Click video for a short
narrative about Dennis
from the cast of the revue "The Stories In My Mind"
Click video for a short
account by Dennis
on how he writes songs,
from the revue
"Out Of The Box"
**DENNIS NOMINATED BY MAC FOR THE 2014 DOTTIE BURMAN AWARD** I was one of four finalists for the Burman Award offered by the Manhattan Association of
Cabarets & Clubs to cabaret songwriters over 40. Each applicant submits three songs.
I sent "Every Time I Look At You, I Fall In Love Again" (video below), "Such A Curious Feeling" (video below)
and "The Storyteller" (audio at the Songs Page).
INTERVIEWS WITH DENNIS
The podcast can
be heard HERE as program MW 104. It is also stored in the MW Archives for October 2013, where it will remain for playing at any time.
My debut CD, THE STORIES IN MY MIND (see below), is the subject of a one-hour interview. Jim and I discuss several of the songs on the album, the show from which it was recorded, my life as a songwriter and anecdotes about
my songwriting father, Jerry Livingston
LUNCH AND JUDY SHOW
Radio broadcast on WYBG (Messina, NY)
The broadcast has been archived as program #186 in this series at SoundCloud.
You can listen HERE.
The whole program is worth hearing, but my two segments start at 10:22 and 27:53.
Judy and I talk about cabaret, songwriting and my dad's music.
Radio broadcast on WMBR (MIT's station in Cambridge, MA)
Click the sound file below, which will place an iTunes file in your Downloads folder.
Click on that file to get the actual broadcast in iTunes.
In this one-hour interview, Michelle and I talk mostly about the cabaret world and the importance of honoring and continuing the legacy of the American Songbook, past and present.
Television broadcast on Brookline Interactive Group cable TV
The edited ten minute version can be heard at YouTube HERE
The full 30-minute version can be heard at YouTube HERE.
Karma and I talk about my changing careers in academia, computer journalism and, in recent years, songwriting.
Webcast on City World Radio Network (New York, NY)
The interview focuses mostly on conversations between Mia and members of New York's Down Town Glee Club concerning their 2015 Spring Concert. Mia included me because the group was performing my song, "Puttin' On Some Feathers" in an arrangement for men's chorus. My segment starts at 32:27 and runs to 45:29.
CD OF DENNIS' SONGS
THE STORIES IN MY MIND: THE SONGS OF DENNIS LIVINGSTON (LIVE AT THE METROPOLITAN ROOM)
Songwriter Dennis Livingston offers jazz, deeply felt ballads, the sudden breakout of
a bossa or gospel tune in this New York cabaret revue of witty, original songs, featuring
Julie Reyburn, Scott Coulter, Kenneth Gartman, Christina Connors and Alex Goley.
Go to CDBaby to buy individual songs, the digital album or the physical CD.
Downloads are also available at iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and other online sites.
Comment by Hector Coris at CD Baby: "I had a chance to listen to the CD in its entirety during several 45 minute trips to
my directing gig and just found myself smiling at many of
the wonders in it.
Surprising and fresh lyrics, tender and crystal-clear performances
and the startlingly gorgeous arrangements. This could — and should — survive a
a stand-alone revue that could be licensed out."
REVUES AND SHOWCASES
THE STORIES IN MY MIND: THE SONGS OF DENNIS LIVINGSTON
A revue performed at the Metropolitan Club, NYC, 2011
DENNIS' REVUE GETS GLOWING ACCOUNT FROM THE NEW YORK SHEET MUSIC SOCIETY "The Stories In My Mind" was chosen to open the 2014 fall season of shows at the
New York Sheet Music Society in a return engagement with the original cast.
An article in the
Society'snewsletter by Jerry Osterbergg describes the event HERE.
OUT OF THE BOX: THE SONGS OF DENNIS LIVINGSTON
A showcase presented by the DC Cabaret Network at the Black Fox Lounge, Washington, DC, 2012
Left to right: Dennis Livingston, Alex Tang, George Fulgiiniti-Shakar, Amy Jackson, Terri Allen, Lonny Smith, Heather Frank, David McMullen, Christy Frye, Pam Jackson, Maris Wicker, Christy Trapp, Dorian Woodruff
This five-minute trailer shows selections from songs used in the showcase.
Videos of each song in the show may be found at the Songs
page next to each title and at the individual page for each song.
You can see a sample below.
Such a Curious Feeling
Performer: David McMullen
Get Out On Your Own
Performer: Pamela Jackson
If I Could Tell You
Perfomer: Christy Frye
It's Time For Roses
Performer: Terri Allen
Puttin' On Some Feathers
Performers: Terri Allen, Pamela Jackson,
Lonny Smith, Dorian Woodruff
Why Haven't I Heard From You?
Performers: George Fulginiti-Shakar & Alex Tang
Dane Vannatter sings
“I’m Seeing My Children For Christmas”
on HOLIDAY HEART
Chris Coleman sings
"It's Time for Roses" as the
title song on his CD
Dane Vannatter sings
"Sooner Than Someday" on
ME & MY FRIENDS: THE
SONGS OF BOB LEVY
Lua Hadar sings
"It's Time For Roses" on
IT'S ABOUT TIME
Robyn Spangler sings
"Every Time I Look At You,
I Fall in Love Again" on
ON A LIQUID AFTERNOON
Nancy Stearns sings “An Ordinary Day” on A WISH
CABARET SHOWCASES FEATURING DENNIS' SONGS
"ASCAP-MAC Songwriters Showcase"
(New York, four times)
"TRU Faces Cabaret"
"Annual Songwriter Series"
(New York, three times)
"Cabaret Songwriters Showcase"
(Boston, two times)
"Stop The Presses!"
(Washington, DC, two times)
"Boston Sings Boston"
(Boston, three times)
"New Voices @ CUA: Festival of New Vocal Music" (hosted by the student
chapter of SCI at the School of Music of The Catholic University of America,
"Something's Coming" (Boston)
Dennis has received the ASCAPLUS Award multiple times under a program based on the most recent performance history of an ASCAP member's catalog
"Get Out On Your Own", in the original version provided here (revised later), placed second in the Jazz Category of the 8th Annual Billboard World Song Contest
"My Lucky Day", in the original version provided here (revised later), received an Honorable Mention in the Jazz Category of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest
"It's Time For Roses" placed third in the Open Category of the Portland (Oregon) Songwriters Association
THE CRETACEOUS CABARET, a children's musical, received an Honorable Mention in the Jackie White Memorial National Children's Play Writing Contest (sponsored by South Carolina's Columbia Entertainment Company)
"My Lucky Day", in the original version provided here (revised later), received an Honorable Mention in the Jazz Category of the 12th Billboard World Song Contest
"The Stories In My Mind" was an Austin Songwriters Group finalist in the category for voice and one instrument
QUOTES FROM THE CRITICS
“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”