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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: October, 2022
Oct 29, 2022

Here's a grisly folk-rock ballad with words by Robert E Howard and music freshly created this week for our Halloween series. 

For more about this and over 600 other combinations of various words (mostly poetry) with original music, visit frankhudson.org

Oct 28, 2022

Our Halloween series continues with a song performed by the LYL Band about dreams as ghosts set amid neolithic English standing stones 

Oct 27, 2022

Our Halloween series continues with this song of ghosts lured by music using the words of English poet Walter de la Mare. 

For more than 600 other examples of various words (mostly poetry) combined with original music, go to our archives at frankhudson.org

 

Oct 25, 2022

This Dave Moore written and sung piece performed by the LYL Band continues our Halloween series. A fall gardener confronts some ghosts in this one.

For more about this and over 600 other Parlando Project pieces check out blog and audio archives at frankhudson.org

 

Oct 23, 2022

As our Halloween series continues, a contrast from our last piece. Ghosts outside the window this time, and while the questions on either side of the glass in it are difficult to answer, the eerie mood of "All Souls' Night, 1917" has helped it outlast any other by its author Hortrense King Flexner. 

For more about this, and over 600 other combinations of various words (mostly poetry) and original music, go to frankhudson.org

Oct 22, 2022

Sara Teasdale wrote a lot of complex love poems, but her Halloween adjacent fall poem that I sing today has a child's playfulness. 

For more than 600 other combinations of various words (mostly poetry) and original music, visit frankhudson.org

Oct 19, 2022

We start our Halloween Series this year with Emily Dickinson's sly and charming ghostly encounter performed with 12-string guitar.

For more than 600 other combinations of various words (mostly poetry) with original music, visit frankhudson.org

Oct 12, 2022

William Butler Yeats short parable "A Coat"  about challenge and change performed with acoustic guitar. 

For more about this poem and over 600 other performances combining various words (mostly poetry) with original music, visit frankhudson.org

Oct 10, 2022

A poem, now a song, about the challenges, duties, connections, and consolations of life. As it speaks of those things, it also says something about why poetry, why song.

Oct 7, 2022

The LYL Band performs a short passage from Leonard Cohen's The Favorite Game. For more about this and over 600 other performances of various words with original music, visit frankhudson.,org

Oct 1, 2022

English Tudor-era poet Thomas Wyatt wrote this timeless poem of love lost in the early 16th century, yet it can still seem immediate when read or performed today. Or so I hope, having set it to original music and performed it now. 

There are over 600 other examples of various words (mostly poetry) combined with original music available in our archives at frankhudson.org. Or subscribe to the Parlando Project and get the new ones as they are released.

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