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Sunday Soul – We Are Empire

Year 11 – Playlist 41/52 – Art, Essay and music for the week of January 25th 2015

As the century turned the entire kingdom presided over all points of the globe. It had been a century of conquest, exploration, and subterfuge, but at last there was not one moment of any day or night when the sun turned her glowing light from the face of the court’s accomplishments.

In the east were our machines, they whirred and stamped so far from home that we were able to sleep and even to dream of what magic the world would deliver us with the dawn. We loved the east, for she was our muscle, our furnace, our guile. We repaid her with gold, good governance, and trade.

In the south were our laborers and our servants. They came to us with desperation and desire, and we applauded their respect, their morality, and posture. They scrubbed our endless stone floors, and tied huge ropes about dead trees and hauled them from our line of sight so that we could return to our serious work. We thanked them with amnesty, and silver, and we were delighted to be their noble ideal.

In the west were our frontiers. Hearty and rich with pregnant promise, we sent our children, our husbands, our whores, and our criminals to till hard soil, and pull gold, sugar, oil, and supplies from the wild. Then we sent our governors and cardinals to tame the indigenous and the savages we had made of our own people. We paid them in gold and in land and made many men rich, and gave many the second chance their hearts and souls had long ached for.

In the north were the tundras where precious few could fare, but of the few who returned they brought glory to the crown, and planted our flags, and claimed the ground for the King. They brought us ice, and blubber, and oil and in return we gave them gold and made promises of further and far greater adventures.

At home we had conceded nothing, and gained everything. Our cousins and sisters we placed on all competing thrones, their armies were ours to command. We loved our friends, but we held our enemies so dearly that we hand picked them, trained them, and managed their ascensions. We held our kingdom together with distraction, delight, hard work, suffering and prison. The people of the kingdom loved us, and we paid them in shelter, relative liberty, and ceremony. While the world was ours to acquire we had scarcely a peep of disquiet at home. We were beloved by all, and we returned their love by assuming responsibility for the clear lines of nobility, trade, and poverty.

With our cupboards stocked with spice and sugar, the larder full of blubber and beef, and the museums full of specimens and the walls of great halls adorned with heads and spears, and each and every obedient foot soldier awarded with knighthood, decorated across each of his chests with a splendid array of medals and ribbons it was at last time to lean back into the huge stone thrones of our castle and turn our innermost thoughts to whatever responsible and private thoughts one who presides over the entire globe might think.

Our court would dance, and our women would twirl, and we would grow madly in love with our very own world. It would be remade in the image of our powdered chins, and wheat colored curls piled high upon our heads to show our broad, lineless, and innocent foreheads. We had won the hearts of the planet, and now it was time to feast. And should our bishops or under-occupied wizards look up from their tasks to reflect, and ask “why?” We smiled a smile which says nothing of who were are, and betrays nothing of our intentions and said “We are empire” and then off with their heads.

Thank you for listening. See you next week.

Here is the track listing for Sunday Soul: We Are Empire

1. Yes! – Dario Marianelli
2. Jammin for Sojka – Lusty Zanzibar Remix – Twisted Tongue
3. Think I’m Gonna Fall In Love – Disco 3000 Edit – Supercharge
4. Melancolia – Jon Sweetname
5. Diverse – The Analog Roland Orchestra
6. Around The World In 80 Seconds – Nostrum
7. Vienna – Ultravox
8. Stars (Everlasting Love) – DeejayKul meets Soultechnic Remix Instrumental – Ultra Tone
9. All Night Long – Pittsburgh Track Authority
10. Slippery People – The Staple Singers
11. Sweet Disposition – Hazem Beltagui’s Sunrise Vocal Mix – The Temper Trap
12. Mirrors – Maxime Remix – Phenomenal Handclap Band
13. Full Bet Rule – Ichisan
14. Adventure – Usmev Remix – Trulz & Robin
15. This Fear Of Gods – Simple Minds
16. Awaken – Dario Marianelli
17. Sunday Soul – Program ID
18. Play On – Yam Who? Remix – Volta Cab
19. Sunday Soul – Program ID

Year 11 – Playlist 41|52
25 January 2015
Total Running Time: 01 Hours 46 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.