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Parlando - Where Music and Words Meet

Poetry has been defined as “words that want to break into song.” Musicians who make music seek to “say something”. Parlando will put spoken words (often, but not always, poetry) and music (different kinds, limited only by the abilities of the performing participants) together. The resulting performances will be short, 2 to 10 minutes in length. The podcast will present them un-adorned. How much variety can we find in this combination? Listen to a few episodes and see. Hear the sound and sense convey other people's stories here at Parlando - Where Music and Words Meet At least at first, the two readers will be a pair of Minnesota poets and musicians: Frank Hudson and Dave Moore who have performed as The LYL Band since the late 70s. Influences include: Patti Smith, Jack Kerouac (and many other “beat poets”), Frank Zappa, Carl Sandburg, Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Don Van Vliet (Captain Beefheart), William Blake, Alan Moore, The Fugs (Ed Sanders, Tuli Kupferberg), Leo Kottke, Ken Nordine (Word Jazz), Bob Dylan, Steve Reich, and most of the Velvet Underground (Lou Reed, John Cale, Nico).
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May 24, 2019

For U. S, Memorial Day, a poem by Australian poet Kenneth Slessor. For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music, go to frankhudson.org

May 21, 2019

This song of spring and May by Longfellow is a delicately balanced carpe diem poem. For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music go to frankhudson.org

May 19, 2019

My revision of Orrick Johns' 1917 poem about a farm wife, but this time with an electric folk-rock band. For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music, visit frankhudson.org

May 18, 2019

A song taken from a 1917 poem by Orrick Johns about a farm wife. For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music, visit frankhudson.org

May 14, 2019

Orrick Johns little-known 1915 poem may have helped inspire the much better-known "Red Wheelbarrow" by William Carlos Williams. For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music visit frankhudson.org

May 10, 2019

If life is precious, what do we pay for it? Do you pay with money or falling leaves? For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music, visit frankhudson.org

May 8, 2019

Kenneth Patchen's 1936 outlook was desperate, and alas he was right. Here's his poem performed bass, drums and guitar for 2019. For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music visit frankhudson.org

May 5, 2019

Emily Dickinson's spring poem performed to 1967-style music. For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music, visit frankhudson.org

May 1, 2019

For May Day, Carl Sandburg's poem is transformed into a labor hymn. For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music, go to frankhudson.org

Apr 30, 2019

The conclusion of this year's serialized performance of "The Fire Sermon" section of T. S. Eliot's "The Waste Land" for National Poetry Month. For the other sections and more info go to frankhudson.org

Apr 27, 2019

Here's the next installment of our serialized performance of the T. S. Eliot's "The Waste Land" in it's entirety as part of our Poetry Month celebration this April. For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music visit frankhudson.org

Apr 26, 2019

Emily Dickinson's mysterious poem that might be about slavery and the Civil War or about creative obsession. Part of our "Roots of Emily Dickinson" series for National Poetry Month. For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music visit frankhudson.org

Apr 23, 2019

A moving song about our oldest ancestors and their only art. For more about this another combinations of various words with original music go to frankhudson.org

Apr 19, 2019

Excepts from a 1862 Ralph Waldo Emerson essay that muses on technology, renewable energy, ecology, and civic activism. For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music visit frankhudson.org

Apr 17, 2019

Carl Sandburg's poem of trains and destinations performed with a rock band. For more about this and other combinations of various words (mostly poetry) with original music, go to frankhudson.org

Apr 16, 2019

Ralph Waldo Emerson has a surprisingly contemporary observation about water that can serve or destroy us. For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music, visit frankhudson.org

Apr 15, 2019

Continuing our serialization of T. S. Eliot's "The Waste Land" with the the portrayal of the aftermath of a loveless tryst. For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music visit frankhudson.org

Apr 14, 2019

The next segment of "The Fire Sermon," part of our serial performance of T. S. Eliot's "The Waste Land" for National Poetry Month. For more about this and other combination of words and original music visit frankhudson.org

Apr 12, 2019

Charlotte Mew's beautiful and unusual take on heaven and heavenly rewards. For more on this and other combinations of various words and original music, visit frankhudson.org

Apr 11, 2019

Is Emily Dickinson's famous poem simple praise for hope, or are there undercurrents? Here's my performance of it. To read more about this question go to frankhudson.org

Apr 10, 2019

Continuing in our "roots of Emily Dickinson" series for National Poetry month, here's a poem that influenced Dickinson. Despite the title, this isn't a hopeful poem! For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music in various styles visit frankhudson.org

Apr 6, 2019

Before 1890 the most famous woman writer from Amherst Massachusetts wasn’t Emily Dickinson, it was Helen Hunt Jackson. For more about this and other combinations of words and original music, visit frankhudson.org

Apr 5, 2019

As part of our continuing National Poetry Month serialization of Eliot's "The Waste Land," here's the first section of "The Fire Sermon" done with a bluesy touch. For more about this and other pieces combining various word and original music, visit frankhudson.org

Apr 4, 2019

The second part of T. S. Eliot's "The Waste Land" performed with music. To hear Part I, "The Burial of the Dead" or the beginning of Part III "The Fire Sermon" and to read more about the Parlando Project performances visit frankhudson.org

Apr 3, 2019

For National Poetry Month, a Carl Sandburg collection of koans he wrote about poetry. For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music, visit frankhudson.org

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