The recent dating history of middle school choir teacher James Levy — pronounced “levee” — can perhaps best be expressed in song.
His long-term relationship came to the “End of the Road” (Boyz II Men), but he’s ready to check out of “Heartbreak Hotel” (Elvis Presley). “(His) Heart Will Go On” (Celine Dion), and he’s “Ready for Love” (india.arie) with someone who can learn, love, feel and move to the “Music of (His) Heart” (Gloria Estafan and NSYNC).
“A committed relationship is the ultimate goal,” he says.
Levy, 28, of Overland Park, is looking for a lady who is on his level.
“I’m a very passionate person about what I do and in everything I do, and I’m looking for someone who’s in that same mindset, has a passion or an interest or a hobby that they get a lot of happiness out of,” he says.
A musician — his tenor voice is his instrument — he is also the director and founder of KC A Cappella, a nonprofit group that provides educational and musical experiences for high school students around Kansas City. Its contemporary a cappella group is called Sound Proof. Think “Glee” meets “School of Rock” meets “High School Musical.”
“I have these goals and dreams I’m working for. … I’m looking for someone who can match that and have their own thing going, too,” he said.
His last relationship was a bit of a mismatch.
“We realized that we had different ideas about the future. It was a very adult and civilized breakup. It was hard and emotional, but we mutually ended it.”
Last fall he began “Searching” (Luther Vandross), “Looking for a New Love” (Jody Watley), but his experience has been anything but melodic.
“Sometimes I’m just introduced by mutual friends, and then there’s Tinder,” he says, “which led to some very interesting first and last dates.”
One woman talked about her divorce the entire date. Another used her engagement photo for her profile picture and burst into tears when he asked why.
“There’ve been some awkward moments.”
But enough about bad dates and past relationships. “Moving On” (Asking Alexandria).
His ideal first date? “Doing something that might be new or uncomfortable for both of us,” Levy says.
“First dates tend to feel like an interview process where you’re trying to figure out whether or not you’re going to ‘hire them on,’ ” he says with a laugh. “If we’re both doing something out of our comfort zone, we’ll be prone to be more vulnerable.”
In his spare time, Levy goes to the pool and travels. “This summer I’m directing a production with Theater in the Park.”
But he’s totally ready to save “Time in a Bottle” (Jim Croce) just to spend it with you.
“Sometimes people can see me as someone who is always going, always involved, always at a 10 — trying to be loud and comical,” Levy says. “But once they get to know me, they know that I do have a very calm side, and I can be emotional and deep.”
Let him show you. Hit James up at LevyJamesM@Gmail.com.
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