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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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Mar 18, 2020

Guest reader Heidi Randen performs Frances Cornford's haunting ghost story with eerie music. For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music visit frankhudson.org

Mar 8, 2020

A performance of another unusual short lyric from British poet Frances Cornford today. For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music visit frankhudson.org

Mar 6, 2020

Dave Moore's song of the starling performed by the LYL Band. For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music flock to frankhudson.org

Mar 4, 2020

Frances Cornford's catchy lyric is much remembered and much dissed. Here it is performed along with G. K. Chesterton's retort. For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music visit frankhudson.org

Feb 28, 2020

Not leaving winter yet? Sara Teasdale's short lyric meditation stays there, and I perform it today. For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music visit frankhudson.org

Feb 26, 2020

For Leap Year Day, a Dave Moore song about mysterious cosmologies and the quantum states of love. For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music visit frankhudson.org

Feb 24, 2020

Paul Laurence Dunbar's famous poem about the Afro-American experience performed as a song for #BlackHistoryMonth.  For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music visit frankhudson.org

Feb 21, 2020

Paul Laurence Dunbar's most famous poem performed with an orchestral folk arrangement for Black History Month. For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music go to frankhudson.org

Feb 18, 2020

Two episodes from Carl Sandburg's Abraham Lincoln biography: Lincoln's birth and the death of his mother when Lincoln was nine are performed with a surprising introductory quote. For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music visit frankhudson.org

Feb 14, 2020

An orchestral spoken-word piece about love and partnership that will perhaps suite this Valentine's Day. For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music go to frankhudson.org

Feb 12, 2020

Marianne Moore's poem explores some implacable problems in American culture in her characteristic way: both plain spoken and knotty at the same time. Perhaps my musical performance can help illuminate it? For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music visit frankhudson.org

Feb 9, 2020

I created this from part of a talk by Angela Davis during this Black History Month, weaving a few sentences from that into this poem. For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music visit frankhudson.org

Feb 6, 2020

The close of William Blake's story of the creation of the world in its fallen state performed with saxophone, piano, bass & drums.  For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music visit frankhudson.org

Feb 4, 2020

In this original ballad, a young woman accompanies a man who comes to her town seeking to revenge the killing of his brother. For more about this and other combinations of various words and various music visit frankhudson.org

Jan 31, 2020

Yeats' harrowing plea for his country still resonates across nations and time. For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music visit frankhudson.org

Jan 27, 2020

Rimbaud's mysterious poem/incantation is given a fresh rhyming translation and performed with a rock band. For more about this and other combination of various words with original music visit frankhudson.org

Jan 25, 2020

Edna St. Vincent Millay's short poetic ghost story. For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music visit frankhudson.org

Jan 22, 2020

Pablo Neruda's opening poem from his first popular collection performed from my new translation English translation. For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music visit frankhudson.org

Jan 19, 2020

The 20th love poem in Pablo Neruda's "Veinte poemas de amor y una canción desesperada" (Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair) performed in my own new English translation. For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music visit frankhudson.org

Jan 15, 2020

English poet Gerard Manley Hopkins' stern meditation on winter and adversity performed with Mellotron accompaniment. For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music, visit frankhudson.org

Jan 11, 2020

I was translating Dada founder Hugo Ball's 1924 poem when this week's events lead me to transform it into a blues. For more about this and other combinations of various word and original music, visit frankhudson.org

Jan 9, 2020

Shakespeare's poem of winter endurance performed. For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music go to frankhudson.org

Jan 6, 2020

An 1896 poem about the experience of old age experiencing the unsettledness of sense of age performed with folk-rock accompaniment. The dream of life.  For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music visit frankhudson.org

Jan 1, 2020

Ralph Waldo Emerson's lament for the past performed. For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music go to frankhudson.org

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