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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: June, 2023
Jun 24, 2023

June 24th is the anniversary of British poet Edward Thomas' train trip that resulted in "Adlestrop," a poem much loved in Great Britain. 

During the 7 years of the Parlando Project, I've sought to bring Thomas to greater attention outside of the UK, and here's an example of why you might want to consider Thomas: a complicated but beautiful love poem sung with a piano trio.

The Project has done nearly 700 other examples combining various words (mostly literary poetry) with original music. You can find out more about this and hear those other audio pieces, at our blog and archives: frankhudson.org

 

Jun 16, 2023

What happens after death? English poet Thomas Hardy had one idea and created this poem of atomic immortality he called "Transformations." I performed it as a song with original music.

For nearly 700 other combinations of various words (mostly poetry) combined with original music, visit our blog and archives at frankhudson.org

Jun 8, 2023

Emily the Botany Nerd wrote this of mushrooms and I figured out how to sing it, That's what this Project does, it takes words, mostly page poetry and combines them with original music in various ways.

For nearly 700 other examples of this, or to read more about the process and my experience of the poems, visit our blog and archives at frankhudson.org

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