Justin Timberlake : Futuresex/Loveshow

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I was a big N*Sync fan. Me and millions of adolescent girls.

They were a guilty pleasure, like music was in the 60s and 70s… listening just for fun.

I guess I went along with all the baloney that they broke up because JT got all full of himself and thought he was too good. Later, I didn’t listen because I went along with the ‘trying too hard to be black’ thing.

That was bad because you just don’t ‘try’ to be Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Tina Turner or Smokey Robinson. You are or you aren’t and that full of himself kid from N*Sync wasn’t.

One day, I heard ‘Sexy Back’ and really liked it. He wasn’t trying to be anything, he was just singing a fun song and it seemed like he was having fun doing it. Well, I started paying more attention. Not to the gossip, like before, but to the music. He’s really talented. Both as a singer and as a performer.

Tonight, I caught the concert at Madison Square Garden on HBO and, wow. Not only was the music good, but he seemed like he was genuinely having a good time up there. Not working… having fun. That comes out in the music. You can tell who is singing for money and fame, and who is singing for love and fun.

But that’s not what brought me back. During the whole show, he seemed genuinely moved by the audience’s reaction. He’s done what… a billion concerts? Yet, it didn’t seem old to him.

At the end, he was almost at the point of tearing up. I somehow don’t think he’s that great an actor that he could fake it that well. He’s no Patty Duke! I think the moments before the last song at the piano and all the way through greeting his dog in the dressing room were great to see and changed my opinion of him.

I  play ‘Sexy Back’ on AllFunMusic Radio because it’s a quirky little song and he is popular. Now, I owe him some CD purchases to catch up on what I’ve been missing. I have to apologize. I’m old enough to know better than to take other people’s opinions and not try things for myself. I wonder what else I’ve missed. I’ll tell you what I DIDN’T miss was that pink hankie hanging out of his back pocket. That doesn’t mean anything any more, right? I don’t care one way or another. I just remember reading about that a very long time ago… Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Sex (but were afraid to ask), I believe. Anyway, don’t start rumors… it was just an accessory.)

I can understand why the girls like him… he’s young, good-looking and has a sincerity in his voice. But guys… the music is good, the singing is good. Get the CD, write GUNS OF WAR on the disc with a Sharpie and play it. This is good singing with a hairbrush microphone music. Oh, cut it out. You know you do it. Now OWN it. You can bring sexy back!

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