Regina Spektor

  • Aired:  06/07/12
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Singer-songwriter Regina Spektor explains her appreciation for her childhood immigration experience and her love of Russian culture. (4:55)

>> WELCOME BACK, EVERYBODY.

MY GUEST TONIGHT IS A SINGER/SONGWRITER, PIANIST WHO WAS BORN IN THE SOVIET UNION.

I SAID PIANIST.

PLEASE WELCOME REGINA SPECTER.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE) REGINA, HEY, LOVELY, LOVELY TO SEE YOU, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR COMING ON.

>> THANKS SO MUCH FOR HAVING ME ON YOUR SHOW.

>> Stephen: WELL, I'M A BIG FAN.

WE ALL LOVE YOU HEAR.

YOUR VOICE IS INCREDIBLE.

YOU PLAY BEAUTIFULLY.

I HEARD THE NEW ALBUM.

IT'S INCREDIBLE.

LET ME ASK YOU SOMETHING ABOUT THE TITLE OF THE ALBUM.

IT'S CALLED WHAT WE SAW FROM THE CHEAP SEATS.

I AM FASCINATED BY THAT TITLE BECAUSE I HAVE NEVER SAT IN THE CHEAP SEATS.

I'M USUALLY ORCHESTRA PIT,

THREE ROWS BACK ON THE AISLE,

BECAUSE I DON'T LIKE THE FIRST TWO SONGS, I LEAVE.

WHAT DOW MEAN FROM THE CHEAP SEATS WHAT IS THAT.

>> I THINK YOU SEE A LOT FROM THE CHEAP SEATS.

ARE YOU VERY PANNED OUT.

>> Stephen: YOU SEE THE BACK OF EVERYBODY'S HEAD.

>> YOU HAVE A GOOD PERSPECTIVE.

>> Stephen: ARE THINGS GO ON UP THERE IN THE NOSEBLEED SECTION THAT I WOULD WANT TO

BE A PART OF.

>> YES, YES, I THINK IT'S SOMETHING EVERYONE SHOULD BE A PART OF.

IT'S THE 99% UP THERE.

>> Stephen: REALLY?

>> (CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> YES.

>> Stephen: OKAY.

WELL, LET ME ASK YOU ABOUT THAT WHOLE ATTITUDE.

BECAUSE I'M NOT SURE WHETHER TO TRUST YOU.

OKAY.

AND I WILL TELL YOU WHY.

IS THAT FIRST OF ALL LET'S START WITH YOUR NAME.

REGINA SPECTER, OKAY.

THAT LITERALLY TRANSLATES QUEEN GOAT.

YOU SOUND LIKE A SEXY BOND VILLAIN.

AND THERE'S A REASON, THERE IS SOMETHING BEHIND THAT,

YOU REALIZE, THAT YOU WERE BORN IN THE SOVIET UNION.

>> YES.

>> Stephen: OKAY.

HOW I DO KNOW YOU'RE NOT A SPY?

>> HOW DO YOU KNOW I'M NOT COME HERE TO TAKE AMERICAN JOBS.

>> Stephen: EXACTLY.

>> WELL.

>> Stephen: EXACTLY.

HOW OLD YOU WERE WHEN YOU CAME TO THE UNITED STATES.

>> I WAS NINE AND A HALF.

AND WE WENT TO IMMIGRATION WITH MY PARENTS AND A BUNCH OF RELATIVES.

AND IT WAS ACTUALLY REALLY EXCITING.

IMMIGRATION IS, I THINK,

TRAUMATIC FOR ADULTS AND REALLY EXCITING FOR KIDS.

>> Stephen: REALLY?

>> YEAH.

>> Stephen: WOULD YOU RECOMMEND ALL FAMILIES CHANGE COUNTRIES.

>> I WOULD DEFINITELY RECOMMEND TRAVELING TO PLACES WHERE YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND ANYTHING.

>> Stephen: DID YOU SPEAK ENGLISH WHEN YOU CAME HERE.

>> NO, NOT A WORD.

>> Stephen: DOW SPEAK RUSSIAN NOW.

>> YEAH, YEAH.

>> Stephen: YOU STILL SPEAK RUSSIAN.

>> AND I LOVE READING IT.

I FEEL REALLY LUCKY BECAUSE I GET TO READ ALL THE GREAT LITERATURE IN THE ORIGINAL

AND I REALLY LOVE THE MUSIC,

THE OLD BARDS AND EVERYTHING.

>> Stephen: THEY TAKE THEIR MUSIC VERY SERIOUSLY IN RUSSIA.

>> YEAH.

>> Stephen: WHAT IS IT-- IF YOU WOULD HAVE STAYED THERE,

WHAT WOULD YOU SOUND LIKE,

DO YOU THINK WOULD YOU HAVE HAVE-- WOULD YOU BE LIKE TIED TO THE CLASSICAL HE PONEO.

>> IT'S HARD TO KNOW BECAUSE THE REASON WHY I STOPPED PLAYING CLASSICAL MUSS SICK

NOT NECESSARILY BECAUSE I WANTED TO, IT'S JUST I WASN'T SORT OF BUILT FOR IT.

>> Stephen: WHAT ARE YOU BUILD FOR?

>> I AM BUILT FOR ROCK 'N' ROLL, MAN.

>> Stephen: ARE BACK IN 9 USSR, DO YOU EVER PLAY THAT.

>> I'M GOING BACK.

>> Stephen: YOU'RE GOING BACK.

>> FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE I LEFT IN 1989.

>> Stephen: WOW.

>> THIS SUMMER.

>> Stephen: SO YOU GATHERED ENOUGH INFORMATION IN YOUR-- SOMEONE FROM THE OLD

COUNTRY CALLED YOU UP AND USED THE TRIGGER WORD.

(LAUGHTER) PUMPKIN PATCH, LIKE MUST GO TO MOSKOW.

SO ARE YOU NERVOUS ABOUT GOING BACK?

>> YOU KNOW, I'M EXCITED.

I'VE ALWAYS BEEN KIND OF NERVOUS TO GO BACK BUT I WAS,

YOU KNOW, AT A CERTAIN POINT IT GOT TO WHERE IT WAS JUST SILLY IT WAS LIKE I HAVE TO

GO BACK AND PLAY FOR THE PEOPLE, ESPECIALLY TO GO AS A MUSICIAN AND SEE WHO MY

AUDIENCE, I DON'T KNOW, I DON'T EVEN KNOW IF I HAV

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