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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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Oct 11, 2019

A new translation of Rilke's poem about harvest time, Fall and life-stages performed with acoustic guitar and cello. For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music visit frankhudson.org

Oct 8, 2019

Shakespeare's famous autumnal poem about late life love, or is it? For more about this poem and other combinations of various words performed with original music visit frankhudson.org

Oct 6, 2019

Gerard Manley Hopkins' short lyric about unity in diversity performed with off-center music. For more about this and other combinations of original music with various words, goto frankhudson.org

Oct 2, 2019

Paul Laurence Dunbar's ode to Autumn. For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music go to frankhudson.org

Sep 29, 2019

Extraordinarily rich nature imagery is used in this autumn poem performed with a "punk orchestral" musical setting. For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music visit frankhudson.org

Sep 26, 2019

Welsh poet Henry Vaughn wrote this meditation on struggle and suffering in the years following the British Civil War when his country was broken. Might we find any solace in it now performed with a Rock trio? For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music visit frankhudson.org

Sep 24, 2019

In Mystery Train  Greil Marcus uses Floyd's story to illustrate how rock'n'roll developed from disparate sources. The LYL Band with Dave Moore performs this excerpt. For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music, visit frankhudson.org

Sep 18, 2019

Too-often overlooked Modernist poet Mina Loy's 1922 ode to abstract sculpture, now performed with a rock band. For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music, visit frankhudson.org

Sep 14, 2019

A mysterious noise might frighten the herd of watermelon grazing in this poem with music: stampede! For more about this and other combinations of various music visit frankhudson.org

Sep 11, 2019

A fresh translation of Mallarmé's ode to an ideal, unheard music performed. For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music visit frankhudson.org

Sep 7, 2019

A request, a command, a begging cry, a lament, a report, a prayer, a need, a meditation, a love song. For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music visit frankhudson.org

Sep 4, 2019

Emily Dickinson in an 1862 letter recounts a version of her life, performed here with piano and guitar. For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music visit frankhudson.org

Sep 1, 2019

A short passage from Garrison Keillor's book Leaving Home recounts a child's memory of the end of summer. Performed here with original music. For more on this and other combinations of various words with original music visit frankhudson.org

Aug 29, 2019

Guillaume Apollinaire's poem of being caught in the beginning of WWI performed with original music inspired by Iggy and The Stooges "1969." For more about this and other combinations of various words with music visit frankhudson.org

Aug 26, 2019

The next chapters in the story of the rape of Minerva Jones in Edgar Lee Masters' Spoon River Anthology. For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music, visit frankhudson.org

Aug 24, 2019

A poem of cruelty and chilling horror from Edgar Lee Masters Spoon River Anthology telling of the rape and death of the "town poetess." For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music visit frankhudson.org

Aug 22, 2019

The character from Spoon River Anthology that most clearly invokes music has his epitaph performed with music. For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music visit frankhudson.org

Aug 21, 2019

One of the hundreds of Midwestern characters' lives described in Edgar Lee Masters landmark "Spoon River Anthology". For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music visit frankhudson.org

Aug 18, 2019

Sara Teasdale's poem ambiguously situated between beauty exceeding the self and the end of self. For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music visit frankhudson.org

Aug 15, 2019

A song of loss. For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music visit frankhudson.org

Aug 11, 2019

Carl Sandburg portrayed a small Illinois town and garden in compressed Imagist form, and I performed it with a dig-the-slowness electronic score. For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music visit frankhudson.org

Aug 9, 2019

Carl Sandburg sounds tremendously contemporary in this one: "So many lies, killing so cheap..." For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music visit frankhudson.org

 

Aug 6, 2019

The closing poem from Carl Sandburg's Smoke and Steel  with a full orchestral backing and dedicated to Renee Eve Robbins. For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music visit frankhudson.org

Aug 4, 2019

In 1939 critic Philip Rahv said that the failure to successfully combine intellect and vitality endangered American Lit. Still true?

Here's my reading of a quote from a Rahv essay surrounded by an original orchestral score.

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

Aug 1, 2019

An exchange between H.D. and William Carlos Williams on the what might be a Modernist writer's outlook. For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music visit frankhudson.org

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