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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 5, 2020

Rainer Maria Rilke's summer "picture poem" has dark undercurrents brought out in this stark performance with just guitar and voice of my own fresh translation from the German. For more about his and other combinations of various words with original music visit frankhudson.org

Aug 3, 2020

A musical performance of a monologue about the experience of change in a small town, how change happens after  it happens. For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music visit frankhudson.org

Jul 31, 2020

John Keats charming little poem about the sounds of summer performed. For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music visit frankhudson.org

Jul 29, 2020

Emma Lazarus wrote more than the one famous poem of hers which became part of the Statue of Liberty. For example. this lovely sonnet about summer I sing here with a rock trio, cello, and contrabass. For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music visit frankhudson.org

Jul 26, 2020

8th century Chinese poet Li Bai (Li Po) wrote a pair of poems in the voice of a wife of an traveling river merchant, Ezra Pound made one of them famous with his translation. Pound took considerable liberties with the original poem in the effort to make it vivid to his audience. Here's my transformation of the other one into English. I too took many liberties in modifying a 1922 English translation by Shigeyoshi Obata. 

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

Jul 18, 2020

A German poem by Anarchist Erich Mühsam written in 1909, now translated to English in 2020 to see if it applies today. For more about the story behind this and other combinations of various words with original music go to frankhudson.org

Jul 13, 2020

William Faulkner's and Bob Dylan's Nobel Prize speeches made claims about the value of their art. I perform here bits from both of them. For more about his and other combinations of various words with original music visit frankhudson.org

Jul 8, 2020

Gerard Manley Hopkins' gorgeous nature poem performed with a rock band and viola. For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music visit frankhudson.org

Jul 5, 2020

Carl Sandburg's mysterious poem about things gloriously becoming left and gone performed. For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music visit frankhudson.org

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

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