Although I have a piano in my house when people ask me to play I always defer and say I play badly, and for my own amusement. This can be attributed to my stop-and-start lessons as a young girl: each of my three piano teachers got pregnant within a few years of me starting lessons! Still, if the sheet music is easy enough I do enjoy playing. The library has a music section in the adult non-fiction department, and now has two new books of piano, vocal, or guitar sheet music for anyone’s entertainment. 150 of the Most Beautiful Songs Ever contains popular tunes from the 1920s through the 1990s by various artists. Each arrangement has a piano line, a vocal line, and guitar chords. The arrangements stay in the keys of C, G, and F whenever possible and are easy enough for even me to pick out by sight. Some titles include Blue Moon, How Deep is Your Love, Some Enchanted Evening, You are So Beautiful, Georgia on My Mind, Unchained Melody, Tears in Heaven, and many more.
The companion volume, 150 More of the Most Beautiful Songs Ever is arranged for easy piano only. The notes are big and clear on the page and the arrangements are mostly in the keys of C, G, and F. This collection includes a few more movie tunes, such as Can You Feel the Love Tonight from Lion King, and If I Change the World from the older movie Phenomenon. Of course, standards from many of the Rogers and Hammerstein musicals are included as well. So, if you would like a quick distraction between chores or errands and have a piano or guitar, why not try and see how many tunes you can recognize out of these big books of sheet music?
You can get the book reviewed here and more great titles to watch, read, listen to, or play with at the Port Library at 1718 N. Hersey in Beloit, on the North Campus. This is director Rachel Malay, saying “Thanks for checking us out!”
150 of the Most Beautiful Songs Ever published by the Hal Leonard Corp.
ISBN: 9780881883077, 573p.
150 More of the Most Beautiful Songs Ever published by the Hal Leonard Corp.
ISBN: 9781617740329, 558p.
Both: Adult Non-Fiction, Music and Entertainment Section