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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: August, 2022
Aug 31, 2022

A performance of American poet Emily Dickinson's tightly compressed meditation on time accompanied with my original "Punk Orchestral" music. 

Aug 20, 2022

Today's National Radio Day, and radio hosts who spin records are part of that legacy. Here's a piece I wrote and performed a few years ago to memorialize a kind of radio DJ you've probably never heard sung about: an all-night classical musical host. 

For more about this and over 600 other pieces combining various words with original music visit frankhudson.org

Aug 10, 2022

I wrote this little ode to Leo Fender's swoopy electric guitar design on the occasion of it being added to New York's Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art collection. This is an older performance of this by The LYL Band.

For more on this and over 600 other combinations of various words with original music, visit our archives at frankhudson.org

Aug 6, 2022

This is the 2nd in my series observing Atom Bomb Day, the anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima. It's a performance of a poem by a survivor of that bombing, Japanese poet Sadako Kurihara trans. by Richard Minear. My performance and original music today is simple and direct, the most I could do in my present life, but Kurihara's poetry can carry itself without elaboration I think.

Aug 4, 2022

This Longfellow poem I'll perform here with my original musical setting has a title that's beyond most vocabularies. It roughly means rebirth, but in the section I perform it is more about loss and grief. I'm performing this old American poem as part of two anniversaries: the anniversary of my late wife's death and Hiroshima or Atomic Bomb Day.

For more about this and over 600 other performances from the Parlando Project that combine various words (mostly poetry) with original music, go to frankhudson.org

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