Here you will find the Program webpage links & Playlists for the current week's Orphic Essay-with-Soundtrack
Thematic Images for programs are on topical pages accessed here, which are dedicated to the current Orphic Essay-with-Soundtrack. The archived programs can be found on the "Archived Musical Essays" page.
"MayDay Carnivalesque" program (beginning June 3, 2019)
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MayDay Carnivalesque # 1 Playlist
Pagan Heart Van Morrison Born To Sing: No Plan B The Pleasant Month Of May Jackie Oates Hyperboreans Maypole Dance Moonstruck Crossroads Mayer's Song Magpie Lane Jack-in-the-Green May Song Martin Carthy Because It's There Go To The Woods Dar Williams Promised Land Bread & Roses Queen Cee Single Beautiful World Eliza Gilkyson Beautiful World World Turned Upside Down Trojan Horse World Turned Upside Down The World Turned Upside Down Chumbawamba English Rebel Songs 1381-1914 Maypole Afterlife Parade Death & Rebirth Educating Archie Van Morrison Born To Sing: No Plan B Out of the Fires And Smoke of History Leon Rosselson Wo Sind Die Elefanten? Masters of War Eddie Vedder Siganture Live Dancing In The Street David Bowie & Mick Jagger Best Of Bowie Gardens Of Delight Vangelis Alexander Woodstock Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Déjà Vu
MayDay Carnivalesque # 2 Playlist
Such a Night Dr. John Best of The Night Tripper Life Is A Carnival Allen Toussaint w/ The Levon Helm Band Love for Levon Carnival Shovels & Rope O' Be Joyful Carnival The Violets Descend/Carnival The World Is Turned Upside Down Maddy Prior & The Carnival Band Hang Up Sorrow And Care Carnival Jeremy Enigk Return of the Frog Queen Carnival Natalie Merchant Tigerlily Carnival Eric Clapton No Reason To Cry Carnival Sandy Denny No More Sad Refrains: The Anthology Cheers To Life Voice Single Carnaval Santana Festival Take Me to the Mardi Gras Paul Simon There Goes Rhymin' Simon Let the Good Times Roll Dr. John Dr. John's Gumbo La Danse de Mardi Gras Steve Riley & The Mamou Playboys Voyageurs Go to the Mardi Gras Professor Longhair Live in Germany Leger's Chase (The Mardi Gras Song) Beausoleil The Mad Reel Mardi Gras Day Dr. John Remedies Revolution Dr. John Locked Down
Carnivalesque (Original Mix) Stanny Abram Machine Carnivalesque part 1 Icarus Carnivalesque Carnivalesque part 2 Icarus Carnivalesque Carnivalesque part 3 Icarus Carnivalesque Carnival Pete Meechan G & M Brand Carnival Heath Vercher Rise
"Beltane/MayDay: A Holiday for Pagans & Workers" program (beginning May 1, 2019)
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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
Beltane/MayDay # 3 Playlist
May Song Beggars Velvet Lady of Autumn Time Of The Season Dave Matthews Band Weekend On The Rocks Time of the Season Alex Bollard & The London Starlight Orchestra Music To Dream Forever vol. 8 Maypole Dance, Carn Bosavern Sue Aston Inspirational Journey Mayer's Song / The Rochdale Coconut Dance / Three Around Magpie Lane Jack-in-the-Green Sumer Is Icumen In Richard Thompson 1000 Years Of Popular Music [Live] Maypole Dance Moonstruck Crossroads May Song Martin Carthy Because It's There The First Of May Magpie Lane English Country Songs and Dances First of May Jonathan Coulton Smoking Monkey She Moved Through The Fair Van Morrison & The Chieftains Irish Heartbeat The Hawthorn Tree Sharron Kraus, Jon Boden, John Speirs Right Wantonly A-Mumming Beltaine Inkubus Sukkubus Beltaine Tamlin Fairport Convention Liege and Lief Faerie's Love Song Ruth Barrett & Cyntia Smith The Early Years In A Deep Bower Under A Hawthorn-tree Edward Caine Single The First of May James Taylor Never Die Young
Beltane/MayDay # 4 Playlist
May Song Magpie Lane Jack-in-the-Green Time of the Season (Live) Argent The Argent Anthology: A Collection Of Greatest Hits Time of the Season Larry Goldings Trio As One Youth Of 1,000 Summers Van Morrison Enlightenment As The Bell Rings The Maypole Spins Dead Can Dance Aion First of May Jonathan Coulton Smoking Monkey Under the Greenwood Tree Donovan Gift From a Flower to a Garden The Wheel & The Maypole XTC Homegrown Daring Night Van Morrison Avalon Sunset May Song Martin Carthy Because It's There The Mummer's Dance David Arkenstone feat. Kathleen Fisher Celtic Sanctuary Beltane Narsilion Arcadia The Mummers' Dance Loreena McKennitt The Book Of Secrets Dawn Dance Alasdair Fraser Dawn Dance When You Dance You Can Really Love Neil Young After The Goldrush Hawthorn Tree Ed Cottam My Goddess the Land Stairway To Heaven Led Zeppelin The Best Of Led Zeppelin, Vol. 1
Beltane/MayDay # 5 Playlist
May Song Rüdiger Oppermann Celtic Harpestry All the World Is Green Tom Waits Blood Money Time of the Season Haley Reinhart ft. Casey Abrams What's That Sound? The Revolution Starts Now Steve Earle The Revolution Starts Now Dancing In The Street The Mamas & The Papas 16 Greatest Hits Maypole Gypsy Fire Time's Mandala: the Celtic Calendar Project Jack-In-The-Green Jethro Tull Songs From The Wood Maypole Dance Moonstruck Crossroads The Green Man's Song Silver On The Tree Dreaming the God Carnival Eric Clapton No Reason To Cry Cup Of Wonder Jethro Tull Songs From The Wood The World Turned Upside Down Chumbawamba English Rebel Songs 1381-1914 Chimes of Freedom Bruce Springsteen, Tracy Chapman, Sting, Peter Gabriel, Youssou Ndour The River Educating Archie Van Morrison Born To Sing: No Plan B Never Gave Nobody Trouble Leonard Cohen Can't Forget: A Souvenir of the Grand Tour The Revolution Starts Now Steve Earle Live At Montreux 2005 Bread & Roses Queen Cee Single Stupid's Song Utah Phillips/Ani Difranco Fellow Workers Fortunate Son John Fogerty The Long Road Home Brothers In Arms Dire Straits Brothers In Arms
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"June Full Moon Music" program (June 17, 2019)
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June Full Moon Playlist
Man Has To Struggle Van Morrison Down The Road Moonlight Kitaro Oasis Moonlight Sonata Mehran Subterranea Moondance [Live] Van Morrison Van Morrison At The Movies: Soundtrack Hits Moonlight Drive [live] The Doors Live At The Matrix Moonlight Bob Dylan The Reissue Series Sampler Boogie Street Leonard Cohen Live In London Ancient Highway Van Morrison The Best Of Van Morrison, Vol. 3 A Street Leonard Cohen Popular Problems Travelin' Light Van Morrison & Joey DeFrancesco You're Driving Me Crazy Different Sides Leonard Cohen Old Ideas I Forgot That Love Existed Van Morrison Versatile Who By Fire Leonard Cohen Live In London The Prophet Speaks Van Morrison The Prophet Speaks Born in Chains Leonard Cohen Popular Problems Born To Sing Van Morrison & Chris Farlowe Duets: Re-Working The Catalogue Almost Like the Blues Leonard Cohen Popular Problems Nevermind Leonard Cohen Popular Problems Amen Leonard Cohen Old Ideas Transformation Van Morrison Roll With The Punches You Got Me Singing Leonard Cohen Popular Problems Keep Me Singing Van Morrison Keep Me Singing Traveling Light Leonard Cohen You Want It Darker The Healing Game Van Morrison Across the Bridge of Hope Come Healing Leonard Cohen Old Ideas Closing Time Leonard Cohen The Future
"Leonard Cohen & Terence McKenna" program (6/24/19)
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Leonard Cohen & Terence McKenna Playlist
Amen Leonard Cohen Old Ideas Beautiful Vision Van Morrison Beautiful Vision Electric Dreams, Electric Sighs John Mclaughlin With The One Truth Band The Essential John McLaughlin Into the Mystic Van Morrison The Essential Van Morrison Supernaturally Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Abattoir Blues/The Lyre Of Orpheus:The Lyre Of Orpheus
"Independence Day" program (7/1/19)
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Independence Day # 1 Playlist
American Anthem Nell Robinson The Rose of No-Man's Land American Dream Bad Religion 80-85 America the Beautiful Keb' Mo' Big Wide Grin Revolution Dick Gaughan A Different Kind Of Love Song American Prayer Beyonce feat Bono (U2) 46664 Concert (Cape Town, South Africa 2003)
"The ManyEasters/Eostres: A Choice of Rebirth Hallelujahs"
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Troubadours & The Beloved Orphic Essay-with-Soundtrack
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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.