Staff Picks: March 2022

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. In honor of Women's History Month, our March picks feature some of our favorite songs by female artists. Check them out below or head over to our Staff Picks page which we update regularly with the latest picks.

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Bruce's Pick
Love You Like a Love Song, Selena Gomez

The year was 2011 and I was already elbow—on my way to shoulder—deep into my old man music ways. But like the rose that grew from the concrete, one new song defiantly broke through. Amongst the love songs sung by classic country, soft rock and power ballad artists, this song made its way into my regular playlists thanks to its hypnotic, pulsating beats and chorus you couldn't help but to repeat-peat-peat-peat-peat. This earworm had gone dormant for years, until I saw Selena Gomez reappear as one of the stars in Hulu's Only Murders in the Building and suddenly this song began taking up real estate in my head once again. And hopefully now, yours too.

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Dan's Pick
At Last, Etta James

As the title track from Etta James' 1960 debut album, "At Last" is still well-loved—and well-covered by the likes of Beyoncé, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, among others—over 60 years later. This incredible blues-soul song is accessible to all sorts of players with arrangements for everything from PVG and Lead Sheet to Ukulele and Accordion.

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Sam's Pick
Rise Up, Andra Day (arr. Audrey Snyder)

Taken from Andra Day's 2015 debut album Cheers to the Fall, "Rise Up" is an anthem about staying strong in the face of adversity, and it has featured in commercials, movies, TV shows, and even Joe Biden's virtual inaugural parade. The song translates excellently to a choral setting, with the uplifting harmonies in the song's chorus, and Audrey Snyder's arrangement for 3-Part Mixed and SSA voicings is an excellent choice for 2022 choir programs.

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Annie's Pick
I Feel the Earth Move, Carole King

"I Feel The Earth Move" is from Carole King's hit album, Tapestry, for which she won four Grammy awards. Beginning her career as a songwriter in the Brill Building, King has written over 100 songs that have charted on the Billboard Hot 100. In 2013, King was awarded the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song — the first woman to receive this honor.

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Becca's Pick
I Can't Make You Love Me, Bonnie Raitt

This song was released over 30 years ago by Bonnie Raitt, featuring Bruce Hornsby on the piano. Since then, this song has been covered by so many artists, most notably George Michael, Boyz II Men, and Adele.

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Bill's Pick
Supernova, Liz Phair

This single from Liz Phair's followup to her critically-acclaimed debut, Exile in Guyville, hit big on modern rock radio in the mid-90s, cementing Phair as a legend in women-led rock music. Even after a long career of great work, this raw and crunchy track continues to be a classic example that rock music wasn't something "just for the boys."

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