Parlando - Where Music and Words Meet

Parlando - Where Music and Words Meet

A July Afternoon by the Pond

I perform, from Walt Whitman's Specimen Days, this roving meditation on summer. For more about...

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Answer July

Emily Dickinson performed with sitar and electric guitars. I'm sure that's what she'd want for...

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The Dragonfly

Alfred Tennyson's tiny poem about a small insect's transformation performed with original music...

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The Final Minute

A somewhat imperfect performance, but I have to share this song that begins near the end of a...

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The Poem, "The Wild Iris"

This musical piece uses as its text Heidi Randen's short response to Louise Glück's poem "The...

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They're Not the Grateful Dead

A break from our sometimes intense presentations of poetry with music, here's a bluesy little...

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Until Memory Is Only Forgotten

A short piece about an aging farm woman with Alzheimer's performed by The LYL Band. For more...

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I, Too

Langston Hughes answered Whitman's "I Hear America Singing"  with his addition. I have in turn...

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I Hear America Singing

Walt Whitman's hymn to American work and workers performed. It's a good choice for Independence...

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Hortensia

A strange, yet evocative summer song written and sung by Dave Moore.  For more about this and...

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Recuerdo

Edna St. Vincent Millay's poem of love, night, a ferry ride, and the world remembered performed....

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A Cradle Song

William Blake's mystic lullaby sung with acoustic guitar. For more about this and other...

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Sappho LXXXII "Over the roofs the honey-coloured moon"

Performing Canadian poet Bliss Carman's reimagined ancient Greek poet Sappho. For more about this...

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Sappho's Old Age (Rimbaud version)

I translated and adapted this poem by the ancient Greek poet Sappho to create a song that now...

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The Subway

A musical performance of a poem from a poet you wouldn't associate with urban grit: Joyce Kilmer....

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Distance Blues (Theory)

Another short, sharp observation about love and life from the last "Twenties," this one written...

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Songs of a Girl II

Written by Mary Carolyn Davies, a little-known woman from the early Modernist era of 1915, I...

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How Many Flowers

Emily Dickinson's tiny poem about art and artists performed. For more about this and other...

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Christina Rossetti's May

English poet Christina Rossetti's mysterious song of May, and May not.  For more about this and...

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Rimbaud's Dawn

I perform my own fresh translation of Rimbaud's prose poem from his Illuminations today. For more...

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