Wednesday, January 30, 2008


"God I pity the violins, in glass coffins, they keep coughing... they've forgotten how to sing."

The internet is a wonderful tool for the music lover. Not only can one sample and preview tracks released for purchase, but one can procure rare live tracks. One of the best I've ever discovered is this wonderful gem from Regina Spektor, a crystal clear recording of an extremely rare (this is the only known recording) song, "All the Rowboats". And, it's bloody fantastic. There's a little audience murmuring, but other than that it's one of the best live recordings I've heard.

It's a gorgeous song about the jail-like existences of museums, with works of art locked away like murderers, like the living dead on display for the world's bizarre fascination. The piano work is flawless, but it's Regina herself who is on showcase here, the emotion in her voice perfect. Contempt, regret, sadness - she has more range here than many artists' entire albums. I can't stop listening to it, and I can never listen to it without listening to it again immediately after.

Please, please let this be on her next album.

DOWNLOAD: Regina Spektor - "All the Rowboats"

Buy some Regina here, here or here.

1 comment:

Wendy77 said...

Also, one can steal thousands of dollars worth of music for free. Whee!