Staff Picks: October 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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Chris' Pick
Don't You Worry 'Bout a Thing, Stevie Wonder

Amidst all going on this year, I'm reminded of this classic Stevie Wonder song, which makes me smile and delivers a message of optimism. The song gained renewed popularity a few years ago when featured in the popular animated musical comedy movie Sing. Available for Piano, Vocal & Guitar as well as choir, band and orchestra.

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Bill's Pick
Friday the 13th Theme, Harry Manfredini

This classic horror theme composed by Henry Manfredini in the creepy key of G Minor is sure to send a shiver down the spine of anyone who hears it this Halloween season – and to crack a smile on the faces of those who recognize it.

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Becca's Pick
Dreams, Van Halen

This is one of my all-time favorite Van Halen tunes during the Sammy Hagar era – the studio version of "Dreams" featured Eddie Van Halen on both guitar and keys.

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Annie's Pick
Lullaby of Birdland, George Shearing

Here's an arrangement of a jazz standard to put you in a good mood! "Lullaby of Birdland" was composed in 1952 by George Shearing for the New York City club, Birdland, named for Charlie "Bird" Parker. Shearing reportedly composed this standard in less than 10 minutes! Lyrics were later added by George David Weiss. Several other notable jazz artists have recorded this song, including Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, and Erroll Garner.

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Will's Pick
Tombstone Blues, Bob Dylan

Taken from 1965's Highway 61 Revisited, this Bob Dylan classic is a pacy strum-along winner with a gritty lead line, featuring immortal lyrical couplets such as "Send out for some pillars and Cecil B. DeMille / He could die happily ever after." Pair with the guitar backing track guitar backing track for extra punch.

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Sam's Pick
White Winter Hymnal, Pentatonix

After seeing they had released a surprise new album (Shore) last month, I revisited some of Fleet Foxes' early work, and was reminded of this winter-time favorite. Pentatonix's version, as arranged here by Alan Billingsley for SATB, SAB and SSAA choirs showcases the beautiful harmonies of the original song and is best-performed a cappella with added hand percussion.

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