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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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Oct 15, 2021

An odd short Robert Frost poem in which love and connection and then freedom and free thought are presented in opposition and contrast. I perform it in weird-folk Parlando Project style. For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music visit frankhudson.org

Oct 8, 2021

A song I made out of British poet Edward Thomas' tale of an overnight stop during a bicycle tour ride. For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music visit frankhudson.org

Oct 1, 2021

Another elegy, this time from modern American poet Kevin FitzPatrick. Kevin himself recently died, and we here at the Parlando Project want to note his work. For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music, visit frankhudson.org

Sep 28, 2021

Emily Dickinson wrote this ecstatic poem about her experience of another poet (thought to be Elizabeth Barrett Browning.) For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music, visit frankhudson.org

Sep 25, 2021

An angular rock performance of a Kevin FitzPatrick poem about trying to return a pair of workboots. For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music visit frankhudson.org

Sep 22, 2021

Irish poet W. B. Yeats once took exception to too-easy comforting, and I have recast his poem with this performance dedicated to poet Ethna McKiernan. For more about this and other combinations of various words combined with original music visit frankhudson.org

Sep 19, 2021

Two modern guitarists said some interesting things about the electric guitar in a recent interview, so I decided to perform quotes from each of them yesterday. To read the full interview https://www.premierguitar.com/artists/guitarists/squid-band 

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Sep 12, 2021

A short meditation on what stands outside of silent poetry performed with acoustic guitar. For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music, visit frankhudson.org

Sep 6, 2021

For our second American Labor Day piece, two labor marching songs performed by a rock band, one using words by Lola Ridge, and the other words by Dave Moore. For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music visit frankhudson.org

Sep 3, 2021

For American Labor Day I adapted the end of Carl Sandburg's hymn to workers "Smoke and Steel" and turned it into this song. For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music visit frankhudson.org

Sep 1, 2021

The LYL Band loudly romp through a Dave Moore song about a resonant note at the core of the world. For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music visit frankhudson.org

Aug 27, 2021

Songs and poems often sing about poets who died young. This isn't one of those. For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music visit frankhudson.org

Aug 25, 2021

Performance of another sonnet in my sequence telling the story of a daughter caring for her mother with Alzheimer's. For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music visit frankhudson.org

Aug 20, 2021

A performance of another sonnet in our series about dealing with a family member with Alzheimer's. For more about his and other combinations of various words with original music go to frankhudson.org

Aug 17, 2021

Victorian poetry's secret? Algernon Charles Swinburne was considered pretty hot stuff back then. Let's do our best to reheat the leftovers. For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music visit frankhudson.org

Aug 11, 2021

Here's a song whose lyrics I adapted from Rabindranath Tagore. What do you think are the silent steps of the title? For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music visit frankhudson.org

Aug 6, 2021

A poem about grief performed with a rock band. For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music, visit frankhudson.org

Aug 3, 2021

A poem about August written by Emily Dickinson's childhood classmate is performed with acoustic guitar and bass. For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music visit frankhudson.org

Jul 29, 2021

I perform, from Walt Whitman's Specimen Days, this roving meditation on summer. For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music, visit frankhudson.org

Jul 28, 2021

Emily Dickinson performed with sitar and electric guitars. I'm sure that's what she'd want for this song-debate between nature's seasons and her soul. For more about this and other combinations of various word and original music visit frankhudson.org

Jul 25, 2021

Alfred Tennyson's tiny poem about a small insect's transformation performed with original music by The LYL Band. For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music visit frankhudson.org

Jul 21, 2021

A somewhat imperfect performance, but I have to share this song that begins near the end of a basketball game and moves on to statements about life, dying, and death like this one:

“You can make this up. It makes up itself. You can’t make it be more than anything else.”

Jul 19, 2021

This musical piece uses as its text Heidi Randen's short response to Louise Glück's poem "The Wild Iris" which speaks of suffering and its aftermath with possible rebirth. For more about this and other combinations of various words and original music visit frankhudson.com

Jul 16, 2021

A break from our sometimes intense presentations of poetry with music, here's a bluesy little ditty about the worship of dead rock stars. For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music visit frankhudson.org 

Jul 13, 2021

A short piece about an aging farm woman with Alzheimer's performed by The LYL Band. For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music visit frankhudson.org

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