June 4, 2013

Violin Cover: Just Give Me a Reason

 OH MY FREAKIN GOSH. I did it. I finally finished my violin cover. 
You have no idea how difficult this was to edit. My camera only makes mov. video files, and Windows Movie Maker doesn't like that, so I had to convert every single clip to a wmv. file. If you have no idea what I'm talking about, sorry about my nonsensical rambling haha. Let's just say that making videos is a very tedious process.
I also, of course, had to get a few shots of my outfit since we trekked all the way to the woods. I actually found this top just a day before we filmed, and I thought it was perfect for the cover. If you don't know the actual song by P!nk, here are some lyrics:

Right from the start, you were a thief, you stole my heart
And I your willing victim
I let you see the parts of me that weren't all that pretty
And with every touch you fixed them

Now you've been talking in your sleep oh oh
Things you never say to me oh oh
Tell me that you've had enough
Of our love, our love

Just give me a reason, just a little bit's enough
Just a second we're not broken just bent and we can learn to love again
It's in the stars, it's been written in the scars on our hearts
That we're not broken just bent and we can learn to love again
Oh, tear ducts and rust—I’ll fix it for us
We’re collecting dust but our love’s enough
You're holding it in—you're pouring a drink
No nothing is as bad as it seems…We'll come clean

It's basically the classic tale of a sensitive girl and guy who doesn't understand what's going on. It's honestly so true though--I know sometimes we make little things seem really big when that's not the case at all. Anyways, I thought the shirt was pretty fitting to the message of the song. I usually don't wear shirts with writing like that, but I couldn't resist the cute collar!
Shirt, Burlington ($6)//Skirt, Target ($5)// Shoes, Sear's $3
Whoa, this has got to be a record. Only 3 pieces?!

 Here are some video stills to prepare you of what's to come haha. I'll add the video description below the video so you don't have to weary yourself by clicking the link and going to the actual youtube video...let's face it, most of us are lazy, especially in the summer (: Enjoy friends!

I stumbled upon this song a couple months ago and instantly fell in love. There aren't many songs that are good for violin covers, so I jumped at the chance. 

This was a pretty big accomplishment for me since I learned the song by ear in just a few days as school was winding down. I also am terrible at memorizing things--you know that horror story where you memorize something but when it comes time to play it, you completely forget? Yeah, that's happened to me on more than one occassion haha. But I managed to make it through the entire recording without forgeting what I was supposed to play. I recorded the melody live in my basement for an echo-y effect, then recorded the harmony and added it in later.

This video could not have been possible without multiple mosquito bites, several strange stares at two Asian kids walking down the road with camera equipment and a violin, confused looks on the faces of passersby, countless hours staring at the computer screen, and my little brother George haha.

I am not perfect and neither is this, but I had a pretty good time making this.

Oh, I just realized that this is my first post ever on my birthday...yay for birthday posts haha!
Have a beautiful week lovelies!

Join the conversation!

  1. Hey you violin girl!! You did a great job editing!! I play the piano for over 10 years and went through the entire exam grading system with the Royal Music school up to grade 8 during my university year :)
    My big sport tournament is table tennis lol kind of needy but that's my passion now hehe.

    Ps I'm following you on Bloglovin now too :)

  2. Grteat pics and cute look! Kisses.

  3. This is awesome! Love the video stills, but love the look of accomplishment even more. I've always wanted to play a musical instrument so it's so cool to see you doing it and not only that but doing it amazingly well. I think this is a brave act and wow, bravo girl, bravo :)

  4. wow. just, wow. "Just Give Me a Reason" is one of my fave songs and I think you did a really good job of covering it. sigh... if only I had your talents ;D


  5. GIRL! These photos are amazing, your video is superb, and I had no idea that you were such a talent with the violin... wow, just wow! You're incredible. This is just such a really neat post and I love how it showcases so much about you, eeeee~ <3 <3

    The location is really lovely for the video. The mosquito bites were totally worth it! When you have famous violin concerts, I'll be there, k? :)

  6. Oh wow, Lily, this is amazing! I love the stills and lovely, artistic way you executed this video. Amazing job too! :D Can't believe you figured it out by ear - so jealous of that talent!

    Trendy Teal

  7. happy birthday!! you are so talented and adorable!!! thanks for your kind words on my fitness posts girl!!


  8. Wow this is amazing! You are so talented! kisses chris

  9. WOW, you did such an amazing job! Congrats and you should definitely be so proud!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

  10. congrats on the cover. you played beaytifully! Keep up the great work!

    xo, Carla

  11. Hey, love your style and love your blog...following you! (:

    Participate and win a Free pair for yourself. It ends on 14th of June. x


  12. Oh my gosh! This is incredible! I absolutely love your cover, you are so talented! I play viola and am not nearly as talented haha! This song is probably my favorite song right now. Great job! You also look so pretty and I adore your outfit!

  13. I am so envious you know how to play the violin! I know how to play the piano but the violin just seems like such a beautiful instrument


  14. that's awesome! congrats to youuu on posting it.

  15. I love this post, Lily! You are such a talented lady and you look absolutely lovely in these photos! Also, HAPPY BIRTHDAY! :) Hope it was a great one, you deserve it!


  16. that is SO AMAZING! thanks for sharing your talent with us and looking forward to more :)

    ♥, Jo

  17. I normally can't tolerate violin at times- I often come to tears or start feeling the least bit sad hearing a violin melody. Awesome performance! I never know you had such musical talent since I first visited your YouTube channel.


  18. I stuck to the previous comment, I use to come to tears when I hear the violin. My favourite musician is Antonio Vivaldi and I Just love violin music. This addition is just fabulous, and I can't find words in english to describe how cool you are doing that;)


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