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Sunday Soul – Bring Me With You When You Go
Year 11 – Playlist 23/52 – For the week of September 21st 2014
When hula instructor Joseph Campbell returned from his year abroad at the age of 25 he sat down and had a serious and enthusiastic discussion with his faculty advisors at Columbia University. Campbell was initially a double major in mathematics and biology at Dartmouth, then he switched to literature at Columbia to score his BA and stuck around for an MA in Medieval Literature and Sandskrit. As he was beginning his Doctoral endeavors, Joe took advantage of the study abroad program in 1929 and took a good look at both Old French and Sanskrit at the University of Paris and at the University of Munich. He had a blast. He took a life changing steam boat right with J. Krishnamurti, abandoned Catholicism, and tossed a few back with James Joyce between exams, and when he got back he explained that he’d had a fantastic epiphany: Inspired by the brilliant tapestry of thought he encountered there, he planned to combine modern art, medieval literature and Sanskrit into a single doctoral thesis.
Well the staff at Columbia didn’t bite and Joe was flabbergasted. But before he could cross his arms, put up his dukes and make those old fuddy-duddies eat their hats the great crash of Wall Street was upon them all, and Joe took a powder. Ultimately, after wandering around Greenwich Village with Robert Bly for a year or so, Campbell developed a systematic program which allowed him to read for nine hours a day. Joe felt that was when his real education began. And it was from this period of privacy and deep input that he began developing his unique vision on the nature of life.
Then it was time to start writing. After all that input and swell travel, it was about time for the man to put his thoughts on paper, and so he did. Joseph Campbell captivated the United States in the 1930’s – Not just because there wasn’t television yet, but also because here was this braniac weirdo from good people who’d turned his thoughts at one of the toughest times for the average Joe toward mystical and eastern thinking, and started weaving this uncanny tapestry together between all the myths, and legends of our times. He called it “The Hero’s Journey” and the idea is that all heroes adhere to the
formula of the monomyth. Every hero, and of course we are all heroes, separates from his tribe (leaves home, get’s lost, kicked out, or left for dead) then they enter the dream world and are initiated into a higher cause, find their path, or receive their quest etc. And finally the hero returns. Sometimes it’s good news, sometimes it’s bad news, sometimes it turns out your wife is your mother, and other times you find out that the gods were just messing with you and you never really left, but each hero must depart, complete their task, and then return.
Years later, Joe would give a pretty cool lecture at the Esalen Institute in California (back when California was a deserted coast where waifs and lost souls made there way to find a little space and some fresh air to find themselves) and he laid this on them: “‘All life is sorrowful.’ And it is. If you try to connect the sorrows, all you do is shift them somewhere else. Life is sorrowful. How do you live with that? You realize the eternal within yourself. You disengage, and yet reengage. You – and here’s the beautiful formula – ‘participate with joy in the sorrows of the world.’ You play the game. It hurts, but you know that you have found the place that is transcendent of injury and fulfillments. You are there, and that’s it.”
So we are all heroes, and we must all detach, discover, and return. And the epiphany here is that we are already wherever we are, and that’s all we need to know. Not that this is going to help you at all, because the “knowing” will prevent you from creating or
discovering, it is only in being and following your path that you will truly awaken to your own hero’s journey. I wish you luck, love, adventure, and godspeed my sweet friend.
Thank you for listening. See you next week.
Here is the track listing for Sunday Soul: Bring Me With You When You Go
1. The Last Time – Codebase
2. Deep City – Junior Lopez
3. New York To Me – Radio Slave Vocal Mix – Reverse Commuter
4. Exhaustasaurus – Spiltmilk Remix – Tal M. Klein
5. Automan – Drop Out Orchestra Dub Mix – Newcleus
6. Bring On The Night feat. Marcus – Rocco TroDeep Remix – Cloudkickers
7. The System – Extended Edit – Replay The Funk
8. Death Jam – Frag Maddin vs. Kevin Over
9. Influence – G Prod.
10. Bring Back The Love (Prins Thomas Remix) – Bebel Gilberto
11. For Your Love – Remi Mazet
12. Tell Me Baby – Kain & Aber
13. Dance Gravity – Ulysses
14. Vibe On This – Zac Love
15. The Thrill Is Gone – Jerry Garcia & David Grisman
16. Sunday Soul – Program ID
17. Champagne – 7inch Edit – Glenn Dale
19. Sunday Soul – Program ID
Year 11 – Playlist 23|52
21 September 2014
Total Running Time: 01 Hour 47 Minutes
May the stars above you shimmer and shine, guiding your heart always, all of the time. May they guide you sweetly, all the way home. And may all your sundays have soul.