Tape Deck Tuesday Playlist: Waitin’ on the Weather to Change

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It seems like the gloominess in Madison will not come to an end. From fog distorting my view of the capitol every morning, to the still-slick sidewalks and plethora of puddles, this persistent precipitation is postponing the swellness of spring. It has even started to snow again! Alliteration aside, I have seriously been ready for summer for way too long.  Consider this playlist a type of reality check about where we really are on the seasonal calendar, (it’s technically still winter for another week and a half) with some light peeking out at the end of the storm for good weather hopefuls like myself.

“Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head” by B.J. Thomas

“Little April Showers” by Chorus from the Bambi soundtrack

“Raining Blood” by Slayer – I understand the playlist just took quite the turn here, but sometimes the rain can be frustrating.

“Rain King” by Counting Crows

“Rain is a Good Thing” by Luke Bryan

“Rain” by Creed

“Rainmaker” by Iron Maiden

“Make it Rain” by Fat Joe feat. Lil Wayne

“Have You Ever Seen the Rain?” by Creedence Clearwater Revival – Shoutout to my high school football team and the memories of singing along to this gem in the locker room post-win. Good times.

“Natural Disaster” by Zac Brown Band

“DOUBLE RAINBOW SONG!!” by Scmoyoho

“Sunshine” by Matisyahu – Just found this one browsing YouTube. Pretty solid.

“Sunshine” by Aerosmith

“Surf Wax America” by Weezer – A great summer jam coming off of probably one of my favorite 90s albums, The Blue Album.

“Summer Love” by Justin Timberlake – As Tori raved in our Monday feature, JT is one of the most talented entertainers of our generation. His next album, The 20/20 Experience, is nothing short of long-awaited, and I’m sure that many fans are listening to FutueSex/LoveSounds in anticipation.

Think there were some rain songs that should have made the list? Post your opinions in the comments! Debate is always encouraged. As are the clouds to dissipate.

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Monday Feature: An Ode to Justin Timberlake

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Photo by Dana Edelson

In honor of Justin Timberlake’s fifth appearance on Saturday Night Live, I’ve decided to write a blog post entirely dedicated to the beauty that is JT. Acting, singing, dancing–rarely in history is there a triple threat as triply-threatening as this man.

Who would have thought that he could go from his *NSYNC days, looking like this

…Yikes

To now, looking like THIS

Well done, Justin. Well done.

Any college-aged kid remembers JT from the boy band days, and weren’t they a doozy. The kid could really move, even back then. I mean, who here doesn’t remember the “No Strings Attached” dance? And for the rest of you who were glued to his Grammy or SNL performances, he’s clearly still got it. Smoother than silk–that boy.

And then there’s the acting. I am a bit of an Saturday Night Live aficionado, and I must admit I was a little nervous way back in the day, the first time I heard Justin Timberlake would be hosting. Would the boy(band) wonder actually be funny? Or stand there opening and closing his mouth like an awkward trout? As you might imagine, any doubts I had were pretty immediately dispelled and replaced with hysterical laughter. Not to mention, he did a hilarious (and, I must admit, accurate) imitation of one of my all time favorite artists, Bon Iver, in this sketch.

But this blog isn’t about dancing or acting, it’s about music. As it happens, music is another specialty of JT’s. I’m a huge fan of the way Justin’s style has evolved musically, from hyper-enthusiastic, sugar coated boy band jams to the smooth, classy, big-band sound of his new releases. His crooning on “Suit and Tie” shows off his still-impressive vocal range while clearly exhibiting how much he’s matured. He swings from high notes to low with the same acrobatic ease as ever, but now he does it while backed by a full band, including a brass section. Going from bubble-gum pop to R&B that practically oozes class isn’t a transition many can make, but JT, amazingly, has managed.

To sum it up, we’ve grown up with Justin Timberlake. We got to watch him go from bouncing around with frosted tips to rapping “D*** in a Box” with the wonderful Andy Samberg, to singing next Jay-Z himself (in what is quite possibly the most attractive suit I’ve ever seen). Justin, for giving us the soundtrack for our middle school dances, dating Britney Spears and becoming the power couple of the 1990s, collaborating with Madonna, being a part of the 100th digital short, and continuing to bring SexyBack (YEAH), we say thank you.