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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: February, 2021
Feb 23, 2021

Here's a 2016 LYL Band performance of Lawrence Ferlinghetti's poem from his A Coney Island of the Mind presented here in memoriam. For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music visit frankhudson.org

Feb 20, 2021

Langston Hughes' poem about the sweep of Black History performed. For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music that varies too, visit frankhudson.org

Feb 18, 2021

As part of our observation of Black History Month, I perform this early Langston Hughes poem, seeking to bring out its subtle mystery. For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music visit frankhudson.org

Feb 12, 2021

Claude McKay's wistful winter love poem (a double sonnet!) performed for Valentines Day during our observation of Black History Month. For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music visit frankhudson.org

Feb 9, 2021

Another piece for Black History Month: a 1925 Harlem Renaissance poem about Black heritage and its music performed. For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music visit frankhudson.org

Feb 4, 2021

I found this lesser known poem in 1925's The New Negro anthology. Written by Georgia Douglas Johnson, its compressed emotional power comes through today! For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music visit frankhudson.org

Feb 2, 2021

Harlem Renaissance poet Countee Cullen wrote this short elegy for one of the first Afro-Americans to attend West Point, and today I perform it for the start of Black History Month. For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music visit frankhudson.org

 

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