Parlando - Where Music and Words Meet

Parlando - Where Music and Words Meet

The world is a beautiful place

Here's a 2016 LYL Band performance of Lawrence Ferlinghetti's poem from his A Coney Island of the Mind presented here...

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The Negro Speaks of Rivers

Langston Hughes' poem about the sweep of Black History performed. For more about this and other combinations of...

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Langston Hughes' Dream Variation

As part of our observation of Black History Month, I perform this early Langston Hughes poem, seeking to bring out...

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The Snow Fairy

Claude McKay's wistful winter love poem (a double sonnet!) performed for Valentines Day during our observation of...

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Gwendolyn Bennett's Song

Another piece for Black History Month: a 1925 Harlem Renaissance poem about Black heritage and its music performed....

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Escape

I found this lesser known poem in 1925's The New Negro anthology. Written by Georgia Douglas Johnson, its compressed...

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In Memory of Colonel Charles Young

Harlem Renaissance poet Countee Cullen wrote this short elegy for one of the first Afro-Americans to attend West...

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The Sky Is Low

Emily Dickinson's pared-back winter observation performed with acoustic guitar and bass. For more about this and...

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William Carlos Williams' Thursday

How many poems celebrate a poet's dreams? This one doesn't. Here I perform Williams' poem with piano and orchestra....

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The Snow is Deep on the Ground

This is Kenneth Patchen's winter poem for troubled lovers, which I perform here with with drums, bass, and piano. For...

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Williams' January

I think poet William Carlos Williams' little taunt to a January 100 years ago might still speak to us. Here's my...

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Shakespeare's Sonnet 97 "How like a winter hath my absence been"

Shakespeare plays with gender roles and seasons of the year in this poem of illegitimate creativity. For more about...

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The Three Kings

A new Christmas carol (or Epiphany song) I've just composed using words by the American poet Longfellow. For more...

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I wake and feel the fell of dark

More winter solstice darkness performed, this time one of Gerard Manley Hopkins' "Terrible Sonnets." For more about...

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Twilight Fallen White and Cold

A mysterious song about winter nightfall from a poem by Irish writer Joseph Campbell, perfect for Winter Solstice....

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The Butterfly Dream

A parable from the Chinese classic Zhuangzi is told with acoustic guitar and bass. Zhuang Zhou's story has been...

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End of the Sky - A Doomscrolling Sonnet

Introducing a Doomscrolling Sonnet adopted from a poem by classical Chinese poet Du Fu "Thinking of Li Po at the End...

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Trifles - I Know What Stillness Is

Presenting a small part of Susan Glaspell's pioneering play meshed with orchestral music. This is the Parlando...

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Theme from Trifles

I thought I'd offer this alternative when celebrating the Parlando Project's 500th audio piece today, and so this is...

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Dave Moore's Cathedral

A surreal, enigmatic, and yet compelling story set to orchestral music. For more about this and other combinations of...

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