her introduction by seamlessly plucking the strings on her violin while a keyboardist complements her tune.

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A cajon player joins them to start the song, which turns it into a piece of upbeat classical music.

Their instruments gave off strong feelings of loneliness and isolation, just as the original song intended. If you’re into classical and emo rock music, this cover is definitely for you!

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You can see the emotions that the violinist is trying to pour into her instrument.

Her passion undeniably oozes out through every sound she produces. Meanwhile, the percussionist was in a world of his own—just casually tapping his box like he was having the time of his life.

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As they approach the end of the song, the keyboard player starts to loosen the pedals and bang the keys.

The Cajon player keeps up with the beat and finally, the violinist gracefully slides her bow across the nylon strings. Together, they produce a beautiful piece of music with a strong finale.

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Lindsey Stirling is an American violinist, songwriter and dancer from Arizona.

She went on America’s Got Talent in 2010, where she awed the judges with her performance of playing the violin while dancing.

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Stirling was joined by Kit Nolan as the keyboard player and Drew Steen worked on the percussion during this production.

Her online presence grows with her YouTube channel, where she uploads her covers and originals.

Her YouTube channel has 12 million subscribers—in fact, this cover of hers garnered more than 14 million views with people commenting that their rendition brought them back to their teens.

She became famous for her unique arrangement of popular music, incorporating both dancing and classical elements into her compositions. Moreover, she is busy doing tours all over the world and creating original music with fantastic music videos.

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For more of these impressive performances, you can see more of her on YouTube.

It’s great to see talented musicians take old songs and make them new again in their own way—and this is a great example of it!

Be sure to watch the entire performance by clicking on the link below:

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Source: YouTube/Linsdsey Stirling

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