“The Way I Am” by Ingrid Michaelson, from Girls and Boys (Cabin 24):
Ingrid Michaelson may well be the poster child for the modern independent singer-songwriter: Upload some songs to MySpace, attract the attention of well-connected industry types and — bada bing! — hear your songs on Grey’s Anatomy (“Keep Breathing”) and at Old Navy (“The Way I Am”). The New York City native has been enjoying the ride ever since, hitching her buggy to Hotel Café tours and proving she’s not just a flash in the bedpan. Like a less scatterbrained Regina Spektor or a livelier Norah Jones, Michaelson sings sweet, pensive numbers worthy of hospital waiting rooms far and wide.