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that I was made for another office, a professor of the Joyous Science, a detector & delineator of occult harmonies & unpublished beauties, a herald of civility, nobility, learning, & wisdom; an affirmer of the One Law, yet as one who should affirm it in music or dancing, a priest of the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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Hecate Night

This is to announce the GS’s new musical essay for this week, “Hecate Night” (which is traditionally celebrated by neo-pagans on Nov. 16). It will be broadcast / webcast on KUSPfm / kusp.org at midnight Sunday night / Monday morning, Nov. 17. (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.) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

The Night of Enitharmon's Joy (formerly called 'Hecate') circa 1795 by William Blake 1757-1827

“Tam Lin” in Story and Song

This is to announce that the Gypsy Scholar will be absent from his Tower of Song program this coming November 10th. In his place will be the ever-entertaining and innovative Bennet Williamson.

However, you can still visit the GS’s Tower of Song website for the last two “Samhain / Hallowe’en” archived programs listed below. Plus a great treat on the special page of thematic images dedicated to this musical essay series. There you will find not only images particular to the Samhain / Hallowe’en phenomenon of the Faeries of the Celtic Otherworld but information of interest about the 400 year old ballad “Tam Lin” (the knight turned into an elf by the Faerie Queen and his rescue on Hallowe’en night by his true love), along with the Fairport Convention music video of their 1969 song “Tam Lin.”

http://www.revradiotowerofsong.org/samhainhalloween.html

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Samhain/Halloween 2014, Pt. #2 –Ready for Listening

Just in time for the Samhain full moon, this is to announce that the GS’s musical essay for the beginning of winter, “Samhain / Halloween 2014, Pt. #2″ 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 of the website for the playlist and thematic images that go-with this musical essay.) According the ancient Celtic Coligny calendar, Samhain was celebrated “from three days before to three days after” Nov 1, or on the full moon closest to it. Full Moon: Nov. 6, 2014; 22:23 (UCT), 02:23 pm (PST). >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

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Samhain/Halloween 2014, Pt. #2

This is to announce that the GS’s will present his musical essay for the beginning of winter, “Samhain/Halloween 2014, Pt. #2″, which will be broadcast / webcast on KUSPfm / kusp.org at midnight Sunday night / Monday morning, Nov. 3. (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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Happy Celtic New Year!

The paleo-Celts (at least in the British Isles) divided the year, according to the Celtic Wheel of the Year, into two halves or seasons; the dark half or winter (which began with Samhain, the eve of November 1) and the light half or summer (which began with Beltane on May 1). Just as they counted their new days beginning from dusk/sunset, likewise their new year began at the dark half — Samhain (a Gaelic word meaning “summer’s end” and designating the month of November). According the ancient Gallic Coligny calendar, Samhain was celebrated “from three days before to three days after” Nov 1, or on the full moon closest to it.

The GS played this song for his Samhain/Halloween musical essay on October 27th. Van has been performing in concerts in his native land recently. On the 25th and 26th of October, he did a gig in Belfast Northern Ireland. Van also has a new book of lyrics just out (Oct. 28), upcoming book, Lit Up Inside, “The lyrics in this book span 50 years of writing and as such are representative of my creative journey,” he said in a statement on his website.

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VM-Belfast concert

Samhain/Halloween 2014, Pt. #1 –Ready for Listening

This is to announce that the GS’s musical essay for the beginning of winter, “Samhain / Halloween 2014, Pt. #1″ (Samhain is traditionally celebrated by the Celtic calendar on the eve of Nov. 1 –American Halloween), 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 of the website for the playlist and thematic images that go-with this musical essay.) >>>>>>>>>

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Samhain/Halloween 2014, Pt. #1

This is to announce that after a break from last week’s program, the GS is back to present his musical essay for the beginning of winter, “The Celtic Samhain 2014″ (Samhain is traditionally celebrated by the Celtic calendar on the eve of Nov. 1–American Halloween), which will be broadcast / webcast on KUSPfm / kusp.org at midnight Sunday night / Monday morning, Oct. 27. (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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Columbus Day vs. Indigenous People’s Day: Goodbye Columbus –Ready for Listening

This is to announce that the GS’s musical essay for Columbus Day, ”Columbus Day vs. Indigenous People’s Day: Goodbye Columbus,” which was presented on Sunday night / Monday morning, Oct. 13, 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 of the Tower of Song website 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 is an extended version with more songs. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

“Columbus Day vs. Indigenous People’s Day: Goodbye Columbus”

This is to announce that the GS will be presenting his musical essay for Columbus Day–”Columbus Day vs. Indigenous People’s Day: Goodbye Columbus”–on Sunday night / Monday morning, Oct. 13, on KUSPfm / kusp.org. (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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The Autumnal Season: Golden Autumn Days, Pt. 2 –Ready for Listening

This is to announce that the GS’s musical essay, “The Autumnal Season: Golden Autumn Days, Pt. 2”, which was broadcast Sunday night / Monday morning, Oct. 6, 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. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>