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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: May, 2023
May 29, 2023

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. 

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

May 25, 2023

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

May 23, 2023

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.

May 19, 2023

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.

May 15, 2023

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

May 13, 2023

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.

May 10, 2023

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

May 6, 2023

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.

May 1, 2023

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.

For more about this or to hear the more than 650 other combinations of various words and original music we've done, go to frankhudson.org

 

 

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