ABOUT THIS ALBUM
THE STORIES IN MY MIND presents the cabaret and jazz songs of Boston composer-lyricist Dennis Livingston, recorded live at a revue in New York’s Metropolitan Room. Performers included prominent cabaret vocalists Julie Reyburn, Scott Coulter (Director), Kenneth Gartman (Music Director/Pianist), Christina Connors and Alex Goley, along with Matt Scharfglass on bass and guitar.
The CD retains the order in which songs appeared in the show, where the director selected pieces that could be woven into a simple storyline about the evolution of relationships between two couples, framed by the opening and closing numbers devoted to the importance of stories in our lives.
One sequence runs from the romance that blossoms between a guy with “Too Many Books!” (Scott) who meets Julie in a bookstore in “It’s Time For Roses,” leading to a marriage proposal in “When You Smile At Me,” putting the children to bed with “The Other Side Of The Moon,” ending in the prospects for Scott of new family arrangements after a divorce in “I’m Seeing My Children For Christmas.”
A second sequence follows another couple (Christina and Alex) who meet in a park in “My Lucky Day,” segueing to Alex and his friends talking about life in Boston, then Alex’s frustrated attempts to get in touch with Christina more often in “Why Haven’t I Heard From You?”, to the breakup that occurs in “We’re Just Better Off Apart.” In time, Christina establishes a more long-lasting relationship with Kenneth, expressed in “Every Time I Look At You, I Fall In Love Again” and “The Path To My Kingdom,” a lullaby for their child.
Videos of this production can be seen at www.youtube.com/user/denislivingstonsongs
Lyrics to each song are included at each respective individual song page.
Piano-vocal sheet music in PDF format is available by request, at no cost, for any song from email@example.com.
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TRACK SINGERS, DESCRIPTIONS & INDIVIDUAL VIDEOS
1. The Stories In My Mind: Kenneth Gartman & Company
All kids imagine themselves having adventures, but making up stories in your mind can be a survival tactic if you’re particularly shy and bookish – until you discover others with whom to share your tales.
Watch a performance of this song from the original Stories revue at youtu.be/PQ72fY1xi-4
2. Too Many Books!: Company
An uptempo, jazzy comic number about the perils of collecting more books than can be crammed into too small a living space; the chorus veers into opera parody.
Watch a performance of this song from the original Stories revue at youtu.be/iImRcTuagKM
3. It’s Time For Roses: Julie Reyburn
A lyrical, sensuous ballad narrated from the point of view of a shy, bookish individual, finally driven to make a commitment – almost in spite of him or herself - to someone who cannot be lost.
Watch a performance of this song from the original Stories revue at youtu.be/p-_SfVmXVPs
4. My Lucky Day: Alex Goley
An upbeat comic, patter song about a person who wonders just how lucky he or she has to be to meet someone special. An increasingly bizarre series of circumstances points the way.
Watch a performance of this song from the original Stories revue at youtu.be/RV3lVSAvRpI
5. Springtime In Boston: Kenneth Gartman, Scott Coulter, Alex Goley
Boston gets a musical tribute in this song set to uptempo Latin rhythms and witty local references about why it’s worth enduring winter for a short, but glorious, spring.
Watch a performance of this song from the original Stories revue at youtu.be/1217gpptIs8
6. When You Smile At Me: Julie Reyburn, Scott Coulter
Lyrics by Bob Levy
In this sweet and simple rumba, one person in a couple proposes marriage, in effect, to the other over the course of the song
Watch a performance of this song from the original Stories revue at youtu.be/3T21J41j1ss
7. Why Haven’t I Heard From You?: Alex Goley
Lyrics by Bob Levy
A dark tango about problems of modern communications. So many ways to get in touch – but what if the person on the other end doesn’t want your attention?
Watch a performance of this song from the original Stories revue at youtu.be/eMHrgHTmq24
8. We’re Just Better Off Apart: Christina Connors
A classic blues number that applies a contemporary bite to dealing with an affair that’s reached a dead end.
Watch a performance of this song from the original Stories revue at youtu.be/WzzlspqYV8o
9. The Path To My Kingdom: Christina Connors, Kenneth Gartman
Lyrics adapted from words placed on a 19th century Shaker “spirit” drawing are set to a lilting, hymn-like original melody treated here as a lullaby.
Watch a performance of this song from the original Stories revue at youtu.be/pvtchJutRNI
10. The Other Side Of The Moon: Julie Reyburn
A sly children’s bedtime story, set to a marching beat and bossa nova chorus, about three cats who climb up a spider’s web to have a picnic on the side of the moon we never see, where they find a grand surprise.
Watch a performance of this song from the original Stories revue at youtu.be/4DgmLEpuuS4
11. I’m Seeing My Children For Christmas: Scott Coulter
Midtempo storysong about a divorced parent at Christmas time - funny, sad, serious and nothing but the truth about what goes in many "blended" families during the holidays.
Watch a performance of this song from the original Stories revue at youtu.be/OWm3s-Caxt0
12. Every Time I Look At You, I Fall In Love Again: Christina Connors
An uptempo, knowing love song presented from the perspective of a married man or woman about what it really takes to make a long-term relationship of any genders work over the years.
Watch a performance of this song from the original Stories revue at youtu.be/IhiQxK9wmp0
13. An Ordinary Day: Company
Written in response to 9/11, the song is a reminder of the commonplace miracles of everyday life that we habitually take for granted in the expectation that each day will be “ordinary” – until it isn’t.
Watch a performance of this song from the original Stories revue at youtu.be/5Bf4yFtRMMM
14. Puttin’ On Some Feathers: Company
A soaring gospel song about the need to make your life anew when challenged by a world of rapid and often devastating change. You never know what tomorrow will bring.
Watch a performance of this song from the original Stories revue at youtu.be/nBFneCmBgF4
DENNIS LIVINGSTON BIO
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. A touch of the blues here, a deeply felt ballad there, the sudden breakout of a samba or tango, a chorus that echoes the 19th century art song – you never know what’s around the corner in these musical tales of life in our time.
My work has been performed by leading cabaret and jazz singers throughout the country and abroad, as well as in showcases held by ASCAP, the American Popular Song Society, Theater Resources Unlimited, the Washington, DC, Cabaret Network and the Boston Association of Cabaret Artists. Commercial albums that have featured by songs include releases by Chris Coleman (IT’S TIME FOR ROSES), Lua Hadar (IT’S ABOUT TIME), Dane Vannatter (ME & MY BEST FRIENDS: THE SONGS OF BOB LEVY), Robyn Spangler (ON A LIQUID AFTERNOON) and Nancy Stearns (A WISH).
In addition to my songwriting, I currently perform on flute with The Alchemists, a group of Boston-area jazz musicians devoted to the art of improvised music. We released our first CD, Potions, in 2015, available at Bandcamp - thealchemists1.bandcamp.com