News & Views Saturday, February 13, 2016

Category: Popular Music

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.

 


2015 Greatest Pop & Movie Hits 19 March, 2015

00-44369The Deluxe Annual Edition for 2015 Pop & Movie Hits for big note piano and easy piano have been released. Carol Matz has arranged the pop pieces for the big note collection, and Dan Coates has arranged the pieces for the easy piano collection.  Songs included are; “Cool Kids” by Echosmith, “Everything is Awesome” from The Lego Movie, “Gravity” from the movie,  “All About That Bass” by Meghan Trainor, and more.  If you or your youngsters are wanting to play the most recent pop songs, these collections have what you want!  For more information about these collections 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!


MORE Top of the Pops for String Orchestra 16 March, 2015

MORE TOP OF THE POPS FOR STRING ORCHESTRA 2015

More TOP Choices of recent popular music for Spring Concerts

Recommended by Dan Clark, School Orchestra Specialist

T=Teaching Elements to make a piece educational as well as fun
O=Orchestrated with active and interesting parts for everyone
P=Programmable for the most audience and player enjoyment

shake it off stringsShake It Off arranged by Larry Moore
#04491541 – Grade 3 – $50.00
Taylor Swift’s monster hit with insanely catchy pop hooks galore.

Uptown Funk arranged by Larry Mooreuptown funk strings
#04491535 – Grade 3 – $55.00
Super funky R&B throwback from Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars.

counting stars stringsCounting Stars arranged by Sean O’Loughlin
#04491498 – Grade 3 – $50.00
One Republic’s uplifting radio smash about knowing what’s important in life.

game of thrones stringsGame of Thrones arranged by Larry Moore
#04491474 – Grade 3 – $50.00
Spirited three-quarter-time theme from the HBO TV series Game of Thrones.

hanging tree stringsThe Hanging Tree arranged by Robert Longfield
#04491533 – Grade 2.5 – $45.00
Theme from the super popular film The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1.

 

Dan Clark 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. He also has a reputation as a pretty good joke teller. Seriously.


Rock & Pop Hits for Guitar, 2015 13 March, 2015

This book of pop sheet music for guitar contains nineteen recent and current hits for guitar. All00-44138 the songs include words and guitar chords, some also have tablature.  “Everything is Awesome” from The Lego Movie is in this collection, as are “Cool Kids” by Echosmith,  “Up All Night” by John Pardi, “All About That Bass” by Meghan Trainor, and “Something in the Water” by Carrie Underwood.  For a more recent selection of pop songs, this is a great book!  For more about this collection, or others, contact 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!


Elvis-Aloha from Hawaii 24 February, 2015

00138272Aloha from Hawaii” was broadcast live on January 14, 1973. It was the first live satellite concert to be aired with a single performer.  There was no charge for admission to the concert.  Instead, donations were collected for the Kui Lee Cancer Fund.  Kui Lee had written and composed the song “I’ll Remember You“, a song that Elvis was still performing. Twenty-seven songs were performed, and they’re all included. Revisit a classic album!  For more information about this collection or others, 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!


TOP of the Pops for String Orchestra 23 February, 2015

TOP OF THE POPS FOR STRING ORCHESTRA 2015

TOP Choices of recent popular music for Spring Concerts

T = Teaching Elements to make a piece educational as well as fun
O = Orchestrated with active and interesting parts for everyone
P = Programmable for the most audience and player enjoyment

radioactive for stringsRadioactive arranged by Larry Moore
#04491342 – Grade 3 – $50.00
Imagine Dragons hit popularized by pop sensation violinist Lindsey Stirling.

Bittersweet Symphony arranged by Todd Parrish
#43794 – Grade 3 – $62.00
Oft-requested Rolling Stones tune with added lyrics by The Verve’s Richard Ashcroft.

starlight for stringsStarlight arranged by Sasha Ivanov & Derek Stein (of The Vitamin String Quartet)
#43791 – Grade 3.5 – $65.00
Vitamin String Quartet’s actual hard-charging version of Muse’s modern rock tune.

Everything is Awesome (Awesome Remixxx!!!) arranged by Ralph Ford
#43769 – Grade 2.5 – $53.00
Infectious tune from The LEGO Movie will teach syncopation, accidentals – and fun!

thousand years for stringsA Thousand Years arranged by Sean O’Loughlin
#04491450 – Grade 3 – $50.00
Popular tune (brides are asking for it!) from Twilight Saga – Breaking Dawn Pt. 1.

 

 

Dan Clark 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. He also has a reputation as a pretty good joke teller. Seriously.


Jumpin’ Jim’s ’60’s Uke-In 20 February, 2015

00695381Jim Beloff, longtime ukulele player and aficionado, has produced a collection of twenty-five songs from the 1960’s  arranged for ukulele chords, perfect for singing along! “60’s Uke-In” includes some Beatles songs as well as standards like “King of the Road”, “The Girl from Ipanema”, and “Moon River”.  There is a complete ukulele chord chart included in the book.  During this cold weather, why not curl up on the couch in front of the fireplace with this book of ukulele sheet music and your trusty uke?  This collection is good for hours of fun!  For more information about this book or other ukulele sheet music books, 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!