Song of the Day #2,195: ‘Do It’ – Nelly Furtado

nelly_furtado_looseWhen Nelly Furtado went from hippy-dippy ‘I’m Like a Bird’ mode to trashy pop star over the course of two albums, the makeover seemed desperate.

But apparently she knew what she was doing, as the second album, Loose, became her biggest hit, ultimately selling 12 million copies worldwide.

Furtado cited artistic reasons behind the genre change-up — a desire to stretch her music into the R&B and hip-hop arenas and away from the more world-music influences of her debut.

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Song of the Day #2,190: ‘Washington D.C.’ – The Magnetic Fields

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My annual tradition of taking a couple of weeks off from the blog each summer continues. This year my family is taking a road trip to Washington, D.C., so the next ten weekday selections will all relate to our nation’s capital. Random Weekends will proceed as usual.

Let me make it clear that I chose these songs strictly based on their mention of Washington, D.C., either in the title or the lyrics. I do not vouch for the quality of any of these songs. In fact, many of them are downright awful.

You’ve been warned. See you in a couple of weeks!

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Song of the Day #2,189: ‘The Blessings’ – Dar Williams

mortalcityEnjoy ‘The Blessings,’ another great songs from Dar Williams’ greatest album, 1996′s Mortal City.

That record falls into the rare genre of albums that are close to perfect but for one glaring, horrible misstep. In this case, it’s the title track, a 7-plus minute half-spoken, half-sung short story about a couple that meets during a power failure.

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