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

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When 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

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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

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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

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  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

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  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”

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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 (progdawg@hotmail.com) Following the release of a half-dozen singles and EPs, Frances …

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The Pomegranate – On Finding Poetry

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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

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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

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Waters of March A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song. ~ Chinese Proverb My most recently founded musical venture has been the Ipanema Lounge Project. It has been a lot of …

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