Pages 230-233: B. Withers – Lean on Me

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Found a piano! Not just any ;).

“Lean on Me” by Bill Withers… a powerful and beautiful song that portrays life an friendship in a great way. B. Withers, about writing the song: “I bought a little piano and I was sitting there just running my fingers up and down the piano. In the course of doing the music, that phrase crossed my mind, so then you go back and say, ‘OK, I like the way that phrase, Lean On Me, sounds with this song.'”

Pages 228-229: R. Newman – You’ve got a friend in me!

Toy-StoryHello everyone! I’m sight-reading a piece from one of my favorite cartoons when I was a kid (go Pixar!), Toy Story. The piece is You’ve got a friend in me by Randy Newman. Dedication goes to some good friends in town  :)!

 

 

Pages 226-227: Brahms – Hungarian Dance

Today I’m sight-reading a piano arrangement from one of Brahms’ Hungarian Dances. You will recognized the piece I’m sure ;)! Dedication goes to my grandfather Dida Antun and his sister Baka Draga who no longer are with us… They have both been great inspirations to the whole family. I chose this tune to remember the Hungarian forefathers in the family !

Pages 224-225: Simpson/Ashford – Ain’t no Mountain High Enough –

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Mount Fitz Roy from my hiking trip in Patagonia in February 2015

Sight-reading “Ain’t no mountain high enough”, one of Marvin Gaye’s first hits, together in duet with Tammi Terrell. You might also recognize this tune from the movie Sister Act ;). Dedication goes to my friend Kaja in San Francisco, one of the best hikers I know! There’s always a higher mountain to climb :)!

Page 223: N. Rota – The Godfather Theme

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Tonight, I’m revisiting a film soundtrack, the famous theme from The Godfather. Considered as one of the best movies of all times, I think The Godfather needs no introduction! Dedication goes to my Italian friend Beatrice in Cambridge. Un baci de Boston and hopefully see you soon!

Pages 215-218: A.C.Jobim – Girl from Ipanema

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Tonight on the pianathon will be a classic Brazilian “Bossa Nova” song by Antonio Carlos Jobim which won the Grammy for best record back in 1965. A great tune, which I’m sure you will recognize!

Dedication goes to my friend Sonia who recently moved to Paris! Je te souhaite un bon debut dans ta nouvelle ville :). I chose this song as I remember you had a lovely trip in Brazil. Hope you like the song!

 

Pages 212-214: Sibelius – The Spruce

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Tonight, I’m rediscovering a piece I learnt a few years ago: The Spruce by Finnish composer Jean Sibelius. When I was traveling in Finland back in 2009, I asked a music shopkeeper for suggestions of nice short piano pieces by Sibelius and he recommended the 5 Pieces for the piano, Op. 75, that are about trees! 5 pieces for 5 trees! Dedication goes to my friend Ines in Munich. Ich hoffe das es dir gefaellt! Bis bald!