At the age of six, Regina Spektor
spent her days learning piano in the Soviet Union - where she lived with her family till she was nine before they emigrated to the United States. She has come a long way since those days, recently releasing her latest album Remember Us To Life
. Spektor has shared a touching video for the opening track of the album, "Bleeding Heart" and it's an ode to her youth and the struggles of self-discovery.
The video, directed by her husband, Jack Dishel, intertwines videos and photos of a young Regina with footage of the current singer dancing in front of various illustrated backgrounds. There's footage of a baby Regina Spektor taking some wobbly first steps all the way up to a teenage Regina playing the piano. The oldest black-and-white photos were taken by her father while she was living in the Soviet Union.
"It took a lot of hard work and patience on his part - most of the photos were developed by him in his darkroom in spare time from work" Regina told NPR
. She has expressed how grateful she is that her father would ask her to pose or play piano when she was a child, even when she'd get tired of him asking.
Illustrator Chris Tucci created the paper backdrops and moving collages for the video and the rest of it was shot with Regina in front of a green screen. Regina said of the heart-warming video, "I'm grateful to have a music video with such personal moments from my life."
Tomorrow, Regina Spektor will perform at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and her North American tour kicks off in the spring of next year.