I really enjoy when I get to review piano music because it means I have to sit down and play the piano, which I love to do! Yes, my piano is in the room directly across from where I do a lot of my work, but for some reason, I rarely make it to the bench, so it’s always nice having something I “have” to play.
So thanks to Mr. James Stevens, I was able to dust off some neglected piano keys and try out his Relaxing & Romantic Piano Vol. II music. His first volume has been one of Sheet Music Plus’ best sellers.
Relaxing & Romantic Piano, Vol. II contains 27 original songs that are all a nice length of 3-4 pages. For some reason (I have no idea why!), I was anticipating to play some fun, melodically exciting numbers, but about halfway through I noticed all the songs sounded like what I would hear in a little boutique or at a wedding. And then I looked at the title again and said to myself, “Oh…they’re relaxing & romantic for a reason.” Can you tell I just catch on to things so fast?!
If you’re looking for some relaxing & romantic background music, Mr. Stevens’ collection seems like it would help fill that need very nicely, but don’t expect riveting and thrilling music-not that anyone in their right mind would ever do that! I think it’s worth mentioning, though, that within each song, it seemed a bit repetitive. I believe it’s more this style, but as I played through the music, the songs seemed to lack strong melodic structure and were more built on chord patterns. This isn’t always bad, but it’s just not a type of music I typically gravitate toward playing-even for background music-because I feel like I end up performing the same song multiple times. I just really like variety in my music! But that’s just my preference.
If you want to get a feel for what the songs from this collection sound like just keep moving down the screen! Mr. Stevens also has a website you can check out that has links to his other music (sheet music, pandora station, free improvisation resources, etc): jamesmstevens.com
Don’t forget there’s a giveaway! 3 lucky winners will receive a digital copy of Relaxing & Romantic Piano Vol. II. Just let me know you want to be entered in the comments.