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  1. 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?
  2. 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.
  3. 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...
  4. "If Hans Christian Andersen could've had his way with me, then none of this shit would've ever gone down" --Prisoners
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Looks like another leak from Beauty: http://empathicghost.tumblr.co...ktors-beauty-musical
  8. 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:
  9. 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.
  10. “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.
  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."
  16. Wow! I'm really excited to finally find a new song of Regina's, even if it sounds a bit different. Should we add Pure Perfection to the "Complete Spektography" page or wait until we know more about it?
  17. Happy Hooker! Happy Hooker vs. Ode to Divorce
  18. quote: Pavlov's Daughter took me awhile. I heard it and thought 'wow this is just too much'. Of course I have it now, and just bask in its greatness. But why not right away? I don't know. Someone earlier said it scared them. I thought that was funny. I'm not sure it was that. I just don't think I understood her yet. At that time I was just thinking songs, I didn't realize her as this magical entity that I do now. But now I know that. She's way more than just good songs. With her you just have to have the whole thing. I had pretty much the same exact reaction when I first heard Pavlov's Daughter. I didn't dislike it, but I didn't love it either. Then, after I listened to Regina a little bit more, Pavlov's Daughter become my absolute favorite song of all time. A lot of her songs grow on you like that--I think it's just an indication of how great they are. As for the meaning, I have no idea. But I did read somewhere (not a reliable source) that Pavlov's Daughter was based on a book Regina read. If that was true, it might explain some of the lyrics.
  19. Belt vs. Firewood
  20. quote: Hello there, Emmaline! You have really cool parents. When they least expect it, hug them both when you can. =) Vonnegut is great. He was an Honorary President of the American Humanist Association. You are very well-read for your age. Consider reading Alice in Wonderland and Anne Frank sometime too. You'll fit right in here. Other people don't appreciate Regina as much as we do, so it helps to form a community over reginitis. Welcome to Brümstix! =D Hello, lennonist! I love Regina Spektor, so I'm very happy to contribute to this forum. She is so ridiculously underrated. I actually read The Diary of Anne Frank a couple of years ago (it was pretty good). I still need to read Alice in Wonderland, though... and yes, my parents are really cool. quote: Hey Emmaline, welcome to this awesome, awesome community. I just read your interpretation of Human of the Year! It was awesome! You'll fit right in! Thanks, RJLupin2! And nice to meet you. Everyone here is so nice!
  21. quote: Hi, Emmaline! Welcome to the Stix! The people on here are amazing--genuine and supportive Sounds like you'll fit in just fine! I've never read any Kurt Vonnegut. What do you like most about his work? (No pressure to answer, i was just curious!) Welcome again, and I hope you'll stick around for a while! By the way, I'm Briana. You can call me by my username if that's easier for you tho Nice to meet you, Briana. I've been lurking on this forum for a while, and it certainly seems like a nice, welcoming place. I definitely recommend Vonnegut if you've never read any of his books before. He is a very satirical and thought-provoking writer. He's a little weird if you're not used to his style, though; reading Kurt Vonnegut books requires a little bit of open-mindedness. Anyways, thanks for the warm welcome! I'm sure I'll enjoy it here (I love your username, by the way).
  22. Stats Name or nickname: Emmaline Age: 14 Gender: Female Location: United States Languages: English. I've been learning Spanish for awhile but I'm not quite fluent in it yet. I took a Mandarin Chinese class a couple of years ago but I've forgotten pretty much everything but "hello". Ever since hearing 8th Floor, I've wanted to learn Russian, but I only know a few phrases and how to read the Cyrillic alphabet. Life Occupation: Student Hobbies: Reading is my favorite hobby, I do it whenever I get a chance. I've played piano since I was 5, and I've recently started learning flute. I also love writing. And listening to music, obviously. Interests: books, religion, science, history, philosophy, Kurt Vonnegut, piano, literature, and Regina Spektor (bet you didn't see that one coming ) Political Views: I usually go with whatever I think is correct rather than stay with one specific party; however, I'm leaning a little toward the left. Religious Views: I was raised as an atheist, but I love learning about various religions and reading their holy books. Favorite Things Books: Anything Vonnegut. He's my favorite author of all time, and I love all of his books-- Cat's Cradle, Slaughterhouse-Five, Breakfast of The Champions, etc. I also first learned about him when Regina mentioned him in an interview, which makes reading his books seem even more special. TV: I don't own a television, because I thought that if I didn't own a television, I would do more, you know, stuff in life. But I do own a computer, so I end up doing less stuff anyways. Movies: I normally don't watch many movies either, but the few that I have watched I've really enjoyed-- Schindler's List, Citizen Kane, Forrest Gump. I also love 500 Days of Summer, simply because that was the first time I ever heard Regina Spektor. Music: Regina Spektor, of course. I don't listen to any music except her, and I don't plan to. I've tried to check out some other artists before, but I always lose interest within a week or so and go back to Regina. Besides, she has so many diverse songs that she's practically her own genre. Misc Origin or meaning of your Username: It's my first name. First time you heard Regina: 500 Days of Summer. "Us" played during the opening credits and I pretty much fell in love. Top 5 Regina Spektor songs: 1. Pavlov's Daughter 2. 20 Years of Snow 3. Oedipus 4. Consequence of Sounds 5. A three-way tie between Summer In The City, Happy Hooker, and Carbon Monoxide. Who/What inspires you: Regina Spektor and Kurt Vonnegut Best thing about last year: Last year I was allowed to skip a grade in English class, moving from 7th grade to 9th grade. Looking forward to this year: I hope to get good grades in school. Anyways, I'm really looking forward to posting here. It's good to know that there are people as obsessed with Regina Spektor as I am.
  23. quote: I think that this song can also be compared to an awards show. Whether it be the Oscars, Grammys, Golden Globes, SAG Awards, Tony Awards, you name it, it works with the song. For now I will explain my opinion on terms of the Oscars. That's an interesting interpretation-- I would've never thought that Human of the Year was about an awards show. I'm not sure if I agree 100%, though; for me, the song has a lot more religious connotations. Anyways, here's my analysis: I personally think that Karl Projectorinski is a newly-elected pope, which would explain the setting of the cathedral. Regina might be criticizing the way that organized religion (and society in general) treats normal individuals like Karl Projectorinski. Some of the lines even sound sarcastic, such as "Outside the cars are beeping/Out a song just in your honor/Although they do not know it/All mankind are now your brothers." It seems as if Regina is pointing out how ridiculous it is that an event like the election of a pope is made to seem so important, when in reality it affects very few people. I think that this song is also a criticism of religion in general, judging from this line: "The icons are whispering to you/They're just old men/Like on the benches on the park/Except their balding spots are glistening with gold." I love how Regina compares icons (which are paintings of Jesus Christ or other holy figures) to normal, everyday people. It reminds of one of my favorite books, Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut (which Regina may have read herself, because she has cited Vonnegut as one of favorite authors). One of the primary messages of the book is that all religions are based on lies, but that they can be useful and wonderful anyways. The comparison of holy figures to old men sitting in the park shows how humans make such a big deal out of religion, when in reality they were founded by normal people who might've just made it all up. Lastly, I think that Karl Projectorinski himself is a symbol. There's another thread here about how the letters in Karl's name can be rearranged to spell Regina's. If this was done on purpose, and if Karl is supposed to represent Regina herself, then it reinforces the theme that normal people are celebrated because of religion. Another theory is that Karl Projectorinski represents humankind in general. This would explain the word "project" in his name-- he projects an image of all of us. If this is the case, then I like how Karl is portrayed as frightened, intimidated, and not really sure what's going on; because I'm sure that how most people feel about religion. Okay, end rant. The moral of this post is that Human of the Year is amazing. And your analysis is very good as well, mynameislucille. You're right about everyone having their own interpretation, because I see this song in a completely different light.
  24. Wow, this is difficult. Live: Happy Hooker (I love Virgin Queen and Belt as well) Demo: Carbon Monoxide (I know, it's on an album, but the demo version is my favorite) 11:11: Pavlov's Daughter (My favorite song of all time) Songs: Oedipus and Consequence of Sounds (I couldn't decide between the two, Reading Time With Pickle is genius as well) Soviet Kitsch: Poor Little Rich Boy (Although I hardly ever listen to the album version, I love the live Lollapalooza version too much. Ode to Divorce, Us, and Your Honor are some of my favorites as well) Begin To Hope: 20 Years of Snow (This one was very hard, because many of my favorite songs are on this album-- Summer In The City, Field Below, Baobabs, Lady, On The Radio, Bartender, Hotel Song, Apres Moi, Hero... but I love 20 Years of Snow the most) Far: Human of The Year (Another great album. I also love Dance Anthem of The 80s, but I prefer the older version here: to the Far version. Blue Lips and Man of a Thousand Faces are also good)
  25. The Virgin Queen has always been in my top 15 Regina songs. I love it whenever she sings in different point of views-- such as Oedipus, Happy Hooker, Long Brown Hair, Summer in The City, etc. Who would've thought that a song about Queen Elizabeth I could be so beautiful and personal? But Regina manages to do it. My favorite part of the song is when she starts making those noises towards the end. It suits the content so perfectly-- Queen Elizabeth reigned around the time when England started exploring the New World ("on the distant shores new voices are rising"), and I'm pretty sure the noises are supposed to sound Native American. Also, when you listen to the reversed version here: , it clearly sounds like she's saying "family come home" around 1:20. Not sure if this was intentional, but either way it's amazing and fits the rest of the song well. Oh, and Regina quoting Shakespeare=awesome. (This is my first post here, by the way. This forum looks really interesting!)