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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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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…
 
In Kurt Vonnegut's novel Cats Cradle this moving summation of life is described as "The Last Rites of the Bokononist Faith." The LYL Band performs it to complete our Vonnegut series honoring him on the 99th anniversary of his birth. For more about this, other pieces in our Vonnegut series, and other combinations of various words and original music,…
 
In Cat's Cradle Kurt Vonnegut created a fictional religion whose psalms were calypso songs. This one's been often sung by fans of the book, but however imperfect, I prefer this live LYL Band version that actually sings it as a calypso. For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music visit frankhudson.org…
 
Kurt Vonnegut wrote this short baptismal litany for a character in God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater. As we start a Vonnegut series on the 99th anniversary of his birth, this short LYL Band tribute performance from the week of his death in 2007 is good place to start. For more about this and other combinations of various words with original music, visit…
 
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.orgBy Frank Hudson and Dave Moore for the Parlando Project
 
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