Sunday Soul – LABEIJA – September 25th 2011

what ya find
what you feel
what ya know
to be real

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  2. Sunshine:

    lights the last candle and holds out his hand for the last dance…

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  3. Sunshine:

    Pepper Labeija – the legendary mother of the house of Labeija – once described herself as “flawless.” She talked openly and without posture about how ball culture in New York City at the end of the 80’s was a voice of people who were otherwise invisible. Children with nothing, nowhere to go, and a burning voice within them came together in whatever they could put together in order to be beautiful, glamorous, and free for a night. Pepper’s role was not only as the mother of the house – where she would look after her children, hone them, guide them, and love them – but also to be fierce, and free herself.

    Pepper was born William Jackson in 1948 and lived a double life for much of his life. In the 1960’s he was caught by his father by chance – he was in drag on the corner with some of his friends and his father was at a stop light and recognized him. His father rushed home in the car and told his mother that her son was becoming a woman. His mother shamed him, and piled up all his clothes – including a mink coat – and burned them. As soon as he was able to, William Jackson left home to come to New York City where he met Crystal Labeija. Crystal was one of the first non white drag queens to compete against white female impersonators and win trophies. Crystal founded the house of Labeija, and took Pepper under her wing, and soon after Pepper ascended to the role of mother where she reigned supreme for more than twenty years with a soft glove.

    As I reflect on my own life and its metamorphosis, I feel a deep kinship with the house of Labeija, and even feel some degree of envy for the purpose and focus, the community and support that a house shares. I remember street culture, the feeling of complete isolation, the cold of nowhere to go, and the harsh arms of people who would offer me shelter. Personally, without purpose, I turned to drugs for comfort. I lost my way, I lost my footing, and eventually lost my life. Revived from a bathtub overdose to find myself transformed again into something without edge, something without rules, something without shape. The path from that bathtub is my path today. I have found some community, some reason, some purpose, and thankfully I am filled with gratitude and love as I consider and reflect back. Like Pepper, I wouldn’t change a thing, I have almost no regrets, and I feel an overwhelming sense of prosperity and love for the child I was, the man I have been, the people whom I tried to love, those who loved me back, and for the man I have become.

    It is easy to compartmentalize, and consider this portion of my life or that portion of my life – depending on what music I listened to, or what my hair looked like at that time – and say “Oh god…” and write it off as a phase, or a mistake. But there have been no mistakes. Each step of my metamorphosis has been purposeful, intentional, and guided me to where I am today. I have been saved, taught, transformed, held, challenged, and loved as I have wriggled my way out of each cocoon and emerged as a radiantly free man, shining in the light of the present moment.

    I challenge each and every one of you to stand up right here and right now, wear something fabulous today, let your face feel the sweet sun, lick your lips, and feel your wings spread wide apart in the breeze. The balls are gone, Pepper is gone, the house of Labeija is gone, but the music – the disco and house music of the late 1980’s – will live forever. Much too soon for some – Oh god, are you really playing that horrible old pop song Sunshine? Ugh – For others it’s been so long that you can’t even imagine a world where we all collided together at a ball, or in a club, or in a warehouse because there was nowhere else to go, and we lived in such desperate times. For you I offer my hand, and invite you to dance with me.

    Who will walk today? Who will be feirce? Who will be free? Will it be you?

    Here is the track listing for Sunday Soul – Labeija:

    1. Sunday Soul – Program ID
    2. Got To Give It Up – Marvin Gaye
    3. Follow Me – Club Mix – Aly Us
    4. Lovedance 2night – Jimmy The Twin Edit – Gary’s Gang
    * Pepper Laibeja
    5. Bonaire – Al Usher Remix – Dutch Rhythm Combo
    6. Baja – Jellybean Dub – Mascara
    * Pepper Laibeja
    7. Sunday Lover – Sunshine Jones Re Edit – John Walker
    * Pepper Laibeja
    8. Like an Eagle – The Noddleman Deep Edit – Dennis Parker
    * Pepper Laibeja
    9. Ain’t No Stoppin Us Now – Jimmy the Twin Edit – FunkSoulSister
    * Pepper Laibeja
    10. Showtime – Leo’s Deep Disco Re-Edit – Gary’s Gang
    11. Sing It Back – Mousse-T Remix – Moloko
    12. Street Corner – Ashford and Simpson
    13. Tell Me – Fromage Disco Telling You Edit – Groove Theory
    14. Me And You – Francis Inferno Orchestra
    15. The End – John Carpenter
    16. Wanna Be Your Lover – Tim Zawada Edit – Prince
    17. Here’s To You – Skyy
    18. Tears – instrumental – Satoshi Tomiie – Frankie Knuckles
    ** release the queen inside of you
    19. Deep In Vogue – Malcolm McLaren & The House of McLaren
    20. Is It All Over My Face – Loose Joints
    21. The Bomb – The Bucketheads
    22. Dr Love – Jimmy The Twin Edit – First Choice
    23. It Looks Like Love – Club 89 Remix – Montana Orchestra Feat. Goody Goody
    24. High Energy – Fromage Mother Edit – The Supremes
    25. I Don’t Know If It’s Right – Evelyn Champaign King
    26. Can’t Judge A Book By Its Cover – Cookie
    27. Is It DISCO – osmose edit – Osmose
    * Pepper Labeija
    28. Supernature – Cerrone
    29. Tonite – 12 Inch – Those Guys
    30. Move Your Body – Marshall Jefferson
    * Pepper Labeija
    31. Robotism – Methusalem
    32. Sylvester LCD – Mashup
    33. Another Man – Barbara Mason
    34. Promised Land – Joe Smooth
    35. Move Your Body – Xpansions
    36. Found Love – MC Double Dee
    37. Lonely People – ADC Cum On Edit – Lil louis
    38. Where Love Lives – 12″ Classic Mix – Alison Limerick
    39. My Life – Beat Dub – 95 North
    40. Finally (It’s Happened To Me) – CeCe Peniston
    41. Get On Up And Do It Again – Suzy Q
    42. I Wanna Give You Devotion – Soul Mix – Nomad
    43. Go Easy On Me Girl – Franics Inferno Orchestra
    44. Experience – Connie
    45. Ava – Lucky Soul
    46. Rock It – Herbie Hancock
    47. Got To Be Real – Cheryl Lynn
    48. Someday – Cece Rogers
    49. Future – Bobby Kondors
    50. Sunday Soul – Program ID
    51. Over The Rainbow – Patti LaBelle
    52. Sunday Soul – Program ID

    Total Running Time: 04 Hours 05 Minutes 46 Seconds
    * Recorded overdubs of Pepper Labeija – the legendary mother of the house of Labeija
    ** performed live

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  4. Claire Love Lee:

  5. Ocean's Edge:

    as long as you continue weaving magical sound tapestries with hand-picked music selections, i will dance freely and fiercely with you… thank you for sharing your beautiful reflection with us once again; our ears are oh so grateful ♥

  6. Melanie Plant:

    Purposeful love, listening, and sharing. Thank you for your journey, Sunshine. I love that “horrible pop”

    : )

  7. Mjr Bedhead:

    Sunshine Thank you, Exuding fierceness now
    : :: ~ snap ~ :: :

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  9. Scott Tewis: