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Sunday Soul – Soul Revival
Year 11 – Playlist 1/52 – For the week of April 21st 2014
The Greeks believed that the soul had no life without the body. Prior to Pythagorus it was held that the soul was the central essence of who and what we are as beings, however after death the soul traveled to Hades and awaited placement in another body. The idea was that the human spirit and body were sembiotic and needed one another in order to function. Philosophers and Alchemists alike studied humans carefully as they slept and remarked at the movements, and contrasted them to the dreams we have and created distinctions between the will of the body, and the will of the soul.
Plato later established that what we call the soul does exist, and it is what we use to describe the essence of a person, but that it is broken into three fundamental components: The logos (the mind,) Thymos (our body or heart,) and Eros (our appetites and desires.) These three aspects of being could operate together under the governance of the Psyche (or soul) in order to thrive as a human in the world. The breaking apart of these elements of the human experience allowed further consideration of balance, and also how to address problems in our bodies, minds, and experience. Yet it is this idea that the Psyche is the ruler of our urges and instincts that has continued to puzzle human existence.
Thomas Aquinas determined that the soul is the first order of life – what we are initially – and the body is separate, he encouraged an order or heierarchy of things based on this (which would later cause a good many problems.) Immanuel Kant some 500 years later stumbled upon the concept of “I” and ran with it. Kant argued that there is an “internal experience” which can be different from the observable world around us. As the result Kant’s argument concluded that the “I” experience is the experience of the soul, and thus gave rise to the flood gates of “self” and the modern world as we know it.
It’s not a far leap to consider that the Greeks felt our spirit was the essence of who we are, and the modern world, forged in fires of one’s ego-mind’s third eye opening wide and saying “I am awake!” is so deeply concerend with self as to have almost entirely lost sight of the world around them. I’m not going to even begin to cover the ground of religious or cultural studies on the care and maintenance of the soul, I trust you to have your own manual and tend to this on your own, but I am fascinated by the modern climate of egocentricity disguised as atheism. I am blinded with wonder by the current social trending in declaring the self, and denying a greater collectivity, while at the same time profitably manipulating the lonliness which ensues from isolation and calling for “community” and “joy” as marketing toys for the stampede of hungry, lonely, tipsy, and very very greedy people wringing out their veins in the streets of San Francisco today.
Zoroastrianist or Taoist, Buddhist or Episcopalian, however you believe we got here, whatever you believe will happen after we are gone, worm food, or puppies in the clouds, the main idea of our soul is simply this: We are in essence a combination of electricity, chemistry, tissue, and water. These magnificent subatomic particles are a wonder enough to give pause to the absolutist’s insistance that we are this, or we are that. We are amazing. The question isn’t what will happen when I die? Who cares. The question is what is going to happen next?
If the soul is our essence, and I am arguing that it is, then our essence is precious and rare, unique and beautiful. I suppose it’s natural to look out into the stars and ask where did my essence come from? It’s equally as natural to peer deeply into our own navels and ask all these same questions. Wherever we look, and whatever we find, these are the spiritual questions of our own soul. These are the conversations we are missing while we were busy arguing with idiots out of fear that they were right, or that (gasp) we were. The community you crave is all around you right now.
Carl Jung, a big fan of mine, wrote in detail about the conscious mind, the unconscious mind, our interconnectivity, and the relationship between our persona and our interior experience (check it out, that stuff is awesome.) We are undeniably connected, this isn’t even an idea worth discussing unless you’re a nihilist who is still trying to be right (in which case I offer up a little Hamlet: “The lady doth protest too much, methinks”) When an ass hole arrives in the room, everyone can
feel it (save for those mid-sentence, or otherwise oblivious) and a vibe comes over the room. There. I’ve proven Jung’s concept of the collective unconscious. We are reading one another’s vocal chords, seeing each other’s dreams, and feeling each other’s grief all the time. We are all beams of light from the same sun – be it shamballa or valhalla – the point is to open up your heart. Open up your mind. Pry this isolated delusion from our furious, hurt, and bitter little fingers as many times a day as we need to until there is at last the vaguest recognition between us.
And so I begin again, offering something to you every Sunday. It may not always be this much, perhaps sometimes it will be much more. But it will be here for you. It feels good to be thinking about why I am, and what I am, and where I shall go from here. I hope your soul is awake, and your heart is on fire. Enjoy the music. See you next week.
Here is the track listing for Sunday Soul: Soul Revival
1. Somebody To Love – Acoustic Version – Valerie June
2. Flying Cat – Acos CoolKAs Remix – Days of Funk
3. Strange Fruit – Adjust
4. Help Me Understand I Am Not Alone – David Devilla, Ivan Garci & Elisabeth Aivar
5. Percalaise – Kohib
6. Hooked – DJ Spearchucker
7. Vitae – Monitor 66
8. Finally Moving – Pretty Lights
9. Oslo – Eli Escobar
10. Fiction – Maya Jane Coles Remix – The Xx
11. Black Chocolate – Krystian Shek
12. Embassy Ghost – Krystian Shek
13. Four Million Miles – Sunshine Jones
14. Feel Real – Morgan Geist Remix – Movement
15. I Am Loved – Walter Jones
16. Don’t Stop The Dance – Todd Terje Remix – Bryan Ferry
17. Synchronize – Discodeine
18. No Future In The Past – Faux Métier
19. Sunday Soul – Program ID
20. Cut Copy Me – Petula Clark
21. Sunday Soul – Program ID
Year 11 – Playlist 1|52
Total Running Time: 01 Hours 52 Minutes
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.