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Sunday Soul – Deadbeat Discotheque

Year 11 – Playlist 37/52 – Art, Essay and music for the week of December 28th 2014

Buckner hit me and asked if I would please come out and play a set with him at my local spot in my neighborhood. Can’t refuse a friend in need – certainly not when he’s right around the corner. So I packed up my gear and walked around the corner and we got down.

When I started there were only a few people dancing. Peering about the booth I wondered if anything was going to happen at all tonight. But by the end the dancefloor was nice and cozy and absolutely everyone in the place was dancing. Garvandrew showed up and did one of those “You don’t remember me do you?” things that unforgettable people seem to always do. Doesn’t he know that we heard all those songs he left on the old Dubtribe voicemail? Doesn’t he know that his light was so bright that no one who ever looked him in the eyes could ever forget him?

Anyway, I sang a bit, played some songs I really like, and even pulled Martha off the dancefloor into the booth for a surprise version of “I just wanna fly.” She’s so sweet. She’s a singer. She sings all the time and it’s wonderful, but man… point a microphone at her and she’s outta here. So I like to hold on to her belt buckle and pull her toward me so she can’t get away. Makes for a nice moment.

Buckner told me to stop promptly at 1:56 am. And so at 1:46am I brought my beautifully timed set to the perfect ending. Everyone cheered and it was killer. Then Buckner appeared and said “I said 1:56!” and I slapped my forehead and started to play the classiques version of Sunshine’s Theme. But then I got a better idea and played Tiger Stripes remix of “If you wouldn’t mind” off of my album Seven Tracks In Seven Days and sang the lyrics to Sunshine’s Theme over the top of it… but that’s when I sort of lost it.

I’ve been musing lately, like just about everyone I know, at how the entire world seems to be staring at their phone. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve got a phone. I use it all the time. My mobile device is my camera, my communication tool, my email device, my web reference, and a number of other things. I’m not pointing a finger that isn’t pointing at me too. But we aren’t the people we used to be. We aren’t as interesting. We aren’t as much fun. Partly because it isn’t interesting or fun to be constantly interrupted, derailed, and bailed on by people who aren’t actually in front of us, and partly because it isn’t interesting or fun to be around people who are contantly fading in and out of phase with the present tense. So I let go on the subject.

It’s at the end of the set, so you gotta get through the whole thing in order to see where I’m coming from.

It’s wonderful to show up and be a part of my own city without hub bub or hassles. I love it. I loved it. And so I’m sharing it with you now.

Thank you for listening. See you next week year.
Love,
Sunshine

No track listing this week. I’ve got no idea what I played. I lost myself in the music and let myself go… sorry not sorry at all really.

Year 11 – Playlist 37|52
28 December 2014
Total Running Time: 02 Hours 39 Minutes 42 Seconds

Buy this music if you love it. Buy it on vinyl. Play it loud. I am curating something personal for the people I love who take the time to listen. If you have feelings and would like to be stricken from the record here, please let me know and I’d be glad to never play your music here again. I’ve been mad about love before, and I totally understand.

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.