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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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Jun 1, 2021

A musical performance of a poem from a poet you wouldn't associate with urban grit: Joyce Kilmer. For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music visit frankhudson.org

May 29, 2021

Another short, sharp observation about love and life from the last "Twenties," this one written by Dorothy Parker. For more about this and other combination of various words with original music visit frankhudson.org

May 26, 2021

Written by Mary Carolyn Davies, a little-known woman from the early Modernist era of 1915, I perform this short piece with bass and acoustic guitar. For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music visit frankhudson.org

May 20, 2021

Emily Dickinson's tiny poem about art and artists performed. For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music, visit frankhudson.org

May 14, 2021

English poet Christina Rossetti's mysterious song of May, and May not.  For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music visit frankhudson.org

May 11, 2021

I perform my own fresh translation of Rimbaud's prose poem from his Illuminations today. For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music go to frankhudson.org

Apr 30, 2021

“Oh, to be in England now that April’s there…” a wistful poem of remembering spring while being separated from one’s homeland. As we grow older, are we all separated in some way from some Spring? For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music visit frankhudson.org

Apr 29, 2021

For #InternationalJazzDay at the end of #NationalPoetryMonth, here's some early (circa 1920) Jazz Poetry by Carl Sandburg. For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music, visit frankhudson.org

Apr 28, 2021

Langston Hughes wrote this charming spring poem for children, but even obsolete children might like it. For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music visit frankhudson.org

Apr 24, 2021

For 5 years the Parlando Project has been serially performing The Waste Land for each #NationalPoetry Month. In today's concluding part, The LYL Band tears open the poem's fragments and masks that came before in a nakedly emotional expiation. For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music visit frankhudson.org

Apr 21, 2021

For #NationalPoetryMonth, we celebrate Emily Dickinson and her poem about hearing a song before it's sung by performing her work with original music. For more about this and other combinations of various words with our music, visit frankhudson.org

Apr 18, 2021

For #NationalPoetryMonth, Carl Sandburg's wistful April tree in a spring rainstorm poem performed with acoustic guitar. For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music visit frankhudson.,org

Apr 15, 2021

Jean Toomer's short, symbolic poem about work and responsibility performed in a modest folk song setting. As we continue our #NationalPoetryMonth celebration, you can find other combinations of various words and original music at frankhudson.org

Apr 12, 2021

Continuing our April #NationalPoetryMonth celebrating performance of the last section of T. S. Eliot's The Waste Land. For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music visit frankhudson.org

Apr 9, 2021

A wonderful and wonder-filled poem I used to hear its author Phil Dacey read and now I perform it myself as part of my #NationalPoetryMonth celebration. For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music visit frankhudson.org

Apr 8, 2021

Kenneth Patchen created this American myth and I perform it on this day of the season's home opener for #NationalPoetryMonth.  For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music visit frankhudson.org

Apr 5, 2021

For #NationalPoetryMonth here's a performance of Longfellow's deserves-to-be-better-known sonnet about the loss of American Indigenous culture. For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music, go to frankhudson.org

Apr 3, 2021

Continuing our #NationalPoetryMonth celebration and serialized performance of "The Waste Land," in this section we fully enter the titular dry Waste Land. For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music, visit frankhudson.org

Apr 1, 2021

For 5 years this has been our National Poetry Month tradition: performing the whole of T. S. Eliot's "The Waste Land" piece by piece. Today we start the final section! For more about this and other pieces combining various words with original music and to follow the rest of our #NationalPoetryMonth celebration, visit frankhudson.org

 

Mar 20, 2021

My candle burns at both ends! For World Poetry Day, a performance of two contrasting poems about poetry, art, and passion from a pair of American poets. 

Mar 16, 2021

Edna St. Vincent Millay's wry Irish fairytale of the child of a leprechaun and a friar is today's song.  For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music visit frankhudson.org

Mar 13, 2021

Three poems from deserves-to-be-better-known Irish poet Joseph Campbell's  Earth of Cualann performed for this spring and St. Patricks Day. For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music, visit frankhudson.org

Mar 7, 2021

Shakespeare's spring lyric in praise of music performed with acoustic guitar, bass, and Mellotron. For more about this and other combinations of  various words and original music go to frankhudson.org

Feb 23, 2021

Here's a 2016 LYL Band performance of Lawrence Ferlinghetti's poem from his A Coney Island of the Mind presented here in memoriam. For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music visit frankhudson.org

Feb 20, 2021

Langston Hughes' poem about the sweep of Black History performed. For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music that varies too, visit frankhudson.org

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