Staff Picks: May 2020

Our Sheet Music Direct team plays, strums and sings just as much as you do! We're a team of musicians who love music of various styles and, when we're not busy with all things Sheet Music Direct, play at home, church, and gigs. Each month, we're sharing some of the favorite songs we're currently playing and why we think you'll love them too. Check out our latest staff picks below or head over to our Staff Picks page which we update regularly with the latest picks.

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Sam's Pick
Still Hurting (from The Last 5 Years), Jason Robert Brown

In his recent SubCulture Residency concert, three-time Tony award-winner Jason Robert Brown invited Ariana Grande along (virtually, of course) to sing "Still Hurting" from his musical The Last Five Years. And, despite being nearly 20 years old, the show's opening number is still as poignant as ever. This Vocal Pro + Piano/Guitar arrangement provides an accurate transcription of the piano accompaniment, separated from the vocal melody, which really brings out the satisfying chord progressions of this beautiful song.

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Annie's Pick
Yesterday, The Beatles

During this at-home time, I decided to try learning guitar again. This Solo Guitar Tab arrangement of The Beatles' "Yesterday" is a perfect arrangement for beginners or those who want to pick up fingerstyle playing. Having all of these Solo Guitar Tab arrangements included in PASS has been very valuable!

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Collin's Pick
Baba Yetu (from Civilization IV), Soweto Gospel Choir

The Civilization strategy games are beloved by many, including myself. Regretfully I didn't join the party until Civilization's fifth installment, so I've yet to experience this song in its native setting as the main theme for Civilization IV. However, the community surrounding the game still compares all other music in their games to this song, making it the only gaming community that I know of to pay such close attention to the music in their games.

The adoration this song receives isn't hard to explain, either. The rhythmic tempo plus the call and response between the soloist and the rest of the choir are a joy to listen to and make me want to pick up some Swahili so I can join in.

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Will's Pick
Killing Floor, Jimi Hendrix

Unassailably and forever the greatest guitarist of all time, the Live at Monterey version of this is still the single most impressive thing I have ever seen. The introduction gives me tingles every time. "Yeah baby, dig that one." We do, Jimi. We most certainly do.

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Becca's Pick
Reflection, George Winston

My mom regularly listened to George Winston albums growing up, and from the moment she took me to a concert of his, I've always been drawn to his playing style. I've recently started re-discovering his music once again these last few months of being at home, and it's been a fun challenge to master this song in particular. From his third solo album Winter Into Spring, "Reflection" is a great reflective piece to enjoy during Spring.

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Chris' Pick
Sailing, Christopher Cross

This #1 hit from 1980 is a soothing soft rock ballad that VH1 named as the most "softsational soft rock" song of all time! The piano solo in the bridge is one every pianist should know.

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