The Only Pirate at the Party

The Only Pirate at the Party

by Lindsey Stirling, Brooke S. Passey


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Dancing electronic 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 to 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 on national television, Lindsey forged her own path, step by step. Detailing every trial and triumph she has faced until now, Lindsey shares stories of her humble yet charmed childhood, humorous adolescence, life as a struggling musician, personal struggles with anorexia, and finally, success as a world-class entertainer. Lindsey’s magnetizing story—at once remarkable and universal—is a testimony that there is no singular recipe for success, and despite what people may say, sometimes it’s okay to be The Only Pirate at the Party.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781501119170
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication date: 02/28/2017
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 158,004
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Lindsey Stirling is an acclaimed electronic violinist, who has over 7 million YouTube subscribers, and 11 billion views on her YouTube channel. She has enjoyed Billboard chart-topping hits and sold out tours worldwide, all without the backing of a label. To date, she has released two studio albums: her 2013 self-titled debut and the smash 2014 follow up, Shatter Me. The latter debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 and won her a Billboard Music Award for “Top Dance/Electronic Album.” On stage, Lindsey combines the infectious energy of dance, electronica, and modern classical music with ballet-inspired dance moves. In her spare time, Lindsey is a motivational speaker, and she uses her own story to help others build confidence, hope, and passion.

Brooke S. Passey is a writer, a horseback riding instructor, and the co-author of this book. She is also a member of her local book club, The Muumuu Society, where women of all ages gather in support of literature and muumuu sales. Brooke currently lives in Arizona with her husband, several horses, and a puggle with an embarrassing underbite.

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The Only Pirate at the Party DOT YOUR TEES: A PIRATE’S INTRO

I didn’t learn to read until I was halfway through the first grade. Reading was work—hard work, and not the rewarding kind. For years, I struggled through reading at school, doing so slower and with longer vowels than anyone else. This befuddled my mother. I was a pretty sharp kid in all other aspects of life. I was a math whiz, a science pro, relatively talented with my violin, and I could repeat the facts I learned on Sesame Street from memory. Why couldn’t I read? At the end of second grade, I was still phonetically sounding out basketball, so she took me in for some testing. When the results came back, the doctor pulled my mom aside and told her I had a learning disability referred to as cross dominance. Cross what? I know, you’ve never heard of it before, either. But it’s a real thing. In case you don’t want to google it, I’ll give you the skinny.

Most people have a dominant half. Meaning, information goes in primarily through the dominant eye or ear, processes in the brain, and comes out instructing the dominant side of the body to perform a correlating motor function. For example, when someone sees a soccer ball information processes mostly through the dominant eye, and the brain tells the dominant leg to kick the ball. Oftentimes, people with cross dominance mix up these signals, and use alternating sides of the body instead of a consistently dominant one. Cross dominance also affects the way the brain processes cognitive functions. A normal person reads as follows: the dominant eye sees the word matriculation, information processes mostly on the dominant side of the brain, and the mouth says matriculation. In my case, the left eye sees the word matriculation, it goes into my brain where the signals get passed around and switched up, and it comes out my mouth bran muffin. I don’t know, ask my doctor. Basically, it’s a lot like dyslexia, only completely different. Anyway, with this new knowledge, it was recommended that I undergo eye therapy a few times a week to help my nondominant eye catch up, and maybe teach my brain how to process information in a more organized manner. I was also given a series of exercises to do at home during the week. This included the task of wearing an eye patch over my dominant eye for an hour every day. Oh, the agony!

Wearing the eye patch was awful. Until one day I came across a disposable pirate hat in my closet, and it clicked. I wasn’t a weird girl stuck in an eye patch, I was a pirate stuck in a weird suburban backyard. From that time forward I spent at least an hour every day turning the swing set into a giant pirate ship, where I played Cap’n Davy and made my sister and our friend Mary walk the plank. Arrr! Even after the mandatory eye patch time came to an end, my fascination with the swashbuckling riffraff remained. Pirates rarely shower, have a random and effortlessly cool sense of style, and if you turn a blind eye to all the plundering, they are really just in search of “treasure.” I can relate to all these things. More than anything, though, I have always admired the pirate attitude. Pirates don’t take orders or ask permission. They do what they want. Allow me to clarify. If your mom asks you to do the dishes, DO NOT pull out your pirate attitude. But if someone tells you you’re not good enough, says your dreams are too lofty, or claims there is no room in showbiz for a dancing violinist—well then, by all means, pull out your eye patch, my friend, and take to the high seas. (That’s my way of saying do it anyway.) The reason people said I would never succeed is the very reason I did succeed: because I am different. That’s not to say I’ve tried to stand out, but when given the choice between being a weird kid in an eye patch or a pirate, the answer was easy. I want to say it is still easy, but I can’t lie to you like that. Sometimes being the only pirate is hard. And that’s okay, too.

With the help of Cap’n Davy’s accessory, my reading improved over the years, but I still spell worse than the average bear. Anyone who follows me on social media knows this to be true. My fans are constantly screen-grabbing my spelling errors—it’s a little game they play. Luckily, my trusty spellcheck and an even trustier editor assure me I won’t embarrass myself in the pages you hold now. (My editor asked me to clarify that this refers only to spelling mistakes, and he cannot protect me from any other form of embarrassment in this book.) Po-tay-to, po-tah-to! Shall we get this party started?

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent book. This girl is funny, inspiring and a total role model for kids and adults. Who said.fame and fortune cant be achieved without changing.who a person is.? is a great example of a person who stuck to their values and beliefs and believed in herself . She is a rare gem in the entertainment world while maintaining a down to earth attitude. Read this book and be an instant fan. AAAAA+++++
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lindsey Stirling is so amazing! I loved reading this book because I got to learn a little more about her and learning from her experiences... both good and bad. She has been my musical role model ever since my friend introduced her to me.
Jake Medina More than 1 year ago
Lindsey Stirling's book, The Only Pirate At The Party, had me engrossed right from the start. Her voice really shines through and helps you get to know the genuine, talented person behind the violin riffs and sweet dance moves. She starts from her not-the-richest, but fantastic childhood and goes all the way to the present with her sold-out shows and after-tour blues (and everything in between). She opens up about some of her deepest struggles, her faith, friends, family, and drive to realize her goals along with constant self-improvement. She has an amazingly clean sense of humor, which is a huge breath of fresh air. Even if you don't usually enjoy biographies or autobiographies, you will enjoy this one if you're a musician, a fan of Lindsey, or interested in what she's doing. As a young entrepreneur in a different industry with morals and standards, I really appreciated her honesty, the ups without hiding the downs, and her insights that were tastefully written. She doesn't write from a place of "arrival", but a realization that there is always more to reach while staying humble, faithful, true to yourself, and a blessing to other people. Well done, Lindsey; people like you definitely make the world a better place.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lindsey is the best.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I must start out by saying thank you to Miss Lindsey Stirling! I have had three wonderful opportunities to see Lindsey and it has been a blessing that I never imagined I'd even have the chance to do so. Thank you Lindsey! The Only Pirate At The Party is amazing! I loved it so much. It is not so much about her "success" but is much more of her story and of who she is as a person and also as a daughter of God. Lindsey is quirky, unique, so sweet, and very humble. I also was able to connect with her very much through this book. I can relate to her. Maybe not so much on the performing/touring dancing violinists' lifestyle but personally, and to her values. Lindsey is such a wonderful little human bean, and is a personal most favorite artist and special role model of mine. (It is even because of Lindsey that I have started my journey with the violin, and I love every step of it). The side effects from reading The Only Pirate At The Party are: laughter, smiles, a brighter day, a different perspective, hope, inspiration, and encouragement. Why not?! I have absolutely loved reading this book and I hope you will as well. You might be a little crazy no to though, just sayin'. And that's okay too. Thank you Lindsey Stirling!!
Christine_Marie2 More than 1 year ago
This book was just amazing overall, hands down (and Im not just saying this because Im a big Lindsey Stirling fan in general, I mean I totally am, but thats not why I loved this book; more like only a small part of why I loved this book to be more exact) I also should mention this is the first memoir Ive ever read as well. Brooke does an amazing job with her writing skills and making everything run smoothly from chapter to chapter. She knows her subject (Lindsey aka her sister) very well, so well the whole time I was reading I picture it in exactly Lindsey voice as I was reading it ^_^ I love Brooke's use of humor and seriousness throughout each part of the book because it kept making me want more. This book makes you laugh and cry all in one, and to me thats the best kind of book/author to read and have. Each section of the book was amazing as it gave me a closer look into the side of Lindsey's life we don't get to see on a daily basis, from building self confidence to family dramas, and friendship this book covers it all. I loved seeing this side of Lindsey and learning more about her then I ever did before. My favorite parts were the toughest parts when she shared about her family life, her eating disorder, and self confidence issues overall. Throughout these parts I wanted to just give Lindsey a big hug, and at the same time feel inspired by her struggles as well. Reading this book has made me gain more respect for Lindsey not only as a person but as a true artist as well. I use to consider Lindsey my hero and role model for life, and this book just makes those feelings even more true for me. The only part I truly disliked is I need/want more. I wish the book turned out to be 500 pages instead of 200 plus pages. Some of the topics I would have liked them to have gone more in depth with but I understand the reasons they may have kept some stuff out. I really hope her and Brooke will continue to write more in the future as they make the perfect writing duo together. 5 million out of 5 million stars for this one! You will not be disappointed. A total must read for any hard core Lindsey/Brooke fan out there, and also for those haters out there too. This girl is amazing, and like the old saying goes, never judge a book by its cover. Lindsey is a great person inside and out. Her book only proves that to you more and more as you dive deeper into each chapter of this amazing book. I loved it to pieces and pieces :D
APSprich More than 1 year ago
If it were possible, I would give this 10 STARS! I have read quite a few books, and many biographies, but this is draws you in like no other book I have read to date. Brooke conveys Lindsey's quirk and individuality masterfully. Run, do not walk, to your nearest bookstore an grab this book! NO! do not order it online, you do not want to wait that long. This is the story of a normal girl from Provo, Utah overcoming odds against public and her own personal opinion to become not only a huge success online with over a billion views, but also one of the most enduring and greatest moral role models of our time. This book takes you deep into Lindsey's world and on a journey you will not soon forget as you laugh out loud and ball up crying. To watch her videos is one thing, to see her perform is an experience, but to ride along on her journey is an entire thing altogether. She stands as a unique and uncompromising artist, performer, director, businesswoman, and now author. What an excellent read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I played the violin for 4 years as a fan of Lindsey and would do anything to see her perform,I've seen her videos and got one of her play along books for Christmas and after I found this book and more, I shouted for joy and I'm dieing to read them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Temporarily out of stock online??? Ou my god. When it will be there again?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im so excited for this book to come out I cannot wait!!!!!!!!!<3 lindsey!!