Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Led Zeppelin, Meatloaf & More In This Week's New Songs

When you want to play along to a customizable recording, play around with musical arrangements, or especially when you want to learn the piano part to one of your favorite songs, MIDI files are just what the doctor ordered. And there's lots of piano to be played here - between the dramatic strains of Meatloaf's "I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)", to the jaunty groove of Led Zeppelin's "Fool in the Rain" to Supertramp's cool Wurlitzer, this week's new songs will have you playing along long into next week.

Fool in the Rain - Led Zeppelin

"Fool in the Rain" was a swan song for the band's original lineup, but today it is one of Zeppelin's most popular tunes and has become a classic rock radio staple. Unlike most of their guitar rock hits, such as "Stairway to Heaven" and "Ramble On", "Fool in the Rain" is based on a prominent piano line which will be tons of fun to learn on your keyboard. The song has a great groove, but don't let it hypnotize you too much, or the samba interlude in the middle will catch you by surprise.

I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That) - Meatloaf

For MIDI file users looking for a summer epic to add some spice to their keyboard repertoire, "I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That)" is a perfect choice - the music video for the song was even directed by Michael Bay. Written by Jim Steinman, who was responsible for all of the song's on Meatloaf's breakthrough record, "Bat Out of Hell" as well as Bonnie Tyler's "Total Eclipse of the Heart" is an emotional and theatrical anthem that's great for karaoke, performance or play along. It'll use the full array of instrument sounds your keyboard has to offer, with strings, percussion, choirs (which would sound great with the Tyros3 Premium Choirs and Vocals), and of course, guitars. And what would an epic song like this be without a dramatic piano line to play along with?

The Logical Song - Supertramp

A little piece of pop-rock gold from the late 70's, "The Logical Song" combines a catchy melody, castanets, and a few excellent guitar riffs to form a great addition to your keyboards library. An electric piano part forms the backbone of the song - figure it out, then perform alongside the synthesizer and saxophone flourishes in this file.

On the Road Again - Willie Nelson

For those who like their country music fast, free and fun, this song has everything you could want. An ode to the life of the touring musician, Willie Nelson's vocals is joined by harmonica, slide guitar and a classic country-skiffle beat. Add your own keyboard part, and take your show on the road!

- Doug