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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: April, 2020
Apr 30, 2020

The final section of Robert Herrick's 17th century May Day poem played like a Vee-Jay blues record circa 1960. For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music visit frankhudson.org

Apr 30, 2020

To conclude our celebration of National Poetry Month, my performance of a musical tribute to three inspired poets. For more about his and other combinations of various words and original music visit frankhudson.org

Apr 27, 2020

For the past 4 years the Parlando Project has been performing a section of T. E. Eliot's "The Waste Land"  with original music for National Poetry Month. Here's this year's section. For more about this and the Parlando Project, go to frankhudson.org

Apr 26, 2020

In honor a Record Store Day that won't happen, here's a piece about remembering record stores of The Sixties and asking if my aging generation still has left something else to remember, something undone. For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music visit frankhudson.org

Apr 24, 2020

It's Shakespeare's birthday and National Poetry Month, so here's one of his sonnets, a particularly bitter one in a small orchestral setting. For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music, visit frankhudson.org

Apr 22, 2020

Bob Dylan released a new song during National Poetry Month called "I Contain Multitudes." People picked up on the William Blake and Edgar Allan Poe references, but too many missed the reference to America's first punk rock poet: Walt Whitman. Let me fix that with this performance of the last part of Whitman's "Song of Myself." For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music visit frankhudson.org

Apr 19, 2020

W. B. Yeats' poem seems to be about aged regret, even though it was written when he was in his 20s. Doesn't matter-still lovely. I perform it with acoustic guitar and piano for National Poetry Month today. For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music visit frankhudson.org

Apr 15, 2020

Wallace Stevens' contrasting nighttime reveries performed by a piano trio for National Poetry Month. For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music visit frankhudson.org

Apr 12, 2020

Claude McKay's wrote a lovely lyric about experiencing Easter as a non-believer, and I performed it today. For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music, visit frankhudson.org

Apr 9, 2020

Sara Teasdale wrote in this unusual form: a premature self-elegy. I preform it with a short orchestral instrument lament and acoustic guitar while thinking of those that have succumbed to the Covid-19 pandemic. For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music visit frankhudson.org

Apr 5, 2020

Sara Teasdale's extraordinarily compressed expression of aloneness and infinity performed for #NPM2020. For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music visit frankhudson.org

Apr 3, 2020

An LP-side-long musical performance of the largest section of the Modernist poetic landmark presenting a bleak look at love and sex. For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music, visit frankhudson.org

Apr 1, 2020

Wordsworth wrote this joyous ode to the beginning of spring--but what if it was performed with driving slide guitar? For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music visit frankhudson.org for our celebration of National Poetry Month #NPM2020 

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