Emmaline

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  1. My favorite four movies of all time are Mr. Nobody, Rocket Science, 500 Days of Summer (duh, it's how I discovered Regina!), and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
  2. quote: Does anyone else have hope that she'll swing by Ohio? I really wish she would! I'd be awesome if she stopped by Columbus. Of course, even if she did have a show in Ohio, I probably wouldn't be able to convince my parents to spend $50+ on a seat at the concert of an artist they've barely even heard of...
  3. "If Hans Christian Andersen could've had his way with me, then none of this shit would've ever gone down" --Prisoners
  4. How do you guys get "flower"? I always thought it was "lawyer"... Anyways, I think this song is about growing up. When you're little, you play around with your friends and use your imaginations, pretending to be knights or musketeers. Then, when you get older, you no longer use your imagination and aren't as optimistic ("Skies got higher and days got colder"), and concern yourself with small, unimportant stuff ("It's paper or plastic, paper or plastic..."). Then, you become an adult and get a job, like a priest or gardener or lawyer (not a flower, you silly people ). But it's all just a disguise. Underneath you're still the same person, and some part of you wishes you could go back in time and become a musketeer again.
  5. This is so good! I think my favorite is either Hotel Song or Us. quote: Wouldn't it have been cool if they'd done Aprés Moi?! A string version of Apres Moi would be awesome! I'd also like to hear what 20 Years of Snow and Human of the Year would sound like performed by a string quartet.
  6. Looks like another leak from Beauty: http://empathicghost.tumblr.co...ktors-beauty-musical
  7. quote: Are these pictures new? Did I actually discover some new pictures? That never happens to me. http://payload9.cargocollectiv...9.41.05%20AM_900.png http://payload9.cargocollectiv...9.39.24%20AM_900.png http://payload9.cargocollectiv...9.40.26%20AM_900.png http://payload9.cargocollectiv...9.39.49%20AM_900.png Those pictures are breathtaking! Here's another one from the same photo shoot:
  8. Wow, thanks so much lennonist! Your post definitely made my day. the monster in your closet: I don't think we've met before, but judging from your posts you seem like a pretty cool person. I'm constantly amazed at how friendly and caring everyone on this forum is. Brumstix is surely one of the best places on the internet.
  9. “Literally, you touch a note, and you can’t sound bad on it. Like, you could be five years old and you touch a note and it rings out and it makes all of humanity’s sins forgiven. It’s just that good.” -- Regina on Steinway concert grand pianos. Source. It's like asking 'why bother to pray'? A lot of it is for yourself. A lot of it is internal. It's more for yourself to feel like you are being represented. -- Regina on why voting is important. "Suppose I never ever… something. Suppose I never ever another thing! Suppose I kept on… something. Something else!" -- Regina after she forgets the lyrics to Fidelity. If you get enslaved by your own insecurities or society or things that you've been taught or any kind of thing, if you don't stay free, then no one's going to congratulate you. You don't get a prize at the end for going through life in a proper way. It's just going to be your loss. -- Regina on what is important to her in life. Just as it's natural for someone to have faith, it's just as natural for someone to not have faith, and for those two entities to just let each other be. -- Regina on whether she is religious. “Hi, this is Regina Spektor, and I guess the question now is what bums me out. So there’s a lot of stuff that bums me out, but the one that comes to mind is when the temperature drops in New York City and there’s a lot of dead birds on the street, and you keep on finding them and they freeze. I used to bury them a lot but now with the bird flu thing, I can’t so much, so that bums me out. The dead birds and the fact I can’t bury them anymore. For fear of death.” -- Regina on what bums her out. Source. The world is ruled by itself. -- Regina on "who rules the world". Sometimes I’m sarcastic about it, and sometimes I’m in awe. Sometimes I feel very connected, and sometimes I feel angry at it. I don’t have a stance or a manifesto about any of it, but I’m perpetually looking at it differently, like a kaleidoscope. -- Regina on faith and religion. Source. "Mother, girlfriend. Same difference for this guy!" -- Regina after messing up on Poor Little Rich Boy. Well, a revolution is a closed curve. So in the true sense of the actual word, you come all the way around. That's a full revolution. You go exactly back to where you started. It's typical human stuff to try and make a revolution, because we just want to fix the problem right away. We want one drastic thing. And revolutions are very bloody, they're very messy, and usually at the moment the oppressed overthrow the oppressor, the oppressed become the oppressors and the next oppressed exists. So I think that, better than a revolution, we should just gently steer things into a proper course, so we don't accidentally revolve all the way and start at the same point that it's been. -- Regina on what would make her start a revolution. "I've been thinking a lot about space. It was one of those slow-motion realizations how little we are, how far we are from everything else in our solar system. This idea of distance started kind of haunting me. How do you go forth and accomplish things but not end up leaving everything you started out with in the dust?" -- Regina on the title of "Far". Source.
  10. I think that this song is about communism in the Soviet Union. The narrator seems to be a member of the Russian aristocracy, someone who might be exiled or killed as a result of the Bolshevik Revolution (specifically Nicholas II, the last emperor of Russia). I must go on standing You can't break that which isn't yours I must go on standing I'm not my own, it's not my choice This first verse is told from the point of view of Nicholas II, during the Romanov family's imprisonment in the Ipatiev House. He seems to be telling himself "I must go on standing" in hopes of staying alive and perhaps one day returning to power, despite the hard conditions and obvious threat of death he and his family are facing. The lines "You can't break that which isn't yours" and "I'm not my own, it's not my choice" imply that he is considering suicide, but decides that he can't because he no longer belongs to himself. This is an interesting observation; because according to the basic ideology of communism, everything belongs to everyone. So in a way, you own nothing, not even yourself. Be afraid of the lame, they'll inherit your legs Be afraid of the old, they'll inherit your souls Be afraid of the cold, they'll inherit your blood This verse expands the "You can't break that which isn't yours" idea in the previous one; in a communist society, the underprivileged (the old, the lame, and the cold) inherit things from the aristocracy. Therefore, Nicholas II is telling himself to "be afraid of the lame" because it is for their sake he is being killed. Apres moi, le deluge After me comes the flood This is a quote from the King of France, Louis XV, who said it just before his death in 1774. 15 years later, the French Revolution broke out. It's easy to compare the French Revolution to Bolshevik Revolution. Although one resulted in a republic and the another in socialism, both involved the assassination of a monarchy by the proletariat. So it makes sense that Regina would put the words of Louis XV into Nicholas II's mouth. Also, Karl Marx (one of the main influences of Lenin) refers to the phrase in his book Das Kapital: "Apres moi le deluge! is the watchword of every capitalist and of every capitalist nation." Февраль. Достать чернил и плакать! Писать о феврале навзрыд, Пока грохочущая слякоть Весною черною горит. (Translation: February. Get ink. Weep. Write the heart out about it, sing Another song of February While raucous slush burns black with spring.) This verse is taken from Russian poet Boris Pasternak's poem "February", which was written in 1912. The fact that Regina chooses to recite it in its original Russian version furthers the connection between Apres Moi and the Soviet Union. I used to think that Regina decided to reference "February" in her song just because it was one of her favorite poems, since I didn't really see the connection between it and the Soviet Union (after all, it was written before the Soviet Union was even formed). But I just realized something; the first Russian revolution-- the one that ended the Russian Empire and caused the abdication of Nicholas II-- took place in February! In fact, it was called the "February Revolution" and was a major turning point in the formation of the Soviet Union. Anyways, that's my interpretation of Apres Moi. What do you guys think about this song?
  11. I think that this song is about communism in the Soviet Union. The narrator seems to be a member of the Russian aristocracy, someone who might be exiled or killed as a result of the Bolshevik Revolution (specifically Nicholas II, the last emperor of Russia). I must go on standing You can't break that which isn't yours I must go on standing I'm not my own, it's not my choice This first verse is told from the point of view of Nicholas II, during the Romanov family's imprisonment in the Ipatiev House. He seems to be telling himself "I must go on standing" in hopes of staying alive and perhaps one day returning to power, despite the hard conditions and obvious threat of death he and his family are facing. The lines "You can't break that which isn't yours" and "I'm not my own, it's not my choice" imply that he is considering suicide, but decides that he can't because he no longer belongs to himself. This is an interesting observation; because according to the basic ideology of communism, everything belongs to everyone. So in a way, you own nothing, not even yourself. Be afraid of the lame, they'll inherit your legs Be afraid of the old, they'll inherit your souls Be afraid of the cold, they'll inherit your blood This verse expands the "You can't break that which isn't yours" idea in the previous one; in a communist society, the underprivileged (the old, the lame, and the cold) inherit things from the aristocracy. Therefore, Nicholas II is telling himself to "be afraid of the lame" because it is for their sake he is being killed. Apres moi, le deluge After me comes the flood This is a quote from the King of France, Louis XV, who said it just before his death in 1774. 15 years later, the French Revolution broke out. It's easy to compare the French Revolution to Bolshevik Revolution. Although one resulted in a republic and the another in socialism, both involved the assassination of a monarchy by the proletariat. So it makes sense that Regina would put the words of Louis XV into Nicholas II's mouth. Also, Karl Marx (one of the main influences of Lenin) refers to the phrase in his book Das Kapital: "Apres moi le deluge! is the watchword of every capitalist and of every capitalist nation." Февраль. Достать чернил и плакать! Писать о феврале навзрыд, Пока грохочущая слякоть Весною черною горит. (Translation: February. Get ink. Weep. Write the heart out about it, sing Another song of February While raucous slush burns black with spring.) This verse is taken from Russian poet Boris Pasternak's poem "February", which was written in 1912. The fact that Regina chooses to recite it in its original Russian version furthers the connection between Apres Moi and the Soviet Union. I used to think that Regina decided to reference "February" in her song just because it was one of her favorite poems, since I didn't really see the connection between it and the Soviet Union (after all, it was written before the Soviet Union was even formed). But I just realized something; the first Russian revolution-- the one that ended the Russian Empire and caused the abdication of Nicholas II-- took place in February! In fact, it was called the "February Revolution" and was a major turning point in the formation of the Soviet Union. Anyways, that's my interpretation of Apres Moi. What do you guys think about this song?
  12. Vote for your favorite music video by Regina! If your favorite video is not listed (e.g. an unofficial video or a video from the Survival Guide To Soviet Kitsch), please mention it in the comments.
  13. Vote for your favorite music video by Regina! If your favorite video is not listed (e.g. an unofficial video or a video from the Survival Guide To Soviet Kitsch), please mention it in the comments.
  14. quote: Wow, that's a lot of Regina to listen to in a day! How long did it take? I didn't even know a chronological listed existed It's missing a couple of songs I think, though, like Twa Sisters and Rockland County. Twa Sisters isn't exactly a song by Regina, just a cover. Oh, and Balloon Girl and Birdsong (which Regina did with Alex Heffes). And a song called When I Woke Up featuring Regina. I just added Rockland County and some of her newer songs (like Ink Stains and Firewood). I didn't finish it, unfortunately. But I did make it all the way to Secret Stash before I went to sleep, which is surprisingly far down the list.
  15. Make a wish everyone! (or at least everyone in my time zone...) I'm listening to all 151 Regina songs in chronological order to celebrate (based on this thread) Currently, it's playing the Bronx. How relevant. "Do you know what I'd wish for? Do you know what I'd wish for? A 24-hour Baskin Robbins in my neighborhood An elevator in my building so I wouldn't have to walk up to the eighth floor And also a dog."