Category Archives: Creative influences

Aganjú ~ Music and Spirituaity

  I first heard the song Aganjú on Bebel Gilberto’s album Tanto Tempo. It was written by the Brazilian musician, songwriter and record producer Carlinhos Brown, whose musical style blends tropicália, reggae, and traditional Brazilian percussion. Later, especially the Latin …

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

  Drink in hand, we 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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Frances Livings, Ipanema Lounge ~ Repertoire ~ French Chansons

  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 able …

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Still Lifes ~ The Art of Depicting Tranquillity

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 mere …

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Frances Livings’ Ipanema Lounge ~ New Album Out Soon!

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 a …

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

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

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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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

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

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