Barth

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  1. 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. 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. 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.


  4. Wowww. That is one powerful voice. I love it so much. The you-ooh-ooh-ooh part (you know what I mean right?) is filling me with joy and yeah, I know it's not exactly a feel good song, but I'm reminded what it's like to be blown away by a new Regina song.

     

    It's so cool that Randall Poster is so enthusiastic about her. He's the music supervisor of all the Wes Anderson films, Boyhood, and a lot of other stuff. I hope he'll sneak in a song of hers into a Wes Anderson movie once ;)

    Good point.  Foster means a lot beyond the usual music circles.


  5. I hear more Billie Holiday (another Regina influence) in the interpretation...(high praise indeed)... and yes, an album of standards would be a lovely idea..

    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.


  6. 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:

     

     http://music-mix.ew.com/2014/10/24/regina-spektor-boardwalk-empire-final-episode/

     

    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!!!

     

     


  7. 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.


  8. This article says Regina was at Tori Amos' concert .. not surprising, I guess..

     

    http://www.bkmag.com/2014/05/01/everything-you-need-to-know-about-tori-amos-but-were-afraid-to-ask/

     

    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....


  9. 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:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-ijAkuVcew

     

    Regina doing the original (famously recorded by many including, of course, Streisand), but, probably most notably: by Lady Day,who Regina clearly channels: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tpWXAWLAwRo

     

    OK,here's the Lady herself:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3LHz8MvDMjk

     

    or, more recently:   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jf0ldEBBJhY


  10. The last song reference reminds me very much of Leonard Cohen in voice and content..an example:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iW8rFho6In8

    Regina has often cited LC as a reference and inspiration and covered at least two of his songs (Hallelujah and Chelsea Hotel No. 2)

    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: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/21/arts/music/lauren-fox-sings-songs-of-joni-mitchell-and-leonard-cohen.html?_r=0


  11. 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.


  12. Sorry if a topic covers something like this already, if so, I couldn't find it. Sometimes there are exp<b></b>ressions and comments about Regina that aren't really interviews or reviews or full articles that I think are worthy of mention just to read about her praises and feel all proud when someone gives her good mention. Don't know about you, but I like to read them. So here's one I found today:

    Tim McGraw (of all people) :)

    snippet of an interview:

    What’s the last song you downloaded?

    Imogen? [pause] Imogen Heap. That real weird thing ... Sometimes I’ll run across things that my daughters like. Like Regina Spektor. My daughter was listening to her the other day and that was the first time I heard her and I was like, "Man that’s really cool stuff." So, I’m not very adventurous when it comes to looking for stuff, but I’ll run across stuff and start liking things because of the kids.

    Full interview if you want:

    http://www.google.co...9LmMeypsyKzOMSA

    And I have others, but I gonna see first how well this subject takes off :).

    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...


  13. 'Tis true.Thanks.

    I think another parallel may become apparent in a few years. The wide recognition of Joni Mitchell as extraodinary is relatively recent. Yes, many of us were devotees of hers when she first appeared and even more so after Blue (male as well as female, contrary to what is believed today), but she was not talked about in the same reverential voice as even Bob Dylan. Now, after the Herbie Hancock Grammy winning album of covers, and the prominent role of Blue in "The Kids are All Right" (see http://www.pbs.org/wnet/need-to-know/culture/loving-joni-mitchell-you-dont-have-to-be-gay/7820/) and other things of that type, her music is now regarded as the special stuff it is.

    I am certain that the same will someday apply to Regina.