Staff Picks: April 2021

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 staff picks for April below or head over to our Staff Picks page which we update regularly with the latest picks.

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Dan's Pick
Rocket to the Moon (from Over the Moon), Cathy Ang

While it didn't get all the marketing hype of a premier Disney film, the Academy Award and Golden Globe Award-nominated Netflix original Over the Moon bears many similar qualities: stunning animation, emotional storytelling, and a stellar musical soundtrack.

One of my favorite songs is "Rocket to the Moon," which begins as a sombre piano ballad before reaching its optimistic climax about the main protagonist's fantastical journey to the moon. Or, if you're in the mood for something a little more upbeat, "Ultraluminary" is another great song from the soundtrack, as performed by Hamilton's Eliza, Phillipa Soo.

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Annie's Pick
Wrecking Ball (Solo Piano Version), Miley Cyrus (arr. Stephan Moccio)

For Piano Day 2021, we were able to share Stephan Moccio's beautiful piano arrangement for Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball." Moccio, one of the original co-writers of the song, described this song as being, in many ways, a classical piece of music. You can hear Moccio explain more of the writing process for "Wrecking Ball" and more in our recent interview with him

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Laura's Pick
Give Yourself a Try, The 1975

I've been missing live music for some time now, and one of my favorite bands live is The 1975. Playing this song brings back memories of being with friends and being among a crowd of people, something that seems so far-fetched these days. The arrangement of the song translates the guitar riff to piano, which keeps the same energy as the original recording. This song is perfect when you need a lift in spirits!

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Becca's Pick
A White Shade of Pale, David Lanz

Putting a spin on this instantly-recognizable tune, Grammy-nominated pianist and composer David Lanz makes this song playable for solo piano – perfect for a gloomy, rain day in Spring!

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Chris' Pick
when the party's over, Billie Eilish

The chords in Billie Eilish's smash hit "when the party's over" are beautiful and mesmerizing, and with this Mac Huff arrangement your choir can sing it! Available for SSA and 2-Part, with Audio (demo and accompaniment) and Instrumental Pak available for accompaniment.

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Sam's Pick
You All Over Me, Taylor Swift (feat. Maren Morris)

Taylor Swift has just released the new version of her 2008 album Fearless, featuring six new tracks "From the Vault." The pick of the bunch, for me, is "You All Over Me" – a beautiful ballad which harks back to her country roots and features some gorgeous vocal harmonies from Maren Morris.

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