I think my favorite part about playing music is the never-ending search for great songs and new arrangements of old songs.
Anything you can do to make a song you hear elsewhere, no matter whether its a 40 year old jazz standard or last year’s pop-hit, is going to give you an edge, improve your own musicality, and just make playing that much more fun.
Here are a few ideas for songs I’ve been inspired with lately.
Great Acoustic Music
In another surprising twist, Justin Bieber’s Love Yourself is a radical departure from his earlier pop styles. The song has a nice acoustic arrangement to it, and shows a side of Bieber’s voice maturing that you haven’t heard before!
To be honest, the first time I head this song I thought it was more akin to Ed Sheeran’s work than Bieber’s! Get the sheet music for Love Yourself here.
Another pop-artist you might want to give another listen to is Adam Levine. This lead singer from Maroon 5, and now popular host of NBC’s The Voice, has a new musical side to him!
His solo recordings are absolutely fantastic, and provide some great songs for bands and musicians of all levels to cover! Check out this recording of Lost Stars from his Begin Again album:
Don’t Forget Disney!
Yet another surprising source of fun popular music to throw into the mix isn’t from a band or artist, but rather…Disney!
Known for their movie-musical style of animation, Disney got away from this history with its movies during the early 200s, but with their latest releases, including Frozen and Tangled, they’re back on track, and have some great original popular hits to go along with them. Frozen composers Robert Lopez and Kristin Andersen-Lopez won literally dozens of awards for their themes for the movie, and the songs are now being performed worldwide, independent of the movie itself!
My personal favorite is the catchy “Do You Want To Build a Snowman?” which is the opening song of Anna. You can find a great arrangement and download the piano sheet music here.
You can also download the Love is an Open Door pdf, another great tune from the movie.