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  1. Bonnaroo 2010

    quote: Originally posted by fidelity377: I know that Tori Amos's set will be streaming live on YouTube at 7:15 p.m. June 11th. I haven't heard anything about Regina though. The NPR stream will be great and easiest to record, I am sure, but, she has also now been added to the You Tube video stream, http://www.youtube.com/bonnaroo thus completely altering my weekend and yours, too, no doubt (unless you are there).
  2. Northwestern University's Dillo Day- May 29, 2010

    OK. Good. Just checking. SUNY Purchase is, I know, quite proud of their alumnae, Regina, Jenny and quite a few others (Bess Rogers, for instance...) quote: Originally posted by eshbach: quote: Originally posted by Barth: Just one note based on your Hot in Here comment. Listen, please, to Jenny Owen Youngs' cover, or better yet, the shockingly funny video. I think your life will be even better for doing so. Trust me, Jamie knows all about Jenny's cover. We were discussing Jenny pretty much the whole time we were walking back to the festival that night (with the intent of seeing the fireworks, not so much Mr. Nelly) because I didn't know that Nelly was the original artist.
  3. Regina at The White House!

    quote: Edit: Barth, is this you?: http://barth.dailykos.com/ and http://edsbarth.blogspot.com/ People on here never cease to amaze. Yes, 'tis the same fool. Got to talking to some young brumstickers at Barnes and Noble last summer and well, you know. And the second site you mention has several long Regina posts explaining how a child of the late sixties and early seventies (born in the early 50s) winds up so grateful for Regina. This one probably is the most detailed: http://edsbarth.blogspot.com/2...a-at-radio-city.html and it makes reference to an earlier post written in the intense moments after I first heard Laughing With, but which included stupid comments which I write in ignorance, despite my being completely bowled over by Far. In the year since I have devoured everything that can be heard of her work, and have yet to find anything which I do not find to be a treasure. And, as to the rest of your post---love all of those performances but only Regina's brought me close to tears.
  4. Regina at The White House!

    I just found this on C-SPAN. http://www.c-span.com/Watch/Me...Month+Reception.aspx Maybe one of you could figure out a better way to share this with everyone, but it has the whole ceremony, front to back including Regina's deep breaths as she started to play Us.
  5. Northwestern University's Dillo Day- May 29, 2010

    Very nice report. Thank you for it and for representing the rest of us so well. Just one note based on your Hot in Here comment. Listen, please, to Jenny Owen Youngs' cover, or better yet, the shockingly funny video. I think your life will be even better for doing so. quote: Believe me, my life is much more complete now that I saw (with binoculars) Nelly perform Hot in Here. There were fireworks and finally the long day was over. I’ll definitely be checking this event out again next year.
  6. Northwestern University's Dillo Day- May 29, 2010

    Thanks so much for the wonderful recording. Regina sounds very happy to be performing a regular concert in the U.S. again. It has been awhile with really on Irving Place and the White House breaking up all the European and Far East tours. And she sounds really, really great.
  7. Regina at The White House!

    I hear you. You are right about the Holocaust and all the other events we celebrate. This, though, was a celebration of Us. What we have brought to this country beyond the tsuris and tragedy that has followed us around. I don't think Ink Stains would cause a scandal. It is a wrenching, emotional song, though. You would not hear it at a wedding or bar/bat mitzvah. And, as a I think of it, this while discussion shows how extraordinary Regina's range is, and how unfathomably important she has become. quote: the enduring values of a history marked by so much tragedy –- not cynicism or despair, not callous indifference. Every person in this room knows somebody –- perhaps a mother or father, an aunt, an uncle, perhaps yourself –- who exemplifies this heritage. Every person in this room stands at the end of an unbroken chain of perseverance –- of a conviction that a better future is possible -- that doesn’t just offer a lesson to Jewish Americans. It offers a lesson to all Americans. And ultimately, that is what we are celebrating today. The President's quote mentions "the enduring values of a history marked by so much tragedy" - however, the quote does not specify what these values are! "The chain of unbroken perseverance" is exactly all the tragic events in Jewish history, including the Holocaust. It is a long-standing Jewish tradition to remember all the tragic events at the highest moment of celebration. This is what the Passover all about. Jews celebrate their deliverance from slavery in Egypt by performing a ritual of remembrance of their horrible condition and God's grace every year. There is not one Jewish celebration/holiday (except for Shavuot, which is a farming celebration) which is a purely joyous event. Each Jewish holiday has a moment of sadness to it, even the weddings. It is our tradition and it is what makes us persevere. If the Heritage Month is a celebration of Jewish tradition and the Jewish culture, remembering Holocaust on such occasion would be very appropriate. HOWEVER, I CAN SEE HOW THE LYRICS OF "INK STAINS" COULD BE MISINTERPRETED AND CAUSE A POLITICAL SCANDAL. Hence, I wish Regina had an opportunity to write a song for the occasion, instead of taking an existing song like "The Sword and the Pen" and adding a russian-jewish flavored twist to it. In any case, her performance was great! and she handled the stress pretty well. Here is a review of the event that I find very interesting: 0:t1275172782:&cd=YoB4G3vniYg&usg=AFQjCNGc5yjs0nDyGbu2_kqqEvljriLrng" target="_blank">http://www.google.com/url?sa=X...DyGbu2_kqqEvljriLrng
  8. Regina at The White House!

    Got ya. You make very good points, which I appreciate and, yes, we need immigrants. Of course, Bella and Ilya Spektor did great by us all by coming here with Regina (and Bear, I am sure). quote: Originally posted by Reginaoverdose: quote: Originally posted by Reginaoverdose: ...She came here legally. And i don't wanna know where I'd be without her.! quote: Originally posted by Barth: I don't quite understand how the legality of her arrival here has anything to do with what she has contributed to your life, mine and so many others. ~Where did I say this? You must have misunderstood what you first wrote and then my response. I never related the two. quote: Originally posted by Barth: People can keep yelling about immigrants, but then again, where would we be without Regina? Really. ~The current debate is on illegals and I simply pointed out it's different in her case because she came legally when you related the debate with her immigration. The fight isn't to stop proper immigration. It really should be an easier process! I didn't relate legality to what she means to me in my life... I just said that at the end cause you asked where we would be without her.
  9. Regina at The White House!

    quote: Originally posted by Reginaoverdose: ...She came here legally. And i don't wanna know where I'd be without her.! I don't quite understand how the legality of her arrival here has anything to do with what she has contributed to your life, mine and so many others. Sure, it was a different time then, when perestroika allowed Russian Jews to leave and the United States was happy to receive these refugees and to allow them to come here but none of that has anything to do with her contributions. Someone whose work I treasure and love said it very well, maybe the best I have ever heard it expressed: quote: There are immigrants, I know Who came, like me, as little kids They think that today it's so different And they believe that immigrants Shouldn't be allowed to come here anymore They do bad for the economy I just know they got something coming If they got anything coming at all I just know they got something coming If they got anything coming at all
  10. Regina at The White House!

    quote: Originally posted by Marry Ann: quote: Originally posted by Barth: I love "Ink Stains" and the way it just shuts up an audience. It is not the song to sing at this occasion. This is a celebration of the Jewish heritage and what it has meant to for and in this nation. I wonder why do you think that "Ink Stains" is not good for the occasion? Holocaust is Jewish heritage all over the world. Many Holocaust survivors live in the US. Some of them even wrote books about it and these books are taught in college courses on Jewish-American literature. The importance of the holocaust and of the song itself is unquestionable. But the event itself was to honor Jewish Heritage Month (one of those things Congress enacts when they fight over everything significant; this was established in 2006). So, as the President described it this event was really about quote: the enduring values of a history marked by so much tragedy –- not cynicism or despair, not callous indifference. Every person in this room knows somebody –- perhaps a mother or father, an aunt, an uncle, perhaps yourself –- who exemplifies this heritage. Every person in this room stands at the end of an unbroken chain of perseverance –- of a conviction that a better future is possible -- that doesn’t just offer a lesson to Jewish Americans. It offers a lesson to all Americans. And ultimately, that is what we are celebrating today. So it was a day to talk about hope and the future and perseverance and not about "cur[ing] the friendly neighbors/ Of the disease which makes them haters" There is, as Ecclesiastes and the Byrds tell us, a time for everything. And, she was so good and her presence (and that of her family) said so much that was exactly in keeping with the day. I was proud of her, but also of this community which has made her visible enough to serve as a symbol of something that is very important.
  11. Regina at The White House!

    Having watched this a few dozen times, I now see poor Senator Spector sitting almost directly in front of Regina's mother. He may want to change the spelling of his last name, pretend he is her grandfather (great grandfather) and see if he can make a few bucks that way. I keep staring at Sandy Koufax, too. The WH has posted its video of the event but it ends with the end of the President's remarks. Hearing the President say Regina's name is great, but I have asked the WH if they could not post the rest of this.
  12. Regina at The White House!

    quote: Originally posted by Kb93: Is it just me or is the piano really hard to hear on these recordings? There is, if you look, no microphone on the piano. It is the White House, not Carnegie Hall. Not so good at a piano and a singer. Better at other things.
  13. Regina at The White House!

    Thanks so much. Sandy Koufax looks to be rapt. Justice Breyer, the President, Vice President and First Lady look as if they are her proud parents. I just saw the President giving her the thumbs up after "Us." (I gather that the protocol about Justices not applauding---which we see at the State of the Union---applies here, too, unless Justices Breyer and Ginsburg were quite unhappy. Could not see the Solicitor General (and Justice in waiting) and what she was doing.) And the President and everyone else standing for Regina. Oh, this is too much. quote: Originally posted by Kb93: Videos the sword and the pen. us Audio- us The Sword and Pen
  14. Regina at The White House!

    quote: He doesn't like her (he's 12 and in a Beatles/Led Zeppelin phase where he only considers bands from the 60s-80s to be "good music"), Trll him that Joni Mitchell played in the sixties. Regina has picked up where she left off.
  15. Regina at The White House!

    Us and then Sword. The WH usually posts their stuff a few hours later. I think it will permit a straight download (the other stuff on their site does, but you never know how Warner Brothers/Sire feels about that). Oh, God. She was overwhelmed (and even said to the President, I don't know how you do this every day) and, on this end, I am, spent (as the song goes). I have a story about all I went through to see this, but it will have to wait.
  16. Regina at The White House!

    Hard to breathe. Wonderful. Awesome, as you guys say. Beautiful. Us and Sword (My prior post was in error; I am still shaking from this).
  17. Regina at The White House!

    I love "Ink Stains" and the way it just shuts up an audience. It is not the song to sing at this occasion. This is a celebration of the Jewish heritage and what it has meant to for and in this nation.
  18. Regina at The White House!

    Maybe the President might have some suggestions as to what he wants to hear. The President of the United States wants Regina Spektor to play in the White House. Just keep thinking about that and really what that means. To the young folk among us who may have voted for the first time in 2008: sometimes---(rarely, in my experience) but sometimes---you can get a President who wants to hear what Regina Spektor is all about. She is playing at the White House tomorrow. Her family left the Soviet Union in 1989 and she is being honored as a Jewish-American, and playing music for the President. I will not get over this for a long, long time.
  19. Regina at The White House!

    This is the lump in the throat part, at least for me quote: Posted 26 May 2010 01:00 PM "Having moved to America from Soviet Russia as a child with my family, we dreamed of reconnecting with our religious traditions and of making America our home," Spektor said. "Having lived here for over twenty years, it is an unimaginable honor to be invited to the White House by President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, to an event celebrating Jewish Americans, and to be counted among them," she added. "Nothing in the world could make us feel more accepted and at home!" The White House (since January 20, 2009, a great day) usually streams these events and they appear to have it scheduled for tmrw at 4, http://www.whitehouse.gov/live, so I dunno. We can all watch and weep at the same time? Don't know how long she gets to play, and fairly certain Laughing With will be among what she sings, but if there was ever a day to finish off Rockland County tomorrow would be it; don't you think (or is that just too over the top?) Anything she sings would be perfect, of course, but the thought of her singing these words at the White House, while people think that "change" is something you get by electing a guy as President (or King or Superman) and that a citizen has no further responsibility, just makes me smile: Power to the people We don't want it We want pleasure And the TVs try to rape us And I guess that they're succeeding And we're going to these meetings But we're not doing any meeting And we're trying to be faithful, but we're Cheating, cheating, cheating
  20. Regina at The White House!

    Beat you to the tearing up part. And if there was ever a question about what President Obama is all about, it is answered yet again. People can keep yelling about immigrants, but then again, where would we be without Regina? Really.
  21. Regina Song Showdown!

    quote: Originally posted by ohmarcello: the flowers vs machine Love em both. Tough call. Flowers, I guess.
  22. Regina on SYTYCD Australia (April 2010)

    You are a wonderful person. Thanks. (Quality is fine). quote: Originally posted by dentistgirl: once and for all. sorry the quality is crap. http://www.sendspace.com/file/ajzdvm
  23. Regina on SYTYCD Australia (April 2010)

    blocked by a demand for my credit
  24. The She&Him Appreciation Thread

    great records both. Matt is spectacular, of course. And, Zooey...well, Zooey is... for us oldsters, it is a great throw back. Noen of this music, btw, would get the attention it deserves but for our Regina. That is so.
  25. Found a recording. Not great; fairly grainy and you can only see a guitar (which does not look acoustic to me), but the sound is good and it breaks my heart as so beautiful a version of an otherwise beautiful piece of work (the song). I begin every day with Laughing With, but this version is the best I have heard.