Some women improve the world by fighting evildoers with sword and lasso. Others improve it by writing smart, thought-provoking music with a heavy dose of quirkiness. While we can’t speak to Regina Spektor’s sword-fighting capabilities, we’re pretty certain she falls into the latter camp. But that doesn’t stop the Russian-born musician and songwriter from holding Wonder Woman in high regard and drawing a parallel between Diana and the female artists that inspired her.
“I didn't grow up with Wonder Woman,” Spektor explained. “We didn’t have her in Soviet Russia. But hearing women songwriters and singers made me realize that there might be a place for me and my voice in the world of music. Wonder Woman made girls see that super heroes weren't all men. Joni Mitchell made me realize that I could try to write a song too…”
Spektor’s been writing songs ever since. Seven albums worth. Her latest, Remember Us to Life, will be released on September 30th. You can also currently hear her cover of The Beatles’ “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” in Kubo and the Two Strings and catch her on tour this fall. But busy as she is, Spektor was happy to put together the latest in our series of Wonder Woman playlists. Featuring not only Mitchell, but a diverse list of female artists including Ella Fitzgerald, Bjork, Madonna, PJ Harvey, Tori Amos and Billie Holiday, Spektor’s list is the perfect soundtrack for whenever you need some inspiration in your life…or just want to practice your sword-fighting.