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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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Jul 3, 2020

My attempt to sing a folk setting I composed of Longfellow's hymn to the American Experiment as the Civil War approached. For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music go to frankhudson.org

Jul 2, 2020

Parts of Allen Ginsberg's assessment of his personal America written in 1956 performed with a rock band. For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music visit frankhudson.org.

Tender Ears Warning: one famous F-bomb

Jul 1, 2020

As we enter the celebration weekend of American Independence Day, a complex look at our country from a black immigrant written in 1921. For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music visit frankhudson.org

Jun 28, 2020

A musical performance of my loose translation of a classical Chinese poem by Wang Wei about human sadness. For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music, visit frankhudson.org

Jun 25, 2020

Two sections of one of Emily Dickinson's strangest, yet most beguiling poem are sung here. For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music, visit frankhudson.org

Jun 20, 2020

For Father's Day, I perform Edgar Guest's tribute to blue-collar fathers with a small group musical arrangement. For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music, visit frankhudson.org

Jun 12, 2020

Carl Sandburg's vision of government starts with corruption and moves somewhere you might not expect. For more about this and other combinations of various word and original music visit frankhudson.org

Jun 11, 2020

Carl Sandburg's ghastly yet enigmatic Imagist poem performed. For more about this and other combination of various words with original music visit frankhudson.org

Jun 7, 2020

Two Dickinson poems are combined in this musical performance so that they illuminate each other, and maybe say something about our our country's present moment. For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music, visit frankhudson.org

May 27, 2020

I read a short portion of LeRoi Jones' liner notes to a 1963 John Coltrane record. For more combinations of various words and original music visit frankhudson.org

May 24, 2020

I perform British poet Charlotte Mew's poem for the American Memorial Day with music. For more about this and many other combinations of various words with original music visit frankhudson.org

May 22, 2020

Ralph Waldo Emerson's playful fable about different talents performed in front of a rock band. For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music visit frankhudson.org

May 19, 2020

Robert Frost's well-loved poem performed with mountain dulcimer, tampura, harmonium and drums. For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music, visit frankhudson.org

May 17, 2020

Carl Sandburg's moving poem of praise to lasting love performed accompanied by an unusual arrangement for keyboard instruments and strings. For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music visit frankhudson.org

May 14, 2020

Robert Frost's darkest poem is still held in the tightly controlled form of a terza rima sonnet. Performed here with just electric guitar and voice. For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music visit frankhudson.org

May 10, 2020

Combining writing from Thoreau, Michael McClure, and Whitman with a small orchestral piece. For more about this an it's connection to Blake and Ginsberg, visit frankhudson.org

May 7, 2020

A morning song about awaking and birdsong performed with woozy Mellotron, piano and acoustic guitar. For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music go to frankhudson.org

May 5, 2020

Emily Dickinson wrote a sublime poem in praise of springtime, here performed with a indie rock trio. For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music visit frankhudson.org

May 4, 2020

An early poem of Robert Frost recast into an folk song with acoustic guitar, piano, and contrabass. For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music visit frankhudson.org

Apr 30, 2020

The final section of Robert Herrick's 17th century May Day poem played like a Vee-Jay blues record circa 1960. For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music visit frankhudson.org

Apr 30, 2020

To conclude our celebration of National Poetry Month, my performance of a musical tribute to three inspired poets. For more about his and other combinations of various words and original music visit frankhudson.org

Apr 27, 2020

For the past 4 years the Parlando Project has been performing a section of T. E. Eliot's "The Waste Land"  with original music for National Poetry Month. Here's this year's section. For more about this and the Parlando Project, go to frankhudson.org

Apr 26, 2020

In honor a Record Store Day that won't happen, here's a piece about remembering record stores of The Sixties and asking if my aging generation still has left something else to remember, something undone. For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music visit frankhudson.org

Apr 24, 2020

It's Shakespeare's birthday and National Poetry Month, so here's one of his sonnets, a particularly bitter one in a small orchestral setting. For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music, visit frankhudson.org

Apr 22, 2020

Bob Dylan released a new song during National Poetry Month called "I Contain Multitudes." People picked up on the William Blake and Edgar Allan Poe references, but too many missed the reference to America's first punk rock poet: Walt Whitman. Let me fix that with this performance of the last part of Whitman's "Song of Myself." For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music visit frankhudson.org

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