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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: 2020
Dec 31, 2020

Shakespeare plays with gender roles and seasons of the year in this poem of illegitimate creativity. For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music, go to frankhudson.org

Dec 24, 2020

A new Christmas carol (or Epiphany song) I've just composed using words by the American poet Longfellow. For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music, go to frankhudson.org

Dec 21, 2020

More winter solstice darkness performed, this time one of Gerard Manley Hopkins' "Terrible Sonnets." For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music go to frankhudson.org

Dec 20, 2020

A mysterious song about winter nightfall from a poem by Irish writer Joseph Campbell, perfect for Winter Solstice.  For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music, visit frankhudson.org

Dec 11, 2020

A parable from the Chinese classic Zhuangzi is told with acoustic guitar and bass. Zhuang Zhou's story has been considered by philosophers ever since it was first told in the 4th century BCE. For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music visit frankhudson.org

Dec 5, 2020

Introducing a Doomscrolling Sonnet adopted from a poem by classical Chinese poet Du Fu "Thinking of Li Po at the End of the Sky." Want to know more about this piece or find other combinations of various words with original music? Visit frankhudson.org

Nov 30, 2020

Presenting a small part of Susan Glaspell's pioneering play meshed with orchestral music. This is the Parlando Project's 500th audio piece, and to find more about this, and more combinations of various words with original music go to frankhudson.org

Nov 30, 2020

I thought I'd offer this alternative when celebrating the Parlando Project's 500th audio piece today, and so this is just the musical composition I did for my presentation of a bit of Susan Glaspell's pioneering play. For more about this and the Parlando Project see frankhudson.org

Nov 27, 2020

A surreal, enigmatic, and yet compelling story set to orchestral music. For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music visit frankhudson.org

Nov 25, 2020

For American Thanksgiving we see if we can revive Longfellow's ode to harvest time by adding an air of mystery to it? For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music visit frankhudson.org

Nov 18, 2020

Did you know Nietzsche was a poet? I didn't. This poem is a fine Autumn poem in the gothic-romantic tradition that November can't help but invoke. For more combinations of various words performed with original music visit frankhudson.org

Nov 14, 2020

Introverts will recognize Emily Bronte's 1840 lament hasn't dated, and so here it is performed with cello, acoustic guitar, and electric piano. For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music visit frankhudson.org

Nov 10, 2020

British poet Charlotte Mew wrote this poem for the first Remembrance Day in 1919. Listen to it now in it's entirety as it moves from observed sorrow to a shocking statement of anger. For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music visit frankhudson.org

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

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