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Songbook Review: Undercurrent
Michele McLaughlin
Cover image of the songbook Undercurrent by Michele McLaughlin
Undercurrent
Michele McLaughlin
2015 / Michele McLaughlin
70 pages / 13 songs
Review by Kathy Parsons
Undercurrent is the companion sheet music collection to Michele McLaughlin’s 2015 recording by the same name. All thirteen piano solos are included, transcribed note-for-note by Rebecca Oswald and edited by myself. The scores are clear and easy to read, printed on a mid-weight bright white paper stock and spiral-bound to stay open on the piano and to continue looking good with many years of use. These pieces are a joy to play. Most pianists at an upper-intermediate level and above will have no trouble mastering the music, and more advanced pianists will have a great time with the expressive styles and varied moods. Most of the timing is very straight-forward and there are no reaches of more than an octave. Pedaling suggestions and metronome settings are included, and dynamics are clearly marked. None of the pieces are in the more challenging key signatures. Melodic, accessible, and great fun to play, I highly recommend this book. It is available in hard copy or for download from michelemclaughlin.com.

The song titles, the keys they are in, and the number of pages are listed below:

11,000 Miles - Key of C (0 sharps or flats)/F (1 flat) - 7 pages
Living in Awe - Key of C - 6 pages
Changing Skies - Key of Bb (2 flats)/Eb (3 flats) - 4 pages
Full of Love - Key of C - 5 pages
The Space Between - Key of C minor (3 flats) - 7 pages
Undercurrent - Key of Bb minor (5 flats) - 5 pages
Starstuff - Key of C minor (3 flats) - 5 pages
Never Give Up - Key of F (1 flats)/ /C (0 sharps or flats) - 4 pages
Evolution - Key of C (0 sharps or flats) - 5 pages
On My Own - Key of C minor (3 flats) - 4 pages
Melody in Motion - Key of D minor (1 flat) - 6 pages
Stepping Stones - Key of C minor (3 flats) - 3 pages
Synesthesia - Key of D minor (1 flat)/G minor (2 flats) - 7 pages
April 29, 2015
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