Saturday, 27 June 2009

REGINA SPEKTOR

Hello again folks! I've now played my copy of the new Regina Spektor album: "Far" a couple of times now. Although, I suspect that its chart impact is going to be severely dented in that the record-buying public are buying out the Michael Jackson back catalogue.
This album is one of those releases that grow on you. I have to say I quite like it. Of the fifteen tracks on the CD; five [5] are produced by Jeff Lynne. But this record is FAR from being a 'Full Moon Fever' or 'Mystery Girl'.
Of course, the JL produced tracks are self-evident. And they sound great. This Russian Jewess has put out out a quirky album and it reminds me of Kate Bush; Tori Amos and Suzanne Vega all rolled into one! The odd thing about "Far" is that the two songs that I have latched onto and really like are ""Laughing With" and "Human Of The Year" - neither are produced by Jeff Lynne! Here are some lyrical excerpts from those songs:
"... No one laughs at God in a hospital
No one laughs at God in a war
No one’s laughing at God
When they’re starving or freezing or so very poor
No one laughs at God
When the doctor calls after some routine tests
No one’s laughing at God
When it’s gotten real late
And their kid’s not back from the party yet
No one laughs at God
When their airplane start to uncontrollably shake
No one’s laughing at God
When they see the one they love, hand in hand with someone else
And they hope that they’re mistaken
No one laughs at God
When the cops knock on their door
And they say we got some bad news, sir
No one’s laughing at God
When there’s a famine or fire or flood ..."
"... Human, human of the year, you are.
Human, human of the year, you are.
Why are you so scared?
You stand there shaking in the pew.
The icons are whispering to you,
they're just old men,
like on the benches in the park,
except their balding spots are glistening with gold.
Human, human of the year, you are.
Human, human of the year, you are.
Ahh ah ah.
You have won.
Hallelujah.
Hallelujah.
Hallelujah.
Hallelujah ..."
I need to listen to this album a few more times but I think the lyrics and music of Regina Spektor are as good as, if not better, than some of the 'major'; mainstream artistes. There is definitely a spiritual nature to some of her songs. Not surprising given that she is Jewish and has such a long heritage and cultural footprint.
In this fallen world; there is a still a faint glimmer of the musical gifting that God bestowed on humankind in the Garden. Please note that this is not the same [spiritual] gifting of worshipful musicianship that God imparts upon second birth; to whom He wills. Sometimes when I listen to the music of 'the world', of course I think it better that the gifts they were exercising in the natural were being used for the purposes of God. But music in and of itself is His creation too! Therefore, if you fancy taking a chance and listening to something 'different' - this is my 'pick'. Be Bereans, watchmen must warn; evangelists must compel!
God bless you and God bless Israel ... Keith J Sinclair ... 27-June-2009

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