I'm in Asheville NC this weekend and yet the Black Mountain College center is closed. None-the-less, let me tip my hat to one of the leaders of the circle that became known as the Black Mountain Poets with this short acapella rendition of one of his poems.
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Poet Kevin FitzPatrick helped his WWII veteran father write his memoir of the father's experiences in the Bataan Death March. Later, this poem was written about his aged father's final stay in a care home and adds an unusual twist.
I performed this with original music, remembering Kevin who's gone now too. There's almost 700 other combinations of various words, mostly poetry, with original music at our archives at frankhudson.org
With her very first line, Emily Dickinson gets right to the "minuter intuitions" that too often rule us. I performed this as a song of shared humanity from Dickinson alternative hymnal with a simple acoustic guitar tune.
The opening portion of the final section, "Rooms," of Gertrude Stein's Tender Buttons performed with original music. I believe she thought of the poems in Tender Buttons as Cubist poems, and this passage seems to me to be a surprisingly sweet Cubist manifesto.
As part of my occasional series this spring looking back at the roots of the Parlando Project I've been writing about things I did back in the 20th century that led up to this.
The recording is about 25 years old, but I did what I could with the audio recorded onto cassette tape. You can read about the Parlando Project and listen to our nearly 700 more recent audio pieces combining various words (mostly literary poetry) with different styles of original music at our blog and archives located at frankhudson.org
I still hear poet Kevin FitzPatrick's voice in my ear. That deep sustaining sound leads me to perform his poetry. This ode of his to midlife thoughts starts out with just acoustic guitar which is eventually joined by a string sextet.
Kenneth Patchen's touching poem performed as a song with acoustic guitar. For more about this and over 650 other combinations of various words (mostly poetry) with original music in different styles, go to our blog and archives at frankhudson.org
Kenneth Patchen's love poem in the dark performed in front of a three-guitar eccentric rock band. Eccentric/eclectic is essential to what this Project does, so be aware that I don't expect any listener to like everything we do.
What else do we do then? Visit our blog and archives at frankhudson.org where there are over 650 examples of a variety of words (mostly literary poetry) performed with original music in different styles.
Here's my musical performance of a poem from a video game. If that's not remarkable enough, it's a piece for May Day, The international workers day. Have I intrigued you?
The poem appears, spoken by a character in the game Night in the Woods and the presumed authors are Bethany Hockenberry and Scott Benson. The music is my own composition.
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