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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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Now displaying: 2019
Dec 29, 2019

Genevieve Taggard's emotional Mobius loop of a poem sung accompanied by violin, cello, piano, vibes, and acoustic guitar. For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music visit frankhudson.org

Dec 24, 2019

Christina Rossetti's devotional Christmas poem given a different musical presentation. For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music visit frankhudson.org

Dec 22, 2019

Dave Moore's song about human lights presented for winter solstice. For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music visit frankhudson.org

Dec 15, 2019

Kenneth Patchen's moving and remarkably structured poem of two conversations in a bar performed with an electric band. For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music visit frankhudson.org

Dec 10, 2019

For Emily Dickinson's Birthday: her poem about winter snow-cover performed with electric 12-string guitar and keyboards. For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music go to frankhudson.org

Dec 8, 2019

Irish poet Joseph Campbell short and ambiguous poem about a rural traveler set to acoustic music. For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music visit frankhudson.org

Dec 4, 2019

British poet A. E. Housman's short winter elegy gets a rock music setting inspired by Motorhead, yes Motorhead.  For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music visit frankhudson.org

Dec 1, 2019

The 400th audio piece from the Parlando Project! Fiddle, bass, drums, and keyboards accompany this spoken word piece about seasons, gardens, and doubt. For more on this piece and its creation, and many more combinations of various words with original music visit frankhudson.org

Nov 28, 2019

Another American Thanksgiving poem, this time written by Carl Sandburg and performed by the LYL Band. For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music go to frankhudson.org

Nov 27, 2019

Emily Dickinson's Thanksgiving poem performed. For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music go to frankhudson.org

Nov 24, 2019

Is this Hard(y) Rock Music? Thomas Hardy's autumn poem performed with cranked-up Telecasters. For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music visit frankhudson.org

Nov 22, 2019

Dave Moore has a message—well, sort of—for the youth of today, and the LYL Band is going to back him up as he sings it. For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music, go to frankhudson.org

Nov 20, 2019

After a young poet died, Carl Sandburg wrote a passionate elegy for her which is here performed with acoustic guitar. For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music go to frankhudson.org

Nov 17, 2019

Adelaide Crapsey used this short verse form to contemplate her own imminent mortality. For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music, visit frankhudson.org

Nov 15, 2019

In the early 20th century the unfortunately named Adelaide Crapsey invented her own poetic form, and this is a musical performance of two of her "cinquains." For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music visit frankhudson.org

Nov 11, 2019

Walt Whitman's striking comparison of marshal heroism and steadfast love presented with original "punk-orchestral" music. For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music visit frankhudson.org

Nov 8, 2019

Early Modernist promoter Amy Lowell's actual poetry has until recently been overlooked, but here's a bluesy take on her poem of autumn love and loneliness. For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music visit frankhudson.org 

Nov 5, 2019

A folk-rock performance of two short poems attributed to Queen Elizabeth I of England, but written while she was imprisoned. For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music visit frankhudson.org

Oct 31, 2019

For Halloween, a Carl Sandburg poem — now with electric guitars! For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music go to frankhudson.org

Oct 28, 2019

A meditation on birdsong and our human place in the book of nature performed with drums and piano. For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music visit frankhudson.org

Oct 25, 2019

Christina Rossetti's take on "The Last Rose of Summer" ambiguously addresses the year's last bloom. For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music visit frankhudson.org

Oct 20, 2019

Emily Dickinson's mysterious Fall poem performed with acoustic guitar. For more about this unusual poem and other combinations of various words with original music visit frankhudson.org

Oct 17, 2019

As the LYL Band plays, Dave Moore reads a short passage from Ross MacDonald's 1959 detective novel depicting a man reading before a band. For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music visit frankhudson.org

Oct 16, 2019

Emily Dickinson gets meta with established poets musty Fall poems and replaces them with her concise images of the season. For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music go to frankhudson.org

Oct 14, 2019

Emily Dickinson's "happy Autumn" poem performed with acoustic guitar, piano and Mellotron. For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music go to frankhudson.org

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