Otis Redding, For When You’re Feeling Blue

Otis Redding is one of the greatest recording artists of the 20th century and also ever, has produced some absolutely essential jams and was taken from this world far too soon. These are all things I don’t even have to tell you, because they are common knowledge to anyone with a pulse. But despite the painfully abrupt end to his career, Otis Redding was surprisingly prolific, not only creating a catalog of essential hits, but a soundtrack to pretty much every possible mood or occasion, from the summer evening contemplation of "(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay" to the ebullient "Shout Bamalama." 

But it is March, and even though Daylight Savings Time is just around the corner, it’s still pretty dreary and dark in certain parts of the country. And it is cold. And it is slushy. And maybe you’re lonely or your job sucks or you’re worried about this sequester thing or are sad that Enlightened is over. You just need a musical shoulder to cry on, and Otis Redding can be that too. This week, Stax/Volt (via the Concord Music Group label) released a compilation of some of Redding’s finest ballads called Lonely & Blue: The Deepest Soul of Otis Redding, and even if you don’t need a late soul singer to pick you up, do yourself a favor and curl up with some of these songs this weekend. The spoken "Otis, I love you" and slow-burning saxes of "A Waste of Time" will warm you up; the first belted note of "I’ve Been Loving You too Long" still sends chills. And then, there is "These Arms of Mine," and admit it, you still get weepy at that scene in Dirty Dancing with that one. It’s okay, we all do. No one will tell. Do something nice for yourself this weekend, and listen to some Otis ballads. 

Morning Links: Roseanne Barr Returns to Sitcom, Justin Bieber Doesn’t Get Why You Think He’s a Brat

● Now that Rebecca Black is so famous, the kids at school can’t seem to quit it with the day of the week jokes. The teasing has gotten so bad that her mom has decided to home school Black. [TMZ] ● Cynics be gone! Jennifer “Baby” Grey things the Dirty Dancing remake is going to be special. [USA Today] ● Great news – Roseanne Barr is returning to the wonderful world of sitcom with a project called Downwardly Mobile, a show that sounds almost exactly like Roseanne. Viva la Roseanne revolution. [THR]

● Former fameball Paris Hilton is growing old and getting serious, heading to the Philippines this weekend where she’ll announce her first commercial real estate venture. Daddy Hilton couldn’t possibly have had a hand in this. [PageSix] ● Drake has confirmed that, along with the previously reported hand from Steve Wonder, his buddy The Weeknd has been helping him out with Take Care. “Not only did he inspire me to get out there and sing better on stage, he inspired me writing wise, music wise, just to better my product,” he said of his fellow Torontonian. [NahRight] ● The internet’s fallen head-over-Prada-ed heel for @CondeElevator’s anonymous dispatches from the Condé Nast elevator banks. If only we could figure out the genius behind it. Will the real @CondeElevator please stand up? [AtlanticWire] ● Justin Bieber has no idea why you think he’s a brat. [TMZ]