Click “Read more…” to see which performers are featured on each track, additional info about the album and my bio. You can hear complete audio for each song at SoundCloud and more of my catalog at www.dennislivingston.com. Sheet music for all songs in their original solo versions is available upon request from firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the album
THE STORIES IN MY MIND is the first CD of original songs by Boston composer-lyricist Dennis Livingston, recorded live in a revue at New York’s Metropolitan Room. The show ran for four performances in 2011 with an outstanding cast of vocalists: Julie Reyburn (4 time MAC, 2 time Bistro awards), Scott Coulter (Director) (4 time MAC, 4 time Bistro, 2 time Nightlife awards), Kenneth Gartman (Music Director), Christina Connors and Alex Goley, along with Matt Scharfglass on bass and guitar. My warm thanks to Bob Levy for providing the lyrics for “When You Smile At Me” and “Why Haven’t I Heard From You?” I adapted the words written on a 19th century Shaker spirit drawing for “The Path To My Kingdom.” The CD retains the order in which songs appeared in the show, where they were woven into a simple storyline about the evolution of relationships between two couples.
Featured singers on each track
1. The Stories In My Mind: Kenneth Gartman
2. Too Many Books!: Full cast
3. It’s Time For Roses: Julie Reyburn
4. My Lucky Day: Alex Goley
5. Springtime In Boston: Kenneth Gartman, Scott Coulter, Alex Goley
6. When You Smile At Me: Julie Reyburn, Scott Coulter
7. Why Haven’t I Heard From You?: Alex Goley
8. We’re Just Better Off Apart: Christina Connors
9. The Path To My Kingdom: Christina Connors, Kenneth Gartman
10. The Other Side Of The Moon: Julie Reyburn
11. I’m Seeing My Children For Christmas: Scott Coulter
12. Every Time I Look At You, I Fall In Love Again: Christina Connors
13. An Ordinary Day: Full cast
14. Puttin’ On Some Feathers: Full cast
Rooted in the sophisticated lyrics and story-telling tradition of American Songbook standards, my songs are known for their clever rhymes, theatrical flare, vivid imagery and singable melodies. You never know what’s around the corner in these musical tales of life in our time.
My work has appeared in numerous group shows, including four productions of the MAC-ASCAP Songwriters Showcase in NY, three of the New Songwriter Series at the NY Sheet Music Society, two Cabaret Songwriters Showcases presented by the Boston Association of Cabaret Artists, two Stop the Presses! put on by the Washington, DC, Cabaret Network, two Tru Faces Cabaret shows sponsored by Theater Resources Unlimited in NY and the Festival of New Vocal Music at the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. The DC Cabaret Network also presented OUT OF THE BOX, a revue of my work in 2012 at the Black Fox Lounge in Washington, DC. I was the composer/lyricist for two children’s musicals, THE CRETACEOUS CABARET and THE WEAVER AND THE SEA. The performance history of my catalog has been recognized by multiple ASCAP Plus Awards, while my songs were nominees twice in the Jazz category of the Billboard World Song Contest. And not least – I’m a second generation songwriter. My father, Jerry Livingston, was a prominent composer of pop songs in the Tin Pan Alley era, honored by his peers by election in 1981 to the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Recordings of my songs can be heard on several cabaret albums. “It’s Time For Roses” appears as the title song on a CD from Chris Coleman and on Lua Hadar’s IT’S ABOUT TIME. “Sooner Than Someday” is performed by Dane Vannatter on ME & MY BEST FRIENDS: THE SONGS OF BOB LEVY (lyricist for this song). Robyn Spangler features “Every Time I Look At You, I Fall In Love Again” in ON A LIQUID AFTERNOON, while Nancy Stearns sings “An Ordinary Day” on A WISH.
“BACA's first annual Songwriters Showcase features, among other composers, songs by Dennis Livingston - including the bittersweet, highly visual, almost filmic ‘A Misty Day In Istanbul’ gorgeously sung by Brian De Lorenzo."
— Beverly Creasey, Theater Mirror
"’An Ordinary Day’ details beauty and appreciation in the commonplace, with lyrics that weave a vividly visual tapestry."
— Tom Kelly, San Francisco Bay Times, reviewing Vandana Bali's show at The Plush Room (San Francisco)
“‘It’s Time For Roses’ is a captivating story song with some word choices that got my ear (I like hearing ‘zen’ and ‘Bartok’ in this tale of a well-read but isolated person finding a new love).”
— Rob Lester, TalkinBroadway.com, reviewing Lua Hadar’s “It’s About Time”