News & Views Monday, December 22, 2014

Category: Popular Music

Dreamin’ of a White Christmas 17 December, 2014

00313165Stanton’s stocks “White Christmas” movie vocal selections for the season! Of course the classic song “White Christmas” came from this movie, but can you name one or two other songs from this movie that are also well known? How about “Sisters” or “Blue Skies”? The song “White Christmas” was the biggest hit in the history of 20th century pop music. The recording sold more than any other song for the next fifty years. We still hear and sing “White Christmas” all season. If you aren’t familiar with the movie, rent the DVD, sit back with this book of sheet music for the songs, and sing along! For more information about this music, or other Christmas music, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, write us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


Stanton’s Staff Favorites: Christmas Albums – Take 2 09 December, 2014

by Ken Tilger, Band Education Specialist –

A few years ago, I wrote a post featuring favorite Christmas albums for 3 of our staff including myself. I decided to revisit the subject this year with 3 more staff members. Hopefully you’re getting into the holiday spirit, and you’ll find something new and different to add to your holiday playlist.  Feel free to share your favorites in the comments section – we’re always looking for something new to listen to, and Merry Christmas!

Amy – Bookkeeping & Shipping Specialist
A Charlie Brown Christmas – Vince Guaraldi Trio
Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas – Ella Fitzgerald
Harry for the Holidays – Harry Connick, Jr.

Judy – Pop & Keyboard Music Specialist
Christmas Themes – Jim Brickman (piano folio collection)
Glory in the Highest: Christmas Songs of Worship – Chris Tomlin
The Lost Christmas Eve – Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Still the Greatest Story Ever Told – Gaither Vocal Band

Rachel – Choral Music Specialist
Barenaked for the Holidays – The Barenaked Ladies
Bright Day Star – The Baltimore Consort
Christmas Caravan – Squirrel Nut Zippers
The Messiah – Chicago Symphony Orchestra & Chorus conducted by Sir Georg Solti, featuring Kiri Te Kanawa, Keith Lewis, Anne Gjevang, and Gwynne Howell
Sesame Street Christmas Sing-Along – Sesame Street Cast
White Christmas – Bing Crosby

About the Author:
Ken is a former band director, and has been with Stanton’s since 2004. All he wants for Christmas is a Pittsburgh Penguins tuque, Guardians of the Galaxy on blu-ray, and some heavy-duty outerwear so he can play in the snow with his son this winter!


Christmas Sheet Music 05 December, 2014

00490190Christmas sheet music for piano is always fun to have.  There are plenty of songs for PVG,  (piano, vocal, guitar), that can be played on the piano  or on the guitar.  The songs can be played by both piano and guitar while everybody sings, too.  Some titles are for piano solo on various levels, easy to advanced. Stanton’s has a lot of Christmas sheet music, also books of songs for everything from very easy piano to advanced, accordion to ukulele, and collections of Christmas solos for the band and orchestra instruments. There is a nice selection for  organists as well.  Browse our website to see what suits you best! Whether you play for fun, for friends or family, for church or for parties, you will find something that is just right for you.  Call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or check out our website, http://www.stantons.com.  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs.


Behind the Scenes: It’s That Time of Year… 04 December, 2014

by Ken Tilger, Band Education Specialist –

The holidays are already upon us. Thanksgiving has come and gone, and Christmas and Hanukkah are just around the corner. For the Stanton’s staff it means that convention season is also here! This winter we will be exhibiting (and selling!) music at music educators’ professional conferences in New York (NYSSMA), Michigan (MMC), Ohio (OMEA), Kentucky (KMEA), and, for the first time, The Midwest Clinic. These conferences are a great opportunity to talk shop directly with our expert staff, meet customers face-to-face that we may recognize by name (and voice!), and besides, it gets us out of the store! Ever wonder how our 6-8 booths of music get to your state conference? Check out the slideshow below to see how we pull, pack, and transport thousands of sheet music titles and accessory items, and if we’re exhibiting at your conference be sure to stop by the Stanton’s booth (under the big blue balloon) and say “hello”!

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About the Author:
Ken is a former band director, and has been with Stanton’s since 2004. All he wants for Christmas is a Pittsburgh Penguins tuque, Guardians of the Galaxy on blu-ray, and some heavy-duty outerwear so he can play in the snow with his son this winter!


Jason Mraz, YES! 07 November, 2014

00129729Jason Mraz released his most recent album, YES!, in July 2014.  It debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 chart.  Of course, the lead single, “Love Someone“, is included.  The album is available in two formats.  One is in piano/vocal/guitar arrangements.  The second is in Hal Leonard publishing’s “Recorded Versions Guitar“, which is authentic transcriptions with notes and tablature.   In either format, this album is ready to play, so pick your favorites, and play away!  For more information about these collections of sheet music or others, 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 from the Barbershop Harmony Society 05 November, 2014

PrintBarbershop harmony is a style of four-part, unaccompanied singing, utilizing close-harmony and intuitive voice leading characterized by consonant four-part chords for every melody note.

The Barbershop Harmony Society, legally and historically named the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America, Inc. (SPEBSQSA), is the first of several organizations to promote and preserve barbershop music as an art form. Founded by Owen C. Cash in 1938, the organization quickly grew, promoting barbershop harmony among men of all ages. Just under 25,000 men in the United States and Canada are members of this organization whose focus is on a cappella music.

Through a new distribution partnership, Stanton’s is proud to announce the availability of music from the Barbershop Harmony Society! The arrangements below are now available directly from Stanton’s, with more authentic BHS editions coming soon:

00137952Can You Feel the Love Tonight?
Consider Yourself
Drivin’ Me Crazy
I’m Gonne Live ‘Til I Die
Lazy Day
Lida Rose/Will I Ever Tell You
Little Saint Nick
No More Sorrow
O Canada
Stand By Me
The Star Spangled Banner
Swing Down Chariot
What’ll I Do
When I Fall In Love

For more exciting resources for barbershop and other men’s ensembles, please contact us! Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


Choral Music from FROZEN 04 November, 2014

So, how many Elsas and Annas showed up at YOUR front door on Halloween? It’s a fact – FROZEN is everywhere! – and, it’s a perfect fit for your upcoming winter choral concerts. Here are all the choral arrangements from the hit Disney film:

NOW AVAILABLE:
Frozen (Choral Suite) arr. Roger Emerson – SSAATTBB, SATB divisi, SAB divisi & SA
Frozen (Choral Highlights) arr. Mark Brymer – SATB, SAB & 2-part
Do You Want to Build a Snowman? arr. Mark Brymer – SATB, SAB & 2-part
Let It Go arr. Mac Huff – SATB, SAB, 2-part & SSA
Let’s All Sing…Songs from Frozen (includes “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?,” “For the First Time In Forever,” “Let It Go,” “In Summer” and “Love Is an Open Door” – Teacher Edition & Singer Edition 10-pak

COMING SOON:
Frozen (Choral Highlights) arr. Mark Brymer – SSA
Love Is an Open Door arr. Mac Huff – SATB, SAB & 2-part

For more information, please contact us at 1.800.426.8742. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


Monster Mash for Middle School Choir 31 October, 2014

Monster Mash

Words and Music by Greg Gilpin

Recommended by Rachel Steele, School Choral Specialist

monster mash

Admit it…you smiled a little when you saw the words “Monster Mash!”   This Greg Gilpin choral arrangement of the one hit wonder from Bobby “Borris” Picket and the Crypt-Kickers has great potential for silliness.  The spoken solo we all know so well from the original version steals the show, and the choral parts are a snap to teach, full of ’60’s doo-wop fun.  Consider some of these ideas to use “Monster Mash” in performance or in your classroom:

  • Teach your kids about pop music in the 1950’s and 60’s, especially dances popular with teenagers, like the Mashed Potato and the Twist.  Try out some dance moves as you sing the song, or let small groups work on choreography for a section of the piece.
  • Ask a male teacher or even a principal (who doesn’t mind making a fool of themselves) to be your “surprise guest soloist.”  You can reveal your guest to the choir a few days before the performance when he shows up to rehearse, and then enlist them as your co-conspirators.  Ask the students to keep the identity of the soloist a mystery from their parents, friends, and concert guests-they’ll feel exclusive and you’ll give them a great bonding experience.
  • Split up the spoken solo among your students who want to “ham it up.”  Let them do a quick costume change backstage before they come out for their portion.
  • If you have some students who are into audio sampling, let them come up with your “background track” full of spooky lab sounds.  Better yet, take your whole class to the computer lab and see what they can come up with!

For more novelty number ideas, or great pieces for recruiting, give us a call at 1-800-42-MUSIC.  Shop Stanton’s for all your Spooky Sheet Music needs!

Rachel Steele has been working in the choral department at Stanton’s since 2013.  She previously taught middle school and high school band and choir for 13 years, and holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in music education from The Ohio State University.  Currently a member of the Heisey Wind Ensemble and a musician at Epiphany Lutheran Church (Pickerington, OH,) Rachel also enjoys reading, sewing, baking and the Pittsburgh Steelers!


“Rocky” on Broadway 02 September, 2014

There are two sides to this Rocky.  One side is in love, the other side is the fighter.  Among the eleven titles in this 00126814collection of sheet music from the Broadway show, “Adrian”  and “Happiness” reflect the former, and especially “Ain’t Down Yet” reflects the latter.  The format of the vocal selections is piano accompaniment with vocal line.  The piano part does not double the vocal line.  In this popular retelling of the story,  Rocky Balboa the underdog rises again!  For more about this book of sheet music from “Rocky”, or other Broadway collections you may be interested in, 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 From Hal Leonard-Online Audio! 07 August, 2014

love someonePlenty of sheet music books still come with CDs, but here at Stanton’s  we are beginning to see something new from Hal Leonard called “Online Audio”.  Leonard has started to include “Online Audio” with pop sheets, too, beginning with “Love Someone”, by Jason Mraz.   What is it?   It’s a downloadable sound file.    How does it work?   Leonard has MyLibrary, which you access through the instructions on the inside of your book. Your music will include a sixteen digit  access code which you enter. Each copy of a book or sheet has a unique code.  The library is cloud based, so you can access it from anywhere with a PC, MAC, or mobile device.  More information about this new option can be found at halleonard.com/library.  For more information about new pop sheets or music books, contact 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!


Classical Favourites from Russia 31 July, 2014

ue36070522994f3a8ff7_195x255Russia has a rich heritage of classical music.  Much of that heritage has been shared with the rest of the world.  We all know at least something about Tchaikowsky‘s  “The Nutcracker”, represented in this collection of sheet music by “The Dance of the Reed Flutes”, and “Swan Lake”,  represented by the main theme from “Swan Lake”.  “The Flight of the Bumblebee”  came from Rimski-Korsakov’s opera, “The Tale of Tzar Saltan”.  Khatchaturian‘s “Sabre Dance” came from his ballet, “Gayane”.  In all, there are thirteen pieces by six Russian composers  transcribed from the string repertoire for piano by Nicolai Podgornov.  This fun collection of intermediate to advanced pieces will entertain you for hours, and add to your repertoire of performance pieces for recitals or just for enjoyment.  For more information about this collection or other music, please 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!


First Date the Musical 30 July, 2014

first dateIn July 2013, after a sold-out run in Seattle at 5th Avenue Theater, Zachary & Weiner’s original musical comedy-with book by Austin Winsberg- began performances on Broadway  at the Longacre Theatre.  The stars were Zachary Levi and Krysta Rodriguez.  Starting in 2014, “First Date” is beginning productions all over the globe.  Get the vocal selections, and own your own little piece of this fun, funny production!  For more information about this sheet music collection from Broadway or others, 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!


The Hunger Games: Catching Fire 25 July, 2014

00125210The music of James Newton Howard, composed for “Catching Fire”, is now available for piano solo!  Eleven pieces from the second of  The Hunger Games trilogy are included in this book of sheet music from the movie.  The story written by Suzanne Collins took shape on film, and this music expresses the emotions of the characters and the feel of the environments they have to deal with.  There is a certain satisfaction when playing  “Arena Crumbles“.  For more information on this collection or other movie music, please 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!


“Beautiful” , the Carole King musical 24 July, 2014

00123827Twenty five of  Carole King’s best songs have been pulled together to make a new musical, “Beautiful“, about her.   From her beginnings in the early 1950s to her rise as one of America’s favorite songwriters, this collection of sheet music she wrote  for herself  and for others traces the path of her career.  Included are favorites “You’ve Got a Friend”, “I Feel the Earth Move”,  “It’s Too Late”, and “The Loco-Motion”.  For more information about this book of sheet music or other music you may be interested in, 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!


Can you tell me how to get to Sesame Street? 18 July, 2014

00312479This great book of Sesame Street songs has forty songs from childhood’s favorite on-screen street.  From the “Sesame Street Theme” to “We Are All Earthlings”, these perennial favorites include guitar chords in addition to the piano part, which includes the melody in the right hand.  So set the rubber duckie next to the keyboard, line the kids up next to the piano and get ready to sing the summer away! For more information about this collection of sheet music, 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!


The Boss is Back! 11 July, 2014

Bruce Springsteen’s new album, “High Hopes” has been released for piano/vocal/guitar, and for guitar.   This collection includes several old favorites (The Ghost of Tom Joad”)  and several newly re-recorded  songs are presented (The Wall.)  The Boss is back on tour, and back on a roll!  Play along with the Guitar Songbook Edition!  For more information about “High Hopes” or other Springsteen music, 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!


The Rocky Horror Show 08 July, 2014

14042919We present to you the 40th Anniversary Songbook for The Rocky Horror Show!  Forty years of Rocky Horror?  Yes!  Beginning in June 1973,  “Upstairs” at the Royal Court Theatre,  “Rocky Horror” has swept the world with the stage production and the movie.   It is a humorous tribute to the “B” horror films and science fiction films from the 1940′s through the 1970′s. Richard O’Brien’s zany story has a world wide cult following.  The film is the longest running release in film history.  This book of sheet music from the stage production includes a download card which gives you online access to professional backing tracks for all the songs!  To order this collectible album, 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!

The Best of Hank Williams 03 July, 2014

00490475This second edition of Hank Williams‘ best songs contains thirty-eight songs, including guitar chords.  I bet you knew he wrote “Cold, Cold Heart” and “Jambalaya”.  Did you know he was the writer of  “I Saw the Light”?    Of course “Kaw-Liga” and “Your Cheatin’ Heart” are included!  Revisit this country icon’s songs in this newly reissued book of country sheet music.  For more about this collection or other music you may be interested in, 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!

World War One Songs & Tunes for the Ukulele 24 June, 2014

00128840This book of forty-eight songs from World War One has been arranged for ukulele by Dick Sheridan.   It includes songs about hundred years old,  many still appropriate for today; “Avalon”, “You’re a Grand Old Flag“, “Taps”, and more.   The sentiments of  World War One inspired the writing of over 800 songs during and immediately after the war.  Sadly, it was not “The war to end all wars.”  Happily, it left a rich musical legacy.  For more information about this song book or other patriotic music. 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!

 

Iron Butterfly 12 June, 2014

00322242In June of 1969, the group Iron Butterfly still had a popular album on the charts that included a song that can be found in over a dozen songbooks for guitar in 2014.  The song was “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida“.  It had been on the charts  since December 7, 1968.  It stayed on the charts until July of 1969.  220px-Inagaddadavida-singleThe Boomer’s Book of Classic Rock Guitar” is full of hits from the 60′s and 70′s that the Boomers grew up with, including “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida”.  Of the six titles on the album,   only this song has endured.  For more information about this special-order collection 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!