Sometimes, pianists get so caught up in technique that we forget that the music can be fun and light and something to dance to, if your heart so desires.
My friends often send me music, and I’ve just gotten these piano solos from Molly. Most of them are pop piano songs and I’ve just been reminded of how tired I am. (These videos are recordings of other people playing, and sheet music is linked.)
After Tofino and a stressful week, I’m ready for some easy dancing…
1. Wake Me Up – Avicii
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Calm music is a great way to transition from the hustle of the day to bedtime.
I’ve been known to roll around in bed into the depths of the night, so over the years, I’ve experimented with many ways to fall asleep. Playing an instrument is a great one, next to reading. You tend to concentrate just enough to get the notes right and you’re literally playing your troubles away!
To avoid printing 5 papers for something I’m only ever playing once, I’m learning more by ear these days. (Yes I have a tablet, no I don’t like reading music off it.) But my friend Molly and I put together some great dreamy piano melodies to play before bedtime, with sheet music!
Love Me – Yiruma
When I first started playing Yiruma’s music, it would take a few hours to decipher one of his pieces. Now, I play his music for a different type of satisfaction.
There’s so much fun music out there and I love when people send me good music. So, for a change, I asked my friend Molly to share 6 piano solos that brighten her day, and here’s what she says about them.
The sun may be shining and the summer months are quickly approaching, but sometimes we all need a little bit of extra day-brightening. Stress doesn’t take a summer vacation, and where I’m from, May means it’s still raining often.
Music can be a cure for a lot of things. More specifically, upbeat music. Empowering music.
Even if you’re already feeling good, these solo piano covers are worth checking out because they exude good vibes to put a smile on my face every single time!
Happy – Pharrell Williams
What could make someone more happy than a piano solo that is literally titled ‘Happy’?
I love classical, but I don’t listen to it often these days because it never fits. For example, I wouldn’t do crunches to Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.
So I’ll open up my Spotify and show you what’s on my top 7. All of these have great melodies (as pop and house music tend to), so I’ve also included the piano sheet music if available. I hope this playlist makes your day brighter!
Paris – Chain Smokers
It’s just plain catchy! This guy playing piano is a piano student who’s gone on tour with the Chain Smokers because they noticed his videos!
It’s the season of love!
This would be a good time for someone to declare love for me or push me out a window. Maybe I’ll watch Netflix and chill with ice cream on Valentine’s Day and invite Megz over for Lord of the Rings.
My friend Matthew approves of this and sends me a bunch of love songs for the piano.
“They’re from the past 5 decades,” he says.
“Do you mean the past 5 years?” I say.
“Uh, no? Elvis Presley’s Can’t Help Falling in Love is from 1961.”
Perfect. That’s exactly how long I’ve been thinking about my loveless life.
If anyone proposes this month, or does anything super exciting and lovely with a love song, I want to hear about it! Leave a comment below! Better yet, send me pictures!
Ladies and gentlemen, these are timeless romatic love songs on the piano, from the past five decades. I hope you like them as much as I do.
1. Nat King Cole – L.O.V.E.
Note: YouTube link is not the full version of song
2. Elvis Presley – Can’t Help Falling In Love
This is a nice, simple arrangement of the classic song by Elvis Presley.
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I’m wishing for springtime like crazy. When I was in the hospital, time crawled, but I blinked and the clock jumped to 11pm.
Sometimes I wish it were socially acceptable to hibernate as humans.
Nonetheless, I can’t wait to be able to run outside without mummy-wrapping myself. I can’t wait for sunshine. I can’t wait for all the things that are great about spring, including flowers, trees, and screaming children.
Let’s get a head start. Here are 11 spring-themed pieces of music, with sheet music. Enjoy!
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Maybe it’s the stream of phone-zombies running into you on the street or the December t-shirt weather, but festivities in Asia have left a strange taste in my mouth.
Most of us have been hearing the same holiday music on repeat at every shopping mall.
I’ve been home for five days I’m bundled in scarf and boots by default.
To celebrate the spirit, my sister and I have collected these relaxing modern piano pieces that are perfect for the holidays (and maybe beyond).
Sheet music is linked below, with videos. Enjoy!
We Three Kings – Marcus Johnson
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