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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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Dec 31, 2021

I perform my fresh translation of the first part of one of Arthur Rimbaud's earliest poems, one which marks the cold and dim arrival of a new year.  For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music visit frankhudson.org

Dec 24, 2021

This rude Edwardian ditty critiques holiday charity. For more about this, more polite and impolite songs, and other combinations of various words and original music visit frankhudson.org

Dec 21, 2021

A poetry performance written for this solstice and in memoriam to two poets/friends whose voices I miss. For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music, visit frankhudson.org

Dec 14, 2021

This short and gothic Emily Dickinson poem is full of surprising details. For more about that and other combinations of various words and original music visit frankhudson.org

Dec 2, 2021

Instead of our usual Poetry's Greatest Hits selection, a short poem of mine performed with chiming electric guitars, drums and cello. For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music, visit frankhudson.org

Nov 29, 2021

We turn American poet Robert Frost's early short poem inside out to make it a rocking Blues number. For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music visit frankhudson.org

Nov 25, 2021

Here's Robert Frost's tale in harvest time performed, a piece appropriate for American Thanksgiving. For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music visit frankhudson.org

Nov 17, 2021

I adapted this classical Chinese poem about grief and mourning into an English language song. For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music visit frankhudson.org

Nov 12, 2021

In Kurt Vonnegut's novel Cats Cradle this moving summation of life is described as "The Last Rites of the Bokononist Faith."  The LYL Band performs it to complete our Vonnegut series honoring him on the 99th anniversary of his birth. For more about this, other pieces in our Vonnegut series, and other combinations of various words and original music, visit frankhudson.org

Nov 11, 2021

Another short song using words from Kurt Vonnegut's novel Cat's Cradle set to music and performed by The LYL Band. For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music visit frankhudson.org

Nov 10, 2021

A dark poem from Kurt Vonnegut's novel Mother Night performed as part of our series noting the 99th anniversary of the author's birth. For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music, visit frankhudson.org

Nov 9, 2021

In Cat's Cradle Kurt Vonnegut created a fictional religion whose psalms were calypso songs. This one's been often sung by fans of the book, but however imperfect, I prefer this live LYL Band version that actually sings it as a calypso. For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music visit frankhudson.org

Nov 8, 2021

Kurt Vonnegut wrote this short baptismal litany for a character in God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater. As we start a Vonnegut series on the 99th anniversary of his birth, this short LYL Band tribute performance from the week of his death in 2007 is good place to start. For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music, visit frankhudson.org

Nov 5, 2021

English poet Thomas Hardy's complicated ghost and grief poem performed with a funky band. For more about this and other combinations of various word and original music, visit frankhudson.org

Nov 1, 2021

Finishing our Halloween series, Robert Frost's poem makes a wry comment suitable for All Saints and All Souls Days this November. For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music, visit frankhudson.org

Oct 30, 2021

In this parody, American poet Louis Untermeyer takes a nursery rhyme and uses it to parody De La Mare's famous horror poem
"The Listeners." For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music visit frankhudson.org

Oct 27, 2021

Dave Moore's chilling ballad about something more frightening than witches performed. Well worth your 8 minutes to hear this!

For more about Dave's song and almost 600 other pieces, visit frankhudson.org

Oct 24, 2021

Continuing our Halloween series: early 20th century Irish poet Seosamh MacCathmhaoil's revision of a trad folk song added, well, a werefox. For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music visit frankhudson.org

Oct 22, 2021

Starting our Halloween Series with this spooky fairy song from Joseph Campbell (Seosamh MacCathmhaoil). For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music go to frankhudson.org

Oct 15, 2021

An odd short Robert Frost poem in which love and connection and then freedom and free thought are presented in opposition and contrast. I perform it in weird-folk Parlando Project style. For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music visit frankhudson.org

Oct 8, 2021

A song I made out of British poet Edward Thomas' tale of an overnight stop during a bicycle tour ride. For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music visit frankhudson.org

Oct 1, 2021

Another elegy, this time from modern American poet Kevin FitzPatrick. Kevin himself recently died, and we here at the Parlando Project want to note his work. For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music, visit frankhudson.org

Sep 28, 2021

Emily Dickinson wrote this ecstatic poem about her experience of another poet (thought to be Elizabeth Barrett Browning.) For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music, visit frankhudson.org

Sep 25, 2021

An angular rock performance of a Kevin FitzPatrick poem about trying to return a pair of workboots. For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music visit frankhudson.org

Sep 22, 2021

Irish poet W. B. Yeats once took exception to too-easy comforting, and I have recast his poem with this performance dedicated to poet Ethna McKiernan. For more about this and other combinations of various words combined with original music visit frankhudson.org

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