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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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Aug 6, 2022

This is the 2nd in my series observing Atom Bomb Day, the anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima. It's a performance of a poem by a survivor of that bombing, Japanese poet Sadako Kurihara trans. by Richard Minear. My performance and original music today is simple and direct, the most I could do in my present life, but Kurihara's poetry can carry itself without elaboration I think.

Aug 4, 2022

This Longfellow poem I'll perform here with my original musical setting has a title that's beyond most vocabularies. It roughly means rebirth, but in the section I perform it is more about loss and grief. I'm performing this old American poem as part of two anniversaries: the anniversary of my late wife's death and Hiroshima or Atomic Bomb Day.

For more about this and over 600 other performances from the Parlando Project that combine various words (mostly poetry) with original music, go to frankhudson.org

Jul 29, 2022

American poet Dickinson considered work on a summer's afternoon and I managed to make this song to sing her regarding. For more than 600 other combinations of various words (mostly poetry) with original music (varied styles) visit our archives at frankhudson.org

Jul 12, 2022

I adapted and transformed a poem by John Gould Fletcher to make this original song about summer, heat, and atmosphere. For more than 600 other examples of various ways to combine various words with various original music, visit frankhudson.org

Jul 8, 2022

John Gould Fletcher is not much read today, but this 1916 prose poem seeks to meld modes of Blake, Rimbaud, and Whitman into a prophecy of a potential America. I may be late for American Independence Day, but I performed the ending of this multi-part poem with lots of drums and a prominent horn section part.

Jun 16, 2022

A very short piece that hides a little Möbius strip paradox in the middle. For more about this or over 600 other combinations of various words with original music visit frankhudson.org

Jun 15, 2022

Here's our last episode's original composition in a music-only mix that perhaps more clearly shows my "Orchestral Punk" approach to orchestral music. We'll return with a words and music combination soon, and there's are over 600 of those combinations available in our archives at frankhudson.org

Jun 14, 2022

Li Bai is one of most esteemed classical Chinese poets, and this is my adaptation./interpretation into English of what he might have been expressing in the 8th century. I performed it along with a short original musical piece I also composed.

Jun 12, 2022

Dave Moore's 7-minute compression of hard-boiled detective fiction tropes. He says he was inspired by Robert Coover, but he turns the pages his own poetic way in this one, with vocals by the author and backing from The LYL Band.

WARNING: in this crescendo of inuendo, bad words and flawed people show up.

Jun 9, 2022

My elegy for poet Kevin FitzPatrick performed live by The LYL Band. For more about this, or for more than 600 other Parlando Project pieces combining various words (mostly poetry) with original music go to frankhudson.org

 

Jun 7, 2022

This is our musical performance of a poem by Kevin FitzPatrick. Kevin wrote many fine poems about the world of work. This one, from his last collection Still Living in Town, is but one example. For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music, visit frankhudson.org

May 30, 2022

Another of my adaptations of master classical Chinese poet Du Fu's work for performance in English. For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music, visit frankhudson.org

May 25, 2022

Avant gardener Dickinson wants us to appreciate the effort it takes to flower, and so I perform her poem today with acoustic guitar. For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music, visit frankhudson.org

May 19, 2022

I adapted this poem by Tang Dynasty Chinese poet Du Fu and performed it with my original music. For more about this and more than 600 other combinations of various words (mostly poetry) with original music, visit frankhudson.org

May 17, 2022

English poet William Blake's mystical tiger is a highlight of his book Songs of Experience.  Here's a solo acoustic guitar and vocal performance using my own musical setting from the last Year of the Tiger (2010) for the current one.

May 9, 2022

I gave this lesser-known Edward Thomas short poem a folk setting so that I, and now you, could hear it. For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music visit frankhudson.org

May 6, 2022

A primitive LYL Band cassette tape recording from the middle 80's celebrates the great baseball player. For more about this and other combinations of various words (mostly poetry) with original music visit frankhudson.org

May 4, 2022

A performance of Walt Whitman's de profundis poem. Published in 1867, Whitman's expression of the questions of despair and the answer he finds still resonate today.

For more about this and other Parlando combinations of various words and original music, visit frankhudson.org

Apr 30, 2022

Carl Sandburg didn't just do Chicago poems. An example: this lovely farmland poem performed with my best approximations of Jazz in the mode of Bill Frisell for today's International Jazz Day. 

This piece concludes our daily re-releases this April of some of my favorite early Parlando Project performances. The Project combines various words (mostly poetry) with original music. We've done over 600 of them, and if you'd like to hear more you can find all of them in our archives at frankhudson.org

Apr 29, 2022

Charlotte Mew's poetry has some unusual qualities, like in this poem which starts out like she's a more reserved Frank O'Hara and then ends more like Rilke. It's also the only Arbor Day poem you'll hear today that has a dead rat in it.

Mew is not the only one who's unusual--our listeners are too. The Parlando Project has done over 600 combinations of various words (mostly poetry) with original music. You can find those performances and more at frankhudson.org

Apr 28, 2022

I sometimes see a psychedelic aspect to Dickinson's poetry, and this performance manifests that as her spring poem is re-woven into something that you'd hear on a Sixties vinyl LP. Surely something different for Poem in your Pocket Day today.

For more about this, or more Parlando, visit frankhudson.org. There are over 600 other examples of how we combine words (mostly poetry) with original music we compose and perform in our archives there.

 

Apr 27, 2022

Warning: this 1919 poem by too-little-known Chicago Afro-American poet is disturbing. "Tired" was controversial from the start for it's bleak view, but there's internal evidence that Johnson was intending to present a "persona poem" portraying only one outlook on America's situation.

Apr 26, 2022

From his landmark 1916 Chicago Poems, here's Sandburg writing about summer nights and the immigrant experience then. I perform it in a way that I hope comes unstuck and drifts in time. 

The Parlando Project has done over 600 of these things: combinations of various words and original music. You can find this, and others like and unlike it, in our archives at frankhudson.org

 

Apr 25, 2022

Here's a performance of Dickinson's gothic aubade re-released as part of our National Poetry Moth celebration this April. 

The Parlando Project has been combining words (mostly poetry) with original music (as varied as we can make it) for six years now. and has over 600 of the results available in our archives at our blog https://frankhudson.org

 

Apr 24, 2022

In 1911 Hilda Doolittle visited her old school flame Ezra Pound in London and came out “HD, imagiste.”  Branding!

H.D. never liked her last name for literary reasons anyway. And her short mysterious early poems were pioneering works of what became known as Imagism. Here's my performance and original music setting of one of her revolutionary early works as part of our celebration of National Poetry Month.

More about this, and over 600 other pieces in various styles are available in our blog archives at frankhudson.org

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