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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: September, 2022
Sep 28, 2022

American poet Emily Dickinson wrote this charmer, and I set it to music. Is she observing birds or little gnomes? Maybe they're hanging out together?

My project has combined over 600 sets of words (mostly other people's poetry) with various forms of original music, and you can find more about this and the others at our archives kept at frankhudson.org

Sep 18, 2022

We normally present short musical pieces, but today, in our annual observation of the day Jimi Hendrix died, I decided to present instead a story, audiobook-style, of how guitarist Richard Lloyd met Jimi Hendrix while Lloyd was still a teenager. 

Long time listeners will note this isn't what we usually do. which is combine other people's words (mostly poetry) with original music we compose and record ourselves.  You can find over 600 examples of that in our archives at frankhudson.org

 

 

Sep 16, 2022

I wrote a sonnet based on a couple of things writer Vlautin said in an interview many years ago. Yes, it contains a certain bleakness, but its final question is a question. Now over a decade later I've performed this as a song for this Project.

Sep 11, 2022

In a break from our usual practice of setting other people's poems,  here's a sonnet of summer desire performed with original music. For more than 600 other examples of various words (mostly poetry) combined with original music, visit frankhudson.org

Sep 4, 2022

Few poets wrote as often about working people and their lives as Carl Sandburg. Here then are three poems from his 1916 collection "Chicago Poems" performed for this year's celebration of American Labor Day.

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