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Songbook Review: Reflection
Shoshana Michel
Cover image of the songbook Reflection by Shoshana Michel
Shoshana Michel
2019 / Shoshana Michel
69 pages / 11 songs
Review by Kathy Parsons
The Reflection songbook is the companion sheet music book to Shoshana Michel’s 2019 album release by the same name. All eleven pieces from the album are included, transcribed by the artist and edited/proofed by me. The beautiful artwork from the CD graces the front and back covers of the book, which is spiral-bound. The notation is roomy, well-spaced and easy to read. As the title of the book implies, most of the music is fairly slow and reflective. Beautiful melodies and heartfelt expression are a big part of each piece, and the moods vary from light and happy to darker and more pensive. Playing instructions and metronome markings are at the beginning of each piece, and there are no reaches of more than an octave. The playing levels are quite consistent from piece to piece, ranging from upper-intermediate to early-advanced. None of the key signatures or rhythms are difficult for fairly experienced pianists. The music is expressive and very enjoyable to play - always a plus!

The book includes an introductory page with notes about the music, suggestions for playing and “thank you’s” written by Shoshana Michel. At the back of the book, there is a bio and a photo of the artist. It’s a beautiful book and I highly recommend it! Reflection is available from www.ShoshanaMusic.com as a printed book as well as PDF downloads of the full book or individual pieces; individual pieces and the full book are available as downloads from Sheet Music Plus.

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

A NEW DAY TODAY - Key of A (3 sharps) - 6 1/2 pages
SHOOTING STARS - Key of E minor (1 sharp) - 4 pages
FINDING BLISS - Key of D (2 sharps) - 5 pages
SOOTHING THE TEMPEST WITHIN - Key of C# minor (4 sharps) - 6 pages
BITTERSWEET - Key of E minor (1 sharp) - 5 pages
ISLAND IN THE MIST - Key of A (3 sharps)/ E (4 sharps) - 6 1/2 pages
THE MOON’S LAMENT - Key of D minor (1 flat) - 5 pages
IN A TIME LAPSE - Key of A/F# minor (3 sharps) - 5 1/2 pages
FOREVER AND A DAY - Key of Eb (3 flats) - 5 1/2 pages
LABYRINTH - Key of F# minor (3 sharps) - 6 pages
THROUGH THE EYES OF A CHILD - Key of A (3 sharps) - 8 pages
February 21, 2019
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