Creative Influences ~ Poetry. Sun at Midnight


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 Of …

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National Poetry Month, April 2014


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 frazzled …

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Livings in Los Angeles. Closet Stories – The Hollywood Uniform

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

  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


  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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Creative Influences ~ Poems I Read. ‘Desiderata’ by Max Ehrmann

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  Desiderata by Max Ehrmann (1927) Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and …

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Wonderful Review of “The World I Am Livings In”


The World I am Livings In Frances Livings Moontraxx Records – MXFL2013-014 Available from Frances Livings’s Bandcamp page. A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange by Mark S. Tucker ( Following the release of a half-dozen singles and EPs, Frances …

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The Pomegranate – On Finding Poetry

© Abbey Ryan

If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him. We must never forget that art is not a form of propaganda; it is a form …

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True Colors


Don’t be afraid to let them show, your true colors, true colors are beautiful, like a rainbow  ~ Billy Steinberg Unluckily, like many of you, I have encountered hurtful prejudice in my life, which is why the song “True Colors” has always …

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Waters of March and the Circle of Life

Franz Marc, In the Rain, 1912

Waters of March A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song. ~ Chinese Proverb Although jazz is not my primary genre to write in, I have always enjoyed singing jazz standards, …

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May You Shine…


A while ago I was quite moved by the line “We are more afraid of our light than the dark”. It inspired my piece “Cast In Bronze” which I have just completed and posted here on the website. Today I …

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