Every so often I make up a mix CD of my favorite songs at the moment; mostly new songs, but with some old songs sprinkled in for flavor. I thought it’d be a neat feature of this new blog to go through, song-by-song, and explain a little about why it appeals to me.
This disc was not haphazardly arranged: I put some serious thought into song order. Fortunately, it was easy to segue the last track into this one. Coming up eighth on the first volume of my summer soundtrack is “Say It Right” by Nelly Furtado. The connection here is writing and production work by Timbaland, who even does backing vocals and appears in the video. The track features a monster backbeat (that works really well in my car, by the way), with suggestive yet elusive lyrics by Furtado. Timbaland’s backing contribution adds to the mystical quality to the song.
Furtado herself hails from Victoria, BC, daughter of immigrants from the Azores, which is a small island chain halfway between North America and Europe. Her parents encouraged a strong diverse interest in music from a young age; a diversity that shows up in the breadth of her work. In 2002, she was included in perhaps one of the most talent-rich groups of nominations for the Best New Artist Grammy, but lost along with Linkin Park (to appear on Disc 2), India.Arie, and David Gray to Alicia Keys. Furtado went on to sweep the 2007 Juno Awards.
Next time: back across the pond with a hot new Scottish blues/pop singer.