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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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Feb 18, 2019

Vachel Lindsay thought of the great President in his own time of national torment. For more about this and other audio pieces combining various words with original music, go to frankhudson.org

Feb 17, 2019

Sara Teasdale wrote some of the saddest love songs I've ever read. This one has a fascinating back-story. To read about and find other combination of various words (mostly poetry) with original music, visit frankhudson.org

Feb 13, 2019

A sonnet that launched a thousand valentines, Elizabeth Barrett Browning's famous Victorian love poem. For more about this and other combination of various words with original music visit frankhudson.org

Feb 11, 2019

Jean Toomer's striking love poem performed with original music. For more about this and 300 other combinations of various words and original music, visit frankhudson.org

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Feb 7, 2019

Sleep with me 'cause you're going to be a corpse soon! How romantic is that valentine? Andrew Marvell's famous poem starts out satire and ends up sincere. For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music visit frankhudson.org

Feb 6, 2019

Is this the LYL Band's State of the Union speech response? For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music, go to frankhudson.org

Feb 4, 2019

A Dave Moore song about belief and truth adopted from a part of the "Nite Owl" and "Before Watchman" comics series. For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music visit frankhudson.org 

Jan 31, 2019

A tribute to Minnesota musician Willie Murphy and the scene he helped foster on West Bank side of the Mississippi in Minneapolis. For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music visit frankhudson.org

Jan 28, 2019

Early 20th century poet Charlotte Mew wrote this strikingly modern sounding meditation on men out of balance with nature featuring majestic trees and a dead rat. For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music visit frankhudson.org

Jan 24, 2019

Fantasy is after all, just metaphor applied to a different layer of art. Another song using a changeling to stand for alienation. For more about this and other combination of various words with original music visit frankhudson.org

Jan 22, 2019

Charlotte Mew cast a chilling fairy story with acute psychological insight. It's like Peter Pan meets Tam Lin! For more about his and other combinations of various words with original music, visit frankhudson.org

Jan 18, 2019

A fantastic and apocalyptic tale from the early 20th century with a psychedelic pop accompaniment. For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music visit frankhudson.org

Jan 15, 2019

This Imagist poem about a rooster has a mysterious origin story concerning its author Hilda Conkling. For more about that and other combinations of various words with original music visit frankhudson.org

Jan 11, 2019

My performance of the final poem in Wallace Stevens' "Harmonium" collection is dedicated to David Shove. For more about this and other combination of various words with original music visit frankhudson.org

Jan 9, 2019

Federico García Lorca's poem plays with death and youth mixing beauty and dark humor. For more about his and other combinations of various words with original music visit frankhudson.org

Jan 5, 2019

D. H. Lawrence's epigrammatic poem on nature's view of self-pity performed to original music with drums. For more about this and other combinations of various words with music go to frankhudson.org

Jan 1, 2019

Rilke looked at a damaged Greek status of the god of poetry and saw something of himself, his art, and us in it. For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music, visit frankhudson.org

Dec 30, 2018

Written for a wintry New Year's eve, Thomas Hardy gives us a realist's version of hope. For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music, visit frankhudson.org

 

Dec 27, 2018

Longfellow's "Snow-Flakes" and part of his "Psalm of Life" read with jazz backing, Beat Generation style. For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music, visit frankhudson.org

Dec 22, 2018

You may have heard this Christmas song casually before, but Longfellow's poem turned carol has a pointed message written during the American Civil War. For more about this, and a link to the chords and tuning used, visit frankhudson.org

Dec 20, 2018

My song for a dark solstice day that tells a frightening story. For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music visit frankhudson.org

Dec 12, 2018

Arthur Davison Ficke took part in a 1916 hoax meant to mock Modernist poetry. But how bad did the poetry turn out to be? Here's his Spectrist poem written as "Anne Knish."

Dec 10, 2018

American poet Arthur Davidson Ficke wrote this meditation comparing the creation of poetry in our time to the classical Chinese era. For more about this an other combinations of various word with original music, visit frankhudson.org

Dec 7, 2018

Muriel Stode wrote strange poetry and we, in turn, do something strange with it. For more about this and other combinations of various words with various original music, visit frankhudson.org

Dec 3, 2018

De la Mare's short ode to a winter scene performed with orchestra backing. For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music visit frankhudson.org

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