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Songbook Review: Love's Light
Joe Bongiorno
Cover image of the songbook Love's Light by Joe Bongiorno
Love's Light
Joe Bongiorno
2016 / Piano Haven
72 pages / 12 songs
Review by Kathy Parsons
The Love’s Light songbook is the companion sheet music book for Joe Bongiorno’s 2016 album by the same name. All twelve piano solos from the recording are included (the thirteenth track on the album is an orchestrated arrangement of the title song) and were transcribed note-for-note by John Zechiel. The music in the collection was inspired by many of the different kinds of love we experience in life, so the music gives the pianist a chance to express a range of emotions that are warm, beautiful, and often poignant. The notation itself is roomy and easy to read with crisp black ink on a bright white paper stock. The book is spiral-bound and the front cover is a full-color reproduction of the album cover of the CD. The pieces range from an upper-intermediate playing level to moderately-advanced. A few pieces have tricky key signatures and “Genesis” is played with tremolo throughout, but most of these pieces shouldn’t be difficult for most moderately-experienced pianists. The transcriptions include metronome settings, suggested pedaling, and well-marked expression. When Joe Bongiorno writes music about love, he always wears his heart on his sleeve, making his music very personal as well as a joy to listen to and to play. The songbook is available from www.JoeBongiorno.com as a printed book, a downloadable book, and downloadable individual pieces. I highly recommend Love’s Light.

The song titles, the keys they are in, the number of pages, and the playing levels are as follows. Please note that the playing levels are on a 1-5 scale based on Joe’s sheet music. A 1 isn’t necessarily an elementary piece, but is one of Joe’s easiest. A 5 doesn’t require super-human piano skills, but is one of Joe’s most difficult pieces:

Love’s Light - Key of G (1 sharp) - 5 pages - level 3
Call of the Canyon - Key of C minor (3 flats) - 6 pages - level 4
Fly For Her - Key of Eb (3 flats) - 6 pages - level 3.5
Surreal - Key of B (5 sharps) - 5 pages - level 4
Take My Hand - Key of Ab (4 flats) - 6 pages - level 4
Pure Spirit - Key of A (3 sharps) - 5 pages - level 2.5
Genesis - Key of C (0 sharps or flats)/ Eb (3 flats) - 9 pages - level 5
Forever My Angel - Key of D (2 sharps) - 6 pages - level 3
Giuseppe - Key of E (4 sharps) - 5 pages - level 3.5
Just Meant to Be - Key of F# (6 sharps)/ Eb (3 flats) - 7 pages - level 4.5
The Sweetest Smile - Key of Db (5 flats) - 6 pages - level 3.5
By Candlelight - Key of Ab (4 flats) - 5 pages - level 3.5
February 4, 2017
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