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Sunday Soul – Europa 28-34
Year 11 – Playlist 16/52 – For the week of August 3rd 2014
I didn’t want to leave Florence. But then again I didn’t want to leave Barcelona either. For that matter I didn’t want to leave Paris. I practically refused to leave the absolutely beautiful United Kingdom, and I wanted everyone with me – Rory, Kelly, Loz, Felicity, Mark, Al, Jonny, my brother John Jones, Bekijane, Mike, Troy, Jamie, Nadine, Joanna, Alan, Marco, Emma, everyone… I wish they were with me now. I made family on this trip. Authentic, real, actual love has been forged and fused into me. Martha and I were sitting in Le Jardin Du Luxembourg in Paris less than a week ago and I flipped a 50 Euro coin and slapped my other hand down on top of it and asked Martha to call it. “Heads!” she declared. So I said “All right – heads means we cancel all my bookings in August and September and we never ever go back. Tails means we go home, meet our obligations and responsibilities, and then we commit to return here as often as possible to continue this good work.” Martha agreed and lifted up my hand and we both discovered that there’s no identifiable head or tail on a 50 Euro coin. Even fate refused to play into my little game, but I never wanted to go. I wanted to stay.
Why do I want to stay in Europe? There are a thousand reasons. This place is amazing, and beautiful, and this diaspora of rich, vibrant, and beautiful culture is all within reach. From the rocky coasts of Croatia to the lush suede beaches of Portugal, there are cities, and hamlets, and villages, and people aching for hope, and connection, and music, and dance. Yes, yes there’s the mainstream music, that’s as widespread now as H & M, but the point is that despite anyone’s politics or their economics, the current situation appears to be a lack of experience with love, music, dancing, and inspiration. On a continent where the welfare state has been an example to the world – often leaving American’s ashamed of their selfish and abject disregard for the partnership for the common effort and betterment of the community they live in – people actually look to their respective governments for guidance, help, money, food, protection and services. This is an idea that might make any American grimace or laugh, but there is value placed on the human experience here, and there is help if you need it. I don’t want to move here to receive help from the government, quite the opposite, I’d like to move here to bring hope and inspiration to the people despite the government. Im not looking for moolah, I want to inspire these amazing souls to get up, to get together, and to get down and join me in my devotion to love, dance, and music.
Or am I asking them to inspire me? These magnificent people, who live in these magnificent places, are already there man. And so rather than asking anyone to do anything, I think I am saying that I want to join their tribe, that I am already a member, and I ache for my people. I love my people. I am so deliciously, and dearly grateful to know that we are all here together. And yeah I want to make an impact, and help with my part of this good work, and I’d like to help you too if I can. And so it goes both ways, and it radiates out in all directions. This is academic really, and I’m not even attempting to take credit for this thinking – it was here long before me, and it’ll be here well after me – but I left San Francisco feeling punished by the prosperity of others, and marginalized out of my own home town (personally) and yet thriving and emerging (professionally) and now I’ve put my head together with some of my nearest and dearest, met new family members, new tribespeople, and seen with my own eyes that I’ve been pointing fingers again, and thinking much too small about the world, and the work, and it’s no wonder I was lost in the waves of my own surf.
Look, I can’t possibly sum up this tour this week. It’s not even over yet. The Florence to Paris adventure was brilliant. The show at freepsace – paris was one of the most intimate and vulnerable shows I’ve ever played — No mic, just a small speaker, and I sang and filled the room with love and light if not a huge and warm sound. Our hosts Beth and Jaïs were so kind and generous with their time and their space. We walked through Paris and put more than 20 miles under our feet in two days as we took in the city, and uncovered everything we could possibly find. Geneva was again like finding family, Stephane Joulin, Joanna and Dylan at a club with a huge marquee that said “MANPOWER.” Totally amazing and what a wonderful city. Then over to London, up to Leeds to discover that love conquers huge ex goth clubs without even trying. The amazing crew there really brought the love out and shined bright as the sun. Now I’m back in Copenhagen and I just took a shower after a wild adventure in Crawley and a long-ass night at Gatwick airport. I played a little goodbye set of my own songs in Copenhagen tonight for a small gathering and again tried out this idea of singing without a microphone and deepening the music down to 114 and expressing something else. Maybe I’m tired after a really truly wonderful tour, maybe I’m just spreading my wings a little. I don’t know. I don’t care. It feels so good.
There’s a lot of people to thank, and a lot of planning to be done for my next trip back. But for now, I’m just going to feel the breeze and watch this crazy Danish lightning, and enjoy the sound of distant thunder. Tomorrow I’m off to New York City and Dubtribe are playing at Deepspace with FK at Cielo. If you’re around I really look forward to seeing you there.
Thank you for listening. See you next week from San Francisco.
Here is the track listing for Sunday Soul: EUROPE 28-34
1. La Wally – Vladimir Cosma
2. Happy Route – Luniverse
3. Lullaby – Thatmanmonkz
4. Sending My Love – Forteba Remix – Karmine Rosciano
5. With You – Rory Cochrane Remix – Karmine Rosciano
6. Give Me Your Hand – Biatone Rmix – TrockenSaft
7. True – Extended Mix – Drums of Death
8. Una Brass – Unreleased Version – Diablo
9. Automan – Drop Out Orchestra Dub Mix – Newcleus
10. Rhodes, Rhodes – Big Al
11. If I Could Have You – Sunshine Jones Version – Futurewife
12. Meant To Be – Loz Goddard
13. The Way You Move – Greg Wilson Version -Social Disco Club
14. Follow Me – Club Mix – Aly Us
14. Sunday Soul – Program ID
15. Take Me Back – Aloe Blacc
16. Sunday Soul – Program ID
Year 11 – Playlist 16|52
3 August 2014
Total Running Time: 01 Hour 35 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.