I am a child of the 80’s. Mix tapes are in my genetic makeup.
This is my third mix tape for this blog. The first was a compilation of Bruce Springsteen for Gov. Pat McCrory.
The second was for all of the North Carolina General Assembly and our rocky relationship compiling the best of Taylor Swift who, as we know, is the master of relationships.
Now it is time for one specifically for Sen. Jerry Tillman made up of Justin Timberlake songs.
That’s right – JT for JT.
Now, you will have to use your imagination in some places for the titles and songs to make sense. In other cases, please don’t use your imagination at all. “Rock Your Body” can become a disturbing song with too much imagination.
So here goes:
- “Mirrors” from The 20/20 Experience
There’s the chorus – “”I don’t want to lose you now. I’m looking right at the other half of me. ”
However, when relating this song to the senator, I am wishing he would look in the mirror because then he might see what actually a main part of what is making North Carolina lose itself. Sen. Tillman’s constant blaming of the public schools for the rise of unregulated charter schools shows someone who is unwilling to look at himself and his own role in hurting public schools.
Simply put, he needs to look in a mirror.
- “Drink You Away” from The 20/20 Experience – 2 0f 2
The chorus starts with “I can’t drink you away / I’ve tried Jack, I’ve tried Jim….”
But I may have found something that will help me drink Tillman away. It’s called the November Election Elixir.
- “Summer Love” from FutureSex/LoveSounds
This song is appropriate for not only the current summer season, but it is the senator’s favorite time to legislate bad policies like the voter ID law and charter school deregulation because it is the most active time for the NC General Assembly. How could he not love it?
“I can’t wait to fall in love with the summer session of the NCGA
The summer session of the NCGA can’t wait to fall in love with me
This just can’t be summer love, you’ll see
This just can’t be summer love.”
I know, more words than notes. JT can make it work.
- “SexyBack” from FutureSex/LoveSounds
Sorry, that scared the hell out of me too.
- “Not a Bad Thing” from The 20/20 Experience – 2 0f 2
“I know people make promises all the time
Then they turn right around and break them, like you have done for years
And someone like you cuts their heart open with a knife, now NC’s bleeding
But the guy running against you in November could be that guy to heal it over time
And I won’t stop until you leave
Cause baby North Carolina is worth it.”
So don’t act like it’s a bad thing to actually legislate helpful bills for all public school kids.
Yep, not a bad thing to think about.
- “Tunnel Vision” from The 20/20 Experience
The title says everything. A limited view of the state of the State of North Carolina gives way to allowing for tunnel vision. At least he’s consistent.
- “Cry Me A River” from Justified
“Your bridges were burned, and now it’s your turn
To cry, cry me a river
Cry me a river-er
Cry me a river
Cry me a river-er, yea yea”
This will be the song that I sing when Sen. Jerry Tillman realizes that his obsessive love for unregulated charter schools and the diversion of tax payer money to vouchers and private schools will in the end backfire. They have not worked in the past and they wil not work now. And when he tries to place blame on someone else because he didn’t look in the “Mirror” or get rid of his “Tunnel Vision”, I will just tell him to “Cry Me a River.”
- “Take Back the Night” from The 20/20 Experience – 2 0f 2
I hope that we can take back our state in November.
- “Can’t Stop the Feeling” released 2016 as a single
I really hope I can sing this in November after we “Take Back the Night” but when I think of how we can “unelect” this group in November and help to transform our state back to a better time for all of its citizens I sing,
“I got this feeling inside my bones
It goes electric, wavey when I turn it on
All through my city, all through my home
We’re flying up, no ceiling, when we in our zone
I got that sunshine in my pocket
Got that good soul in my feet
I feel that hot blood in my body when it drops, ooh
I can’t take my eyes up off it, moving so phenomenally.”
- “What Goes Around / Comes Back Around” from FutureSex/LoveSounds
Damn right, it does.