photoshop took a dump



for the boy standing in the dust of gaugamela, an empire open to him. for the splendour of babylon, for the journey east, for the search for the outer ocean. for the slow spiralling creep of madness, for the death grip of divinity, for the men trampled in the dust as he chased illusive glory. for the death of his heart, and the death of the boy. for the long journey home, for the boy who died alone and disillusioned; for the man who gained the whole world and lost his soul.

i. PAX DEORUM - enya; the oracle at siwah
ii. TO LET MYSELF GO - ane brun; greater than achilles, herakles, dionysus
          there’s no use telling me / there’s no use taking a step back / a step back for me

iii. BOAT SONG - woodkid; the journey east
          can we keep our bearing straight / or will we be blown off course / are we instruments of fate? / do we really have a choice?

iv. IF I HAD A HEART - fever ray; the quest for the outer ocean
          this will never end / cause i want more / more, give me more / give me more
v. FALSE KING - two steps from hell; the death of darius iii
vi. THE HUMBLING RIVER - puscifer; the mutiny at the river hyphasis
          angel, angel, what have i done / i’ve faced the quakes, the wind, the fire / i’ve conquered country, crown, and throne / why can’t i cross this river?
vii. DANCE TO ANOTHER TUNE - first aid kit; alexander stopped here
          there’s nothing new under the sun / all that will happen has already begun
viii. DANIEL IN THE DEN - bastille; philotas, cleitus, callisthenes
          felled in the night / by the ones you think you love / they will come for you
ix. SURFACE OF THE SUN - coordinated chaos; the death of hephaestion amyntoros
x. APRES MOI - regina spektor; ‘to the strongest’
          i must go on standing / i’m not my own, it’s not my choice / apres moi le deluge, after me comes the flood
xi. GONE - ioanna gika; the king is dead, long live the king(s).
          what brings us together is what pulls us apart / gone our brother, gone our heart