We held services in a cramped double-wide trailer. Only 10 families attended on a typical Sunday: 3 working class black families (the son of one family, a poet, shot himself in the head), 2 working class southern white families (both raised goats and home-schooled), 2 middle class families who didn't socialize with anyone else in church, and 3 working class Hispanic families. My mother and I would visit a retirement home once a week to minister to one elderly congregant in Spanish. My mother would minister at least. I didn't understand Spanish. He was a former Franocist, didn't speak English and hated me. I was only there to play dominoes and lose.
Before the double-wide, our congregation met every Sunday morning and every Wednesday night in the private gym of Béla Károlyi-- tyrannical god to a slew of famous Olympic athletes including Nadia Comǎneci, Mary Lou Retton, Kim Zmeskal, Kristie Philips, and Karrie Strug.
That's all to say "Sunday" meant FOUR FUCKING HOURS of church for poor lil' Colbie every week. Four! Sometimes 5! Not counting Royal Rangers on Wednesday. This lengthy Sunday sampler is nothing trust me-- nothing you can't chew thru on a lazy afternoon at home (after church of course).
I'll hand a First Class gold-plated ticket to Heaven to any brave soul courageous enough to finish the whole thing. No skipping.
Scroll below to listen or download HERE. Just remember, this isn't even HALF of one of my childhoods in church.
Sonsick -- San Fermin
Southern Sun -- Boy & Bear
Stay Young -- Okkervil River
Juene Et Con (cover from Damien Saez) -- Scala & Kolacny Brothers
Royals -- Lorde
King And Cross -- Ásgeir
Oh Baby -- The Concretes
Dreams of Cannibalism -- Typhoon
The Future Does Not Require -- Conquering Animal Sound
Agoraphobia -- Autoheart
Constantine -- Melissa Nadler
Animal Games -- Emiliana Torrini
Nöw, Mon garçon -- The Toda people of Southern India
Take it Easy -- Boys Boys Boys!
Wish in My Dish -- Susy Blue
Confrérie St. Jean--Baptiste De Furiani/L'orme Sanguine -- album "Bretagne-Corse"
Air Conditioning -- Kisses
Vixen -- Weikie
Nil -- Islands
Pulle Me Like a String -- Rue Royale
Jesus, Remember Me --The Taizé Community
Kisser -- Step Rockets
Song For You -- Broken Fences
Guilt Trip -- Kanye West
Beauty -- Wolf Colony
Confess -- Arianne, Mat Jr. & Maximus Sheka
Easier To Cry -- TV Girl
You -- Kingdom
Kindness Be Conceived -- Thao The Get Down Stay Down
Sleep Dealer -- Oneohtrix Point Never
Konskried Sant Nicolaz-Les conscrits de St Nicolas -- Les soeurs Goadeg
Iko! Iko! -- Glass Candy
Heaven -- Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
Gray Eyed Bird -- Slow Machete
The Kingdom of God -- The Taizé Community
First Night - conch shells played by "great officiating priests", Japan
Take me Jesus. Please. I can't get enough of the guy:
Even Obama likes Jesus: