22 February 2013

22 February 2013 - Feist - 1234

You all remember when you first saw this video. Sure.  It was this commercial.

But, before it was an iPod Nano commercial, it was really a video.  It wasn't just made for the commercial. And, because of the commercial above, Leslie Feist scored the biggest hit of her career, based mostly on the strength of downloads, and won a Juno award for Single of the Year.  It deserved it, too - the sweet, jangly, yet melancholy folk-pop that brings bits of piano and banjo into the mix and builds to an exciting ending is truly compelling.

Plus, you can tell they had a lot of fun making this video.

Little known fact: the song was a cover.  Originally written by Sally Seltmann for her New Buffalo project, it was  shelved before release.  When New Buffalo toured with Feist's band Broken Social Scene, Sally brought the song forward.....  and here it is, performed live well before it was recorded for the above video.  At this point, it was still called "Sally's Song". The arrangement is a little different - more horns, slightly different lyrics - but it's clearly the same song.

One thing that this Canadian indie singer-songwriter got that most Canadian indie singer-songwriters don't get (not even Carly Rae Jepsen) is a trip to Sesame Street.  I mean, she did record a song about counting......

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