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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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Apr 5, 2022

Poets Carl Sandburg and Ezra Pound wrote these two poems about their poet influences. Hey, that's what the Parlando Project is doing this National Poetry Month, and has been doing all year for 6 years: sharing via performance our musical impressions of poets! You can find more than 600 of those in our archives at frankhudson.org

Apr 4, 2022

When John Keats died a yet unheralded, English romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley linked him with another died-to-soon poet Thomas Chatterton. A century later Black poet Anne Spencer extended that tradition by adding the name of a fellow Afro-American, Paul Laurence Dunbar, to the chain of hallowed poets.

This is the latest in our re-release of some of our favorite early Parlando Project musical pieces for for National Poetry Month. More Parlando pieces are at frankhudson.org, including other pieces by Dunbar and Spencer.

 

Apr 3, 2022

Advisory: this poem is a disturbing account of one of the first aerial bombardments of a city and resulting civilian deaths. It's also disturbing because while it was written in 1915 by a pioneering Modernist English poet F. S. Flint, it remains timely.

Apr 2, 2022

Robert Frost's 101-year-old poem get treated to some ripping electric guitar impersonating spring winds in this performance. We're celebrating National Poetry Month this April with selected performances from our archives. There's 600 more like (and different from) this at frankhudson.org

Apr 1, 2022

A performance of William Carlos Williams short poem set to original music as we continue or observance of National Poetry Month with classic performances from the Parlando Project archives. More than 600 pieces combining various words with original music are at frankhudson.org

Mar 31, 2022

The Parlando Project kicks off it's celebration of #NationalPoetryMonth with a re-release of its first public piece: our performance of a Carl Sandburg poem recorded the day after David Bowie died in 2016. More about the Parlando Project at frankhudson.org

Mar 29, 2022

Dave Moore's magnificent poetic satire performed by the author. For more about this and other combinations of various words combined with original music go to frankhudson.org

Mar 25, 2022

Our memorial celebration of poet Kevin FitzPatrick continues with this farm-funk story performance, about spring, sheep, coyotes, and an electric fence. For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music visit frankhudson.org

Mar 21, 2022

Welcoming spring with another LYL Band performance in our series celebrating poet Kevin FitzPatrick. For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music, visit frankhudson.org

Mar 16, 2022

Kevin FitzPatrick's poem about how he came to reassess Seamus Heaney's poem performed. For more about this, and other combinations of various words and original music, go to frankhudson.org

Mar 8, 2022

For International Women's Day, I perform a poem by an international woman: Lola Ridge. For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music, visit frankhudson.org

Mar 6, 2022

Rock music combines with spoken word as I present sections of two poems, one by a Russian and the other by a Ukrainian. For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music go to frankhudson.org

Mar 2, 2022

I perform my own sonnet about winter giving way to spring. For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music, go to frankhudson.org

Feb 23, 2022

I perform short memorial poem from Langston Hughes' first book The Weary Blues. For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music, visit frankhudson.org

Feb 14, 2022

Celebrating Valentine's Day and Black History Month with this lovely performance of Langston Hughes' love poem. For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music, go to frankhudson.org

Feb 7, 2022

As I considered performing this Langston Hughes poem for Black History Month, I was moved to add my own couplet at the end. For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music visit frankhudson.org

Feb 5, 2022

I can't do this piece from a poem by Langston Hughes justice tonight, but I feel right now that's of little matter in this time and place. So, just a bare demo: a beat and guitar. After I finished laying the song I made of Hughes' poem down, I carried on riffing on a changed up version of another song for some time. 

Feb 1, 2022

This subtle blues poem by Afro-American poet Langston Hughes performed for Black History Month. For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music, visit frankhudson.org

Jan 28, 2022

Kicking off Black History Month early: an encomium to a great American artist's Jazz recording. For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music, visit frankhudson.org

Jan 24, 2022

A beautiful and harrowing poem by Ethna McKiernan performed with my music, completing our series of musical presentations of her work this winter. The previous 3 episodes here will show other aspects of why I encourage you to read more of McKiernan, perhaps in her final collection, which can be found at this link: https://www.salmonpoetry.com/details.php?ID=543&a=74  For more about this and other various combinations of words, mostly poetry with original music, visit frankhudson.org

Jan 20, 2022

Poet McKiernan spent her last years helping the homeless, dedicating her final collection to them. Here's my performance of one poem of hers about that experience that was included in that collection, "Light Rolling Slowly Backwards," which is available from Salmon Poetry press https://www.salmonpoetry.com/details.php?ID=543&a=74

Jan 14, 2022

Here's a moving song adapted from a poem in Irish-American poet Ethna McKiernan's "Light Moving Backwards collection. For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music, visit frankhudson.org

Jan 12, 2022

Ethna McKiernan's arch poem may make you smile. For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music go to frankhudson.org.

More Ethna McKiernan? https://www.salmonpoetry.com/details.php?ID=543&a=74

Jan 7, 2022

American poet Elinor Wylie's gorgeous lyric about walking with someone in winter snow performed in this new song setting. For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music visit frankhudson.org

Dec 31, 2021

I perform my fresh translation of the first part of one of Arthur Rimbaud's earliest poems, one which marks the cold and dim arrival of a new year.  For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music visit frankhudson.org

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