Songs of the Soul ~ In Memory of Zane Musa (1979 – 2015)

Zane Musa, saxophone, lightning, tree, Frances Livings, Songs of the Soul, musician

Tweet Drink in hand, we I sat down, shortly before the show was to begin. It was the summer of 2005 and I was on one of my first visits to Los Angeles from Germany, where the guitarist Greg Porée and …

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Repertoire Ipanema Lounge ~ French Chansons


Tweet   I have always had a very strong affinity towards the French culture – and I am not only referring to the delicious food. I was thrilled to start learning French at middle school and very excited about being …

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Still Lifes ~ The Art of Depicting Tranquillity


Tweet It was just one of these mornings. Lying there in bed, I felt as if my life was washing over me like a big grey wave, the murky waters were draining off, revealing bit of useless debris. My music and my writing, appeared like …

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Frances Livings’ Ipanema Lounge ~ New Album Out Soon!


Tweet Frances Livings’ Ipanema Lounge I am very excited to announce that we have almost finished recording a new 12-song world jazz album called “Ipanema Lounge”. The songs range from dramatic and emotional, melancholic, to up-tempo, fun and groovy. Atmospherically, the recordings create …

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Ipanema Lounge ~ A New Musical Addition!


Tweet Post by Frances Livings. Related articles Piazzolla: Escualo CD review – elegant, smooth, idiomatic A Night of Tango with Cuartero Suerte Loca Music Review: Jazz-Crossover Albums from Roger Davidson, Gary Gray, and Pascal Bokar ‘Song of Eva Perón’ sizzles …

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Creative Influences ~ Sneezles by A. A. Milne on Record-A-Poem


TweetWhen a couple of weeks ago, I was asked to pick a children’s piece to record as a segment for a voice-over demo, a cute little poem came to mind – something with sneezing. Via Dr. Google it was quickly retrieved …

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Creative Influences ~ Poetry. Sun at Midnight


Tweet Sun at Midnight                              by Joseph Mary Plunkett and Frances Livings I saw the sun at midnight, rising red, Deep-hued yet glowing, heavy with the stain …

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National Poetry Month, April 2014


Tweet Rapid technological development has led to a constant flood of visual and acoustic bits and bites – emails, text messages and Facebook updates. For most of us it has become a habit to react, one that often leaves us …

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Livings in Los Angeles. Closet Stories – The Hollywood Uniform

Clifford Coffin, American Vogue, June 1949 – © Condé Nast

Tweet  It’s true. Most transplants here in Los Angeles are quite obsessed with detecting and pointing out how different things are. I belong to them. One of the things that struck me immediately on my first visit to L.A. in …

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Please Close Your Eyes


Tweet  Once upon a time I had a lover. A lover, I loved for who he was and for what we had. A lover, I didn’t love because of what he wasn’t and for what we didn’t and wouldn’t have. …

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