Last month I had the privilege of seeing the wonderful Regina Spektor at the Sydney Opera House. She was as amazing as expected! Emerging from the darkness of stage wearing an gorgeous multi-coloured, striped dress, she radiated in front of the adoring crown. The dress was wonderful - even when she was sitting at her piano, she literally shone!
Of course there were the favorites - 'Samson', 'Radio', 'Sailor Song', amongst many others. She even played 'Dance Anthem of the 80s' on electric guitar! Despite claims of inability to play guitar, Regina got crowd going. Most of the songs were from her new album 'Far', with some tracks from 'Begin to Hope' and 'Soviet Kitsch' thrown in the mix.
I have loved Regina's music ever since my dear friend - whom I went to the concert with - brought her into my life a few years ago. Producing three wonderful, diverse albums has established her credentials as a recording artist. But as a performer, she is so endearing! She couldn't believe that the crowd encircled her, as the Opera House stage is positioned in the middle of the audience.
"I can't believe this place is real" she repeatedly stated, with humility and gratitude for the crowd's support. Several giggles and chats to the crowd made us all feel a part of her world, if only for ninety minutes. It wasn't the cliched performer-audience chit chat, Regina was genuinely excited to be at the Opera House (if only for being surrounded by her audience). It was almost like seeing a child at their birthday party - she was just so happy and lovely, but most of all, so wonderful to listen to!
Just when you think that 'real' musicians don't exist anymore, or at least, don't combine success, humility and on-stage charm, Regina is there to give hope!Even the merchandise was Regina-esque - autographed lithographs sold instead of tacky posters. I even picked up a calico bag with a beautiful print of the lithograph on it, and only $15. I like to think That Regina isn't into milking her fans with tacky souvenirs.
If you haven't listen to 'Far' yet, then I suggest you do, especially when need a little distraction from life... I know that I do at the moment!