Tower of Song

Dance Me to the End of [What I] Love

“PROSPECTUS: TO THE PUBLIC: The Labours of the Artist, the Poet, the Musician [the DJ], have been proverbially attended by poverty and obscurity; this was never the fault of the Public, but was owing to a neglect of means to propagate such works as have wholly absorbed the Man of Genius.” —William Blake

As the 12-midnight hour approaches, (PST) this is to announce this will be the first Sunday night / Monday morning that the Gypsy Scholar’s Tower of Song program, broadcasting / webcasting for 12 + years, will be off the air — off the air due to the shutdown of KUSPfm community radio. The GS’s final program (which can be listened to on the “Archived Musical Essays” page of the Tower of Song website) was last week, May 2. As a final parting on KUSP, at the end of the program the GS played two songs apropos a fitting last message to listeners. However, time ran out before the GS could play one more Leonard Cohen song to say goodbye, which is why the GS saved it for this week when the Tower of Song program was supposed to be on the air.

Again, the Tower of Song was a special kind of “music” program; it bridged the “public radio” divide between “Informational” programing on one side and “Music” programming on the other, and it didn’t just “play” songs, it “showcased” songs (out of the Essay-with-Soundtrack), mixing and remixing “Argument & Song.” Indeed, the program could be described as a kind of “dance” between the spoken word and the song.

So, given coming apart and collpase of a great community radio station of 44 years, taking the Tower of Song down with it, it is in the hopes of some solace that the GS offers the following song:

“Raise a tent of shelter now, though every thread is torn
Dance me to the end of love …”

https://youtu.be/NGorjBVag0I

Beltane/May Day: A Holiday for Neo-pagans & Workers –Ready for Listening

This is to announce that the GS’s final musical essay, “Beltane/May Day: A Holiday for Neo-pagans & Workers,” which was broadcast / webcast at midnight Sunday night / Monday morning, May 2, 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 “Beltane/May Day” page of the Tower of Song website for thematic images that go-with this musical essay series. The Playlist is on the “Playlists & Images” page, which also has the image-link that takes you to the “Beltane/May Day” page.)

http://www.revradiotowerofsong.org/6archivedmusicalessays.html

Beltane / May Day: A Holiday For Neo-pagans & Workers

This is to announce that the GS will be presenting 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 (i.e., the “May Pole”). It will be broadcast / webcast at midnight Sunday night / Monday morning, May 2, on KUSPfm and kusp.org. (Check out the “Playlists & Images” page of the Tower of Song website for the playlist and to access thematic images on the “Beltane/May Day” page that go-with this musical essay. The playlist is available after the program.) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

522_Beltane-Mayday

The Troubadours & The Beloved: The Religion of Love/Amor, Pt. 5 –Ready for Listening

This is to announce that Part 5 of the musical essay, “The Troubadours & The Beloved: The Religion of Love/Amor,” which was broadcast / webcast at midnight Sunday night / Monday morning, April. 25, 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 “Troubadours & The Beloved” page of the Tower of Song website for thematic images that go-with this musical essay series. Playlist is on the “Playlists & Images” page.)

http://www.revradiotowerofsong.org/6archivedmusicalessays.html

The Troubadours & The Beloved: The Religion of Love/Amor, Pt. 5

This is to announce that the GS will presenting part 5 of his musical essay series, “The Troubadours & The Beloved: The Religion of Love/Amor,” which will be broadcast / webcast at midnight Sunday night / Monday morning, April 25, on KUSPfm and kusp.org. (Check out the “Troubadours & The Beloved” page of the Tower of Song website for thematic images that go-with this musical essay series. Playlist will be available shortly after the broadcast on the “Playlists & Images” page.) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

For those who missed any or all of the first three musical essays, they’re all on the “Archived Musical Essays” page of the ToS website. There are also two introductory text links (“General Introduction” and “Second Introduction”) to the musical essays on the “Troubadours & The Beloved” page that will refresh the memories of those who heard one or more of the musical essays

Troubadour & Lady

The Troubadours & The Beloved: The Religion of Love/Amor, Pt. 4 –Ready for Listening

This is to announce that Part 4 of the musical essay, “The Troubadours & The Beloved: The Religion of Love/Amor,” which was broadcast / webcast at midnight Sunday night / Monday morning, April. 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 “Troubadours & The Beloved” page of the Tower of Song website for thematic images that go-with this musical essay series. Playlist is on the “Playlists & Images” page.)

http://www.revradiotowerofsong.org/6archivedmusicalessays.html

The Troubadours & The Beloved: The Religion of Love/Amor, Pt. 4

This is to announce that after a hiatus of three weeks the GS will return to his musical essay series, “The Troubadours & The Beloved: The Religion of Love/Amor.” Part 4 will be broadcast / webcast at midnight Sunday night / Monday morning, April 18, on KUSPfm and kusp.org. (Check out the “Troubadours & The Beloved” page of the Tower of Song website for thematic images that go-with this musical essay series. Playlist will be available shortly after the broadcast on the “Playlists & Images” page.) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

For those who missed any or all of the first three musical essays, they’re all on the “Archived Musical Essays” page of the ToS website. There are also two introductory text links (“General Introduction” and “Second Introduction”) to the musical essays on the “Troubadours & The Beloved” page that will refresh the memories of those who heard one or more of the musical essays.

Troubadour & Lady

All Music Program –Ready for Listening

This is to announce that the GS’s (aka DJ Orfeo) all-music program for KUSP’s “Mayday ‘M’aidez!’ Campaign,” which was broadcast / webcast at midnight Sunday night / Monday morning, April 11, is now ready for listening on the “Archived Musical Essays” page of the Tower of Song website. (Playlist available on the “Playlists & Images” page.)

http://www.revradiotowerofsong.org/6archivedmusicalessays.html

All Music Program

This is to announce that, after an absence of two weeks, the GS is back with an all-music program for KUSP’s “Mayday ‘M’aidez!’ Campaign.” The GS’s up-coming program, when be becomes DJ Orfeo, will be broadcast / webcast at midnight Sunday night / Monday morning, April 11. Please tune in for some great music!

ToS DJ Orfeo

Celebrating the Beginning of Spring at the Vernal Equinox: Lady Day’s Romance of New Beginnings –Ready for Listening

This is to announce that the GS’s annual musical essay for the Vernal Equinox, “Celebrating the Beginning of Spring at the Vernal Equinox: Lady Day’s Romance of New Beginnings,” which was broadcast / webcast at midnight Sunday night / Monday morning, Mar. 21, 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 “VernalEquinox/Spring” page for thematic images that go-with this musical essay. Playlist available on the “Playlists & Images” page.) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>