Drawing: Tickets for Regina Spektor at The Palace + gift card for The Hollow

musician Regina Spektor

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Singer/songwriter/pianist Regina Spektor is playing The Palace this Thursday, and we have a pair of tickets to give away. BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE. The winner will also get a $50 gift card for The Hollow.

To enter the drawing, please answer this question in the comments:

What's a song that means something to you? Why?

It could be anything -- a song that evokes a good memory, one that you love to sing along to, one that reminds you of a person, whatever. We asked a similar question last week about books, and it fun reading the answers.

The Regina Spektor show at The Palace is this Thursday, November 16. She'll be performing solo. Tickets are $49.50 and up.

Open for both lunch and dinner, The Hollow is just about two blocks south of The Palace on Pearl Street.

Important: All comments must be submitted by 11:59 pm on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 to be entered in the drawing. You must answer the question to be part of the drawing. (Normal commenting guidelines apply.) One entry per person, please. You must enter a valid email address (that you check regularly) with your comment. The winner will be notified via email by 9 am on Wednesday and must respond by 6 pm that same day.

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Cowboy junkies - if you were the woman and i was the man. It’s just so romantic. And, I️ do know I️t was the song in natural born killers, but I️t still moves me

"Tonight, Tonight" by the Smashing Pumpkins. It was our wedding song:)

"Sea of Love" by Phil Phillips, because it was playing when I gave birth to my son (well, the Cat Power cover was). It became the lullaby I sang to put him to sleep, and he still asks me to play/sing "our song" when he's feeling sentimental (he's 6).

Wish you were here, gives me the feels everytime.

You're Beautiful by James Blunt. It is the song that was playing on the radio when I went to get the car from the parking garage to drive my newborn son home from the hospital for the first time. Alex is now 11.

One song that means a lot to me is "Maybe Sprout Wings" by the Mountain Goats. It's a melancholy song with a chorus that speaks of holding out hope even in the midst of loss, and I listened to it a lot after my grandmother died. I even got a couple lines of it as a tattoo to remind myself that hope's not dead until I am.

I love "Hold Back the River" by James Bay! When my toddler first started walking we would dance in the living room together every morning & I would obnoxiously sing to her. We still have morning dance sessions, and these days she has song requests of her own, but that song will stick with me!

Getting ready to get down by Josh Ritter. I heard it on the radio a few years ago and it prompted me to look up the chords and sit at my piano for the first time in years. I've made a habit of playing and singing almost every day since.

Just to Be Alive by Martin Sexton. It found me as I was falling in love with the Adirondacks and captures my love for the region, the wonder of the natural world, and the wistfulness of having to leave a magical place.

Daddy’s Hands by Holly Dunn. Reminds me of my dad.

"I Found You" by Alabama Shakes

This was the first "our song" I had with my wife. The lyrics completely apply to our situation, finding true love later in life. I'm an Alabama native and Brittany Howard's voice resonates through my soul.

My 6th grade music teacher had us sing John Lennon's "Imagine" every time we went, first thing in class. The spare arrangement with voice and piano leaves the lyrics upfront in your mind . And the lyrics ask you to imagine something that could be. A better world within your reach. And it takes you thru it. A recipe for peace. And I believed it. It changed me, for better or for worse, and made me who I am.

Uncle John's Band

imagine by john lennon still very relevant today

Hardest Way Possible by Rustic Overtones. It's meaningful to me because I have a knack for doing things the hardest way. That might mean just doing something "the right way" in personal matters, not accepting a "band-aid" fix for something, laughing at my meticulous and methodical personality, and often a combination of each.

There's also a hopeful feeling in the lyrics, including "light gets in," a nod to Leonard Cohen.

I am compelled to mention a Regina song that means a lot to me, Chemo Limo. My dad drove me to elementary school in east greenbush (we live in Albany) and every morning we would listen to Regina Spektor on the car ride. As an 8 or 9 year old I wasn't fully aware of the real meaning of the song, but my mom had breast cancer at the time so the lyrics about chemo were relatable for me at the surface. As an ever-dramatic child, belting Regina's account of a twisted dream she had was a perfect way to start my day.

Sleep All Summer by St Vincent and The National. It reminds me of long road trips and singing in the car with my girlfriend

"Wild Rover"- my dad used to sing it to me when I was a kid and now I sing it to my own kids before they go to bed.

All My Friends by LCD Soundsystem. It's a song about getting older that's universal. And hits really hard.

"I Am Mine" by Pearl Jam. It has meaning to me because it not only reminds me of my youth, but also is a reminder to make our time here our own, to embrace life however we want.

Speedoo - The Cadillacs. Reminds me of my dad and childhood barbecues.

“All of Me” by John Legend started playing on the car radio while I was kissing my boyfriend goodnight, and in that moment I realized how in madly love I was. We’ve been together for 3 years since.

New Slang by The Shins...reminds me of my time abroad and just being carefree.

"Goodnight Sweetheart" was the lullaby sang to me growing up. It will always be sentimental.

Tom Waits - Down in the Hole. Man, not only does it bring me right back to The Wire but it also just hits you at the core.

No Rain by Blind Melon - how can you not sing along....

"Why Georgia" by John Mayer. It's a beautiful melody that has been with me since High School. It opened my eyes to so much music beyond the 90s boybands.

I was going to write "Goodnight Sweetheart" because I sing it to my kids before bed each night... but the person above me submitted it first! I will go with "Closing Tme" by Semisonic because I once won a heated debate and bet with a friend about who the artist was which got everyone at the bar a round of drinks :)

Thunder Road by Springsteen. It reminds me of youth and passion and yearning. Desperation felt many years ago. Lost love and a time that's gone forever.

Somewhere Over The Rainbow by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole. The sound, tune and melody all remind me of visit to Hawaii and warmer days.

"I've Got a Woman" by Ray Charles. Our cake cutting song.

Here Comes the Sun because it always makes me happy and my fiance says if makes him think of me.

"Sweet Lorraine" all versions... favorite jazz tune that fills me with warm fuzzies.

It's hard to narrow it down to one song but one of my all time favorites and one that can bring me to tears is turning page by sleeping at last... or any song by sleeping at last really. It has such beautifuly poetic lyrics and the melody is captivating. Such strong emotion.

Pray you catch me by Beyonce. Through some Bluetooth magic this song would always just start playing itself in my friend's car from her phone's spotify when she turned the car on. I dont even really like the song but since my friend moved to Oregon I'll listen to it because it reminds me of her and her Beyonce obsessed car.

Epilogue by The Antlers. No song can make me cry the way this one does every single time.

The Man Who Sold the World by David Bowie. Amazing song that reminds me of being a kid and learning different parts of who you are as a person.

Somewhere over the rainbow always reminds me of my mom.

Closing Time by Semisonic. I learned what the song is actually about (the birth of the singer's first child) aroud the time my own first came along. Whenever I hear it now I still burst into big crazy pregnancy tears!!

"The Hill" by Bombay Bicycle Club. It created a beautiful friendship between myself and a boy and made me realize I was madly in love with him. Things didn't work out between my first love and me, but it was a blissful time in my life and still warms my heart even after quite a few years.

"Tenderness on the block" by Warren Zevon. I am a single mom to two girls, and they are growing up before my eyes.

Tweeter and the Monkey Man, by the Traveling Wilburys. My dad always played the cassette tape in the car.

"Godawful Things" by Lake Street Dive as it relates to a certain relationship that is the beneficiary of a tragic event...cryptic enough?

Money by Pink Floyd- always a favorite between Dad & I.

Marching Bands of Manhattan by Death Cab for Cutie - it meant a lot to me when I was going through a tough time.

Regina Spektor, Fidelity.

Losing My Religion, REM. Stops me in my tracks.

Hero, by Mariah Carey. This song was my anthem growing up. It made me want to help and inspire other people too. There is no way to feel small or weak when you’re belting that song!

Everybody Hurts by REM. Cheesy maybe but it made me feel a bit better during a recent period of grief.

Wake Up - Arcade Fire. Super epic live

I'm gonna have to go with a Regina tune as well... Consequence of Sounds. Regina's clever juxtapositions and uses of sounds form a brilliant exploration of the significance of language in our society. Sounds and words are these disjointed, visceral things in isolation. But when we piece them together, they become complex and powerful agents of communication-- capable of not only describing our reality, but shaping it.

One of my earliest memories is my dad belting out the Irish folk song "Black Velvet Band" on Saturday mornings while I twirled around the living room in my childhood home. It reminds me of home and his love of music and family.

Stand by me ... It evokes such a deep feeling of longing.

"This must be the place" by the lumineers, a sweet cover of "naive melody" by the Talking Heads. My fiancé and I are getting married in Janaury and have loved the talking heads and the tribute band, but when we found this slowed down version we knew it was our song. It's a fun fancy song that talks about "home"- a concept that, as someone from a broken home, I've found in him.

Don Henley's 'Boys of Summer." Nostalgia for unrequited love...

"I Only Want To Be With You," by Dusty Springfield. I was driving around with my then-toddler-aged son (now 14) when it came on the radio. It filled him with such delight that we rewound and listened to the song over and over again. I always loved the song as a kid and my son's delight at "discovering" it made me appreciate it all over again.

"Moon River", any version, but the Andy Williams version mostly.
My Dad would sing it to me as a lullaby as a wee one - encapsulates my conception of life, in a way.

N.Y. by the Doves. Connects me with past memories and potentials of new ones. I play it every time I drive back to NYC.

Where is my mind? By the Pixies. It's a question I ask myself often.

Into the Mystic-- our wedding song!

"Cancion De Las Simples Cosas" by Mercedes Sosa. A few layers to this one.

There's a nostalgic component - my mother's from Argentina, and whenever we'd visit there'd inevitably be parties, at the end of which the guitar is passed around and everyone sings.

Second, the aesthetic component - from a purely musical standpoint, the song's melancholy melody sets a poweful mood, with an emotional heft that transcends language.

Thirdly, the political aspect - like in many other countries, folk music in Argentina was a vehicle for protest and struggle - in this case, the military junta that ruled the country when many of my family members were growing up.

Any one of these elements can create a powerful emotional attachment to art. Combine them and it becomes exponential.

Don't Stop Me Now - Queen
Its just such a fun song, it makes me feel good!

"I will remember you" by Sarah maclachlan. It became popular at the same time as my uncle's passing when I was a child. I think of him and his big, warm heart every time I hear it!

This Must Be the Place by the Talking Heads. It sounds like comfort.

All is Full of Love by Bjork. It turned into a kind of mantra for me during a tough time in my life: it's a great combination of comforting and affirming when you're feeling really, really sad.

Sunday Candy by Donnie Trumpet & the Social Experiment -- along with the upbeat, sunny tun, the artist is able to convey the importance of his relationship with his grandmother. I find it really touching and makes me think about my own experience with family.

Death Cab for Cutie's Little Wanderer reminds me of the period when my partner and I were long-distance relationship while they were abroad in India. The language in song contrasts nature and technology, portraying how difficult distance still is despite living in the digital age.

One of good friends is in a band and I love their song Split Pea Soup. I've grew up in the 1980s and have always loved 80s hair band. His folky/bluegrass music exposed me to a new genre that I can't get enough of.

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