Song of the Day #3,543: ‘Seventeen’ – Alessia Cara

Many of these numbered songs are named after ages, especially once I hit the teens. Alessia Cara’s ‘Seventeen’ is a more upbeat approach to the territory Taylor Swift mined in ‘Fifteen.’

This is a better video than song, using some clever camerawork to age Cara from childhood to middle age over the course of one bus ride.

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Song of the Day #2,759: ‘Here’ – Alessia Cara

alessia_caraI have some hope that I’ll finish out my Pazz & Jop series on a high note. I’ve heard of the artist at #18 on the list before, and in a promising context.

My younger daughter and I are at Moe’s Southwest Grill recently and were helped by a young woman we decided resembles Vanessa Hudgens. We returned a week or two later with my older daughter, who said no, she looks like Alessia Cara. “Who’s that?” I asked. A singer, my daughter told me, and a good one.

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