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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, 2022
Feb 23, 2022

I perform short memorial poem from Langston Hughes' first book The Weary Blues. For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music, visit frankhudson.org

Feb 14, 2022

Celebrating Valentine's Day and Black History Month with this lovely performance of Langston Hughes' love poem. For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music, go to frankhudson.org

Feb 7, 2022

As I considered performing this Langston Hughes poem for Black History Month, I was moved to add my own couplet at the end. For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music visit frankhudson.org

Feb 5, 2022

I can't do this piece from a poem by Langston Hughes justice tonight, but I feel right now that's of little matter in this time and place. So, just a bare demo: a beat and guitar. After I finished laying the song I made of Hughes' poem down, I carried on riffing on a changed up version of another song for some time. 

Feb 1, 2022

This subtle blues poem by Afro-American poet Langston Hughes performed for Black History Month. For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music, visit frankhudson.org

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