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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: September, 2023
Sep 27, 2023

Emily Dickinson's little poem mention my "home" instrument, so I just had to perform it.  Besides the obligatory guitar I let a string trio enter into the middle of the piece, scored in my simple way.

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

 

Sep 20, 2023

I poetically expand on this commonly expressed feeling of writers during this live LYL Band performance. 

We usually use other people's words at the Parlando Project, and to see more than 700 other examples of that (mostly using literary poetry) combined with original music in various styles, visit our archives and blog at frankhudson.org

Sep 9, 2023

Emily Dickinson featured bees in many of her poems, but this short playful poem is possibly the most imaginative.  I set it to music with acoustic guitar for today's audio piece.

For more than 700 other combinations of various words (usually literary poetry) with original music visit our blog and archives at frankhudson.org

 

Sep 6, 2023

I adapted the final poem in Robert Louis Stevenson's A Child's Garden of Verses as a song for today's audio piece.  Stevenson may have intended this poem to extend the lifetime of his children's book, by explaining to future children that his 19th century poems were nevertheless about children like them however different in details from his time.

My encounter with this poem led me to see it as something many adults, and I particularly, feel about the children in our lives who grow and change and leave us with "Children of the Air."

This is what the Parlando Project does, we combine words (mostly literary poetry) with original music. We've done over 700 of them over the years, and you can hear them and read about our encounters with all those words at our blog and archives at frankhudson.org

Sep 4, 2023

Here's a section of a longer Carl Sandburg poem for American Labor Day. Physicists tell us that what we see as a solid object is just atoms and particles moving around rapidly. Sandburg and Labor Day tell us that what we see as city is just the vibration of our constant labor.

The Parlando Project has over 700 audio pieces combining various words (mostly literary poetry) with original music. You can find our previous pieces and read about our experiences of them at our blog and archives found at frankhudson.org

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