News & Views Monday, August 03, 2015

Category: Popular Music

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!


Disney’s Into the Woods 04 February, 2015

00142341One of this winter’s finest offerings is the Disney movie “Into the Woods“.  Meryl Streep is a great witch, Johhny Depp is a wicked wolf, and, well, it’s something some of us don’t mind watching twice.  Here is the matching songbook, with photos from the movie.   Enjoy an afternoon with the mixed up fairy tales as told by Stephen Sondheim!  For more information about this collection of movie sheet music 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!


Pop Music for Spring 2015 for Men’s & Women’s Choirs 29 January, 2015

by Jen Sper & Rachel Steele, School Choral Specialists

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!

Shake It Off arr. Roger Emerson
Players gonna play, haters gonna hate, but I’m just gonna shake it off! Taylor Swift’s irresistible #1 hit from 2014 is pure pop delight!

With a Song in My Heart arr. Kirby Shaw
One of the greatest songs of all time, Rodgers & Hart’s classic romantic ballad will produce warm smiles all around as you luxuriate in the lush harmonies of this superb a cappella arrangement.

Gone, Gone, Gone arr. Andy Beck
American Idol winner Phillip Phillips topped the charts with this single from his debut album. Great voice-leading and appropriate ranges make it a perfect choice for developing men’s groups. And the sweet, heart-felt lyrics of this folk-pop love song will reveal the softer side of your guys!

Seize the Day arr. Kirby Shaw
Now in an exciting a cappella setting! This showstopper from the award-winning composer Alan Menken was featured in the Disney film and Broadway musical “Newsies.” Featuring a powerful “brotherhood” text, it begins with a compelling chorale-like opening and then explodes into rhythm that encourages us all to “seize the day!”

For more suggestions, click here to view our complete School Choral promotion for Spring 2015, or contact us!

About the Authors:
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 eating good food, running (to counteract the good food…) and the Muppets.

Rachel Steele has been 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 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!


New From Hal Leonard-Online Audio! 21 January, 2015

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Plenty of love someonesheet 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.  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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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. …

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NEW in Contemporary A Cappella 20 January, 2015

Contemporary a cappella music gets more and more popular every year! With high-profile features like “The Sing-Off” and “Pitch Perfect,” many high schools and colleges are getting in on the action as well! Here are a few of Stanton’s new favorites for contemporary a cappella ensembles:

fun. (Medley from The Sing-Off) arr. Deke Sharon
America’s favorite a cappella show returned for another smash mini-season in 2013 with show-stoppers like this medley from super group fun. If you are up for no lip-synching, back-up bands or safety net, this chart is for you! Includes: Carry On, Some Nights, We Are Young.

I Need Your Love arr. Ben Bram
DJ Calvin Harris collaborated with English performer Ellie Goulding on this top-forty hit. Ben Bram’s contemporary treatment is sure to be a hit with your a cappella group!

Groovin’ arr. Kirby Shaw
The #1 hit from 1967 by the Young Rascals in a smooth vocals-only setting perfectly captures the relaxed slow groove of the song with an easy vocal accompaniment and an irresistible solo. Also available TTBB and SSAA.

I’ve Had the Time of My Life arr. Deke Sharon
Featured on NBC’s The Sing-Off, this #1 hit by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes from the 1987 film “Dirty Dancing” features two soloists with a rich vocal accompaniment. Opening simply, it builds consistently through two key changes to an electrifying final cadence.

Skyfall arr. J.A.C. Redford
The hit single by Adele from the motion picture “Skyfall” has been creatively arranged by J.A.C Redford, the orchestrator of the film. Using vocal percussion and divisi vocal parts, J.A.C. has created a setting that is perfect for jazz and show choirs as well as concert choirs.

If I Die Young arr. Ben Bram
This poignant story about a young life lost too early touched listeners around the world when released by The Band Perry. Ben’s contemporary a cappella setting is an appropriate choice for more reflective concert occasions. Also available SSAA.

Royals arr. Deke Sharon
This 2013 song by Lorde topped the Hot 100, AC and Rock charts and won the Grammy for song of the year and best pop performance. This a cappella setting will be a hit with pop, jazz and a cappella groups in high school, college and beyond! Also available SSAA.

Turn on the Radio arr. Bryan Sharpe
Contemporary a cappella groups will enjoy this Reba McEntire top hit as they sing about a relationship gone bad. “So listen Romeo, when you’re feelin’ kinda lonely, let me tell you where to go: turn on the radio!”

Little Lion Man arr. Deke Sharon
The debut single from 2009 by Mumford & Sons from their debut album “Sigh No More” packs a folk rock punch in this arrangement for unaccompanied male voices.

The Circle Game arr. Kate MacColl
Originally created for Vancouver’s ensemble Elektra, this concert arrangement features a soloist as it weaves the melody through every section in the ensemble. Multiple key changes add to the musicality of this delightful setting of a Joni Mitchell favorite.

For more a cappella suggestions, contact our Choral Department at 1.800.426.8742, ext. 1.


Pop Music for Spring 2015 for Middle School Choirs 19 January, 2015

by Jen Sper & Rachel Steele, School Choral Specialists

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!

Shooting Star arr. Audrey Snyder
It’s time for you to shine! The fresh sounds of Owl City continue to delight fans across the globe. Young singers will love recreating the music with this accessible arrangement!

Wooly Bully arr. Jay Althouse
Sam the Sham and The Pharoahs became a worldwide sensation with this novelty hit based on a standard blues progression. Easy-to-sing harmonies and fun lyrics will stick with you long after the concert has ended. As for the strange title: according to Sam, “The name of my cat was Wooly Bully, so I started from there.”

Can’t Buy Me Love arr. Roger Emerson
Celebrate 50 years of the Beatles with this energetic song from 1964! Set in a rock style swing, the voices trade off, and the blues chord progression makes it easy to add guitar! A great showcase for younger and developing choirs!

Aladdin (Broadway Medley) arr. Mac Huff
Disney’s hit film from 1992 is now a dazzling, enchanting and invigorating Broadway musical! With the fabulous classic songs and several delightful new additions, this 14-minute medley will be a spectacular concert feature for choirs of all ages. It’s “Genie-us!”

For more suggestions, click here to view our complete School Choral promotion for Spring 2015, or contact us!

About the Authors:
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 eating good food, running (to counteract the good food…) and the Muppets.

Rachel Steele has been 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 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!