Staff Picks: December 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. For the holiday season, our December picks feature our team's favorite Christmas songs. Check these out below or head over to our Staff Picks page which we update regularly with the latest picks.

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Becca's Pick
Somewhere in My Memory, John Williams (arr. Phillip Keveren)

"Somewhere in My Memory" from Home Alone is one of the most recognizable holiday movie songs out there, and Phillip Keveren puts together such a gorgeous, lush arrangement of this song for us all to enjoy. If you're looking for other holiday movie themes arranged by Phillip Keveren, his recent "Christmas at the Movies" book includes other great arrangements that are a joy to play on piano as well – you can't go wrong!

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Sam's Pick
Sussex Carol, Traditional English Carol

Growing up, one of my enduring memories of Christmas is the sound of Carols from King's on Christmas Eve. While there are so many great traditional carols to choose from, there's something particular joyous about the lilting melody of "Sussex Carol," and it takes me back to my time as a chorister whenever I hear it.

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Chris' Pick
Christmas Time Is Here, Vince Guaraldi

"Christmas Time Is Here" is one of my all-time Christmas faves. Takes me back to the annual A Charlie Brown Christmas television special from my youth, and its laid back, smooth jazz chords remind me of Christmas as much as any other classic. Use this Piano Transcription version to play it exactly like Vince Guaraldi does on the recording.

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Mark's Pick
Auld Lang Syne, Robert Burns

Christmas with my family while growing up invariably included Zuzu saying "Every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings" to the soundtrack of "Auld Lang Syne" at the end of It's a Wonderful Life. It always makes me think of Christmas, and with Easy Piano, even a drummer like me can play it!

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Annie's Pick
The Most Wonderful Time of the Year, Pentatonix

The Christmas albums recorded by Pentatonix have been a staple in my holiday playlists the last few years. We currently have Piano, Vocal & Guitar arrangements available for three of these albums. Right now, my favorite of these to play is "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year". Whether or not you're a Pentatonix fan, you should check them out!

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Dan's Pick
Feliz Navidad, José Feliciano

Puerto Rican singer-songwriter José Feliciano's Latin hit is a fun song for the Christmas season that can be enjoyed by kids and adults alike—including my 6-year-old who has been singing it non-stop this season. There are just four short lyrical lines to this song (repeated multiple times), which make it a perfect tune to get everyone singing along.

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