The Greatest Showman (Easy and Big Note Piano)

As a quick follow-up to my last post, I’ve written some simplified arrangements of a few songs from “The Greatest Showman” that are available exclusively on Sheet Music Plus.

Big Note/5 Finger:

Easy Piano:

 

Greatest Showman Big Note 5 Finger Piano

Several of my piano students are “The Greatest Showman” fans, and so am I, so this has been a fun little project. I plan to add to the list this week, including some harder arrangements of the same songs. I’ll update this blog as more come available.

Other New Releases:

I also can’t remember when I last updated this blog on my new music, so here are a few other new releases of mine:

 

Enjoy!

 

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Two More Videos

Here are a few more music videos.

As book things pick up, I’m not sure if I’ll get any other songs recorded, but I wanted to get at least these done before Mother’s Day.

You see…

My mom, Lynn S. Lund, is my musical inspiration and hero. She’s composed and taught music for as long as I can remember.  She’s the reason I started writing music, the reason I’ve played the piano since I could reach the keys.

I love her so much!

But she lives in Utah, and I live in Michigan. She’s always asking me what music I’m working on. This was the easiest way to show her.

So here are two videos.

The first song is a vocal solo sung by the amazing Jen Petersen. Jen is one of those soloists that makes accompanying a joy. She has a gorgeous voice and a great feel for music. I could seriously listen to her all day long. I’m soooo glad she agreed to record this song for me. She’s the best.

What you hopefully can’t hear is our three little kids playing in the background. It’s always fun trying to record with kids in the house, but they were very patient with us. Jen’s kids are adorable. My son was thrilled to have friends to play with.

And here’s the other song, a piano solo recorded in the middle of the day, although it doesn’t look like it. :)

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Here are the links if you’re interested:

How Great Thou ArtHow Great Thou ArtAbide with me cover

Abide With Me; ‘Tis Eventide

Have a great one!

Josh Wright Concert, Classical Pianist

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I wasn’t planning to post today, but I had to drop a quick note about the concert/fireside I went to last night by Josh Wright, classical pianist.

Wow.

I’ve been blessed to know many talented people in my life. I’ve known people who can create things out of nothing and turn the seemingly boring into a masterpiece. They’re crazy talented. And then…

There’s the next level up.

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I’ve been drawn to music since I was little

My mom is a composer and hymn arranger, as well as a piano teacher. My dad is a huge classical music fan and knows the classics better than most. Since the time I was born — in the womb even — I was exposed to all that music.

I started playing the piano before I can remember. I formally started lessons at five. I can play most songs. I sight-read fairly well. I love playing classical music best. I’ve taught piano for twenty years now. I write music, both religious and classical-style piano. I have perfect pitch and so does my husband. I feel somewhat confident in my musical abilities.

Until I go to a concert like that.

Wow.

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In an hour’s time, Josh Wright played — and this is just a guess — twenty million notes

At least it seemed like it.

He was all over that piano, but he played effortlessly. I’ve been to other classical piano concerts and was almost tensed up because I could feel their strain to get it right. But Josh’s music was peaceful and soothing. My favorites were his arrangements that combined classical songs with other familiar songs, like the hymns.

I appreciate Josh’s abilities so much more because I’ve attempted to play a few of the classical pieces he played. I get about three measures in before I’m whipped.

Kind of like when you watch the Olympic figure skaters, and you think to yourself, “Man, I haven’t been skating in a while. I should go.” And then you take that first step on the ice. That’s when you appreciate the magnitude of their talent.

Take this song…

I can play the first few measures. You know, all the easy octaves. :) But after that it’s over my head, or fingers, or whatever.

Crazy Liszt.

My kids loved the concert, too. (Hopefully I won’t have to beg them to practice this week.) My daughter nailed it when she said he plays with so much expression, but he doesn’t overplay. Their favorite song was the Water Song by Ravel.

Now we’re all jazzed and ready to up our musical abilities.

We’re ready to walk out onto that ice.

What’s even better is Josh is a super nice guy. Same with his wife, Lindsey, who is also a classical pianist and treated us with some beautiful Chopin. Both of them were down-to-earth and humble. Josh didn’t shy away from the spiritual either and spent some time talking about his LDS mission.

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Get the CD

So, although I hadn’t planned a post today, I had to tell you to get Josh Wright’s CD if you don’t have it already. It’s beautiful. It hit #1 on Billboards Classical Music chart in just two weeks. His music takes classical music and adds the religious to it, my two favorite genres. I’ll be listening to it all day as I write my novel and work on my seminary lesson.

Good stuff!

(Also, you can pre-order his next CD, My Favorite Things. You can buy his sheet music, too, if you’re feeling daring. I know I am. Check it all out here. Or find his website here.)

Thank you, Josh, for sharing your talent!!!

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Speaking of super-talented people, come back tomorrow for more MARCH BOOK MADNESS, with Whitney-Award nominee, A. L. Sowards.

See you then!

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PS) You know that little notice in the front of books about how all characters are fictional and any likeness to real people is just a crazy coincidence. Yeah. I wrote Sadie a LONG time ago. Don’t think I’m creepy. Apparently people named Josh just really love to play classical music. :)

Free Christmas Music!

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It’s that time of year again.

You know, the time that stores start selling Christmas stuff before we can get our Halloween decorations out of the basement. Drives us crazy, right? I can barely keep up with one upcoming holiday, let alone three.

But…today I’m going to be a hypocrite.

I’m a piano teacher. And a choir director. In both instances, Christmas has to start early. I give my piano students their Christmas songs around the middle of October, and my choir usually starts Christmas stuff the end of September (I say usually because this year we’re WAY behind schedule, but that’s another story). Starting this early is the only way to have perfection–or close to it–by Christmas.

Forgive me if you’re an anti-Christmas-music-in-October kinda person. Maybe you’ll forgive me if I give you something for free.

Here’s the deal. I’ve written a bunch of songs, and I’ve arranged even more than that. Several are for sale on the internet. And several happen to be Christmas-y. :)

So…

For a limited time, I’m offering my music for free. Yep. FREE!

Some is choral. Some vocal solo. Some piano. I’m even giving away my non-Christmas stuff because…well…why not?

This FREE deal will last until the end of October.

That’s October 31st. 

Halloween.

You know. The holiday we’re not ready for? 

So what exactly am I offering?

You can peruse all my available music in depth here, but for simplicity’s sake, I’ll list what’s available below. Click on the song title to go to the page with audio samples, a peek inside, and a place to buy the song. Only don’t buy the song! If you do, you missed the point of this post. Instead of buying it, send me an email (listed below) to let me know what you want.

Christmas:

>  Silent Night — SATB  and Vocal Solo​
>  Noel: a Christmas Medley – SATB and Piano Solo
>  For There’s a Savior Born —  SATB.  (This is the only one I’m unable to offer for free. Sorry. It’s on Jackmanmusic.com. But…it’s also my best-seller (and one of Jackman’s bestsellers, too), so if you or a choir you know might be interested, still check it out. )

  

Religious:

>  How Great Thou Art — Vocal Solo (Low, High)  (This is my second highest selling song)
>  A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief — Piano Solo
>  Abide With Me: ’tis Eventide — Piano Solo
>  Oh, How Lovely Was the Morning — Organ/Piano Duet
 

Classical-style Piano:

>  Sonata in A minor — Piano
       I – Allegro
       II – Adagio
       III – Moderato
>  Fugue in C minor — Piano
>  Etude in Eb minor — Piano
>  Prelude in G major — Piano

RECAP: If you want any of these songs for FREE, just email me: rebeccabelliston @ gmail (dot) com.

I’ll email the songs right out to you in .pdf form. In most cases, I can transpose them to another key if needed. Just remember to email me by Halloween.

If you know anyone who might want some free music, please share this post!

Awesome!

You guys are the best. I hope you have a very Merry Christmas!–oh wait. Not yet.

Happy Halloween!

Shoot. Almost.

You know what? Just have a great day!!! :)

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A Lifetime of Music (and more pictures)

(reminiscing)

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Quick note:

Sadie is 50% off for Deseret Book’s Summer Sale. It’s also back in the top ten. Yahoo!

Buy one for yourself, a daughter, or a friend. Just get it before the sale ends. Details here.

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Music

After last weekend’s trip to Utah, my family sent me home with a bunch of pictures from my childhood. It’s been fun reminiscing, but my poor kids are struggling with the fact that I was once as young and dorky as they are – well, maybe they believe the dorky part, but not so much the young part. :)

A common thread I noticed in the pictures was music, music, and more music. It’s been such a huge part of my life. Since most of my music is on Musicaneo’s website, I wrote a post over there called A Lifetime of Music.”

You can read it at the link here.

To get you excited, here’s a small sampling of the pictures. Sorry in advance about the hair.

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Starting Young

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So go check out my post on musicaneo and let me know what you think.

Have a great one!

Cool Book for a Hot Day

(reading)

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Looking for a good book to help you cool down on a hot summer day?

Wish that book could transport you to the beautiful, cold, Montana Mountains? I know just the one. ;)

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I don’t know about where you are, but it is HOT in Michigan right now. Hot and humid. Yikes. And today was the day my kids decided to host their own version of the Olympics in our backyard. Super cute, but crazy hot. I missed the last little bit when I couldn’t take it anymore.

One of the fun comments I’ve received about Sadie is that it makes people cold when they read it. One lady even said she had to grab a blanket to finish the end of it. I loved that it felt so real.

So…

If you’re as hot as I am, and you’re looking for a fun summer read, check out Sadie.

Here’s the book trailer.

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Feeling cooled down yet?

Here’s the synopsis:

Sadie Dawson thinks she has the perfect life until one misunderstanding leads to a brutal event that changes everything. Terrified, she flees her boyfriend’s wrath, two FBI agents, and her perfect life. Lost in a Montana snowstorm and desperate for refuge, she’s rescued by four quirky guys on their annual holiday ski vacation.

As her physical wounds heal, Sadie wonders if she will ever be able to escape the clutches of her wealthy and determined boyfriend. While her heart tells her there is more to a perfect life than diamond necklaces and elegant dinner parties, she doesn’t know who to trust.

And just when her heart settles, she finds herself abandoned by the one person who swore to protect her for a religion she doesn’t understand. Will she have the courage to follow her heart and find the life that is perfect for her?

READ the first two chapters here.

BUY the paperback or ebook any of these places:

And if you’ve read Sadie and missed our earlier online ‘book club’, check it out here.

You can ask me questions about the book, the writing process, editing, if there is a God, or whatever. Ask away:)

Have a great one!