Regina Spektor began studying classical piano when she was six. At the age of nine, her education was interrupted briefly while she migrated with her family to the United States from the former Soviet Union. Spektor later added her beautiful voice and original lyrics to her classical piano playing. She has been a unique presence in popular music for over a decade.
|Regina Spektor - All photos by the |
Rock and Roll Princess
Dressed in a simple black dress and bright orange and red shoes, Regina Spektor took the stage with an infectious smile. She sat down at the grand piano to perform a remarkable evening of music. It was like being at a giant piano recital with a loud adoring audience. Her angelic voice and outstanding piano playing came together to form a brilliant sound.
Her lyrics were sometimes philosophical. For example, Older And Taller state, "Enjoy your youth/Sounds like a threat." At times, the verses were about mythological places. Case in point, Grand Hotel describes, "Somewhere below the grand hotel/There is a tunnel that leads straight to hell/But no one comes up for the souls anymore/They come for some comfort and for the dance floor." Other songs detail her personal life. For instance, Fidelity describes, "I hear in my mind/All of these voices/I hear in my mind/All of this music/And it breaks my heart."
|Regina Spektor and Yoed Nir|
|Regina Spektor demonstrating free speech|
The majority of the set list was from her newest album Remember Us to Life inspired partially by the birth of her son. Surprisingly a large portion of the audience knew all the words. At one point, Spektor caught the audience singing and broke into laughter making her restart a verse. The sound of jail bars slamming shut queued the start of the theme song You've Got Time from Netflix's Orange is the New Black (Yes. I know you have heard that song while bing watching that women prison series). Regina Spektor apologized for having her back to the audience for the majority of the show. She pointed to the piano and explained, "But I have this thing."
|Right before Spektor Curtsied|
Before Spektor walked off the stage, she curtsied to the audience like she probably did during her numerous years of piano recitals.
See you at the next show. I'll be the one in the bright orange and red quirky shoes.