Confessions of a Cynic

(Before I begin, I ought to mention that there will be special, "embedded" links to the iTunes Music Store in this post. If you have iTunes, you can click on them to see and hear what I’m talking about. Otherwise, you’ll have to go dig this post up when you’re able to download it and run it. My sincere apologies to those who can’t. I know what it’s like to not be able to run software I really want.)

About a month ago I downloaded the song Rock Your Body by Justin Timberlake. Some might say that I should have passed to the left, but instead I sailed to the right. And I seriously dug this song. I mean that in total honesty. It’s a really great song. Very fun. I absolutely refuse to tell you how high my "Play Count" in iTunes is for this particular song, but let’s just say it’s really up there. It’s currently running at number 47 in the Josh Lewis Top 50. That’s out of 1457 songs.

At first, I couldn’t believe that I enjoyed it. I mean, this is the same guy from ‘N Sync, right? The kind of musical act I despise? The kind of musical act that’s only set up by the record company to make money, darn all artistic integrity? Yeah. But man, I really like that song. I liked it enough, in fact, that I snagged me another one of his, called Señorita after I saw him perform it on Saturday Night Live. The thing that really attracts me to his style is not the fact that it’s sometimes degrading to women (although that does remind me of the music I loved in middle school) but that it seems to me to be the next step in the evolution of Michael Jackson’s work. Really. I think this kid (well, he’s 22 now) is continuing Jackson’s work. Hopefully just his musical work (nudge nudge), but his work nonetheless. Watch him dance. Listen to his voice. It’s in there, most definitely. And for some reason I’m not offended that it might be a little thievery or a bit of a rip-off. I think I’m ready for Michael’s genius to be separated from his tainted history and tainted persona.

Speaking of thievery, check these guys out. Thievery Corporation is a band that I first heard while walking past the pottery room at Bethel. Well, I can say that about a lot of music, actually. But they’re really quite cool. I encourage you to check them out.

And now that I’m in the mood, let me link you to a few other acts I may or may not have mentioned in passing during previous posts, now that you have the chance to get a 30-second sample:

Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, Pt. 1 (also available in an acoustic version, and in Japanese)

Ursula 1000 Just discovered them last week. Very fun. To give you an idea of their style, one of their albums is called "All Systems Are Go Go", and another (which I own) is "Kinda Kinky." I call it "Spy Jazz."

Urinetown – The Musical (especially notable are "Don’t be the bunny" and "Cop Song.") Steph wrote about seeing this in an earlier post on her blog.

Odelay by Beck. If you don’t have it, get it. Period. That album is the source of nearly half the catch-phrases you’ll see in grey under the title of my blog on the left.

Starry Eyed Surprise by Paul Oakenfold. I know it was on the radio awhile back, but I don’t listen to the radio. 🙂

Funkytown (Long Version) Seven minutes and fourty-nine seconds of Funkytown! Do I have to justify this?!?

I think I could go on and on, but I’ll stop there until someone reminds me of something. G’night for now. Let me know what you think. Oh, for those of you who also want to post links to iTunes, you can find the goods to do so right here. Technically, it’s also an easy way for those who don’t have iTunes to search and see what content we’ve got, but that’s a secondary use obviously.

4 Comments

  1. Posted October 19, 2003 at 1:02 pm | Permalink

    Seriously, Justin Timberlake is talented. His music (solo work) has so much soul and passion.

    Oh, did you know the current McDonald’s “I’m lovin’ it” commercial is JT on background vocals?

  2. Posted October 19, 2003 at 5:55 pm | Permalink

    Not a fan of Justin. Don’t really dig his music. Embarrassed that my husband has publicly admitted to this. *Steph backs away in shame.*

    🙂

  3. Posted October 19, 2003 at 5:56 pm | Permalink

    Just in case anyone wants to see the commercial Jeff mentioned, Steph went out and found this link:

    http://www.mcdonalds.com/corporate/press/corporate/2003/09022003/

  4. Neal
    Posted October 20, 2003 at 6:29 am | Permalink

    Meh, I can see why Josh likes him. He’s big on that type of talented vocals (ahem, DC Talk anyone? If you’ve heard the song, it’s got a very similar singing style of DC’s better stuff). Personally, it isn’t my kind of music, but way to have the guts to admit it to your cynical audience.