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Everything posted by Barth

  1. New York Rhapsody on PBS

    Bought the dvd since the stream will not be there forever and, for some reason (probably SIre) she is not on the CD. Someone more talented than me will have to rip Moon River to pass along to all of us. It was and is incredible and proves again that we need an album of standards from her
  2. Town Hall, NYC, October 17, 2016

    I could have sworn the email I got the other day said the pre-sale started at 10AM Eastern time today, but when we reached that minute it switched to tomorrow. Was I seeing things? I am so hopeful of going to this show. The idea of seeing Regina on Sukkot seems truly fitting.
  3. reg in the news

    Except for the last one, which I will now look into, each one of these artists and songs are among my all time favorites. It is stunning. Thanks. (This is headed for FB).
  4. Regina is everywhere

    Thanks. I think the mike that Stephen and Regi were at was not working.
  5. The New Record

    Keep in mind folks that motherhood can take a lot of a person's time. I am a dad ( which can be hard enough, but nothing as difficult as motherhood).
  6. Regina is everywhere

    He is wishing for her but I don't think can happen.(The ballpark is, btw, hideous).
  7. Regina is everywhere

    I am a huge, lifelong fan of the Boston Red Sox, (and love my Bruins and Celtics, too) but football has never meant that much to me. But I am a New Englander by birth and the Patriots are playing, so I feel required to have it on. It was not going well, the Pats down 14-0, and my general disnterest in the whole thing starting to come on, when suddenly a commercial, with Ben Folds' You Don't Know Me, featuring one Regina Spektor popped on, I became much happier and the Patriots scored a quick touchdown. (As always, I missed what product was being sold, so pleased was I to hear Regina singing). I may start to watch more football.
  8. Aside from being the first new Regina recording in way too long a time (motherhood probably does that to a person), this abso-bleeping-lutely spectacular recording of a much recorded well known standard (and, yes, I know the Nina Simone version probably attracted Regina to it) is another reminder (as with My Man, her previous Boardwalk Empire/Vince Giordano recording) of how incredibly versatile and talented our Regi is: I love her own stuff, beyond all words, but, if she does not record a full album of standards, with that incredible voice she has, the world will be poorer beyond belief. I am not a fan of this expression, but it applies to this recording in all of its meanings: Oh, my God!!!
  9. Irving Plaza - 19 November 2014

    I would love to go, but the idea of standing at Irving Plaza (which I have done previously) is too much to bear.
  10. Love Me or Leave Me

    Good point. Foster means a lot beyond the usual music circles.
  11. Love Me or Leave Me

    Yes. I hear the Holliday influence but Giordano and the Night Hawks (who, I think, are as perfect at what they do as anyone can be) has Regina singing it much more up tempo than Billie's version (at least the one I have on my Ipod). But I so remember the 1960s Nina Simone with the semi-classical piano break in the middle. In those days, a female singer playing the piano as she sang, and doing so with great skill, was very rare and, well, that describes Someone Else quite well. This thing is just so great.
  12. Barnes & Noble (NYC), August 18, 2009

    It was five years ago. The first time I saw Regina live and in person. Many, many times since. But five years ago tonight was the first time. I was a Reginaholic before then, but incurably so after the event at Barnes & Noble five years ago right now, or so. Just thought I should mention a momentous occasion.
  13. Regina is everywhere

    Not that I expect her to tell us about every concert she attends, she had so many nice things to say about Neil Young's show at Carnegie Hall in January, I am slightly surprised she said nothing about Tori Amos'. The album, in my opinion, is quite interesting as all of Tori Amos' are, but, not always easy to follow. But the woman loves her piano, and her classical past and, well, you know....
  14. Lady

    This might be slightly easier to figure out if you know that the great saxophonist Lester Young caled Billie Holliday "Lady Day" a nickname that almost took theplace of her real name. So, ummm, "Lady sings the blues..." can really mean only one person (unless Lady Gaga takes to the blues, I suppose). Maybe these two clips will answer this question for you. Regina's own version of My Man: Regina doing the original (famously recorded by many including, of course, Streisand), but, probably most notably: by Lady Day,who Regina clearly channels: OK,here's the Lady herself: or, more recently:
  15. regina is going to be a mommy!

    I am sure that just as so many feel, I find myself as happy for two people I have met exactly once (tho I have seen Regina play about a half dozen times and Jack three times) as for a family member. A thousand ancient prayers come to mind with the word bruchha. Somewhere lurking around.
  16. New Song - Blood Of Eden

    I missed this with all the holiday stuff. My answer to Regina is, yes, you figured it out.
  17. It's great. Regi tells a story about how parts of Hava crept into Flowers. The film is, as a whole, wonderful.
  18. Regina in special NYC appearance

    I was at HIAS. She obviously didn't do Madonna there.
  19. Someone wrote a song about Regina!

    and while LC could be referring to any number of women (or none in particular, or all of them), it is reasonably likely the woman about whom this song was written is Regina's predecessor (in my mind)---Joni Mitchell. If you ever see Lauren Fox' "rendition" of their relationship, you get the point:
  20. New Song - Blood Of Eden

    I am not starting on the Far versus everything else thing again.I love Far---it was the best album of the year that year and my only complaint about WWSITCS is that it was too short. As for Blood of Eden, I would love to see liner notes (I bought it digitally). Many people think Gabriel is the back up vocalist. I dunno. I Iiked Genesis all right, Peter Gabriel as a solo guy a little less so, but Regina takes one of his dramatic overwrought epics and turns it into an anthem. This is just stunning. There is nothing she cannot do.
  21. Showing RespeKt

    Wel, I am interested. Tim mcGraw's dad, who pitched for the Mets and Philadephia, was a very god guy, with an adventurous soul. So, maybe...
  22. New Song - Blood Of Eden

    I don't think "pretty" is the word for this difficult song, though I can't wait to hear what Regina does with it. Here is how I first heard it:
  23. *NEW SONG* You've Got TIme

    I think the same thing, but it would be nice for credits to be set forth.
  24. *NEW SONG* You've Got TIme

    Haven't got it out of my head in two days (not that I am trying very hard. And, of course, I will watch the show, if only for the theme song.
  25. You may not petition the Lord with prayer, but if you laugh with God, rather than at Him, sometimes you he grants you wishes like Jimminy Cricket or Santa Claus. When I was in college a million years ago, a BBC broadcast of Joni Mitchell playing with James Taylor at Albert Hall in London in October, 1970 was re-broadcast on either WNEW-FM or WPLJ. (This was before Blue which catapulted Joni into a new place, and, for James, only a few months after his second (but first for most people) album, Sweet Baby James was released. The technology of the time allowed me to record this onto a cassette tape which I lovingly carried around for decades until it was stolen, with a bunch of other valuable cassettes from my car which I foolishly parked in midtown in the days when that was not the thing to do. Ah, but what thieves steal, the internet giveth back. (I made that up; it is not a biblical passage). This suddenly appeared on my computer today and I am so happy to have this back in my life that I felt compelled to tell you about it. The people who posted it are obviously not my age since the stuff written around suggests an unawareness of Joni and James as a couple, something she sang about a few years later ("pack up your suspenders" on See You Sometime from For the Roses). More importantly, what makes this such a treasure is that they play together from track 8, while the internet notes identify only track 11 as a duet. In particular, James' very quiet harmony on For Free changes the song just so much, but his very distinctive guitar is all over this. Joni's introduction to The Circle Game (which has stuck in my mind all these years) is, of course, about her friend, Neil Young, though she does not mention him by name but rather the lyrics to Sugar Mountain, to which The Circle Game is Joni's rejoinder. Her explanation of how Carey came to be written is almost equally priceless, This is rock and roll history of the highest order. As for the stuff they claim was not broadcast, some of it I remember hearing but others, such as a song caled Good Samaritan which I have never heard before (this, in itself, is amazing) like finding beautiful jewelry in a barren desert. And, yes, the young Joni, her approach to her music, especially behind a keyboard, is what I remember, have always loved dearly, and is part of what has made Regina Spektor so important to me. (I will never understand what the phrase "anti-folk" is supposed to mean, especially as applied to Regina, or Jenny Owen Youngs or Bess Rogers and so forth). As I have come to see President Kennedy in President Obama, there is so much Joni in Regina (not just the obvious here: ) and, as I think of Joni as one of the musician/composers of the twentieth century (if not the single most outstanding) there is much to hope for from Regina who I treasure in much the same way as, always, Joni Mitchell. This is as great a piece of work as there is in the world of music.