- You're a cute teenage girl living in New York City in the late 90's/early 00's.
- You have songs running through your head non-stop like a manic depressive. Most people think your "musical talents" are more than strange, but you know it's a calling, and you gotta do it.
- You have $20 in your pocket.
What should you do?
A. Head over to the used book store for a few romantic classics and a slice of vegan pizza
B. Pick up The Best of Bowie triple-disc set and a tube of glitter lipstick
If you chose A, you picked Regina Spektor. Here's a super sweet rendition of nervous Regina on a guitar rather than a piano. Every show she played (before 2006, for god's sake*), she rocked these lovable gems of stories sung in a too-big-for-her-britches voice with velvety poetic words and silly staccatos where they didn't belong, all with scrunched shoulders and a big blushing smile. She always felt like the rough draft of something great...
Choice B is Lady Gaga. This bootlegged recording of Future Love from almost a year ago evokes much of the same story-telling emotion that Regina used to show, but, good god! Gaga's confidence adds the extra layer to cutesy piano-pillow talk, transforming a sweet melody to an anthem she screams so strongly she can't even sit in her bench!
*It's common knowledge that Regina's stuff has gone down the tubes because she's been pressured to stop fooling around and turn out records that most people would like and all that corporate record company hoopla. I wish the ghost of Freddie Mercury had prescribed Regina a dose of awesome so she could belt out her heart's desires in a sequined jumpsuit with earth-shattering beats!
Oh well. I'll take Gaga.