The Story Behind Helping Nashville and John Rich’s “Lend a Hand”

Musicnotes.com is pleased to present you with an inside look at the song “Lend a Hand,” which was composed by John Rich to help Tennessee residents recover from the recent flood disaster. This song will be available for free as an MP3 download through John Rich’s official website and as a sheet music download through Musicnotes.com. From now through September 30, 2010, download sheet music for “Lend a Hand” from Musicnotes.com for free. For every download of sheet music for this song, Musicnotes.com will donate $1.00 to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund up to a maximum of $10,000. For more details, read our Support Nashville. Download “Lend a
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Musicnotes Aids Nashville Flood Recovery with Free Download Of “Lend A Hand” by John Rich

MADISON, WI – May 13, 2010 – Musicnotes.com, the leading digital sheet music retailer and publisher, announced today that the company is offering a free sheet music download of “Lend A Hand,” a new song written by John Rich of the country duo Big & Rich to raise awareness and support related to the recent floods that have devastated Nashville and middle Tennessee. Through September 30, 2010, Musicnotes will offer this upbeat song as a free sheet music download and encourages customers to contribute a small donation to the Nashville Red Cross. Musicnotes, Inc. will contribute $1.00 per sheet music download of “Lend A Hand” to the http://www.nashvilleredcross.org up to
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“The Climb” Wins Musicnotes.com 2009 Song of the Year Award

Madison, WI – April 21, 2010 – Musicnotes, Inc., the market leader in downloadable sheet music, announced today that Jon Mabe, Jessi Alexander, Music of Stage Three and Disney Music Publishing are the recipients of the seventh annual Musicnotes Song of the Year Award for the song, “The Climb.” The Musicnotes Song of the Year Award is presented each year to the songwriter and publisher of the best-selling sheet music for a song made popular in the previous calendar year. In 2009, this song was “The Climb.” The song “The Climb” was released in March 2009 as the leading single performed by Miley Cyrus for Hannah Montana: The Movie. In
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Scott Joplin and Free “Stoptime Rag” Sheet Music

Scott Joplin is an American songwriter who was born in the late 1860s who wrote over forty compositions, including two operas and a ballet. Most of these compositions were written in a musical style known as “ragtime.” Ragtime, which is also referred to as “ragged time,” surged in popularity during the late 1890s and remained a favorite style of music until the early 1920s. Joplin often referred to himself as the “King of Ragtime.” Many consider Joplin’s best-selling composition of Maple Leaf Rag as one of the songs that defined ragtime as a musical style. Ragtime’s importance as a musical genre can be seen through its influence on early jazz.
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Interview with Georgia Stitt: Composer, Lyricist, Performer

In this edition of our Musicnotes.com Songwriter Spotlight, we turn our attention to the multi-talented Georgia Stitt who has worked as a composer, lyricist, arranger, music director, performer, vocal coach and more! Whether she’s on Broadway or working in television, Georgia is a consummate professional with a passion for all things music. Musicnotes.com is proud to highlight Georgia in this edition of our Songwriter Spotlight. We’d also like to mention we offer a great selection of sheet music for songs by Georgia Stitt or the Alphabet City Song Cycle sheet music for piano and vocals, too! Is there a difference between writing songs for a stage production versus a movie
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Gavin Mikhail Interview and Song Debut

You may recall that we recently made an announcement about how Musicnotes and Tunecore Team Up To Offer Sheet Music. Gavin Mikhail, the most recent songwriter to be featured in our Songwriter Spotlight, is one of the Tunecore artists we just recently started adding sheet music for. Among Gavin’s sheet music offerings is his piano version of the Death Cab For Cutie favorite I Will Follow You Into The Dark, which has become a hit with fans of the movie Twilight. Gavin revealed that, “I’ve always loved playing the song, and although I’d never intended to record it, we went ahead and filmed a one-take performance our last night at
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Interview with Peter Cincotti

Pianist and songwriter, Peter Cincotti began his songwriting career at the age of 9. Only 25, Peter is currently on tour opening for legendary performer Seal and has released a brand new album earlier this year called East of Angel Town. Peter has enjoyed international success, and has been garnering fans on both sides of the Atlantic who love piano music. We’ve often received requests for Peter Cincotti sheet music, and we’ve been delighted to work with Peter to get you your songs. In this interview, we asked Peter to open up and tell us what his favorite song is, who his musical influences have been and more! Peter Cincotti
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“Before You Go” a Patriotic Song’s Story

Whether you’re honoring our veterans for Memorial Day or celebrating the Fourth of July, you might want to stop for a moment and think about the song, “Before You Go.” With lyrics written by Doctor Sam and music composed by John Melnick, this one song has been viewed over twenty million times and played around the world. Although “Before You Go” is a widely-shared song, the story behind how this song evolved truly shows how there is a song for each and every one of us. At the heart of this story is a retired doctor named Dr. Sam, who leads the group “Dr. Sam and the Managed Care Blues
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Interview with Composer Kevin Kern for our Songwriter Spotlight

In this edition of our Songwriter Spotlight, Musicnotes.com shines the spotlight on Kevin Kern, an acclaimed pianist, composer and performer who has an interesting story to tell. Even though he was born legally blind, Kevin exhibited his musical talent at the tender age of eighteen months. After you read our interview with this talented musician and composer, you can find out more about Kevin Kern by visiting his website located at: www.kevinkern.com. Kevin invites you to follow his musical journey through your favorite social sites including: Myspace, Facebook, Youtube and Twitter. If you’re interested in downloading piano sheet music from this composer, we invite you to visit his selection of
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Innovations in Songwriting Lead to Web 2.0 and Beyond

In our continued efforts to support songwriters everywhere, we’ve been able to connect with some really interesting people. This time, our efforts crossed paths with a songwriter, producer and savvy Web 2.0 professional named Dean Whitbread. In this article we’ll share with you a little bit about Dean’s background, and talk about an area where he is blazing trails in songwriting – for podcasts. Dean comes from a musical background steeped in the sounds of jazz – his father was a jazz trumpet player in the hip late 1950s London circuit. Dean had early formal musical training but didn’t enjoy the classical music he was learning. Switching from private lessons
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