Staying in Touch…


Female Artists, Live Music, Music

  We had a marvelous time playing last month at Molly Malone’s and the audience was full of praises too which is always very satisfying! Like the following tweet expresses: @MollyMalones listening to the beautiful and talented @FrancesLivings and band. A politics break! pic.twitter.com/r9jLLLhVEm — Sharlette Hambrick (@SharletteH) February 3, 2016 So to make sure […]

March 8, 2016

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


Artists, Creative influences, Creative Writing, Live Music, Livings In Los Angeles, Music, Poetry, Songwriting, Writing

Zane Musa – the first time I saw him play was at a small, hole in the wall jazz joint. 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 I had met working at a small theatre in […]

June 6, 2015

Frances Livings’ Ipanema Lounge Repertoire. French Chansons


Creative influences, Foreign language songs, French Songs, Jazz, Lyrics, Music

I have always loved French chansons which definitely derives from my strong affinity with 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 to count to ten, say bonjour, merci, oui and non after […]

May 30, 2015

Still Lifes – The Art of Tranquillity


Art, Artists, Creative influences, painting

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 fragments; ideas lied scattered everywhere; unfinished poems, unsold CDs, unwritten essays. And ideas were just […]

May 6, 2015

Frances Livings’ Ipanema Lounge ~ New Album Out Soon!


Creative influences, Language, Music, Record releases, Recording Sessions

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 blend of Southern European sounding music and Latin jazz – I have not only sung […]

April 16, 2015

Livings in Los Angeles. Closet Stories – The Hollywood Uniform


City Life, Creative Writing, Essays, Fashion, Livings In Los Angeles, Los Angeles, Mass Media, Urban Life

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 2006 was fashion – rather, the lack thereof. Despite fashion apparel being L.A.’s third biggest industry, […]

October 27, 2013