Here's an outwardly simple yet mysterious poem by Langston Hughes, published among other young Afro-American poets in the 1926 issue of Fire!! For more about this and more than 650 other examples of various words (mostly poetry, combined with original music, see our archives at frankhudson.org
Another Waring Cuney lyric used on the Josh White record of the state of the Black American nation in 1941. I recently performed it with my own music as part of our February observance of US Black History Month.
For more about this and over 650 other combinations of various words with original music check out our archives at frankhudson.org
Waring Cuney was one of the lesser-known young contributors to the 1926 Fire!! magazine. Later he contributed lyrics to an anti-Jim Crow Josh White recording. I used one of them again with my own musical setting today.
For more than 650 other examples of various words (mostly poetry) combined with original music, visit our archives at frankhudson.org
Resuming our encounter with the 1926 Harlem Renaissance publication Fire!! I present my performance of Waring Cuney's poem "The Death Bed." This musical setting uses a sample from the poem's contemporary, Blues/Gospel guitarist Willie Johnson.
Here's another performance of my poem about old love. For more than 650 other combinations of various words (mostly poetry) with original music visit our archives at frankhudson.org
A rambunctious country-blues ditty celebrating geezer-age love and desire. If you can't laugh on Valentine's Day, you aren't in love.
For more about this and more than 650 other combinations of various words (mostly poetry) with original music try our archives at frankhudson.org
Harlem Renaissance figure Helene Johnson wrote this cold pastoral more than a decade before the more famous song lyric "Strange Fruit." I've set it to music and performed Johnson's poem for today's piece.
This sonnet by Countee Cullen begins our observance of Black History Month this year. Within my folk music setting I tried to sing this poem air of mournful hope.