Tower of Song

Beltane / May Day: A Holiday For Neo-Pagans & Workers, Pt 3

This is to announce that after a musical tribute to Memorial Day, the GS will present Pt. 3 of the musical essay series “Beltane / May Day: A Holiday For Neo-Pagans & Workers.” It will be broadcast / webcast at midnight Sunday night / Monday morning, May 25, on KUSPfm and kusp.org. (Check out the “Playlists & Images” page of the Tower of Song website to access thematic images that go-with this musical essay. The playlist will be available shortly after the broadcast.)

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Beltane / May Day: A Holiday For Neo-Pagans & Workers, Pt. 2 –Ready for Listening

This is to announce that Pt. 2 of the GS’s musical essay series “Beltane / May Day: A Holiday For Neo-Pagans & Workers,” which was broadcast / webcast at midnight Sunday night / Monday morning, May 18, on KUSPfm and 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 of the Tower of Song website for the playlist and thematic images that go-with this musical essay.) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

The GS also featured, at the beginning of the program, two songs from the new Leonard Cohen live album, *Can’t Forget: A Souvenir of the Grand Tour*.

The Gypsy Scholar strongly recommends that you listen to the archived version of this musical essay on the Tower of Song “Archived Musical Essays” page (#6) and not through the music player on this page, because it’s uninterrupted and contains an extra song that time didn’t permit playing.

Beltane / May Day: A Holiday For Neo-Pagans & Workers, Pt 2

This is to announce that Pt. 2 of the GS’s musical essay series “Beltane / May Day: A Holiday For Neo-Pagans & Workers” will be broadcast / webcast at midnight Sunday night / Monday morning, May 18, on KUSPfm and kusp.org. (Check out the “Playlists & Images” page of the Tower of Song website to access thematic images that go-with this musical essay. The playlist will be available shortly after the broadcast.)

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The GS’s review (on amazon.com) of Leonard Cohen’s just released *Can’t Forget: A Souvenir of the Grand Tour*

Leonard may be, at 80 years of age, “aching in the places where I used to play” and “invisible” to the ladies (as per “Stages”), but as a singer-songwriter he’s not lost his chops and this album proves he’s still at the top of his “favorite game.” The long wait for the preorder was well worth it, and my patience was rewarded with these live renditions of both old favorites and new songs — dealing with themes from romantic love to politics — from his last World Tour (2012-13). At the risk of being perceived as hyperbole to those who are not devout L. Cohen fans, I would venture to say that you will find yourself playing the songs over and over — and with each play, they just get better and better! And you will find that you’ve experienced that rare form of “en-joyment” (pleasure/pain; it feels so good it hurts) that the French philosophers, like Lacan, call “jouissance”! (especially given that Leonard sings in French sixties Québécois author, composer, playwright, singer, poet and chansonnier Georges Dor’s love song, “La Manic”). Yeah, Leonard is getting up there in aching years, but he’s like a fine (Dionysian) wine which just gets better with age! — the husky “golden voice” just mellows, and the singing style of lounge-lizard I’m-Your-Man panache still delivers (in between the sonorous moments of transcendent Joan-of-Arc mystical burning and the troubadourian fidelity to the Beloved of Light-As-A-Breeze divine ambiguity of sexuality/spirituality; woman/goddess) that Boogie-Street funk. And for those who recently read about the too-big-to-fail Big Banks indicted by the Justice department and “Expected to Plead Guilty to Felony Charges,” Leonard also has message (especially for those taxpayers who bailed them out only to have their homes foreclosed on): “I never gave nobody trouble / But it ain’t too late to start.” All in all (despite those jaded reviewers who somehow feel that the album is “a mixed bag of the excellent, the OK and the slightly plodding” — compared to what other singer-songwriter pushing 80 years old?) what is not “invisible” at this “stage” of Leonard’s career, is his “Poetic Genius”! And, of course, I Can’t Forget “The Incomparable” Sharon Robinson, who is the heart and soul of the band. May Leonard Cohen live forever — sing forever — . . . in the Tower of Song!

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Beltane / May Day: A Holiday For Neo-Pagans & Workers, Pt. 1 –Ready for Listening

This is to announce that Pt. 1 of the GS’s musical essay series “Beltane / May Day: A Holiday For Neo-Pagans & Workers,” which was broadcast / webcast at midnight Sunday night / Monday morning, May 11, on KUSPfm and 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 of the Tower of Song website for the playlist and thematic images that go-with this musical essay.) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

The Gypsy Scholar strongly recommends that you listen to the archived version of this musical essay on the Tower of Song “Archived Musical Essays” page (#6) and not through the music player on this page, because it’s uninterrupted and contains an extra song that time didn’t permit playing.

Beltane / May Day: A Holiday For Neo-Pagans & Workers, Pt. 1

This is to announce that the GS will be presenting (after having to omit it last week) the first part of his annual Beltane / May Day musical essay series, which (a) acknowledges and honors the beginning of the summer season through the traditional Celtic holiday (“Beltane”), (b) acknowledges and honors the working-class holiday (“May Day”) and (c) demonstrates how these two separate holidays falling on the same day actually have a common origin (the “May Pole”). It will be broadcast / webcast at midnight Sunday night / Monday morning, May 11, on KUSPfm and kusp.org. (Check out the “Playlists & Images” page of the Tower of Song website for the playlist and thematic images that go-with this musical essay. The playlist is available after the program.) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

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Program Note for the “The Shamanic Journey to the North Pole Star & The Golden-Age Arctic Homeland, Pt. 5″

The GS has recorded and archived the two sections which had to be cut from part 5 of the GS’s musical essay series “The Shamanic Journey to the North Pole Star & The Golden-Age Arctic Homeland because of time constraints due to program scheduling. These added sections are “The Shamanic Climb Up the World Tree to the North Star in Norse Mythology” and “The Shamanic Climb Up the World Tree to the North Star in Sámi Shamanism” and can now be found as the second of three audio files of part 5 (4/27/15) on the “Archived Musical Essays” page of the Tower of Song website. (Check out the “Playlists & Images” page for the updated playlist reflecting this change.) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

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The Shamanic Journey to the North Pole Star & The Golden-Age Arctic Homeland, Pt. 6 –Ready For Listening

This is to announce that the final part of the GS’s musical essay series, “The Shamanic Journey to the North Pole Star & The Golden-Age Arctic Homeland, Pt. 6”, which was broadcast / webcast at midnight Sunday night / Monday morning, May 4th, on KUSPfm and 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 of the Tower of Song website for the playlist and thematic images that go-with this musical essay.) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

The Gypsy Scholar strongly recommends that you listen to the archived version of this musical essay on the Tower of Song “Archived Musical Essays” page (#6) and not through the music player on this page, because it’s uninterrupted and contains extra songs that time didn’t permit playing.

The Shamanic Journey to the North Pole Star & The Golden-Age Arctic Homeland, Pt. 6. Beltane / May Day, Pt. 1

This is to announce that the GS will be presenting two different musical essays this week. In the first hour, he will finish up the final part (Part #6) of the musical essay series, “The Shamanic Journey to the North Pole Star & The Golden-Age Arctic Homeland.” In the second hour, he will be presenting the first part of his annual Beltane / May Day musical essay series. It will be broadcast / webcast at midnight Sunday night / Monday morning, May 4, on KUSPfm and kusp.org. (Check out the “Playlists & Images” page of the Tower of Song website for the playlist and thematic images that go-with this musical essay. The playlist is available after the program.) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

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The Shamanic Journey to the North Pole Star & The Golden-Age Arctic Homeland, Pt. 5 –Ready For Listening

This is to announce that the GS’s musical essay series, “The Shamanic Journey to the North Pole Star & The Golden-Age Arctic Homeland, Pt. 5”, which was broadcast / webcast at midnight Sunday night / Monday morning, April 27th, on KUSPfm and 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 of the Tower of Song website for the playlist and thematic images that go-with this musical essay.) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

The Gypsy Scholar strongly recommends that you listen to the archived version of this musical essay on the Tower of Song “Archived Musical Essays” page (#6) and not through the music player on this page, because it’s uninterrupted and contains extra songs that time didn’t permit playing.