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Originally posted by Barth:

(Of course, anyone who has ever seen Pomplamoose has very fond thoughts of Nataly, too... In fact, since Ben Folds has done great duets with both Regina and Pomplamoose, it surely is time for Reg to do a videosong with Jack and Nat; no?)

The world may very well explode from the sheer awesome that would come about if Regina and Pomplamoose did a videosong. That would be so amazing.

Peace would break out on earth. The Governor of Wisconsin would say he was sorry. Hate radio would go off the air. All the women would be strong, all the men good looking and the children would be above average.


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Originally posted by Barth:

You are me, I think, but I am not 19.

Bert Jansch and Pentangle, eh?

I think you are not actually 19. Like me, tho, you think you are.

Originally posted by lennonist:

I have to go through all these other artists that have been mentioned now.

I used to listen to:

The Beatles, The Moody Blues, Jethro Tull, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Beach Boys, Cat Stevens, Electric Light Orchestra, The Byrds, Supertramp, Queen, Emerson Lake and Palmer, King Crimson, The Smiths, The Animals, The Who, The Rolling Stones, the Bee Gees, Simon and Garfunkel, Chuck Berry, Fats Domino, Fairport Convention, Pentagle, John Lennon, Frank Sinatra, George Gerswhin, Leonard Cohen, Micheal Jackson, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Pete Seeger, Joni Mitchell, Woody Guthrie, Bert Jansch, Davey Graham, John Renbourn, Mozart, Beethoven, Bach, Chopin, etc.

Then I listened to:

Radiohead, Nirvana, Metallica, Nine Inch Nails, Red Hot Chili Peppers, AC/DC, Tool, A Perfect Circle, Enigma, Pl0ne, The Flaming Lips, Polyphonic Spree, t.A.T.u., Alanis Morissette, Norah Jones, Coldplay, Sixpence None the Richer, Working for a Nuclear Free City, Rage Against the Machine, etc.

Now I listen to:

The Strokes, Neutral Milk Hotel, Arcade Fire, MGMT, Modest Mouse, Sigur Rós, Phoenix, The National, Beirut, White Lies, M. Ward, Temper Trap, British Sea Power, Vampire Weekend, Mumford & Sons, Bibio, Passion Pit, The Crimea, Freelance Whales, The Decemberists, Band of Horses, Iron & Wine, Bon Iver, Elliot Smith,

Regina Spektor, St. Vincent, Bat For Lashes, Florence + the Machine, She & Him, Lily Allen, Twin Sister, Warpaint, Nouvelle Vague, First Aid Kit, Beach House, Sleigh Bells, Phantogram, etc.

A bit unbalanced, I know. Too much to discover and catch up on. And by no means have I listened extensively to the newer bands. I have however listened to almost everything by the oldies bands (The Beatles, Jethro Tull, Moody Blues, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Cat Stevens, ELO, Queen, John Lennon) and Regina Spektor. I find it easier to catch up on stuff when the artists are dead and the dust has settled. So I'm somewhat of a newcomer to the indie scene, but quickly rectifying my ignorance.

P.S.: I'm 19.

edit: added a few slightly embarrassing ones I forgot about. That's a pretty comprehensive history of what I listened to, I think.

edit2: I can't believe I forgot some more.

edit3: Joan Baez is so fine. And so are Sandy Denny, Jacqui McShee, Eleanor Barooshian, Jane Birkin. <3

I went through several phases - Jethro Tull, Moody Blues, Pentangle, Fairport Convention, Pink Floyd, Led Zep, Yardbirds, Queen, and The Beatles being my longest phases. Seriously, I listened to exclusively the Beatles for like 5 years. My parents don't really like music, or loud noises for that matter, so my biggest influence was my older brother (see his cover of "The Mist-Covered Mountains of Home" -

) and I dunno who turned him on to oldies and guided him to focus on classic rock. I went out of my way to avoid modern mainstream music; I thought it was all devoid of meaning and humanity and had become a manufactured product. I took refuge in oldtime music that triggered nostalgia and made me feel like everything is all right with the world - straight-up, unabashedly cheese-y, carefree, non-pretentiousness music without any of that autotuned, computerized, overproduced, manufactured crap. (This makes for an interesting listen, if you've got time: Five Seconds of Every #1 Hit Up to 1993 -

But, now I realize there was always good music and I just wasn't looking. So here I am, catching up with culture, and late to every party. And I've even developed a taste for new age music, like Lady Gaga. The horror.

I'm going to stop being a teenager in October, and that scares me. I feel like a kid at heart. I feel inexperienced. I feel unready for the world. I feel like I haven't been prepared. Maybe I can't rely on family and formal education. I'm going to read 'A Short History of Nearly Everything' by Bill Bryson, 'A Brief History of Time' by Stephen Hawking, 'Guns, Germs, and Steel' by Jared Diamond, and 'Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values' by Robert M. Pirsig (at least) this summer (hopefully), and then maybe I'll feel equipped to face the world. But that's getting a bit off-topic.

Yeah, music is my reason to live. John Lennon saved me, and "Imagine" is my bible.

"But Christ, you're gonna have to serve yourself and that's all there is to it. So get right back here. It's in the bloody fridge. God, when I was a kid. Didn't have stuff like this, TV-fuckin' dinners and all that crap. You fuckin' kids (are) all the fuckin' same! Want a fuckin' car now... Lucky to have a pair of shoes!" -John Lennon, Serve Yourself -

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Originally posted by lennonist:

I went through several phases - Jethro Tull, Moody Blues, Pentangle, Fairport Convention, Pink Floyd, Led Zep, Yardbirds, Queen, and The Beatles being my longest phases.

I'm in a Jethro Tull, Led Zeppelin phase at the moment! Also, at the beginning of high school all I would listen to was The Wall and that live Led Zep album The Song Remains the same. I listened to that Stairway to Heaven version 5 times a day, easily.

But back to my current obsessions:

Sharon van Etten (she's awesome, her voice is something special


The Who

Emerson, Lake and Palmer

Laura Marling

Sophie Hunger

Yes Smiler

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Oh man, I used to rock out to Jethro Tull pretty much all the time about ... six year ago. I wish I could be half as zany as Ian Anderson. He's so witty, a true lyrical genius. I wish I could have his kids.

I have to do this now. This is what happens when you encourage me. My favorites:

Jethro Tull - "Wond'ring Aloud" (lovely lyrics in description - "We are our own saviours / as we start both our hearts beating life / into each other.") (live - 1976)

Jethro Tull - "Wond'ring Again"

(lyrics in description - I love this whole stanza at 2:10:

We wandered through quiet lands, felt the first breath of snow. / Searched for the last pigeon, slate grey I've been told. / Stumbled on a daffodil which she crushed in the rush, heard it sigh, / and left it to die. / At once felt remorse and were touched by the loss of our own, / held its poor broken head in her hands, / dropped soft tears in the snow, / and it's only the taking that makes you what you are.)

Jethro Tull - "Nursie"

Jethro Tull - "Weathercock" (studio, lyrics in description)

Jethro Tull - "One White Duck" (I love the line at 1:12 - I'll catch a ride on your violin --- strung upon your bow / And I'll float on your melody --- sing your chorus soft and low)

Jethro Tull - "Only Solitaire"

Jethro Tull - "Wicked Windows"

(from 1999, I love the lyrics - "I review my past through wicked windows framed in silverand hung in toughened glass, upon my face, around and over.Now and then: memories of men who loved me.No stolen kiss - could match their march on hot coals for me")

Jethro Tull - "Moths" (studio, lyrics in description) (promo video)

(another webcast)

Jethro Tull - "Boureé" (promo)

(based on Bach's 'Suite in E Minor for Lute' from 1969)

Jethro Tull - "Living in the Past"

(1969 music video)

Jethro Tull - "Skating Away On The Thin Ice Of The New Day" (studio starts at 0:42)

(live 1981 tour)

Jethro Tull - "Aqualung" (Sitting on a park bench / eying ittle girls with bad intent.)

Jethro Tull - "Thick As a Brick" (his best song, 43 minutes and 28 seconds of awesomeness and unmatched songwriting) [1/5]

and Emerson, Lake, and Palmer... "The Sage", "Lucky Man", "From the Beginning", "C'est la vie" great songs.

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KCRW, the NPR station in LA has restored a beautiful live perfomance and interview from 1993 by and with Joni Mitchell. Her discussion about being asked what this song means or that one means will sound very familiar to Reginaholics.

If I were forced to listen only to two musicians for the rest of my life, I could easily be happy with Reg and Joni. And since I am back on this subject, I invite you to watch this, which presents the Joni as Regina or vie versa as well as it can be said.

Not two musicians are alike, of course and it is insulting to suggest that one is simply "like" the other. But both Reg and Joni are standouts; doing something that nobody else does and beautifully so.

I know the relationship of California to Regina's Bethlehem song, but the Regina song that pairs the best with this just inspirational piece of music is Dusseldorf, in my opinion.

Watch this, you will be very happy you did:

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