so i've stumbled upon another interesting (i think) thing
after the songs from far, but before left hand song, 'raindrops' was registered with some music publishing companies. i don't remember regina's 2009 well enough outside of far to think of any great explanations for what this song could have been intended to be used for, but i was wondering if anything else was "released" then? i know soviet kitsch was "re-released" on itunes at one point, but don't remember when, so maybe raindrops could have been a potential bonus track? the other two, scarecrow/december, were from the same sk demo as raindrops.
or maybe it was an alternate idea for the joshua bell album? i feel like i remember hearing that regina chose left hand song right away for that, but don't actually know if that's true.
i'm thinking that it also might have something to do with this video:
it got fairly popular for a fan video, so maybe regina or the label just wanted to ensure that they had control over the song?
either way i'm sure that it's not hugely important, but things are slow in regina-land so i figured it was worth posting about.
i'm able to share a little bit of information right now, so i'm gonna, since it's interesting i think. i'm fairly sure this isn't common knowledge, but if it is i look like an idiot rofl.
regina had at least 9 songs prepared for the demo she submitted in 1999. braille may have been the title track, but the fact that it comes first in alphabetical order is apparently an equally likely explanation for the evidence that suggested this.
the six from the demo:
love affair, which dates back to 1997
school is out
and at least three more that she didnt use, two of them were
and then in 1999 two more songs, probably 11:11 outtakes
pyromania, which was on a 2004 setlist with school is out
not very much, but someone will probably find it entertaining. i'll report back if/when i have more i can post!
upon reading over the lyrics just now, i had a very different interpretation.
the first line that really sticks out to me is "wires around my fingers," and i don't really see how it works into the piano idea. i don't mean to say that every lyric must have a concrete explanation for a particular interpretation, but for me personally i just don't feel that one as much.
one image that "wires around my fingers" really brings to mind for me is someone in a hospital bed, connected to various machines. "potentially lovely, perpetually human, suspended and open;" an immobile, "frozen," possibly comatose or braindead person.
i'm not sure if this is true for non-americans, but the most well-known example of a person like that in my memory is terri shiavo. and, as it happens, it seems that regina debuted this song in january 2005. this was around the time that the terri shiavo case was a really big story, and it's very likely regina would have also been hearing about it. i wonder if it's possible that there's a connection there?
the story was very public, which connects with the verse about everybody staring, and also with the narrator being "open."
"potentially lovely;" the 'what-if' factor. what if the comatose person wakes up. what if one day there is a solution. the person still exists and is still "alive," and thus the potential for them somehow regaining their life still exists, at least in the eyes of some people.
"perpetually human," the other side of that, which is the argument that a person is just being kept alive to ease the suffering of their loved ones, and is trapped and powerless. 'perpetually' has a negative connotation, especially next to 'potentially lovely,' and so it seems like this is being cited as a bad or tragic thing.
and again, either way the person is just in 'suspended' animation, and 'open;' laying on their back, vulnerable, and immobile.
the second verse seems to switch narrators, and could refer to a lover, or just loved one, of the person. 'waiting in vain' for the person to return, so to speak, 'scrubbing out the stains again (i.e. cleaning up after/caring for the person monotonously).' just like the first person, they too are only 'potentially' lovely, 'perpetually' human, and 'suspended,' as their life has mostly become devoted to this situation.
the fourth verse may be the first person again. the gasps, like the wires, again conjure up for me images of someone in a [hospital] bed. the 'room i built myself' makes me think of something mental rather than physical. not actually a room someone literally built, but one they've created in their mind.
the "open" parts seem to follow a shift from the description preceding them ('suspended and open') to a more affirmative tone, and asking/commanding/calling for another person to "open." the last verse completes the thought, adding '...up your eyes.' in the context of this interpretation i guess that one would be self-explanitory.