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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 30, 2020

Walter De La Mare mysterious poem depicts an ambiguous incident as we continue our music meets words celebration of Halloween with a folk-rock song. For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music visit frankhudson.org

Oct 29, 2020

Another Halloween song with a mysterious spell in it, this time with words by A. E. Housman. For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music visit frankhudson.org

Oct 26, 2020

Our Halloween celebration begins with this performance of a haunting song for a wintery autumn holiday. For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music go to frankhudson.org

Oct 24, 2020

This poem of Kenneth Slessor is one of the most remarkable poems I think I've come upon in this project. For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music visit frankhudson.org

Oct 20, 2020

Wallace Stevens' poem about why we create it sounds definitive, but it has strange elements I bring out in this presentation. For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music visit frankhudson.org

Oct 15, 2020

Lola Ridge was both an early Modernist poet and a committed social activist. I perform her mysterious poem here on acoustic guitar with a string quartet. For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music visit frankhudson.org

Oct 10, 2020

An observation in our plague year at an outdoor café about nature and mortality is performed. For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music visit frankhudson.org

Oct 7, 2020

Published in the last year of his life, this valedictory Edgar Allan Poe poem speaks of the insubstantial nature of human achievement. For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music go to frankhudson.org

Oct 2, 2020

William Butler Yeats lovely spell cast in troubled times. And since in 2020 many of us would say it with him, here's my performance of it. For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music visit frankhudson.org

Sep 28, 2020

A poem with an unknown author probably written in the early 1900s performed with guitar, cello, and piano. For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music, go to frankhudson.org

Sep 18, 2020

Emily Dickinson compresses the time-space continuum into a tiny poem. For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music, visit frankhudson.org

Sep 12, 2020

English romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley wrote this reaction to oppression 201 years ago. I'll leave it to you to decide if it still applies. For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music visit frankhudson.org

Sep 7, 2020

Robert Frost's meditation on work performed for American Labor Day in a setting for guitar and voice. For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music visit frankhudson.org

Sep 4, 2020

Charles Kingsley's strange garden/graveyard poem presented here in a folk-rock performance. For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music go to frankhudson.org

Aug 30, 2020

8th century Chinese master poet Li Bai solves the problem of drinking alone, but there may be a catch! For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music, visit frankhudson.org

Aug 20, 2020

American satirist Mark Twain jotted down these skeptical notes about poetic genius around 150 years ago, I perform them today and wonder how much still applies. For more about this and other combinations of various words and and original music visit frankhudson.org

Aug 18, 2020

In the course of his novel Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain gives us a parody of 19th century memorial verse written by his character Emmeline Grangerford. For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music visit frankhudson.org

Aug 14, 2020

This song from Shakespeare's play Cymbeline asks what in the sum of life that death subtracts do we count. For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music visit frankhudson.org

Aug 11, 2020

A tale of an urban encounter representing our American moment in a time. For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music visit frankhudson.org

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. 

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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

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