Staff Picks: June 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 June below or head over to our Staff Picks page which we update regularly with the latest picks.

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Annie's Pick
Breathe (from In The Heights), Lin-Manuel Miranda

The In The Heights movie is finally here! Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote the first draft of the musical during college in 1999 and it eventually went on to win four Tony Awards in 2008. The film adaptation, directed by Jon M. Chu, recent had it's premiere after being delayed a full year due to the pandemic. "Breathe" introduces Nina Rosario's character, who just arrived back home in Washington Heights, and is trying to find her way after dropping out of college at Stanford.

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Sam's Pick
drivers license, Olivia Rodrigo (arr. Mark Brymer)

The biggest-selling song of the year — courtesy of teen sensation Olivia Rodrigo — has just been arranged for choir, and Mark Brymer's arrangement for SATB, SSA, and 3-Part ensembles does not disappoint. The harmonies in the middle 8 section in particular will be an undoubted highlight for choirs performing this chart-topper.

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Laura's Pick
Solar Power, Lorde

Lorde is back just in time for summer with a new song that goes hand in hand with warm weather and sunny days. It is a different sound from her previous moody-pop albums, sounding lighter and new. It's a fun song to add to the summer rotation!

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Becca's Pick
Keep Me In Mind, Zac Brown Band

I recently visited Red Rocks Amphitheatre (near Denver, Colorado), and was amazed at the extensive list of performers that have graced the Red Rocks stage - which includes the Zac Brown Band. The music video for their song "Keep Me In Mind" was filmed 10 years ago during a live performance at Red Rocks, and greatly shows off the beauty of this amazing amphitheatre.

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Bill's Pick
In the Waiting Line, Zero 7

A classic "chillout" track which works perfectly as a piano solo - though you can also sing along if you'd like. The song features some pretty chord progressions, perfect for when you need some relaxation at the piano and just want to flow into the music.

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Chris' Pick
Summertime, George Gerswhin (arr. Brent Edstrom)

George Gershwin's "Summertime" is one of my all-time favorite jazz standards. For pianists, I highly recommend this Piano Solo arrangement by Brent Edstrom. It's jazzy yet very playable; no jazz training needed.

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