Tower of Song

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

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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that I was made for another office, a professor of the Joyous Science, a detector & delineator of occult harmonies & unpublished beauties, a herald of civility, nobility, learning, & wisdom; an affirmer of the One Law, yet as one who should affirm it in music or dancing, a priest of the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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The Autumnal Season: Golden Autumn Days, Pt. 1 –Ready for Listening

This is to announce that the GS’s musical essay, “The Autumnal Season: Golden Autumn Days, Pt. 1”, which was broadcast Sunday night / Monday morning, Sept. 29, is now ready for listening 24/7 on the “Archived Musical Essays” page of the Tower of Song website. (Check out the “Playlists & Images” page for the playlist and to access the special page of 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 is an extended version with more songs. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

“The Autumnal Season: Golden Autumn Days, Pt. 1″

This is to announce that the GS will be presenting his annual “The Autumnal Season: Golden Autumn Days” musical essay, which kicked off with the Autumnal Equinox (“Mabon”) on Sept. 22, Sunday night / Monday morning, Sept. 29, on KUSPfm / kusp.org. So, a cheery toast to this most poetic and melancholy of all seasons. (Check out the “Playlists & Images” page of the Tower of Song website for thematic images that go-with this musical essay. The playlist will be posted shortly after the program.) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

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Birthday Tribute to Leonard Cohen –Ready for Listening

This is to announce that the Leonard Cohen 80th birthday tribute, which was broadcast / webcast at midnight on the Autumnal Equinox (Sept. 22), is now ready for listening 24/7 on the “Archived Musical Essays” page of the Tower of Song website. (The playlist is on the “Playlists & Images” page. Check out the special page dedicated to Leonard on the Tower of Song website.) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

http://www.revradiotowerofsong.org/5revisionradio/leonardcohenpage.html

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Special Birthday Tribute to Leonard Cohen & Celebrating the Autumnal Equinox

This is to announce that the GS will be celebrating the birthday of his main man in the Tower of Song–Leonard “I’m Your Man” Cohen–, who turned 80 today, September 21st. Tune in on midnight Sunday night / Monday morning and hear songs from Leonard’s new album and more. (Check out the special page dedicated to Leonard on the Tower of Song website, where will be found the playlist after the program.) Since the GS’ program will be on the 22nd, he will also be celebrating the Autumnal Equinox. (Check the “Playlists & Images” page for thematic images that go-with the equinox.)

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Eliza Gilkyson Tribute Program -Ready for Listening

This is to announce that the nocturnal tribute program for Eliza Gilkyson, which was aired September 15th, “The Dark Night of the Outsider Soul: On the Road with Today’s Traveling Troubadours; Mythopoetic Songbirds, Archetypal Lovers, & the Hotel at the End of the Road,” is now available for listening 24/7 on the “Archived Musical Essays” page of the Tower of Song website. (Check out the “Playlists & Images” page for the playlist and to access the special Eliza Gilkyson page for the thematic images.) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

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 is an extended version with more songs. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Eliza Gilkyson Tribute Program

This is to announce that the GS will be doing a nocturnal tribute to his favorite folk-rock singer-songwrter, Eliza Gilkyson, who is coming to the Monterey Bay area for a concert on Tuesday night, September 16th to feature her new album, *The Nocturne Diaries*. Tune in midnight (the perfect time) Sunday / Monday 9/15/14 and hear Eliza’s poetic style of folk-rock music highlight the GS’s musical essay: “The Dark Night of the Outsider Soul: On the Road with Today’s Traveling Troubadours; Mythopoetic Songbirds, Archetypal Lovers, & the Hotel at the End of the Road.” (Check out the playlist after the program and the special Eliza Gilkyson page for the thematic images through the “Playlists & Images” page.) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Eliza Gilkyson with guitar

Don Quixote’s International Music Hall in Felton, CA.
Tue. Sept. 16 at 7:30pm Eliza Gilkyson & Nina Gerber
http://www.donquixotesmusic.info

Van Morrison Tribute Program–Ready for Listening

This is to announce that the GS’s tribute program to Van Morrison, which was broadcast midnight Sunday / Monday 9/8/14, now ready for listening 24/7 on the “Archived Musical Essays” page of the Tower of Song website. (Check out the “Playlists & Images” page for the playlist and the special Van Morrison page for the images.)

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 songs that were cut short or not played due to damaged cds. >>>>>>>>>>>>>

http://www.revradiotowerofsong.org/5revisionradio/vanmorrisonpage.html

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Van Morrison Birthday / Labor Day Celebration

This is to announce that the GS’s musical essay for Van Morrison’s Birthday and Labor Day, which was broadcast on September 1, is now available for listening 24/7 on the “Archived Musical Essays” page of the Tower of Song website. (Check out the “Playlists & Images” page for the playlist and for the thematic images that go-with the 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 songs that were cut short and an extra song that wasn’t played because of time constraints. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Van Morrison Birthday / Labor Day Celebration

This is to announce that the GS will be back on the air on Labor Day (midnight Sunday /Monday), September 1, celebrating not only the holiday, but also the Virgo birthday of one of the bards of the Tower of Song–Van Morrison (Aug. 31, 1945). (Check out the “Playlists & Images” page of the Tower of Song website after the program for the playlist and during the program for the thematic images that go-with the musical essay.)

Van Morrison

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This is to announce that the Gypsy Scholar will be taking a summer break for the next two weeks, from August 18 though 25. Free-form DJ Bennett Williamson will be taking over for the next two programs. I know you’re going to like what he does with the program!

And, for the present, since the 45th anniversary of Woodstock just happened (August 15 – 17), the GS presents this video in keeping with his high summer festival theme.