Fall is rapidly approaching with its gorgeous color palette of smoky reds, brilliant golds and harvest oranges. Many of us here are already preparing new arrangements for Christmas sheet music and have started to bundle up, drinking coffee and wistfully remembering those gorgeous summer days.
While there’s no doubt summer is over, many of us are still hoping for that last bit of golden warmth to shine through our windows. I’ve been listening to the song "The Sky is Crying" which was popularized by Stevie Ray Vaughn. Composed by Elmore James in 1960, the song was also performed by Albert King. I love how the guitar riff perfectly complements the singer’s lyrics, which is one of several reasons why we’ve offered The Sky is Crying on Guitar Guru. I think it’s a great way to show off a guitarist’s skills, because in this song, the composition has a nice balance of lyrics and technique.
I asked a few of our other staffers here for other end-of-summer songs, and I got some great recommendations that I hadn’t thought of. Ain’t no Sunshine by Bill Withers is another great blues song that I’m sure you’ve heard before. We also have the guitar sheet music for Summer’s End by Foo Fighters, which is a little more modern than songs like ‘Tis the Last Rose of Summer with lyrics by Thomas Moore.
Whether you sing or play an instrument, after your practice I hope you get the chance to get outside and enjoy the weather before the last leaf falls from the tree.