News & Views Thursday, June 30, 2016

Category: Popular Music

First 50 Songs You Should Strum on Guitar 15 June, 2016

00148996recommended by Barb M., Keyboard and Folk Music Specialist

Are you looking for something fun to strum this summer? “First 50 Songs You Should Strum on Guitar” is stuffed full with fifty popular songs, old and new! Songs include “Soul Sister,” “Good Riddance,” “Rocky Mountain High,” “Maggie May,” “Mull of Kintyre,” and more. Whether you play for your own pleasure, or you like to play for singalongs, this book will keep you happily occupied for hours.

For more information about this songbook or other sheet music for popular guitar, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website, http://www.stantons.com. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Author:
Barb M. has worked in the Keyboard Department at Stanton’s since 1981. An active folk musician in the Columbus area, Barb also works with ensembles at her church and plays in the Columbus State Concert Band. In her spare time, Barb loves working with animals and computer games.


Why Does Copyright Law Matter? 01 June, 2016

copyrightrespectfully offered by Dan C., Orchestra Music Specialist

If you are reading this, you are probably a musician or associate with musicians. When you are a musician or hang with musicians, you begin to think that everyone is probably involved in music in one way or another. But, we musicians are really a fairly finite group of people.

It has been speculated that if you were to gather all people in the United States who make their living in the music industry (whether creating it, performing it, recording it, writing it, teaching it, publishing it, selling it, making and repairing instruments that play it etc), you would end up with about the same amount of people as are employed by the Kellogg’s Company – you know, the cereal and snack food folks. Yeah – a pretty finite group!

It seems unlikely that anyone involved in this tight-knit music community would intentionally keep their fellow musicians from trying to make a living. And yet, that’s what you do when you copy sheet music without permission. Sheet music is property – like a trumpet, violin or a microphone – but it’s intellectual property, which can be a bit nebulous. Basically, only the Copyright Holder has the “right” to “copy” their work. When you copy music without permission from the copyright holder, you are actually stealing it.

When you copy music without a second thought, that means the music is not being sold. Consequently, the music retailer and all their employees lose income, the music publisher and all their employees lose income, and, perhaps most tragically, the composer loses income. Your fellow musicians are being deprived of their ability to make a living.

So not only are you breaking the law by copying music, you are keeping your brothers and sisters in this finite musical community from doing what they love to do: be a musician. If they can’t make a living at it, they may have to leave and do something else. And the musical world becomes an even smaller place.

So don’t copy music without permission – it’s not only illegal, it’s immoral. Let’s make sure the livelihood of our music community is secure so we can all continue to make music – that thing we love to do!

For more information on what you can and cannot do when it comes to copyright, check out these books on the subject:
Copyright Basics by Joel Leach
The Teacher’s Guide to Music, Media, and Copyright Law by James Frankel
Music Copyright Law by Moser & Slay
Music Publishing: The Complete Guide by Steve Winogradsky

About the Author:
Dan C. has worked at Stanton’s since 1979, primarily with orchestra music and print promotions. A “working” musician, he’s a classical cellist, a rock & jazz bassist and a folk & country guitarist/singer. His free time is spent with family or reading, gardening, cycling and working puzzles. His series of musical puzzles (RP3 Rebus Puzzle Picture People) can be found on the Stanton’s Facebook page each Sunday. He also has a reputation as a pretty good joke teller. Seriously.


Top Country Hits of 2015-2016 15 April, 2016

00156297This collection of fourteen top country hits includes songs performed by current artists such as Little Big Town, Sam Hunt, Luke Bryan, and Keith Urban. Some of the songs in this collection are: “Like a Wrecking Ball,” “(Smooth As) Tennessee Whiskey,” and “Burning House.” If you’ve been trying to figure out the words or some of the chord progressions to any of these songs, this book will answer all your questions. Check it out!

For more information about this collection or others like it, call us at 800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website at http://www.stantons.com. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

 

 

 

 

 

 


Stanton’s E-Tools: Digital Delivery 08 April, 2016

digital deliveryThe amazing staff at Stanton’s knows how valuable your time is. That’s why we try to provide you with as many tools as we can to make choosing music easier, faster and more enjoyable! In this series of blog posts, we will be profiling our E-tools. Whether you are a local customer here in Columbus, OH or one of our many friends around the world, we hope you will find a way to use our E-tools!

It’s happened to all of us: You have a rehearsal or a performance coming up in a few days (or a few hours!) and you’ve lost your music; it’s they day before a competition, and your judges’ copies are nowhere to be found; you desperately need something new and fresh for your church choir to start on tonight. In many cases, Stanton’s Digital Delivery can come to your rescue!

Using the Digital Delivery website, you can purchase thousands of titles and print them at home on your home computer within minutes. In addition, many popular sheets (including pop, Broadway, country, etc) can be transposed to the key of your choosing, so you’ll always be able to have piece in a comfortable range for you. Lead lines can also be transposed for instruments such as trumpet, clarinet, saxophone and French horn. Many titles are available in convenient PDF format, so they’re ready to use right on your tablet!

You can access our Digital Delivery site directly by clicking here, where you can browse options for bands, orchestradigital delivery printers, choirs, and solos for many different instruments. You can also use the regular Stanton’s website, where titles available for Digital Delivery have a printer icon next to their descriptions. Clicking on that icon will take you directly to that item’s page on the Digital Delivery website, where you can purchase and print.

For questions about how to use the Stanton’s Digital Delivery Site, please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-42-MUSIC or visit us online or in person!

Click here for more in the Stanton’s E-Tools series!


The Songs of Cole and Johnson Brothers 25 March, 2016

Many of us are familiar with “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing,” a poem written by James Weldon Johnson, and set to music composed by his brother, J. Rosamond Johnson. It’s the official song of the NAACP, and sometimes it is known as the “Black National Anthem.” Did you know that they, and a friend Bob Cole, wrote some of the most popular songs used in Broadway shows, vaudeville, and by popular solo singers in the early 1900s? They also wrote their own songs for their act on the vaudeville circuit, and wrote and starred in their own operettas. Between 1900 and 1905, these three African-American men were the most popular songwriters in America.

This collection of sheet music00148619 by this important historic trio contains thirty-six of their songs. As you peruse the table of contents, or read through the lyrics, remember that these songs were written and performed by black men in a different time and place. The songs reflect their own time and place. Some few of the songs have been performed consistently through the years: “Under the Bamboo Tree” and “Congo Love Song” are among these. It is well worth knowing about these men, and learning some of their songs.

For more information about this collection, or anything else you may be interested in, please call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website, http://www.stantons.com. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


New POPS for Spring 15 February, 2016

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

If you’re planning a concert of popular music with your choir this spring, we’ve got some great recommendations for you! Lighter repertoire is a fun option for end-of-year concerts, but don’t forget to find some good musical challenges for your students as well – you want to showcase all the progress they’ve made throughout the school year!

FOR HIGH SCHOOL CHOIRS
Fight Song arr. Roger Emerson
This anthem from Rachel Platten has become a summer favorite! Now sing it with your own choirs – it’s infectious!

Geronimo arr. Roger Emerson
From the Australian pop band Sheppard, this uplifting song has a driving rhythm fused with folk elements and powerful vocals for great dramatic impact and mainstream appeal.

Truly Brave arr. Mac Huff
“Truly Brave” is a special mash-up of two great songs: “Brave” and “True Colors.” As a part of the NBC Today Show’s “Shine a Light” series, Hoda Kotb brought together Sara Bareilles and Cyndi Lauper to create this arrangement and to raise money and awareness for pediatric cancer. Most importantly, it captures the heart-breaking strength and live-for-the-moment attitudes that these kids with cancer have.

FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL CHOIRS
Budapest arr. Mac Huff
George Ezra’s popular tune is now in a choral format for students to enjoy. The infectious “oohs” in this song will be fun to sing, and would even work as a good warm up!

Homeward Bound arr. Roger Emerson
This iconic song by Paul Simon from the 1966 Simon & Garfunkel album Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme was also a hit single that same year. With lyrics that express loneliness and longing for home and well-loved and familiar harmonies, choirs will enjoy recreating the sound of an earlier era.

Sweet Home Chicago arr. Roger Emerson
Introduce your young singers to the blues with this Robert Johnson classic from 1937, memorably covered by The Blues Brothers. With the shuffle style rhythm, vocal fall-offs and accessible jazz harmonies, learning opportunities abound!

FOR WOMEN’S CHOIRS
It’s the Girls (Medley) arr. Mac Huff
From the Bette Midler album of the same name, this 5-minute medley of hits is a salute to the super girls’ groups of the past! Songs include: Be My Baby (the Ronettes), One Fine Day (The Chiffons), Tell Him (The Exciters).

Let Me In arr. David Kirkendall
Emmy Award-winning composer Kurt Bestor, best known for “Prayer of the Children,” teamed with Sam Cardon on this hauntingly beautiful selection. Flowing vocal lines, moving lyrics, and an optional violin obbligato combine to make this a new favorite.

FOR MEN’S CHOIRS
Drift Away arr. Kirby Shaw
Now available in an irresistible a cappella setting that echoes its roots, this song shot to the top of the charts in 1973 with strong lyrics and great hook, “Give me the beat, boys and free my soul.”

The Impossible Dream arr. Mark Hayes
Inspirational lyrics, a lush accompaniment, and well-crafted vocal harmonies. What more could you ask from this thrilling new arrangement by Mark Hayes? A real tour de force that is equally moving with either the full piano accompaniment or the complete orchestration.

For more suggestions, click here to view our complete School Choral promotion for Spring 2016, or contact us!

About the Author:
Jen Sper has been with Stanton’s since 2006. A former middle school and high school choral director, she holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin Wallace College Conservatory of Music. An active choral singer and accompanist throughout the Central Ohio area, she also enjoys good food, running (to counteract the good food…) and the Muppets.


Selections from “Final Fantasy” 01 February, 2016

00148699“Selections from Final Fantasy” is a collection of intermediate  piano arrangements of twelve favorite themes from one of the most popular video games in the world. “Theme of Love” is well arranged, it still has the light, lyrical feel of the video game version.  “The Prelude” can be found in several places on Youtube.  Different people have tried to transcribe it.  The transcription in this collection is done well.  No more guesswork!  Pick up a copy of this gem, and enjoy yourself playing the music! For more information, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website.  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


First 50 Songs (You Should Play on Ukulele) 29 January, 2016

00149250recommended by Barb M., Keyboard and Folk Music Specialist

This book, “First 50 Songs You Should Play on Ukulele,” is a one-of-a-kind collection. It includes “Both Sides Now” by Judy Collins, “Blowin’ in the Wind” by Bob Dylan, “Hey, Soul Sister” by Train, “The Rainbow Connection” from “The Muppet Movie,” “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz,  and more. This collection includes songs from a wide range of artists covering the decades from the 1960s to now. From the Beatles and the Eagles to Train and Jason Mraz, this collection covers a lot of songs and a period of decades. There is something to please everyone in this book, with folk, pop, country and rock songs in abundance.

For more information about this ukulele collection or others, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website, http://www.stantons.com.  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Author:
Barb M. has worked in the Keyboard Department at Stanton’s since 1981. An active folk musician in the Columbus area, Barb also works with ensembles at her church and plays in the Columbus State Concert Band. In her spare time, Barb loves working with animals and computer games.


Southern Rock; 30 Classics 07 November, 2015

00139043This collection, “Southern Rock Greatest Hits“, includes thirty classic Southern rock songs in PVG format. (Written for piano, vocal, and guitar chords.) In this collection are “Black Betty”, (Ram Jam), with new words and new music adaptation by Huddie Ledbetter; ” The Devil Went Down to Georgia” by the Charlie Daniels Band, “Fooled Around and Fell in Love”  by Elvin Bishop,  “Susie-Q” by Creedence Clearwater Revival, “Free Bird” by Lynyrd Skynyrd and more.  If you love classic Southern rock, this is the collection for you!  Renew your acquaintance with your favorite songs.  For more information about this collection of sheet music or other, similar collections, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our web site, http://www.stantons.com.  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs.


Is It Halloween, Already????? 30 September, 2015

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recommended by Barb M., Keyboard and Folk Music Specialist

No, it isn’t Halloween, already. It’s just that we musicians need to start practicing before a holiday occurs, so we have to start earlier than everyone else. For music teachers, it’s time to start students on their Halloween recital pieces. Stanton’s has Halloween piano pieces at every level, from primer to advanced. Many pieces are available as  single title sheets, while some are found in collections. Keep in mind that many advanced classical pieces for piano that we traditionally associate  with Halloween can be played throughout the year, including “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” by Dukas, used in Disney’s”Fantasia,” and “Funeral March of a Marionette” by Charles Gounod.

For more information about this holiday music, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Author:

Barb M. has worked in the Keyboard Department at Stanton’s since 1981. An active folk musician in the Columbus area, Barb also works with ensembles at her church and plays in the Columbus State Concert Band. In her spare time, Barb loves working with animals and computer games.


Pentatonix for Choir 25 September, 2015

d747565199b4aa8388b50c766d38f5fe.650x430x1by Jen Sper, School Choral Specialist

With their unique arrangement style, tight vocal harmonies, and creative cover performances, Pentatonix is one of the most exciting a cappella groups around. After winning the third season of “The Sing-Off,” they have made masterful use of social media in expanding their fan base and distributing their music. Even if YOU haven’t heard of them, you can be sure that your students HAVE!

“But my ensemble isn’t quite ready for arrangements this difficult…,” or “I don’t know anything about vocal percussion!” you may say. Don’t worry! Here are some options based on the signature PTX arrangements – perform them entirely a cappella for the most authentic experience, or use the optional accompaniments and CDs for added support.

Save the World/Don’t You Worry Child arr. Mark Brymer – an accessible setting of the mash-up by Swedish House Mafia, available SATB, SAB and SSA

Rather Be arr. Mark Brymer – vocal showcase from Clean Bandit, available SATB, SAB and SSAA

Let It Go arr. Roger Emerson – the epic single from “Frozen,” available SATB, SAB and SSA

Silent Night arr. Roger Emerson – a unique arrangement of the beloved carol, available SATB, SAB and SSA

That’s Christmas to Me arr. Mark Brymer – a Pentatonix holiday original, available SATB, SAB and SSAA

White Winter Hymnal arr. Alan Billingsley – this Fleet Foxes cover uses creative body percussion, available SATB, SAB and SSAA

About the Author:
Jen Sper has been with Stanton’s since 2006. A former middle school and high school choral director, she holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin Wallace College Conservatory of Music. An active choral singer and accompanist throughout the Central Ohio area, she also enjoys good food, running (to counteract the good food…) and the Muppets.


The Devil Went Down to Georgia 01 July, 2015

00352933On July 21, 1979, “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” hit the Billboard pop chart at #3  and stayed there for twelve weeks.  Charlie Daniels fiddled, and he and the band sang about Johnny winning a gold fiddle from the devil in a heck of a fiddle contest.  It’s a workout on the fiddle, and worth the practice.  This sheet music for violin and piano includes chords for guitar.  Sometimes the piano and/or guitar get the spotlight, sometimes the narrator gets the spotlight, and of course the fiddle gets a good bit of the spotlight. So order a copy and get ready to show off!  Give us a call if you have questions about this sheet music at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website.  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs.

 


Mister Tambourine Man 24 June, 2015

0032225600701550On June 5, 1965, Bob Dylan’s song, “Mister Tambourine Man“, performed by The Byrds , hit number one on the Billboard charts and stayed there for ten weeks.  People still love to sing that classic hit, whether in a coffeehouse setting or any other group setting.  It is in a guitar book, “Greatest 60’s Rock Guitar“, and it’s in a piano/vocal book (with guitar chords), “Early Rock Hits“. Whether you sing along or play along, it’s campfire and singing time weather!  So entertain yourself and others!  Get one of these collections of classic rock sheet music, and sing the night away. For more information about these collections or other similar collections, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website.  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


Pop Song of the Month: May 22 May, 2015

00702196On  May 10th of 1980, Bob Seger’s song, “Against the Wind” hit the radio waves.  It maintained the #5 spot for eleven weeks in a row.  It is still one of the best-known songs by Bob Seger.  Therefore, it is no surprise that we can still find “Against the Wind” in print.  “The Best of Bob Seger” is a book of sheet music for easy guitar containing eighteen Seger hits, including “Against the Wind”.  Reacquaint yourself with some classic rock!  For more information about this music, or other personality collections for guitar, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com. or visit our website. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


Top Country Hits of 2014-2015 14 May, 2015

00142574Top Country Hits of 2014-2015 contains fourteen current country hits. Top country artists are represented;  Kenny Chesney‘s “American Kids”, Miranda Lambert‘s  “Somethin’ Bad”, Rascal Flatts‘ “Payback”, and Carrie Underwood‘s powerful “Something in the Water“, plus ten more.  Guitar chords are included in this book of country sheet music.  So sit down at the piano, or pick up your guitar, and play!  For more information about this songbook or others, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website.  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs.


A World Without Led Zeppelin??? (Nooooo!!!!!!!!) 04 May, 2015

OK, if you don’t like rock music, that’s fine.  If you do like rock music, especially classic rock music, you have 00-42832to like Led Zeppelin at least a little.  Their music has always been available for sale on whatever recording medium has been current, and their printed music has never been out of print. That’s not bad for a group that only performed for about twelve years!   Jimmy Page and Robert Plant wrote timeless rock classics for their band. Along with John Paul Jones and John Bonham, they were one of the most innovative, influential, and successful rock bands in history.  This collection of sheet music for guitar, “Led Zeppelin, Acoustic Classics“, is from the Authentic Guitar Tab Edition line produced by Alfred.  There are fifteen selections for guitar in this collection, including “Black Mountain Side“,  “Tangerine”, and “Hey, Hey What Can I Do“. For more information about this collection or other Led Zeppelin sheet music, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website.  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


The Firewatcher’s Daughter, Brandi Carlile 30 April, 2015

00143233The Firewatcher’s Daughter“, by Brandi Carlile, is the newest release by this talented artist.  iTunes gives this album high marks for energy and creativity.  Every song is different from the one before it.  “The Firewatcher’s Daughter”  album shows off the talent and diversity of this artist.  Give the whole album a good listen, then check out this new book of guitar sheet music that matches the album.  The collection includes standard notation,  guitar chords and lyrics.  Some songs have tablature included. For more information about this collection or other sheet music you have an interest in, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website.  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


Selections from “Violet” 21 April, 2015

00130743Violet” is a musical about the journey of a young woman searching for a faith healer to restore her scarred face.  This musical won The Drama  Critics’ Circle Award when it premiered off Broadway in 1997.  In 2014, the revival of “Violet” was nominated for the Tony AwardJeanine Tesori, (also the composer for the music for “Shrek the Musical“, plus others),  has written another great score for this wonderful story of how a young woman finds healing of a different kind.  Sit down at the piano and play and sing, or listen to your CD of this musical  and follow along with this song book.  For more information about this collection of sheet music or other Broadway collections, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website at http://www.stantons.com.  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


Happy Birthday, Henry Mancini! 16 April, 2015

00-35259Even though we lost Henry Mancini on June 14, 1994, his music lives on.  We still enjoy hearing and playing movie favorites “Baby Elephant Walk” , “Moon River”  and “Pink Panther“, among many others. The “Songs of Henry Mancini“, from Alfred Music Publishing, includes fifteen movie and TV favorites for early advanced piano solo or vocal solo.  Henry Mancini was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1924. Over his career, he was presented with two Emmy awards, four Academy awards, and twenty Grammy awards. We are likely to enjoy his music for years to come.  For more information about this collection or other, similar collections, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website at http://www.stantons.com.  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

 


New! Decade Series, 1920s to the 2000s 03 April, 2015

00137601New from Hal Leonard is an updated series of nine Decade song collections, beginning with the 1920s and continuing to the 2000s. Each collection of popular sheet music includes dozens of the best hits from each decade.  The spine is bound so it is easy to keep the book open without having to break the back.  Each volume also includes “Online Audio Backing Tracks“. This means that no matter which book you get, you have access to backing tracks for all the songs in that book.  Whether you just want the fun of singing along, or you need to have the backing tracks, you can do it! Check out this newly released series! You can contact us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website.  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs.