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

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Chris' Pick
Now and Then, The Beatles

A 'new' Beatles song?!?! If you're like me, you've listened to this new recording on repeat since last week's release. From piano solo versions, to choral, string quartet, and even clarinet duet… enjoy!

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Sam's Pick
Big Yellow Taxi, Joni Mitchell (arr. Adam and Matt Podd)

The legendary Joni Mitchell turned 80 this week, and among her extensive catalog of great songs, her 1970 classic "Big Yellow Taxi" is a long-standing favorite of mine. I love this choral arrangement by the Podd Brothers, with its lush harmonies somehow augmenting the poignancy of song.

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Becca's Pick
Glory of Love, Peter Cetera

Written in 1986 by Cetera, his then-wife Diane Nini as well as David Foster, this song was originally written as the end title for the film Rocky IV, but was eventually used instead as the theme for The Karate Kid Part II. The song was nominated for an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, and a Grammy Award. The song is by far one of my favorite song to play on keys.

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Louise's Pick
All Creatures Great and Small (Main Title), Alexandra Harwood

The second television adaption of beloved book All Creatures Great and Small features a fresh score by BAFTA Cymru award-winning composer, Alexandra Harwood. Alexandra's 'Main Title' theme beautifully echoes Johnny Pearson's 1978 original with a charming piano melody, inviting the audience into the show's English countryside setting. Have a go at the Solo Piano transcription, or the Easy Piano arrangement, and check out our interview with Alexandra Harwood.

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Mark's Pick
We Are All Made of Stars, Moby

If one is going to practice and learn in a shared environment, it helps to do so with songs enjoyed by the people with whom you're sharing the space. My wife LOVES Moby. Therefore this 2002 classic is one of my go-to songs.

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Dan's Pick
Autumn Leaves, Joseph Kosma

"Autumn Leaves" is a timeless jazz standard that beautifully captures the melancholic essence of autumn. With mellow tones and plenty of room for improvisation, it's a must-have in any jazz musician's repertoire.

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