A couple of weeks ago, the singer-songwriter Regina Spektor was shown into a soundproofed rehearsal studio in midtown. The piano in the studio was a Yamaha, although officially she pledges allegiance to Steinway. Since her breakout, in the downtown anti-folk scene of the early two-thousands, the Soviet-born singer has combined dazzling musicianship with an ethereal, offbeat presence—her accent brings to mind a Russian Betty Boop—and lyrics that go in unexpected directions. The Broadway gig, she said, is a chance to mash up what she likes about playing solo with what she likes about playing with an orchestra, plus a few extra bells and whistles. Spektor has dabbled with Broadway before, less successfully. I love strangeness.
Audio samples for Us by Regina Spektor
Despite having never been officially released as a single , it has charted in several countries, and is often considered one of Spektor's greatest songs. Lyrically, "Samson" references the biblical episode of Samson and Delilah , found in Judges He fell in love with Delilah, who, because of his lust for women, discovered his vulnerability, and used it against him.
REGINA SPEKTOR lyrics : "Samson Piano Cover"
The arrangement was done on the spot with no preparation, using a guitar tab on my iPad with lyrics I can follow along with so I could sing it in my head as I play. I'm calling this my Fly on the Wall series. You'll see the mistakes and bad notes on these videos, so please don't judge them to harshly. My hope is to share some of the creative process I go through when trying to put together a song arrangement or when I write a new song and hopefully inspire a few people to try writing their own music. Jump to. Sections of this page.
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