Songs are listed in alphabetical order. Below each title you have the options to PLAY THIS SONG, READ THE LYRICS & in many cases, WATCH A VIDEO.

Click a song title to go to an individual song page. Here you can see performance information about the song, including its length, genre, keys & a description of what it's about, as well as videos, original demo recordings, links to commercial CDs covering the song & press comments. Contact Dennis to request free sheet music in any key.

A Song Theme Index follows the song list. Take a look if you're seeking songs to fit particular show themes or genres, such as Love/Relationships, Jazz, Duets, Christmas & Comic.



SONGS:

A MISTY DAY IN ISTANBUL
Midtempo, moody ballad about the breakup of an affair in a city rife with images of the dustbin of history.

AN ORDINARY DAY
Thoughtful piece on the commonplace miracles that stitch together what we take for granted as ordinary days.
Watch a Video

bullet BLESS OUR HOME AT HANUKKAH Words by Bob Levy
A new Hanukkah song written in a traditional style, hymn-like and serious in tone, it honors the custom of lighting the candles of the menorah in memory of an ancient war that preserved Jewish freedom.

BROOKLINE WASSAIL
Four-part harmony holiday piece, with lyrics geared to charity fund-raising events.

DANGEROUS WOMEN Words by Bob Levy & Dennis Livingston Music by Bob Levy
The song is a rumba with a tango chorus that slyly celebrates those irresistibly seductive, perilous tempters found in pop culture, literature or real life whose allure may beckon for a time until you get singed. Besides the recording heard at Play This Song, two additional takes – a ballad and a playful midtempo kinda reggae – may be heard at the separate page for this song (click on the title).

EVERY TIME I LOOK AT YOU, I FALL IN LOVE AGAIN
Up tempo love song about what makes a relationship really work.
Watch a Video

GET OUT ON YOUR OWN
Hard-driving comic piece that reveals what a 21st century Fairy Godmother might tell Cinderella.
Watch a Video

IF I COULD TELL YOU
A mid-tempo song that uses varied musical styles in a setting of W.H. Auden’s poem about the power of Time to take away all that we cherish.
Watch a Video

I WANT IT ALL BACK Words by Trent Walker
A soulful, blues number with a moderate swing tempo about the longing to restore a relationship that’s ended.

I WISH I COULD WRITE A SIMPLE SONG
Driving jazz comic number on how to write a song.

I'M SEEING MY CHILDREN FOR CHRISTMAS
Midtempo story-song about a divorced parent at Christmas time.
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IT'S TIME FOR ROSES
Romantic ballad about finally making a commitment.
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MY LUCKY DAY
Upbeat jazz comic song on how lucky you have to be to meet someone special.
Watch a Video

MY NEVER ENDING DREAM Words by Bob Levy
A sentimental ballad with a theme that is at once traditional and contemporary.

PANTHALASSA
Contemplative art song about life in the prehistoric world-ocean.

bullet PUTTIN' ON SOME FEATHERS
An upbeat, secular gospel song suitable as a solo or choral piece about the need to make your life anew when challenged by a world of rapid & often devastating change.
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SOONER THAN SOMEDAY Words by Bob Levy, Music by Dennis Livingston
This danceable rumba provides the backdrop for the frustrated musings of someone impatient for a friendship to become something more.

SPECIAL ORDERS NO. 191
Midtempo Civil War tale about a series of chance events in 1862 whose consequences played a large role in the North's victory over the South.

SPRINGTIME IN BOSTON
Uptempo Latin number about why it’s worth enduring winter for the short, but glorious spring in the beautiful city by the Charles.
Watch a Video

SUCH A CURIOUS FEELING
A romantic, uptempo comic song set to a bossa beat that asks: is love just a matter of brain chemistry?
Watch a Video

THANK YOU FOR TAKING THE CAT
Very offbeat gospel number about a dead cat, our place in the universe and a parent's prayer.

THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MOON
A marching/bossa nova bedtime story about the strange adventures of three cats.
Watch a Video

THE PATH TO MY KINGDOM
Words placed on a mid-19th century Shaker “spirit” drawing by Polly Ann Reed are set to a lilting, original melody in versions for either voice with piano accompaniment or a capella.
Watch a Video

THE STORIES IN MY MIND
Mid tempo story-song about a kid whose love of reading sets him apart from most of his peers.
Watch a Video

THE STORYTELLER
Midtempo art song about Lewis Carroll and his young muse, the real Alice.

bullet THE WEAVERS' SONG
A midtempo duet with the air of a folk tale in which a couple prepares to set up shop for a new day of weaving and selling goods.
Play this songRead the Lyrics

TOO MANY BOOKS!
An uptempo, jazz comic number about the perils of collecting too many books for shelving in a city apartment that’s too small to hold them.
Watch a Video

bullet WE’RE JUST BETTER OFF APART
A classic blues number that applies a contemporary bite to dealing with an affair that’s reached a dead end.
Watch a Video
bullet WHAT DO I KNOW? Words by Bob Levy
An uptempo swing-jazz number about a clueless person who has no idea why the one he loves has gone away. Besides the recording heard at Play This Song, an alternative version with a Latin beat may be heard at the separate page for this song (click on the title).
Play This SongRead the Lyrics
bullet WHEN YOU SMILE AT ME Words by Bob Levy
In this sweet and simple rumba, one partner, in effect, proposes marriage to the other over the course of the song.
Play This SongRead the Lyrics Watch a Video
WHY HAVEN'T I HEARD FROM YOU? Words by Bob Levy
In this midtempo tango, a person wonders why the object of his affection is not responding to his communications via every gadget available.

SONG THEME INDEX:

Duets
EVERY TIME I LOOK AT YOU, I FALL IN LOVE AGAIN
SOONER THAN SOMEDAY

SPECIAL ORDERS NO. 191

THE PATH TO MY KINGDOM
THE WEAVERS' SONG

Love/Relationships/Valentine
A MISTY DAY IN ISTANBUL
DANGEROUS WOMEN
EVERY TIME I LOOK AT YOU, I FALL IN LOVE AGAIN
I WANT IT ALL BACK
IT'S TIME FOR ROSES
MY LUCKY DAY
MY NEVER ENDING DREAM
SOONER THAN SOMEDAY
SUCH A CURIOUS FEELING
WE’RE JUST BETTER OFF APART
WHAT DO I KNOW?
WHEN YOU SMILE AT ME
WHY HAVEN'T I HEARD FROM YOU?


Jazz & Blues
MY LUCKY DAY
WE’RE JUST BETTER OFF APART
WHAT DO I KNOW?

Choral Pieces (SATB)
BROOKLINE WASSAIL
PUTTIN' ON SOME FEATHERS

Childhood/Growing Up
THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MOON
THE STORIES IN MY MIND

Christmas
BROOKLINE WASSAIL
I'M SEEING MY CHILDREN FOR CHRISTMAS
THE PATH TO MY KINGDOM

Cities/Urban Life
A MISTY DAY IN ISTANBUL
SPRINGTIME IN BOSTON
TOO MANY BOOKS!

Comic
DANGEROUS WOMEN
GET OUT ON YOUR OWN
I WISH I COULD WRITE A SIMPLE SONG
MY LUCKY DAY
SUCH A CURIOUS FEELING
TOO MANY BOOKS!
WHY HAVEN'T I HEARD FROM YOU?

Science
PANTHALASSA
SUCH A CURIOUS FEELING
The following numbers from THE CRETACEOUS CABARET (at Musicals Page) can be done as standalone science songs
WHAT THE BONES DON’T SHOW
THE AGE OF REPTILES
EXTINCTION IS A TERRIBLE THING
PUTTIN’ ON SOME FEATHERS

Feminism
GET OUT ON YOUR OWN
WE’RE JUST BETTER OFF APART

History
SPECIAL ORDERS NO. 191

Inspirational/Spirituality
AN ORDINARY DAY
BLESS OUR HOME AT HANUKKAH
PUTTIN' ON SOME FEATHERS (same tune, but very different version from the one included under Science)
THANK YOU FOR TAKING THE CAT
THE PATH TO MY KINGDOM

Literature/Books

IF I COULD TELL YOU
THE STORIES IN MY MIND
THE STORYTELLER
TOO MANY BOOKS!


Songwriting/Performance
I WISH I COULD WRITE A SIMPLE SONG

Work
THE WEAVERS' SONG



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