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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: July, 2020
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

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