Staff Picks: July 2023

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

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Becca's Pick
Peaches (from The Super Mario Bros. Movie), Jack Black

"Peaches" was released in early April, and is featured in the Super Mario Bros. Movie, where Jack Black plays the character Bowser. I was recently introduced to this song (and music video), and it's been stuck in my head ever since. I'm a huge Jack Black fan, and loved watching the music video of this song too.

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Sam's Pick
The Lion King (Medley), Elton John (arr. Mark Brymer)

My daughter's school just finished a three-night run of a production of The Lion King and it served as a great reminder of the amazing songs that feature in the show. And more than that, when voices come together to sing these songs in a chorus, it's emotive and rousing in equal measure. This Mark Brymer arrangement does a great job of condensing these timeless tunes into a 3 minute medley.

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Chris' Pick
The Luckiest, Ben Folds

Summer is wedding season! Throughout my many years of wedding piano gigs, "The Luckiest" is one of my all-time favorites to play.

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Annie's Pick
vampire, Olivia Rodrigo

Olivia Rodrigo's first new recording since her hit 2021 album SOUR was just released and it's our first look at her upcoming album, GUTS. I love the use of the major III chord in the opening progression: F, A, Bb, Bbm. This major mediant chord surprises the listener and draws them in.

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Dan's Pick
Here Comes the Sun, The Beatles

Right from the iconic opening guitar riff, The Beatles' "Here Comes the Sun" is a delightful musical masterpiece that never fails to brighten my day.

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Louise's Pick
Until I Found You, Stephen Sanchez

This month marked the return of Glastonbury with a brilliant headline set by Sir Elton John. Always a supporter of new artists, Elton brought out a number of guest performers, including Stephen Sanchez who performed his viral hit "Until I Found You," a chilled-out ballad with a dreamy ‘50s style sound. I look forward to hearing what he does next!

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