Here you will find the Playlists and Images for the current week's Essay-with-Soundtrack
The playlists for programs are posted here. Thematic images for programs can either be found here, or on special pages accessed through here. Associated archived programs can be found on the "Archived Musical Essays" page.
click image to access the "Beltane/MayDay" page
Beltane/MayDay # 2 Playlist
May Song Magpie Lane Jack-in-the-Green The World Is Turned Upside Down Maddy Prior & The Carnival Band Hang Up Sorrow And Care Tearing at the Seams Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats Tearing at the Seams San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Flowers In Your Hair) Scott McKenzie Summer of Love Vol 1: Tune In Dancing In The Streets Van Halen Diver Down Time of the Season The Zombies Odessey and Oracle Beltane Jethro Tull Songs From The Wood (Remastered) Huron 'Beltane' Fire Dance Loreena McKennitt Parallel Dreams Fire In The Belly Van Morrison & Steve Winwood Duets: Re-Working The Catalogue Summer, Summer Ruth Barrett & Cyntia Smith The Heart is the Only Nation Away with the Faeries Inkubus Sukkubus Away with the Faeries Song Of Wandering Aengus Ceoltoiri Silver Apples Of The Moon The May Queen is Waiting Ruth Barrett Songs of the Otherworld As I Roved Out Loreena McKennitt The Wind That Shakes The Barley She Moved Through The Fair Van Morrison & The Chieftains Irish Heartbeat
"The ManyEasters/Eostres: A Choice of Rebirth Hallelujahs"
click on image to access special "Eostre-Easter" page
Troubadours & The Beloved Orphic Essay-with-Soundtrack
click image to access "Troubadour Courtly Love" page
The following supplementary writings are for the Gypsy Scholar's "Troubadours & the Beloved" series of musical essays. They serve to acquaint listeners with a general overview of the Troubadour tradition and the issues involved with research into and presentation of this tradition. They go into more detail and depth than is allowed for during the radio broadcast.
The "Troubadours & The Beloved" is a series of musical essays that were kicked off for Valentine's Day, 2019. The comprehensive Introduction to the entire series was partially read at this time. For people who missed this first program--and for those who heard it and want a review--the GS has provided an html text copy here. The GS urges people to read it, as it explains the intent and scope of the entire musical essay series.
Because of the anti-Valentine's Day sentiment and thus the cynicism toward it, the GS felt obliged to provide a "Polemical Preface;" an explanation and justification for doing a special program on this holiday for lovers.
There are technical issues of geography and language that cannot be dealt with in these essays without taking up too much time to explain (not to mention being tedious on radio). These issues of geography and language are confusing to the average person with no background in the literature of the troubadours. Thus, the GS presents here more detailed “academic” information, which he hopes will serve to make clearer the terms and, thus, their referents used in the musical essays.