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Songbook Review: Loving by Letting Go (single)
Matt Johnson
Cover image of the songbook Loving by Letting Go (single) by Matt Johnson
Loving by Letting Go (single)
Matt Johnson
2022 / Dolce & Nuit Productions
6 pages / 1 song
Review by Kathy Parsons
"Loving by Letting Go" is a deeply emotional single by pianist/ composer/ keyboardist Matt Johnson. He describes the piece as delicate and nuanced, expressing a melancholic yearning for reconnection. The heartfelt melody floats over a gently flowing rhythmic pattern that makes me think of fog slowly rolling in from the ocean, gradually blanketing everything in a gray mist. Deep sorrow and a powerful sense of loss can move like that, too, enveloping the mind and emotions so that it's difficult to see anything else - until you can let go and move on.

As usual, Matt Johnson is offering free downloads of the sheet music as well as the single from his website. The sheet music is also available to buy from SheetMusicPlus.com.

The sheet music is in the key of Db major/Bb minor (5 flats) and is six pages long. It is not difficult to play the notes, but it's a very expressive piece that allows pianists to interpret the music from their own emotional points of view. Most of the piece is in 5/4 time, but a passage in the middle changes to 6/8 and then returns to 5/4. Pianists at an upper-intermediate/early advanced playing level should find much to enjoy in the sheet music.

October 17, 2022
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