Tower of Song

Gypsy Scholar’s program promos–Orphic Scholarship as “Performance Art”

Tower of Song w/ GS #1
Tower of Song w/ GS #2
Tower of Song w/ GS #3

Mixing and re-mixing argument & song–high academic culture and low pop-culture–the GS, made for another office and practicing Orphic scholarship, abandons the Ivory Tower in favor of that “tower down the track.” (“I embrace the common, I explore and sit at the feet of the familiar, the low.” “Ah ye old ghosts! ye builders of dungeons in the air! why do I ever allow you to encroach on me a moment; a moment to win me to your hapless company? In every week there is some hour when I read my commission in every cipher of nature, and I know that I was made for another office, a professor of the Joyous Science, a detector & delineator of occult harmonies & unpublished beauties, a herald of civility, nobility, learning, & wisdom; an affirmer of the One Law, yet as one who should affirm it in music or dancing, a priest of the Soul yet one who would better love to celebrate it through the beauty of health & the harmonious power of music.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson) Thus, this “Joyous Science” (the troubadour’s gai saber) means that the “Troubadour of Knowledge” puts scholarship not in the service of thanatos (i.e., “murders to dissect,” as the Romantic poet of “high argument,” Wordsworth, put it), but of eros–love, imagination, insight, connexion, synthesis, celebration.

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Carnivalesque Rebellion & The World Turned Upside Down, Pt. 1 –Ready for Listening

This is to announce that the first part of a new series of musical essays, “Carnivalesque Rebellion & The World Turned Upside Down: Dancing in the Streets,” which was broadcast / webcast midnight Sunday night / Monday morning (7/14/14) on KUSPfm / kusp.org, is now ready for listening on the “Archived Musical Essays” page of the Tower of Song website. (Check out the “Playlists & Images” page for the playlist and thematic images that go-with this musical essay.) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

The GS strongly recommends that you listen to the (uninterrupted) archived program on the “Archived Musical Essays” page (click link to the right) instead of on the KUSP Music Player on this blog, because the Tower of Song archived version has extra songs that weren’t played because of time constraints. >>>>>>>>>>>>>

Carnivalesque Rebellion & The World Turned Upside Down, Pt. 1

This is to announce that the first part of a new series of musical essays, “Carnivalesque Rebellion & The World Turned Upside Down: Dancing in the Streets,” will be broadcast / webcast midnight Sunday night / Monday morning (7/14/14) on KUSPfm / kusp.org. (“Playlists & Images” page of the Tower of Song website will have the playlist and thematic images that go-with this musical essay.) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

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(Note: This new musical essay series commences on Bastille Day in France, which is the name given in English speaking countries to the French National Day, celebrated on 14 July each year. In France, it is formally called La Fête Nationale. It commemorates the beginning of the French Revolution with the Storming of the Bastille on the 14 July 1789, as well as the Fête de la Fédération on the 14 July 1790, the celebration to commemorate the first anniversary of the Storming of the Bastille and the unity of the French Nation.)

Summer Solstice / Midsummer Special, Pt. 4 –Ready for Listening

This is to announce that the 4th and final part of the GS’s Summer Solstice/Midsummer program, which was broadcast / webcast midnight Sunday night / Monday morning (7/7/14) on KUSPfm / kusp.org., is now ready for listening 24/7 on the “Archived Musical Essays” page of the Tower of Song website. (Check out the playlist and thematic images that go-with this musical essay on the “Playlists & Images” page of the Tower of Song website.) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

The GS strongly recommends that you listen to the (uninterrupted) archived program on the “Archived Musical Essays” page (click link to the right) instead of on the KUSP Music Player on this blog, because the Tower of Song archived version has 2 songs that weren’t played because of time constraints. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

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Summer Solstice / Midsummer Special, Pt. 4

This is to announce that the 4th and final part of GS’s Summer Solstice / Midsummer program will be broadcast / webcast midnight Sunday night / Monday morning (7/7/14) on KUSPfm / kusp.org. (Check out the thematic images that go-with this musical essay on the “Playlists & Images” page of the Tower of Song website. Playlist will be available shortly after the program.) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Summer Solstice sun 4

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Summer Solstice/Midsummer Special, Pt. 3 –Ready for Listening

This is to announce that part 3 of the GS’s Summer Solstice/Midsummer program, which was broadcast / webcast midnight Sunday night / Monday morning (6/30/14) on KUSPfm / kusp.org., is now ready for listening 24/7 on the “Archived Musical Essays” page of the Tower of Song website. (Check out the playlist and thematic images that go-with this musical essay on the “Playlists & Images” page of the Tower of Song website.) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

The GS strongly recommends that you listen to the (uninterrupted) archived program on the “Archived Musical Essays” page (click link to the right) instead of on the KUSP Music Player on this blog, because the Tower of Song archived version has a song that wasn’t played because of time constraints. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Summer Solstice sun 4

Summer Solstice/Midsummer Special, Pt. 3

This is to announce that the 3rd part of GS’s Summer Solstice/Midsummer program for June (Litha) will be broadcast / webcast midnight Sunday night / Monday morning (6/30/14) on KUSPfm / kusp.org. (Check out the thematic images that go-with this musical essay on the “Playlists & Images” page of the Tower of Song website. Playlist will be available shortly after the program.) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Litha Summer Solstice 2

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Summer Solstice/Midsummer Special, Pt 2 –Ready for Listening

This is to announce that part 2 of the GS’s Summer Solstice/Midsummer program, which was broadcast / webcast midnight Sunday night / Monday morning (6/23/14) on KUSPfm / kusp.org., is now ready for listening 24/7 on the “Archived Musical Essays” page of the Tower of Song website. (Check out the playlist and thematic images that go-with this musical essay on the “Playlists & Images” page of the Tower of Song website.) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

The GS strongly recommends that you listen to the (uninterrupted) archived program on the “Archived Musical Essays” page (click link to the right) instead of on the KUSP Music Player on this blog, because the Tower of Song archived version has a song that wasn’t played because of time constraints. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

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Summer Solstice/Midsummer Special, Pt. 2

This is to announce that part 2 of GS’s Summer Solstice/Midsummer program will be broadcast / webcast midnight Sunday night / Monday morning (6/23/14) on KUSPfm / kusp.org. (Check out the thematic images that go-with this musical essay on the “Playlists & Images” page of the Tower of Song website. Playlist will be available shortly after the program.)

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Summer Solstice/Midsummer Special –Ready for Listening

This is to announce that the GS’s Summer Solstice/Midsummer program, which was broadcast / webcast midnight Sunday night / Monday morning (6/16/14) on KUSPfm / kusp.org., is now ready for listening 24/7 on the “Archived Musical Essays” page of the Tower of Song website. The GS goes into the origins and history of the Summer Solstice celebrations; plus the astronomical sky story, the astrological mythical story, and the meaning for today of the Summer Solstice. (Check out the playlist and thematic images that go-with this musical essay on the “Playlists & Images” page of the Tower of Song website.) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

The GS strongly recommends that you listen to the (uninterrupted) archived program on the “Archived Musical Essays” page (click link to the right) instead of on the KUSP Music Player on this blog, because the Tower of Song archived version has a song that wasn’t played and a final song that had to be cut short because of time constraints. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

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Summer Solstice/Midsummer Special

This is to announce that the GS’s Summer Solstice/Midsummer program will be broadcast / webcast midnight Sunday night / Monday morning (6/16/14) on KUSPfm / kusp.org. The GS goes into the origins and history of the Summer Solstice celebrations; plus the astronomical sky story, the astrological mythical story, and the meaning for today of the Summer Solstice. (Check out the thematic images that go-with this musical essay on the “Playlists & Images” page of the Tower of Song website. Playlist will be available shortly after the program.) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

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