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Parlando - Where Music and Words Meet

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Parlando - Where Music and Words Meet

Parlando featuring Frank Hudson and Dave Moore, poets and musicians

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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. At least at first, the ...
 
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A performance of Walt Whitman's de profundis poem. Published in 1867, Whitman's expression of the questions of despair and the answer he finds still resonate today. For more about this and other Parlando combinations of various words and original music, visit frankhudson.orgBy Frank Hudson for the Parlando Project
 
Carl Sandburg didn't just do Chicago poems. An example: this lovely farmland poem performed with my best approximations of Jazz in the mode of Bill Frisell for today's International Jazz Day. This piece concludes our daily re-releases this April of some of my favorite early Parlando Project performances. The Project combines various words (mostly p…
 
Charlotte Mew's poetry has some unusual qualities, like in this poem which starts out like she's a more reserved Frank O'Hara and then ends more like Rilke. It's also the only Arbor Day poem you'll hear today that has a dead rat in it. Mew is not the only one who's unusual--our listeners are too. The Parlando Project has done over 600 combinations …
 
I sometimes see a psychedelic aspect to Dickinson's poetry, and this performance manifests that as her spring poem is re-woven into something that you'd hear on a Sixties vinyl LP. Surely something different for Poem in your Pocket Day today. For more about this, or more Parlando, visit frankhudson.org. There are over 600 other examples of how we c…
 
From his landmark 1916 Chicago Poems, here's Sandburg writing about summer nights and the immigrant experience then. I perform it in a way that I hope comes unstuck and drifts in time. The Parlando Project has done over 600 of these things: combinations of various words and original music. You can find this, and others like and unlike it, in our ar…
 
Here's a performance of Dickinson's gothic aubade re-released as part of our National Poetry Moth celebration this April. The Parlando Project has been combining words (mostly poetry) with original music (as varied as we can make it) for six years now. and has over 600 of the results available in our archives at our blog https://frankhudson.org…
 
In 1911 Hilda Doolittle visited her old school flame Ezra Pound in London and came out “HD, imagiste.” Branding! H.D. never liked her last name for literary reasons anyway. And her short mysterious early poems were pioneering works of what became known as Imagism. Here's my performance and original music setting of one of her revolutionary early wo…
 
Here's a performance of an overlooked masterpiece of early Imagist poetry written by Irish poet Joseph Campbell (Seosamh MacCathmhaoil) in 1909. In just a few well-written words he portrays a situation from rural Irish life. For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music, visit frankhudson.org…
 
Celebrating Shakespeare's birthday and National Poetry Month with this performance with original music. The Parlando Project has lot like (and unlike this) in our archives, more than 600 pieces combining words (mostly poetry) with original music. To find those, or read more about this and the other pieces go to frankhudson.org…
 
Black Ohioan Raymond G. Dandridge was a little-known link between Paul Dunbar and Langston Hughes, and this short poem about an alienated dancer who has taken on an exotic persona might be seen as a "danced near-nude" pair with Dunbar's "We Wear the Mask." We have over 600 other performances of various words (mostly poetry) combined with original m…
 
Our performance of Jean Toomer's incandescent Afro-American love poem is re-released today as part of our celebration of National Poetry Month. Wand more Parlando? Our archives have over 600 other combinations of various words with original music available at our blog: frankhudson.orgBy Frank Hudson for the Parlando Project
 
My own extended English translation of Du Fu's poem performed by The LYL Band. Du Fu (also spelled Tu Fu) is one the masters of classical Chinese poetry, and this is one my favorites of his works re-released now as part of our celebration of National Poetry Month. More about this or more Parlando? Go to frankhudson.org…
 
Eleanor Farjeon and Robert Frost both wrote elegies for their mutual friend and poet Edward Thomas killed on Easter Monday during WWI. Which one is the more effective poem? The one I perform today by Farjeon. Since it's National Poetry Month you may be interested in more about Thomas and this poem, or in the more than 600 other performances with we…
 
British poet Edward Thomas' meditation on war's absences performed with an original setting using acoustic guitar and orchestra instruments. This poem sometimes goes by the title "The Blenheim Oranges" We're re-releasing performances like this from this Project first couple of years to celebrate National Poetry Month. If you like this, there are mo…
 
You'll sometimes find Edward Thomas' filed under "War Poets," but his best-known poem "Adlestrop" is an unique peace poem written a few days before war broke out in Europe. In it, "nothing" happens -- the sweetest nothing. This re-release of our performance of the poem with a rock band is part of our celebration of National Poetry Month 2022.…
 
We continue our celebration of National Poetry Month with the re-release of this beautiful short love poem by William Butler Yeats, performed with our original music. The Parlando Project has over 600 other examples of this, available in our archives at frankhudson.orgBy Frank Hudson for the Parlando Project
 
Just suppose that back in the 1920s someone wanted to record a Blues song based on Emily Dickinson's "A Soul selects her own Society," and so they waxed a 78 rpm platter. Well, it might sound a little like this. And if you're unusual enough to listen to that, you might enjoy some of the more than 600 other performances we have in our archives at fr…
 
Emily Dickinson's poem is performed with our original orchestral setting as we continue or celebration of National Poetry Month by re-releasing some of our favorite performances from the early years of the Parlando Project. Want to hear more combinations of various words (mostly poetry) with original music? Visit our archives at frankhudson.org…
 
I translated Dada founder Tristan Tzara's surprisingly moving elegy to the important early French Modernist poet and artist Apollinaire. I then created/performed this musical setting. To hear more than 600 other combinations of various words with original music, go to frankhudson.orgBy Frank Hudson for the Parlando Project
 
Commemorating our previous NPM series that serially performed the entire Modernist landmark in a variety of musical contexts, here's a re-release for NPM 2022 of the opening part of "The Fire Sermon." The entire "The Waste Land" series is available in our archives at frankhudson.org, along with over 600 other audio performances.…
 
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…
 
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 som…
 
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.orgBy Frank Hudson for the Parlando Project
 
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.orgBy Frank Hudson for the Parlando Project
 
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/detai…
 
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