News & Views Saturday, March 23, 2019

Category: Popular Music

The Greatest Video Game Music 21 March, 2019

00201767-wlIf you are tired of trying to pick out music from video games by ear, your struggle is over! The Greatest Video Game Music contains 28 titles from various video games, including: “Sweden” from Minecraft; “Eyes on Me” from Final Fantasy VIII; Theme from Fallout 4; “Baba Yetu” from Civilization; and more. These are arranged for intermediate to advanced piano. Play for yourself or for friends, and have fun with this collection!

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

Ariana Grande: Sweetener 28 February, 2019

00284921-wlIn August of 2018, Ariana Grande released her fourth studio album, “Sweetener.” It debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. This is her third release to reach the top spot in the USA. It was also successful internationally in the UK, Spain, Canada, and other countries.

This Piano/Vocal collection matches her recording, and includes the lead single “No Tears Left To Cry.” You can sing along with the piano, strum with the guitar chords, or play the songs as piano solos, since the melody is in the right hand piano part. Play for your own enjoyment, or sing along with friends!

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

Pop Tunes for Jazz Ensemble 27 February, 2019

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Dance to the Music arr. Paul Murtha, Grade 2
This infectious pop and funk hit from 1968 was originally recorded by Sly and the Family Stone. Paul Murtha’s version for young players features a fun groove and active parts for all sections. The solo section can be opened up, or sample solos are provided for alto sax, trumpet, and trombone. An entertaining blast from the past.

Despacito arr. Paul Murtha, Grade 3
Setting records for most views on YouTube and topping the pop charts in several countries, “Despacito” was recorded by Puerto Rican singer Luis Fonsi with rapper Daddy Yankee (and later remixed with Justin Bieber). With its infectious Latin pop style and catchy melody, here is a great sounding and effective version for jazz ensemble.

leon-527211Everybody Needs Somebody to Love arr. John Berry, Grade 1.5
This rockin’ tune from the ’60s boasts notable recordings by Wilson Pickett, the Rolling Stones, and most famously the Blues Brothers. This easy chart is skillfully scored for all sections, and requires no solos.

Feel It Still arr. John Berry, Grade 2
Recorded by Portugal. The Man., this pop hit contains an energetic drive and appealing retro style. In this easy arrangement, the melody is passed from section to section and there are no solos required.

Havana arr. Terry White, Grade 2
This breakout hit recorded by Camila Cabello helped bring Latin music to the pop charts. This arrangement for young players is easy to learn and includes sample written solos for alto sax, tenor sax, trumpet, and trombone.

leon-527187Knock On Wood arr. Paul Murtha, Grade 3
Although originally recorded by Eddie Floyd in 1966, this familiar hit has remained popular thanks to covers by artists such as Otis Redding, David Bowie, and Eric Clapton. This dynamic version for young players is based on the swing-shuffle hit recorded by Amii Stewart in 1979.

Living for the City arr. Rick Stitzel, Grade 1.5
Stevie Wonder’s sultry medium rock tune first appeared on his landmark 1973 album “Innervisions.” Rick’s authentic-sounding version for young players includes all the signature riffs, easy meter changes, and solo spots for alto or tenor sax.

About the Author:
Ben Huntoon is the Jazz Education Consultant at Stanton’s Sheet Music. He received bachelors and masters degrees in music from Capital University and The Ohio State University respectively. As a professional trumpeter, Ben is accomplished in a wide variety of genres and has performed throughout the Midwest on many stages over the past 30 years. He also teaches trumpet, coaches brass ensembles and has served on the jazz faculty at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio.

Bohemian Rhapsody for Easy Piano 21 February, 2019

00289629-wlArranged for easy piano, this collection from the movie “Bohemian Rhapsody” includes many of the songs written by Freddie Mercury, lead singer of the rock group Queen. Several songs by other writers are included, such as “Radio Ga Ga” by Roger Taylor. This collection of songs spans the time between the late 1970s and the early 1980s, and nearly every song was on the jukebox when it was new – many have now become “classic rock!” Adults can relive their teens and 20s, and today’s kids can enjoy classic rock songs, so play and enjoy!

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

Valentine’s Day Is Coming Soon! 31 January, 2019

00257807-wlThis third edition of The Big Book of Love Songs really is the “big book!” It contains 82 romantic favorites in many musical styles: “All of Me,” “Bless the Broken Road,” “(They Long to Be) Close to You,” “Endless Love,” “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You,” “Fields of Gold,” “How Deep Is Your Love,” “Isn’t It Romantic?,” “Just the Way You Are,” “Lady in Red,” “My Heart Will Go On (Love Theme from Titanic),” “The Nearness of You,” “Only You,” “The Power of Love,” “Some Enchanted Evening,” “Thinking Out Loud,” “Unchained Melody,” “Valentine,” “Wonderful Tonight,” “You Raise Me Up,” and more. If you need a few songs to sing for an event, or if you need a ready supply of love songs for the Valentine’s Day gig, this is just the book for you!

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

Motown Anthology 25 January, 2019

00310367-wlMotown Anthology for Piano/Vocal/Guitar
A must-have collection of 68 Motown masterpieces, including: “ABC,” “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg,” “Baby Love,” “Dancing in the Street,” “Easy,” “For Once in My Life,” “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You),” “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch),” “Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me),” “Let’s Get It On,” “My Girl,” “Shop Around,” “War,” “You Can’t Hurry Love,” and many more! This is quite the collection of standard favorite Motown songs!

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

Top Hits of 2018 17 January, 2019

18 of the best from ’18 are included in the new collection Top Hits of 2018 for piano, voice and guitar. Includes: “Back to You” by Selena Gomez, “Boo’d Up” by Ella Mai, “Call Out My Name” by The Weeknd, “Delicate” by Taylor Swift, “Heaven” by Kane Brown, “In My Blood” by Shawn Mendes, “Let You Down” by NF, “Meant to Be” by Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line, “The Middle” by Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey, “Never Be the Same” by Camila Cabello, “New Rules” by Dua Lipa, “No Tears Left to Cry” by Ariana Grande, and more. Also available in editions for easy piano, big note piano, guitar, and ukulele (contents vary).

For more information about this collection, 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!

Contemporary R&B Hits 10 January, 2019

00276001-wlR&B music is now mainstream in pop music culture, and the new collection Contemporary R&B Hits pays tribute to two dozen of the best modern hits from the genre in arrangements for piano, voice and guitar. Includes: “All the Stars” by Kendrick Lamar/SZA, “Be Without You” by Mary J. Blige, “Girl on Fire” by Alicia Keys/Nicki Minaj, “Halo” by Beyoncé, “I Feel It Coming” by The Weeknd, “Location” by Khalid, “Love Me Now” by John Legend, “Love on the Brain” by Rihanna, “Passion Fruit” by Drake, “Redbone” by Childish Gambino, “Rise Up” by Andra Day, “That’s What I Like” by Bruno Mars, and more.

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

NOW AVAILABLE: Mary Poppins Returns 03 January, 2019

leon-00285401-fThe 2018 movie musical sequel to the classic Disney film Mary Poppins Returns features a top-notch team including director Rob Marshall (Chicago), Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton) and music from Hairspray’s award-winning songwriting team of Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittman. The Piano/Vocal folio includes new original songs from the soundtrack: “Can You Imagine That,” “A Cover Is Not the Book,” “A Conversation,” “(Underneath the) Lovely London Sky,” “Nowhere to Go But Up,” “The Place Where Lost Things Go,” “The Royal Doulton Music Hall,” “Trip a Little Light Fantastic,” and “Turning Turtle” – plus, eight pages of color artwork from the film!

Place your order today to reserve your copy, or contact us for more information!

20 Songs from 8 Hit Movies! 02 January, 2019

Songs from “A Star Is Born,” “La La Land,” “The Greatest Showman,” and More Movie Musicals
Movie musical lovers will delight in this songbook chock full of top-notch songs from blockbuster movies arranged for piano, voice and guitar!

Includes: “Audition (The Fools Who Dream)” and “City of Stars” from La La Land; “Evermore” and “How Does a Moment Last Forever” from Beauty and the Beast; “Fernando,” “Mamma Mia” and “Super Trouper” from Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again; “I Dreamed a Dream” and “Suddenly” from Les Misérables;  “A Million Dreams” and “This Is Me” from The Greatest Showman; “On the Steps of the Palace” from Into the Woods; “Tomorrow” from Annie; plus seven songs from the 2018 hit movie A Star Is Born featuring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper: “Always Remember Us This Way,” “I’ll Never Love Again,” “Is That Alright?,” “Look What I Found,” “Maybe It’s Time,” “Music to My Eyes,” and “Shallow.”

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

Baby Boomer Favorites! 20 December, 2018

00137596-wlSongs of the 1960s is part of The New Decade Series. Each book presents the most popular songs of a decade. Baby boomers will remember some old favorites in this volume: “Proud Mary,” “The Twist,” “Blowin’ in the Wind,” “Downtown,” “I Saw Her Standing There,” and lots more Beatles tunes!

Remember when there was a jukebox in nearly every restaurant, and songs were two for 25 cents? Some restaurants even had a way to pay for your songs at each table – you could drop your quarter in the box and choose your two songs without getting out of your booth to go to the main jukebox! Some bands had funny names – like “The Monkees” who sang “I’m A Believer,” and “The Troggs” who sang “Wild Thing.”

This would make a great last-minute holiday gift for a baby boomer who plays piano or guitar. There are 100 songs, and they all have online backing tracks when you use the code printed inside the book’s cover, so you can just sing along, too! Take a walk down Memory Lane!

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

Tin Pan Alley 07 December, 2018

leon-00279673-fTin Pan Alley contains 15 favorite songs from Tin Pan Alley arranged by Phillip Keveren “with a touch of jazz.” Standard favorites include “My Melancholy Baby,” “Give My Regards to Broadway,” and “12th Street Rag.” This intermediate collection is fun to play for yourself, for a recital, or for background music at a party. These standard favorites bring a smile to everyone’s face!

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

Wickedly Devilish Disney Songs 29 October, 2018

00248638-wlThe new songbook Disney Villains contains 24 songs from some of the most fun-to-dislike Disney villains. From The Jungle Book, there is the python’s song “Trust in Me” (and why would we???); from Pocahontas, there is the greedy grabby song, “Mine, Mine, Mine”; from 101 Dalmatians, there is the song about the most delightful(?) “Cruella DeVille”; and from Descendants, we have the advice from mother to daughter in “Evil Like Me.” Just for fun, or to have something different for an audition, you really should check this book out!

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

Halloween Piano Fun! 12 October, 2018

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Get ready for an evening of musical Halloween fun!

The Big & Scary Halloween Songbook for Intermediate Piano
A frightfully delightful collection of 44 spooky tunes in piano/vocal/guitar arrangements. Includes: Addams Family Theme, Bad Things, Corpse Bride (Main Title), Don’t Fear the Reaper, Evil Woman, Frankenstein, Ghostbusters, Halloween Song, In the Hall of the Mountain King, Theme from Jaws, Monster Mash, Nightmare on Elm Street, Outer Limits, The Phantom of the Opera, (Ghost) Riders in the Sky (A Cowboy Legend), Somebody’s Watching Me, Thriller, Tubular Bells, Werewolves of London, Theme from the X-Files and more.

leon-00310162-fThe Halloween Songbook for Easy Piano
The second edition of this popular easy piano collection features 16 spooky tunes of the season, including: The Addams Family Theme, Little Shop of Horrors, Monster Mash, The Thing, Funeral March, Casper the Friendly Ghost, Purple People Eater and more.

Be prepared for an evening of fun at any Halloween party with one of these collections! For more information about these collections or other fun music for Halloween, call us at 800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website at 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.

Solo: A Star Wars Story 17 September, 2018

00280822-wlThere are two new collections for the soundtrack of the movie, “Solo: A Star Wars Story.” The music was composed by John Williams and John Powell. One collection is for intermediate to advanced piano solo, the other is for easy piano. Both have the music to nine of the pieces from the soundtrack – “Chicken in the Pot,” “Corellia Chase,” “The Good Guy,” “Lando’s Closet,” “Meet Han,” “Mine Mission,” “Savareen Stand-Off,” and “Train Heist.”

Play the music and follow the adventures of young Han Solo on his way to fulfilling his Star Wars destiny!

For more information about this 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!

Top Rock Hits for Drum Play-Along 13 August, 2018

00256655-wlPlay your favorite songs quickly and easily with the Hal Leonard Drum Play-Along Series. A drummer can play drumset along with 9 songs, each from a different band. Standard percussion notation is used, and lyrics to the songs are also included. Playback+, which is exclusive to Hal Leonard, is included as well – this is a multi-functional audio player that allows you to slow down audio without changing pitch, set loop points, change keys and pan left or right.

Volume 49 in this exciting series is Top Rock Hits, and includes these great titles: “Believer” by Imagine Dragons, “Can’t Feel My Face” by The Weeknd, “Heathens” by Twenty One Pilots, “Human” by Rag ‘N’ Bone Man, “Lonely Boy” by The Black Keys, My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)” by Fall Out Boy, “Paradise” by Coldplay, “Unsteady” by X Ambassadors, and “Wish I Knew You” by The Revivalists.

For more information about this collection or others in the Drum Play-Along series, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit us online at stantons.com. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Beyond Strumming – Accompaniment Styles for Guitar 08 August, 2018

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Beyond Strumming is written for guitar players who want to do more than just strum along, and want to expand their repertoire of accompaniment styles. It is the ultimate guide for any guitarist who wants to go beyond playing the same patterns in song after song, and create accompaniment parts that are more dynamic and distinctive. Topics covered include developing bass lines, arranging with a capo, melodic riffs, and more. Different styles of songs are covered, and both standard notation and tablature are used to present the material. Video downloads are included with the purchase of the book – great for expanding your musical toolkit and developing fresh and varied guitar parts to make songs shine!

For more information about this helpful guide, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website, 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.

Six Resources to Protect Your Hearing in Rehearsal 18 July, 2018

Wearing ear plugs is something few performing musicians do. We worry about communication and our effectiveness in playing, so we tend to forgo the plugs – but AFTER experiencing hearing loss is not the time to start worrying about protection. Here are some educational resources to help you protect one of your most valuable musical assets – your hearing!

Easy to Play Worship Songs 13 July, 2018

recommended by Barb M., Keyboard and Folk Music Specialist

00267812-wlThe Big Note Worship Book contains 20 songs for beginning pianists including “Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone),” “10,000 Reasons,” “Lord I Need You,” “Good Good Father” and more. These are great pieces to play on a recital, sing along with, play in Sunday School, or just play for your own enjoyment. The songs are drawn from the contemporary Christian songs being sung currently in worship. Have your young students try this out!

For more about this collection or others for beginning sacred piano music, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit us online at 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.

Keep Calm and Play On 09 July, 2018

14041916When you’re feeling the pressure, why not take time out to play some of the finest contemporary music? Keep Calm and Play On is a lovely piano collection that brings together 22 calming pieces, including themes from films such as “The Artist,” “Amelie,” “The King’s Speech,” and “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,” as well as compositions from Philip Glass, Michael Nyman, Yiruma, and Zbigniew Preisner. So why not sit down and play some of your favorites? They’ll calm you down and give you fresh energy to face whatever the day brings!

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