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Songbook Review: Seashells In My Pocket
Pam Asberry
Cover image of the songbook Seashells In My Pocket by Pam Asberry
Seashells In My Pocket
Pam Asberry
2017 / Pam Asberry/ Optimistic Flamingo Music
55 pages / 13 songs
Review by Kathy Parsons
Seashells In My Pocket is the companion sheet music book for Pam Asberry’s debut recording by the same name. All thirteen piano solos are included, transcribed by the artist herself. The book is spiral-bound and printed on a medium-weight paper stock. The transcriptions are well-spaced and easy to read. Most of the pieces are played at a relaxed tempo and most are at a later-intermediate playing level, making this music quite accessible to a broad range of pianists. Ms Asberry has been a sought-after piano teacher for many years, and I would think that quite a few of these pieces would be excellent recital repertoire. The music is melodic and was inspired by travels around the world - many have an ocean or beach theme. They would be excellent material for teaching students to tell a descriptive story or to create a musical picture with their playing. At the front of the book, there is a page of notes about the music - the places and settings that inspired each of the pieces. The front and back covers of the book are beautiful enlargements of the front and back covers of the CD. I thoroughly enjoyed playing through this book and look forward to getting back to some of my favorites. The songbook is currently available exclusively from www.PamAsberry.com. Recommended!

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

Cozumel Blue Waters - Key of G (1 sharp) - 3 pages
Wishing Stones - Key of A minor (0 sharps or flats) - 5 pages
Island Cathedral - Key of Gb (6 flats) - 3 pages
Sleepy Tide - Key of Eb (3 flats) - 4 pages
Moonlight over Moorea - Key of E minor (1 sharp) - 4 pages
Dunn’s River Falls - Key of A minor / C major (0 sharps or flats) - 4 pages
Palm Trees Sway - Key of F (1 flat) - 3 pages
Mysterious Caverns - Key of B (5 sharps) - 3 pages
Cadillac Mountain Sunset - Key of D (2 sharps)/ F (1 flat) - 3 pages
The Mermaid’s Tears - Key of A minor/ E minor - 4 pages
Monterey Morning - Key of Gb/ Ab (4 flats) - 4 pages
Ocean Stars - Key of A minor - 7 pages
Sailing Home - Key of G / D - 3 pages
November 17, 2017