Tune in at 12 a.m., Monday, March 25th, and hear the Gypsy Scholar present the 7th 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 7th part focuses on the different troubadour genres of song, particularly the two most popular, the love-song (canso) and the socio-political song (sirventes). Then there was the subgenre that blended love and the sociopolitical (canso-sirventes), which the GS argues can be heard again in the songwriting of the early 60s (folk and folk-rock) “troubadours.” 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: The extended version of this musical essay is now available for listening on the “Archived Musical Essays” webpage, along with the corresponding playlist on the “Programs & Playlists” webpage, of the Tower of Song website.