Tune in at 12 a.m., Monday, March 11th, and hear the Gypsy Scholar present the 5th installment of the Orphic Essay-with-Soundtrack series “The Troubadours & The Beloved: The Religion of Love/Amor.” This series explores the medieval origins of our notion of “romantic love” and the modern, secular love song, and why certain 60s singer-songwriters were dubbed “Troubadours.” This 5th part extends the previous part’s examination of the issue in early troubadour studies concerning fin’amor (what the troubadours themselves called “refined love”) versus “courtly love” (what the 19th-century medievalists coined as “amour courtois”) and the question of the dichotomy of sacred versus profane love and its great ambiguity in troubadour love lyric. Be sure to check out the “The Troubadours & The Beloved” webpages (2 + “Courtly Love/Amor”) at revradiotowerofsong.com, so you can literally “see what I mean.”

“The young Grail King, coming of age, rode forth therefore on adventure, like any young knight of his day, and his battle cry was Amor.” ~ Joseph Campbell

Program Update: As of 6:45 p.m., Monday, March 11th, this (extended) program is available for listening on the “Archived Musical Essays” webpage, with the corresponding playlist located on the “Programs & Playlists” webpage, of the Tower of Song website.