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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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Apr 15, 2021

Jean Toomer's short, symbolic poem about work and responsibility performed in a modest folk song setting. As we continue our #NationalPoetryMonth celebration, you can find other combinations of various words and original music at frankhudson.org

Apr 12, 2021

Continuing our April #NationalPoetryMonth celebrating performance of the last section of T. S. Eliot's The Waste Land. For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music visit frankhudson.org

Apr 9, 2021

A wonderful and wonder-filled poem I used to hear its author Phil Dacey read and now I perform it myself as part of my #NationalPoetryMonth celebration. For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music visit frankhudson.org

Apr 8, 2021

Kenneth Patchen created this American myth and I perform it on this day of the season's home opener for #NationalPoetryMonth.  For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music visit frankhudson.org

Apr 5, 2021

For #NationalPoetryMonth here's a performance of Longfellow's deserves-to-be-better-known sonnet about the loss of American Indigenous culture. For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music, go to frankhudson.org

Apr 3, 2021

Continuing our #NationalPoetryMonth celebration and serialized performance of "The Waste Land," in this section we fully enter the titular dry Waste Land. For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music, visit frankhudson.org

Apr 1, 2021

For 5 years this has been our National Poetry Month tradition: performing the whole of T. S. Eliot's "The Waste Land" piece by piece. Today we start the final section! For more about this and other pieces combining various words with original music and to follow the rest of our #NationalPoetryMonth celebration, visit frankhudson.org

 

Mar 20, 2021

My candle burns at both ends! For World Poetry Day, a performance of two contrasting poems about poetry, art, and passion from a pair of American poets. 

Mar 16, 2021

Edna St. Vincent Millay's wry Irish fairytale of the child of a leprechaun and a friar is today's song.  For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music visit frankhudson.org

Mar 13, 2021

Three poems from deserves-to-be-better-known Irish poet Joseph Campbell's  Earth of Cualann performed for this spring and St. Patricks Day. For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music, visit frankhudson.org

Mar 7, 2021

Shakespeare's spring lyric in praise of music performed with acoustic guitar, bass, and Mellotron. For more about this and other combinations of  various words and original music go to frankhudson.org

Feb 23, 2021

Here's a 2016 LYL Band performance of Lawrence Ferlinghetti's poem from his A Coney Island of the Mind presented here in memoriam. For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music visit frankhudson.org

Feb 20, 2021

Langston Hughes' poem about the sweep of Black History performed. For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music that varies too, visit frankhudson.org

Feb 18, 2021

As part of our observation of Black History Month, I perform this early Langston Hughes poem, seeking to bring out its subtle mystery. For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music visit frankhudson.org

Feb 12, 2021

Claude McKay's wistful winter love poem (a double sonnet!) performed for Valentines Day during our observation of Black History Month. For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music visit frankhudson.org

Feb 9, 2021

Another piece for Black History Month: a 1925 Harlem Renaissance poem about Black heritage and its music performed. For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music visit frankhudson.org

Feb 4, 2021

I found this lesser known poem in 1925's The New Negro anthology. Written by Georgia Douglas Johnson, its compressed emotional power comes through today! For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music visit frankhudson.org

Feb 2, 2021

Harlem Renaissance poet Countee Cullen wrote this short elegy for one of the first Afro-Americans to attend West Point, and today I perform it for the start of Black History Month. For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music visit frankhudson.org

 

Jan 25, 2021

Emily Dickinson's pared-back winter observation performed with acoustic guitar and bass. For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music visit frankhudson.org

Jan 22, 2021

How many poems celebrate a poet's dreams? This one doesn't. Here I perform Williams' poem with piano and orchestra. For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music visit frankhudson.org

Jan 16, 2021

This is Kenneth Patchen's winter poem for troubled lovers, which I perform here with with drums, bass, and piano. For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music, visit frankhudson.org

Jan 10, 2021

I think poet William Carlos Williams' little taunt to a January 100 years ago might still speak to us. Here's my performance of it. For more about this and other combinations of  various words with original music visit frankhudson.org

Dec 31, 2020

Shakespeare plays with gender roles and seasons of the year in this poem of illegitimate creativity. For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music, go to frankhudson.org

Dec 24, 2020

A new Christmas carol (or Epiphany song) I've just composed using words by the American poet Longfellow. For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music, go to frankhudson.org

Dec 21, 2020

More winter solstice darkness performed, this time one of Gerard Manley Hopkins' "Terrible Sonnets." For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music go to frankhudson.org

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