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    Be like the water, people. got a reaction from understands.sum in Consequence of Sounds   
    thanks!
    You're one lucky ducky, getting to write on such a masterpiece as CoS. It's one of those special regina songs, imho.
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    Be like the water, people. got a reaction from StakreyCor in Ave Maria   
    This song perplexes me to no end.
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    Be like the water, people. got a reaction from porcupine-ologist in Hey I dreamt about Regina!   
    Omg, just recently i had a Regi dream! It was a concert, of course lol and she played a new song. I actually was able to remember it when i woke up! I was able to sing it and i swear i wrote down some lyrics. It was a duet with Jack.
    But who am i to say anything my brain would dream up would be worthy of the title of Regina? No chance in hell i could write something on her level, that's part of the magic of her work, and why we are all so eager for the next release!
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    Be like the water, people. got a reaction from robertaxel in Regina is everywhere   
    Wow, Rosa! It's good to see you on here!! I hope all is well
     
    As far as your post, I understand where you are coming from, and I agree that cultural appropriation is a real thing. I just think applying terms like racist, cultural appropriation, etc are completely uncalled for when it comes to halloween costumes, specifically Regina's last year. The aim is to portray a new identity for a night, some people are witches, hopefully this is not an example of religious insensitivity. Others are police officers, and I would like to think that this does not descriminate against actual law officers. I would like to ask these "activists" how geishas or any other individual, of any race is at all affected by a costume? It is a nonsequiter in my mind.
     
    I think it's possible to have a tasteless halloween costume, but simply dressing as someone/something does not automatically translate to being offensive, otherwise we should outlaw halloween. Besides, to me it is clear Regina had no such intention. It's not her politics, her demeanor, or her typical behavior. It's fine for people to stick up against injustice, but in this case, there was none, so they just picked on regina with hashtags, it's nonsense imo.
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    Be like the water, people. reacted to Rosa! in Regina is everywhere   
    To be fair, an example of yellowface that I can think of offhand is when white actors portrayed Asian characters in old movies; I know that's not specifically a geisha costume, but yellowface did/does exist, and it took away opportunities for Asian actors to portray their own culture/history. And as a Mexican American I definitely get irritated when I see people wearing sombreros and ponchos when they're out drinking, etc. Ultimately I find it strange when anyone sees an aspect of someone else's culture as a costume rather than a real part of their ethnicity or culture/a stigma they live with, but some people absolutely take it too far when they condemn appropriation. To be honest I was disappointed when I saw Regina's costume last year, but she hardly deserved the criticism she received.
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    Be like the water, people. got a reaction from himynameism in Regina is everywhere   
    I am sick of these people who have no connection with a social/cultural group, taking upon themselves the task of speaking for that group. A halloween costume can be anything, that's the point of halloween. Do they honestly think someone dressing as a member of another culture is promoting some kind of racism? That is absurd. A costume is just a costume. There is no cultural context for "YELLOWFACE" and frankly as a black woman I am mildly offended by that suggestion. Blackface was actually a thing, but there is no ethnic group who has been openly mocked with GEISHA COSTUMES. These people need to find something productive and meaningful to do with their lives, rather than villanizing random people for random behavior and attacking innocent people's character. It makes me sick.
     
    The comments are annoying as well, they might was well say "I HATE WHEN ARTISTS GET THINGS SO WROOOONG," "CULTURAL APPROPRIATION IS THE SCARIEST THING I'M WITNESSING THIS HALLOWEEN" "WHO CALLS THEM GEISHAS? THAT'S HOMOPHOBIC" The level of willful ignorance these people display is vexing.
     
    Sorry for the rant, guys. I just hate when self-righteous ignorant people prey on the openness created by the internet. I think if people are going to express offense or hurt, it should have an ounce of genuine feature to it. Don't "be outraged" on someone else's behalf, because in the end it's just about having a hobby and making yourself look important to other political correctness nazis.
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    Be like the water, people. got a reaction from himynameism in Regina is everywhere   
    I am sick of these people who have no connection with a social/cultural group, taking upon themselves the task of speaking for that group. A halloween costume can be anything, that's the point of halloween. Do they honestly think someone dressing as a member of another culture is promoting some kind of racism? That is absurd. A costume is just a costume. There is no cultural context for "YELLOWFACE" and frankly as a black woman I am mildly offended by that suggestion. Blackface was actually a thing, but there is no ethnic group who has been openly mocked with GEISHA COSTUMES. These people need to find something productive and meaningful to do with their lives, rather than villanizing random people for random behavior and attacking innocent people's character. It makes me sick.
     
    The comments are annoying as well, they might was well say "I HATE WHEN ARTISTS GET THINGS SO WROOOONG," "CULTURAL APPROPRIATION IS THE SCARIEST THING I'M WITNESSING THIS HALLOWEEN" "WHO CALLS THEM GEISHAS? THAT'S HOMOPHOBIC" The level of willful ignorance these people display is vexing.
     
    Sorry for the rant, guys. I just hate when self-righteous ignorant people prey on the openness created by the internet. I think if people are going to express offense or hurt, it should have an ounce of genuine feature to it. Don't "be outraged" on someone else's behalf, because in the end it's just about having a hobby and making yourself look important to other political correctness nazis.
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    Be like the water, people. reacted to robertaxel in Regina is everywhere   
    I don't get the whole 'cultural appropriation shtick myself... is everybody supposed to march in goosestep conformity with what their particular ethnic group/background/religion is perceived to be??
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    Be like the water, people. reacted to robertaxel6 in The New Record   
    Hi all;
     
    I bumped this topic up as I happened upon this article. I believe it is current as it is dated today... Let us hope!
     
     
    http://www.broadcastnewsroom.com/article/Producer-Greg-Wells-Chooses-PMC-Speakers-For-His-Private-Studio-4042598
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    Be like the water, people. got a reaction from porcupine-ologist in Hey I dreamt about Regina!   
    Omg, just recently i had a Regi dream! It was a concert, of course lol and she played a new song. I actually was able to remember it when i woke up! I was able to sing it and i swear i wrote down some lyrics. It was a duet with Jack.
    But who am i to say anything my brain would dream up would be worthy of the title of Regina? No chance in hell i could write something on her level, that's part of the magic of her work, and why we are all so eager for the next release!
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    Be like the water, people. reacted to porcupine-ologist in Carbon Monoxide [Alt Mix]?   
    I didn't know there was two versions? So I think on soviet kitsch it's carbon monoxide [alt mix], right? and that's the only one but im not at home so i can't check right now. Unless the version on that 7" vinyl record is different than the one on soviet kitsch...wait...is it? I'm sorry that wasn't helpful at all. ha ha 
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    Be like the water, people. got a reaction from robertaxel in New songs posted on youtube   
    I hear "delis," as well. 
     
    "Stay" will grow on me over time, it's a captivating song, but right now, i am all about "Party Upstairs," I had it memorized before the day was out lol! 
     
    Thanks for the tip, Robert! You always seem to find these little Regina tidbits around the internet that I never would have known about otherwise 
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    Be like the water, people. got a reaction from ChooSum in New songs posted on youtube   
    thanks, guys! I was partial to the word "pack," but both interpretations seem to fit the song. I'll re-listen and see!
     
    ChooSum, I believe she says, "stop the meter, sir." 
     
    I wonder how long ago "Stay" was written. She specifies that the song isn't necessarily new, but new to us. I love that there are so many gems just waiting their turn to surface from her repertoire.
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    Be like the water, people. got a reaction from ChooSum in New songs posted on youtube   
    thanks, guys! I was partial to the word "pack," but both interpretations seem to fit the song. I'll re-listen and see!
     
    ChooSum, I believe she says, "stop the meter, sir." 
     
    I wonder how long ago "Stay" was written. She specifies that the song isn't necessarily new, but new to us. I love that there are so many gems just waiting their turn to surface from her repertoire.
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    Be like the water, people. got a reaction from robertaxel in New songs posted on youtube   
    I am wondering, in "Party Upstairs," does anyone know what the line is during the bridge:
    You can dance right through the danger
    ??? Wild strangers
    Doesn't even matter where you are
    I have no guesses myself, just curious if anyone else happens to have caught it.
    Thanks either way!
    Edit: PS, I'm obsessed with this song, can't get enough of it!
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    Be like the water, people. got a reaction from RJLupin2 in Love Me or Leave Me   
    I swear I have a 6th sense. It alerts me to new Regina material lol! I haven't been spending much time with her music, maybe the past year or so. But then, I began checking daily for updates about Regina for about a week before discovering this release, and then boom, there it was!
     
    Anyway, this is a great performance, I love that Love Me or Leave Me and My Man for Boardwalk Empire both have an authentic old-school, classic vocal style, without losing Regina's own flair. What a talent it takes to pull that off! I think she'll always be one of my favorite vocalists and songwriters, as long as I live haha
     
    Here's to a new record! I have been craving one from her lately. I've been spending time rediscovering old gems like the live Dance Anthem (with the winding-down ending) and Daniel Cowman. Or a produced version of Lacrimosa, can you imagine?! I have new hope for these songs since WWSFTCS brought us a new version of Ne Me Quitte Pas!
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    Be like the water, people. got a reaction from Genius next door in Consequence of Sounds   
    this song is one of my earliest regina loves, such a soft spot i've got for it!
    I always took this portion of the song to be about the mania that exists in our culture, how upsetting and stiffling it can be for us as individuals who want to live free from worry and other toxic emotions. The mania takes many different forms: on TV it's on the news, it's on the weather channel, it's on Nat Geo: all about being afraid, about how the human race is doomed and hopeless. It's all our own fault: we've caused global warming, and we're going to go extinct, and so on. Always warning, predicting the inevitability of some doomsday.
    The part about "she noticed some bleeding and heard hollow coughing," I go back and forth about whether she's the one coughing and is having an out-of-body experience, if she's coughing and not having an out of body experience, or if the cough is from another person. I don't think it matters, though. In her real life, as she's just starting her day and trying to get oriented, she's made aware of suffering and dischord not on TV, but in real life, whether she's coughing or someone else is. It's a real person, who's really hurting. I think from the wording, the bleeding is definitely hers, though that's probably debatable.
    Still, the words "some bleeding" after the "possible leakage" imply, for me, a link between the mania encouraged by the media and the actual bleeding, as though the "possible leakage" were the leakage of blood. This has many implications: the actual suffering due to the responses to the mania, the blood as people being injured due to the things that are being reported by the news, like soldiers being shot, or survivors of natural disasters being injured. I don't know, that is ripe with possibility, and i'm sure it'd be a waste of space for me to point out all the examples i can think of! There are more than i could imagine, and probably it's a more abstract connection, not to be tied down to a specific concrete application.
    I think those themes sum up this entire portion of the verse. The last part, though changes gears a bit:
    "we keep on paying those freaks on the tv
    who claim they will save us
    but want to enslave us"
    This refers to the newscasters and everyone else contributing to the manic state of panic and fear: they perpetuate these emotions under the guise of being helpful and informative in order to empower the viewers. But the actual result is enslavement, because the people who respond to their mania can't help but be stiffled, fearful, and thus unable to live freely.
    "and sweating like demons
    they scream through our speakers
    but we leave the sound on cause silence is harder."
    Again, they are maniacs. This time it's pointed out to highlight the fact that we allow them to be maniacs at us, rather than tuning them out. I take "silence is harder" to mean that people need to be informed about the world around them, and even though the TV is "screaming" at us, it's offering the delusion of information. Really, it's not informing, but inciting fear, etc. (according to my take on the narrator's opinion in the song, i'm not stating my personal opinion on the matter of news media!) The alternative is "silence" in the sense of feeling disconnected from the world, or a fear that we're missing out on information without exposing ourselves to the "screaming."
    "No one's the killer and no one's the martyr"
    this gives a sense of helplessness when facing the question, "so what do you think we should do? Just not report the news?" and how the state of the media is no one person's fault.
    "the world that has made us
    can no longer contain us"
    I flip-flop back and forth on this one. Sometimes i think the "us" is anyone who resists the "sounds," the "screaming," the mania. Other times i think it's the maniacs speaking. In the end, though, i don't think that this part is changing narrative voice at all, and instead the "us" is humanity. However the humans have come to live here on planet earth, we've outgrown it, in a sense: reeling up against that initial state of growing and health/harmony. We're facing problems that seem too big for our own existence.
    "and prophets are silent and rotting away"
    This means that no one is speaking out against this new, widespread mania. Those who do are rotting as though they are outdated, maybe dead. Certainly this line points out their lack of influence on popular thought.
    That's just my two cents!
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    Be like the water, people. got a reaction from Genius next door in Just Like the Movies   
    The reason i wanted to bring up Just Like the Movies is because the last part, that the world is round so they might meet again, reminds me of How: "I guess you/I know by now that we will meet again somehow"
    I'm so curious about how people interpret this song! It was one of the first Regina songs i got into, personally.
    I don't have a concrete idea of what this song is about, more just mental images and an appreciation for the title haha But i always found it interesting, especially the parts "you are mistaken 'cause i do not bite, over the williamsburg bridge on a bike" and "don't say goodbye like you're burying him cause the world is round and he might return"
    I like the bite/bike part because of the wordplay, but also because the "bike" part could be taken as a qualifier for the biting part lol! Maybe she does bite, just not in this case lol
    But the ending gets me. There seem to be 2 narrators: the person who was left by "him" and the one who is saying "don't say goodbye.." I had always assumed she (?) was talking to herself, but then the way these lines switch back and forth, and kind of tumble over each other, i wonder if the "don't say goodbye" isn't advice she's remembering, and she's now agonizing over it. How can she hope to see him again when she can't understand losing him in the first place?
    So i don't know. It just occurred to me that How sounds like the ending. Dunno if that's significant at all..

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    Be like the water, people. got a reaction from Genius next door in Daniel Cowman   
    I love what people have written so far about this song! I agree, it's full of stream-of-consciousness, and is not really about the plot.
    However, I have to disagree that Daniel dies in the end(?!?!) I read heroin boy as being different from Daniel, and even the narrator. I think they're supposed to be (at least to the narrator) three separate people. It's heroin boy who "goes swimming..." which, by the way, is not his term, but the narrator's, and possibly Daniel's. Heroin Boy simply wants to take a bath.
    Heroin Boy makes an important logical falacy: he says that, because a person has sentenced him to hang, it becomes physically impossible to drown. I don't think he does drown in the end, and that's the point. Everyone else is concerned with how he will die, but he just wants to enjoy the time he has left.
    I'd say heroin boy and Daniel Cowman are distinct, despite the fact that both apparently faced death sentences, because all of the bathtub drama is taking place in Daniel's memory. He's thinking back to experiences he had with someone the narrator calls "(the) heroin boy," so he is not the one who bathed, and certainly hasn't drowned, at least in my opinion!
    Either way, I think this song is just too awesome: the narrator constantly blurs past and present, self and other, and alternates between self-awareness and getting lost in reverie. The coolest thing about it is, it causes me to do the same thing as I listen. Another masterfully written song by Regi! One of my earliest loves from her catalogue, like many others here.
    kaoir, solipsism hits the nail on the head! Absolutely, that would explain the poor distinction between charater and narrator: they're all figments of his imagination, as far as he's concerned. Then he experiences reverse-solipsism when Daniel dies... now the narrator himself doesn't exist, becauase he is a figment of Daniel's imagination, since there is no actual "self" in solipsism, as it's been explained to me, at least xD I don't know, just a thought. I won't ramble any more!
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    Be like the water, people. got a reaction from Shane D. in New Song - Blood Of Eden   
    This speaks my heart perfectly about Regina's newer work. Before I go on, I want to give a disclaimer: they always were and always will be her songs. She can play and produce, ignore or exalt them at her discretion. I am not at all speaking of Regina's choices as an artist, whether she's still honest, creative, independent, and unique. I don't believe these qualities can truly be taken from a person; that's part of who she is. No, my trouble is, I don’t connect as much with her newer works. We all seem to see a change happening, but where, and how? Is it for the better? Will she ever again make something that grips my heart and makes my imagination dance?
    I have never understood what's so special about her music to me, but I think perhaps ChooSum has nailed it: her personality. It leaked, oozed, sobbed, lilted from her old work because personality is all she had to work with. It wasn't about the instruments used. Whoever complained of the drums on 8th Floor and AB? The strings behind You and Hero? What about the echo on Flyin’? Not me; I did not fall in love with her production, but with the artistry of its execution. Regina would render herself an instrument: the canvas was silence (or crowd chatter, sometimes!) and with her voice and musical instruments she became her own paint to produce a million tiny worlds, portraying both the subtleties and the broadest of strokes, of humans living life. Because her production studio was a ways off, she pressured herself to transcend. Those songs were performed with precision and class, staving off mockery and enriching those who listened closely enough to hear. And this brings me to my point: these newer releases lack that sweet balance between personality and mechanized processes that caused me to become a fan in the first place. Even her unparalleled melodies, when sung without her heart, become as much a computer's contribution to a track as autotune and drum machines. In other words, they contain nothing of Regina. There are few moments where I, personally, saw Regina, just Regina, on far. There were more of them on Cheap Seats.
    I bring this up because I am not trying to eulogize my fandom. I still believe I’ll fall for her work again; she's still herself, and she could never be anyone else. So why in the world would I not have a fair shot at loving what she makes down the road? What I hope to see from Regina is to remain a soul first, and a singer/producer/industry player second. No drumbeat or “gloss” could ruin my favorite fan recordings because production in those recordings is irrelevant: what grabs me about her work is her personality.
    The more personality that surfaces, the happier I am with the track, plain and simple.
    And I'm not hating on far or Cheap Seats: I do love both albums, but it's not the full brunt of the love I have for her work on the whole. Even a "throwaway" from Regina's songs beats the 'top-40' list by a mile! I'm not saying the new stuff stinks, I'm saying that in my experience it is lackluster for Regina, and by comparison makes me worry that, for me, her best years are behind her.
    Time will tell. This Blood of Eden cover is quite nice, and I believe it will grow on me; it does not showcase what I love about her work, but hey, it's still a solid performance of a great song. So props to Regi, even if it didn't change my life. How many artists have fans who would even dream of such a notion?
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    Be like the water, people. got a reaction from Shane D. in New Song - Blood Of Eden   
    This speaks my heart perfectly about Regina's newer work. Before I go on, I want to give a disclaimer: they always were and always will be her songs. She can play and produce, ignore or exalt them at her discretion. I am not at all speaking of Regina's choices as an artist, whether she's still honest, creative, independent, and unique. I don't believe these qualities can truly be taken from a person; that's part of who she is. No, my trouble is, I don’t connect as much with her newer works. We all seem to see a change happening, but where, and how? Is it for the better? Will she ever again make something that grips my heart and makes my imagination dance?
    I have never understood what's so special about her music to me, but I think perhaps ChooSum has nailed it: her personality. It leaked, oozed, sobbed, lilted from her old work because personality is all she had to work with. It wasn't about the instruments used. Whoever complained of the drums on 8th Floor and AB? The strings behind You and Hero? What about the echo on Flyin’? Not me; I did not fall in love with her production, but with the artistry of its execution. Regina would render herself an instrument: the canvas was silence (or crowd chatter, sometimes!) and with her voice and musical instruments she became her own paint to produce a million tiny worlds, portraying both the subtleties and the broadest of strokes, of humans living life. Because her production studio was a ways off, she pressured herself to transcend. Those songs were performed with precision and class, staving off mockery and enriching those who listened closely enough to hear. And this brings me to my point: these newer releases lack that sweet balance between personality and mechanized processes that caused me to become a fan in the first place. Even her unparalleled melodies, when sung without her heart, become as much a computer's contribution to a track as autotune and drum machines. In other words, they contain nothing of Regina. There are few moments where I, personally, saw Regina, just Regina, on far. There were more of them on Cheap Seats.
    I bring this up because I am not trying to eulogize my fandom. I still believe I’ll fall for her work again; she's still herself, and she could never be anyone else. So why in the world would I not have a fair shot at loving what she makes down the road? What I hope to see from Regina is to remain a soul first, and a singer/producer/industry player second. No drumbeat or “gloss” could ruin my favorite fan recordings because production in those recordings is irrelevant: what grabs me about her work is her personality.
    The more personality that surfaces, the happier I am with the track, plain and simple.
    And I'm not hating on far or Cheap Seats: I do love both albums, but it's not the full brunt of the love I have for her work on the whole. Even a "throwaway" from Regina's songs beats the 'top-40' list by a mile! I'm not saying the new stuff stinks, I'm saying that in my experience it is lackluster for Regina, and by comparison makes me worry that, for me, her best years are behind her.
    Time will tell. This Blood of Eden cover is quite nice, and I believe it will grow on me; it does not showcase what I love about her work, but hey, it's still a solid performance of a great song. So props to Regi, even if it didn't change my life. How many artists have fans who would even dream of such a notion?
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    Be like the water, people. got a reaction from sweetness in my lungs in Open (Down the road & up the hill)   
    ^^I agree, that's my favorite interpretation yet!
    I never noticed the switch from "open" as an adjective describing the narrator "open" as a command! That's very perceptive.
    I love this song even more now...
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    Be like the water, people. reacted to himynameism in Wee Rants   
    People who are acting like the hurricane "wasn't that bad" are really bumming me out. People from my hometown are still acting annoyed that they didn't lose power! WTF?! Why would you complain about not losing power?? I can't help but be upset when my friends could have lost everything and places I have visited and love are completely devastated. I just don't understand how people can be so ignorant just because they personally didn't get effected
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    Be like the water, people. reacted to RJLupin2 in post your favorite photos of regina   
    I saw Jack's picture yesterday of him bouncing on the trampoline and I wondered if Regina was there doing it with him. I got all happy at that thought.
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    Be like the water, people. got a reaction from lichened in Quotes by Regina.   
    We go on to Sidewalk Cafe in the East Village, where she played her first proper gig, aged 19. "I'd come here for the open mic night but never got picked. So I got the number of the booker and called him up. It happened a woman was covering for him that day, and so I lied to her, 'I had a show booked and I don't remember when it was. Would you mind checking?' and she looked in the diary and of course it wasn't there. 'He said he wrote it down,' I said, and so she put me down for a slot. I begged every single person I knew to come. The place was full of Russian adults. They did such good business they had me back, and slowly I started to have some real fans."
    She inspires a particular kind of fervent devotion among her fans, who all seem to want to be her best friend or boyfriend. She's embarrassed. "That is so weird - I think I'm such a dork."
    lol!