ChooSum

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    ChooSum got a reaction from Lilyfloss in Regina is everywhere   
    Sorry if this has been posted elsewhere, but Regina got together with Ben Folds to sing the super fun "You Don't Know Me" three days ago. Here's a video:
     


     
     
    Gosh, look at that smile!
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    ChooSum got a reaction from Lilyfloss in Regina is everywhere   
    Sorry if this has been posted elsewhere, but Regina got together with Ben Folds to sing the super fun "You Don't Know Me" three days ago. Here's a video:
     


     
     
    Gosh, look at that smile!
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    ChooSum reacted to Be like the water, people. 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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    ChooSum reacted to robertaxel in New songs posted on youtube   
    'With a pack of wild strangers' is what I heard, though my hearing is not what it was..... 
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    ChooSum reacted to Izzycoon in Statues of Us   
    Hello! I'm new to the forum, but I had something I really wanted to share with fans of Regina Spektor, something I think people will really appreciate. I'm in an activity called 'winter guard', where we spin flags, dance, and spin rifles and sabres. This year, our show was to 'Us' by Regina Spektor, and the show name was 'Statues of Us'.
    Every time I listen to this song I get really emotional, thinking back on all the hard work we put into this show, and this song means a whole lot to me, and I hope to share that with you guys.
     
    Attached is a video of our state championship competition (we got 2nd place with a score of 90.27!) The actual performance starts around 2:17.
     
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f9A5yhbuSnc#t=135
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    ChooSum got a reaction from TC in Lady   
     
    I agree. It's really quite astounding how close Regina sounds like Billie Holiday in this song. I listen to 'Lady' right after Billie Holiday's 'Strange Fruit' all the time just to marvel at the similarities and connections between the two. I also absolutely loved the part in the end here Regina stops singing and the music kicks in. The piano and the saxophone sounded like they were battling each other for attention while unknowingly merging into one hauntingly beautiful composition.
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    ChooSum got a reaction from TC in Lady   
     
    I agree. It's really quite astounding how close Regina sounds like Billie Holiday in this song. I listen to 'Lady' right after Billie Holiday's 'Strange Fruit' all the time just to marvel at the similarities and connections between the two. I also absolutely loved the part in the end here Regina stops singing and the music kicks in. The piano and the saxophone sounded like they were battling each other for attention while unknowingly merging into one hauntingly beautiful composition.
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    ChooSum reacted to TC in Vote for Regina on popcrush.com!   
    Damn. Regina's in the way lead! Would be cool if she won!
     
    I really hope she gets the Grammy, too...she deserves it so much.
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    ChooSum reacted to RJLupin2 in Regina nominated for a Grammy for "You've Got Time"!   
    Jack Dishel just posted on facebook that Regina has been nominated for a Grammy for Orange is the New Black's theme "You've Got Time" in the category "Best Song Written For Visual Media"!
     

     
    Link!
     
     
    It's about damn time, don't you think?!
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    ChooSum reacted to Be like the water, people. 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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    ChooSum reacted to Shane D. in New Song - Blood Of Eden   
    I actually think Cheap Seats had much better production on the songs than Far did, but I know what you mean.
    I think it's not so much that the quality of the songs has decreased - after all, many of the songs from Cheap Seats (and Far) were many years old. It's more just that the production on them is "poppier," for lack of a better term, than the original solo versions of those same songs. For example, I think Folding Chair and One More Time with Feeling are terrific songs when played solo, but I really dislike the production on the album version of both of them. It's not the songs themselves.
    So I really think, for the most part, her songs are just as good as they ever were. It's just that, for whatever reason, Regina feels the need for the songs on the records to have somewhat of a glossy production... at least some of them.
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    ChooSum reacted to robertaxel in New Song - Blood Of Eden   
    Interesting.. I love Far as much as any of her albums... The Calculation is an amazing start, being immediately poppy and accessible and yet a brilliant metaphor as only Regina could write them - using time to measure out emotions..not to mention her beautiful vocal gymnastics at the end. Eet of course is brilliant - who but Regina could write a song about the old typewriter EET key (and use it in a video). Blue Lips is breathtaking in its exploration of the universe creation, and Regina's quick history of humanity from the garden of Eden to the drudgery of the assembly line is a tour de force of songwriting. Folding Chair is an utterly delightful and catchy song, and Regina playfully deconstructs the self -image that women labor under with the line 'I've got a perfect body cause my eyelashes catch my sweat'
    Laughing With is a wonderful exploration of how we wrestle with faith and also skewers the phony faith healers and pious hypocrites who poison our air waves Dance Anthem of the 80s explores serious themes of want and loneliness in between its catchy lyrical melody. Genius Next Door is a beautiful cinematic construct of a song, I see a movie playing in my head whenever I hear it. Wallet takes a simple mixup involving a lost wallet and makes an elegant short story of it.
    One More Time with Feeling is a real standout for me - from the chilling opening 'Your stitches are all out, but your scars are healing wrong' to the compassionate "And the pride inside their eyes Would synchronize into a love you've never know, So much more than you've been shown. And Man of a Thousand Faces uses surreal imagery to masterful effect. It is a magnificent album which ranks among the best of any current singer songwriters, IMO
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    ChooSum got a reaction from Shane D. in New Song - Blood Of Eden   
    I agree with Shane D. and sweetness . This song is pretty enough to like but too safe for me to fall in love with. And although it breaks my heart to admit it, I felt the same with 'You've Got Time' and WWSFTCS. Don't get me wrong, I still love Regina's music to the point of heartache. Perhaps this snippet of a Far review from Popmatters put it more aptly :
    But as she gets more widely known, more popular, Regina Spektor will paradoxically have to work harder to maintain that persona she’s built up over the past eight years. The old fans want that feeling of discovery again, the new ones can have their sweet melodies. It’s not as if Spektor’s lost it all, though—truth is, she doesn’t have to do too much. Just say in that childlike voice, “Hello, hello, calling a Karl Projectorinski to the front "
    I am a late bloomer to Regina's music ( post - Far ) , so I might be totally wrong here, but I feel the entrancing quality in her past songs are harder to find in her recent songs. It was as if her personality is being overshadowed by the lush productions of her recent releases. I still remember the feeling of utter serenity and bliss when I first heard "Lounge" and "Just Like The Movies", and I hope (oh god how I hope!) to rediscover that feeling again in her future releases.
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    ChooSum reacted to sweetness in my lungs in New Song - Blood Of Eden   
    It's very... Only Son. They do get a specific sound working together, but I think it's more towards Jack than Regina in a way. Her other covers have been more her "old" style, like No Surprises. This is more You've Got Time (which makes sense also because it's more recent ) or even My Museum (an Only Son song). I figure this is the style she's trying out now. I wonder if this will be the style on her new album also, that she's taking this direction. I hope not, even though I appreciate this song when standing on its' own. I hope I don't sound too harsh on this one. It's pretty. But kinda safe.
    Have Jack been working on the production on this one?
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    ChooSum reacted to Anthony Minsky in Showing RespeKt   
    Sorry if a topic covers something like this already, if so, I couldn't find it. Sometimes there are expressions 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 .
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    ChooSum got a reaction from Emmerrrrrrr in Regina is everywhere   
    " It kind of felt to me like, if somebody is really oppressed and trapped, you still have this ability to internally feel free and let your mind stay free and get excited, have fun and get swept up. You know? And so, I sort of think that was a big part of the song."
    Wow ! That was the first time I've seen her describe any of her songs to anybody ! I thought discussions of concepts and ideas of her art is a definite no-go zone for her? Not that I'm complaining, though.
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    ChooSum got a reaction from Emmerrrrrrr in *NEW SONG* You've Got TIme   
    I was disconnected from the internet for a week up until now. (intentionally. I was reading Allen Ginsberg's "Deliberate Prose" and the way he kept going on about how our minds are conditioned by mass media really depresses me)
    When my sister told me about this new song during dinner, I literally choked on my food. And then I went and broke every mental vow I made the last week about reducing my dependency on the internet.
    Bloody great song, by the way. Sorry, Mr. Ginsberg.
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    ChooSum reacted to Barth in Marrying my nephew   
    Cute headline and slightly provocative, but a rather straightforward story.
    My nephew was married yesterday and he and his new wife asked me to conduct the ceremony. I have no legal authority to do this, so they took care of the legal issues elsewhere, but I was so honored to be able to stand with bride and groom to essentially read a truly beautiful script they wrote.
    They also asked if I would insert some personal comments about them, such as when I knew they belonged together and the like, so I scratched a few sentences of that type together. When I finished writing my two paragraphs, though, I felt as if something was missing. And so I added this:
    “I am following their lead in how we are conducting this ceremony, but every wedding needs a little poetry, and the only poets that mean anything to me are lyricists. So, here is some poetry
    this is how it works
    You peer inside yourself
    You take the things you like
    Then try to love the things you took
    And then you take that love you made
    And stick it into some -
    Someone else's heart
    Pumping someone else's blood
    Later, I was asked by more than one person about the lyrics and I was proud to to identify her and to tell those who asked that I think she has something meaningful to say about every event one could imagine.
    I remain so proud to have been asked to do this and to have injected Regina into such a happy day, that I am willing to give up my secret identity to just link to some of the photos of the event: https://www.facebook...o_album_comment
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    ChooSum reacted to robertaxel in Regina rocks Jumpin' Jack Flash!   
    sorry, I feel like I am monopolizing things, but this is WAY too cool not to post

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    ChooSum reacted to robertaxel in Truck Fest 2006 Live - 3 days left to listen   
    Be there or be square:
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01s5g7g
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    ChooSum reacted to sweetness in my lungs in Alex Heffes ft. Regina "Balloon Girl"   
    That demo was leaked at about the same time that the beauty demos were. Someone hacked into her stuff (?) and leaked a bunch of things. I don't think this is from the musical but I think it's a demo she doesn't want people to have. I don't think she was the one who decided to put it up.
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    ChooSum got a reaction from kaoir in Alex Heffes ft. Regina "Balloon Girl"   
    kaoir, PM me your e-mail address and I'll send you one in a jiffy.
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    ChooSum got a reaction from kaoir in Artists you'd like to see Reg play with...   
    Wow, this thread has been dormant for more than four years.
    I was about to open a new thread named "Dream Collaborations" but I found this instead. Anyhow, my dream is for Regina to co-write a song with legendary songwriters Tom Waits or Leonard Cohen to create an epic lyrical masterpiece that is so deep that only a gifted few can understand it !!! Aaaahhhh......Just thinking about it made me want to drool all over my laptop.
    If I recall correctly, there was an interview that went like this...
    Interviewer: Name one artist that you would love to collaborate with...
    Regina: Tom Waits.....Tom Waits,Tom Waits, Tom Waits !
    Or maybe I was just dreaming out loud?
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    ChooSum got a reaction from himynameism in Unknown song from 2001?   
    *GASP* A LIVE RECORDING OF 2.99 CENT BLUES !!!!! I was about to comment on Renate Hug's channel and ask her to put up the entire performance, but someone beat me to it. Oh well.
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    ChooSum got a reaction from himynameism in Unknown song from 2001?   
    *GASP* A LIVE RECORDING OF 2.99 CENT BLUES !!!!! I was about to comment on Renate Hug's channel and ask her to put up the entire performance, but someone beat me to it. Oh well.