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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: May, 2020
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

May 7, 2020

A morning song about awaking and birdsong performed with woozy Mellotron, piano and acoustic guitar. For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music go to frankhudson.org

May 5, 2020

Emily Dickinson wrote a sublime poem in praise of springtime, here performed with a indie rock trio. For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music visit frankhudson.org

May 4, 2020

An early poem of Robert Frost recast into an folk song with acoustic guitar, piano, and contrabass. For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music visit frankhudson.org

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