Jean Toomer's nocturne, one with bees in it, is oddly beautiful. Thinking about it, it seems to be about alienation from the worth of one's labor, but one doesn't have to think all the time while hearing it either.
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Here's a story about looking at a photo taken in St. Paul Minnesota on Thanksgiving Eve 1949. I'll post the picture it talks about at our website frankhudson.org later tonight. The same location has 650 other combinations of various words (mostly poetry) combined with original music.
A musical performance of a poem telling my theory of what ghosts are. For more about this and over 600 other combinations of various words (mostly poetry) with original music visit our archives at frankhudson.org
American Poet Robert Frost wrote this poem in 1916 about what we'd likely call Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.)
In his poem Frost engaged in a conversation with his SAD-ness and interestingly gives it credit for knowledge and appreciation for a spare beauty. I've turned Frost's poem into a song with acoustic guitar accompaniment. This is what the Parlando Project does: combines various words (mostly poetry) with original music (various kinds). We have almost 650 of such things available at our archive at frankhudson.org
Here's a grisly folk-rock ballad with words by Robert E Howard and music freshly created this week for our Halloween series.
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Our Halloween series continues with a song performed by the LYL Band about dreams as ghosts set amid neolithic English standing stones
Our Halloween series continues with this song of ghosts lured by music using the words of English poet Walter de la Mare.
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This Dave Moore written and sung piece performed by the LYL Band continues our Halloween series. A fall gardener confronts some ghosts in this one.
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As our Halloween series continues, a contrast from our last piece. Ghosts outside the window this time, and while the questions on either side of the glass in it are difficult to answer, the eerie mood of "All Souls' Night, 1917" has helped it outlast any other by its author Hortrense King Flexner.
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Sara Teasdale wrote a lot of complex love poems, but her Halloween adjacent fall poem that I sing today has a child's playfulness.
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We start our Halloween Series this year with Emily Dickinson's sly and charming ghostly encounter performed with 12-string guitar.
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William Butler Yeats short parable "A Coat" about challenge and change performed with acoustic guitar.
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A poem, now a song, about the challenges, duties, connections, and consolations of life. As it speaks of those things, it also says something about why poetry, why song.
The LYL Band performs a short passage from Leonard Cohen's The Favorite Game. For more about this and over 600 other performances of various words with original music, visit frankhudson.,org
English Tudor-era poet Thomas Wyatt wrote this timeless poem of love lost in the early 16th century, yet it can still seem immediate when read or performed today. Or so I hope, having set it to original music and performed it now.
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American poet Emily Dickinson wrote this charmer, and I set it to music. Is she observing birds or little gnomes? Maybe they're hanging out together?
My project has combined over 600 sets of words (mostly other people's poetry) with various forms of original music, and you can find more about this and the others at our archives kept at frankhudson.org
We normally present short musical pieces, but today, in our annual observation of the day Jimi Hendrix died, I decided to present instead a story, audiobook-style, of how guitarist Richard Lloyd met Jimi Hendrix while Lloyd was still a teenager.
Long time listeners will note this isn't what we usually do. which is combine other people's words (mostly poetry) with original music we compose and record ourselves. You can find over 600 examples of that in our archives at frankhudson.org
I wrote a sonnet based on a couple of things writer Vlautin said in an interview many years ago. Yes, it contains a certain bleakness, but its final question is a question. Now over a decade later I've performed this as a song for this Project.
In a break from our usual practice of setting other people's poems, here's a sonnet of summer desire performed with original music. For more than 600 other examples of various words (mostly poetry) combined with original music, visit frankhudson.org
Few poets wrote as often about working people and their lives as Carl Sandburg. Here then are three poems from his 1916 collection "Chicago Poems" performed for this year's celebration of American Labor Day.
A performance of American poet Emily Dickinson's tightly compressed meditation on time accompanied with my original "Punk Orchestral" music.
Today's National Radio Day, and radio hosts who spin records are part of that legacy. Here's a piece I wrote and performed a few years ago to memorialize a kind of radio DJ you've probably never heard sung about: an all-night classical musical host.
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I wrote this little ode to Leo Fender's swoopy electric guitar design on the occasion of it being added to New York's Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art collection. This is an older performance of this by The LYL Band.
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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.
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