This post is dedicated to the memory of my mother-in-law, who died of breast cancer in 1989. Today is her birthday. May she rest in peace, in the presence of her heavenly father. The photo below shows the painting of her that remains in our home. We lit seven candles in her name.
Inspired by Manny’s Music Playlists, I thought I’d share a list of the current music I’m playing on the piano.
My Current Piano Music Playlist
- My Song by Keith Jarrett
Originally in the key of C major (surprisingly), one of my all-time favorite songs from the album, “My Song”, featuring Keith Jarrett’s European quartet.
It’s in C but the chord progressions are pretty complex, and a bit challenging to improvise over. But there is an introduction that pedals between C major and Db major. To me, a very soothing piece to play, with a sophistication and quiet elegance about it. I never get tired of playing this one.
- It Might As Well Be Spring by Rogers and Hammerstein
Another key originally in C (according to one site). I’ve seen it in one of my “fakebooks” in G, but I like to play this one in F major.
This song is originally from the 1945 film “State Fair” and won an Academy Award for Best Original Song. It’s usually performed as a romantic ballad. I like to start this song off as a ballad in rubato, then transition into a samba or latin groove. Another fairly challenging song to improvise over the chord progressions, when played at a faster tempo.
- It Could Happen To You by Johnny Burke and Jimmy Van Heusen
Another big favorite of mine to play on piano. And incidentally… original key in Eb, but I like to do it in F major. A beautiful ballad that I just play as a ballad. From the 1944 film, “It Could Happen To You”. I like the way it starts in F and continues to modulate in half steps to Bb. And like many songs, patterns into 2-5-1 progressions.
- Autumn Leaves (Les feuilles mortes) by Joseph Kosma and lyrics by poet Jacques Prévert
Originally written in 1945, this song is probably my favorite song to play on piano. This classic song follows the cycle of fifths, and goes back and forth between major and minor keys. It’s a great song for beginning jazz pianists to learn, so I somehow always come back to playing this one as if it were home base!
Originally written in G major resolving to E minor, I like to play Autumn Leaves in F major resolving to D minor. And, depending on my mood, I like to play this as a ballad, latin, bossanova or samba.