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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: March, 2023
Mar 27, 2023

A Carl Sandburg courting poem for his life partner Lillian Steichen, full of love, yearning, and admiration. Performed with original music in a way that wouldn't be too foreign to Carl the musician and singer: acoustic guitar and vocal.

For more about this an over 650 other combinations of various words (mostly poetry) with original music visit our archives and blog at frankhudson.org

Mar 25, 2023

Robert Frost's version of a weird tale he borrowed from William Butler Yeats is performed today with a folk-rock arrangement.

For more this, and more than 650 other combinations of various words (mostly poetry) with original music, visit our archives and blog at frankhudson.org

Mar 21, 2023

Edward Thomas, the honest and observant nature poet, finds signs of Spring in, well, bird poop. It's things like this that make him a cut above for me. Here's a rock band setting performance of his poem.

For more than 650 other combinations of various words (mostly poetry) with original music in several styles, and comments on our experience of the poems, visit our archives and blog at frankhudson.org

Mar 19, 2023

Others have set Anna Akhmatova's poetry to music effectively, but I decided to create and perform my own setting for this poem about lost connections. 

For more than 650 other combinations of various words (mostly poetry) with original music in various styles visit our archives at frankhudson.org

Mar 9, 2023

This is Frank O'Hara's love poem of separation -- separation from the beloved, separation of the lovers from the world. In this performance of it I supply a rich and strange musical piece to accompany it.

For more about this and more than 650 other combinations of various words, mostly poetry, with original music that also varies, visit our archives at frankhudson.org

Mar 2, 2023

Sara Teasdale's meditation on change and not-change in wartime performed.

For more about this and over 650 other combinations of various words (mostly poetry) with original music, visit our archives at frankhudson.org 

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