January Free Sheet Music: Look for the Silver Lining

Happy New Year Friends!

I hope this finds you well, and feeling at least somewhat optimistic about 2021. Last year was admittedly abominable, but some of us have been fortunate to have also acquired some new skills, or have experienced some new growth, or other benefits due to the pandemic: I have learned how to teach piano online, and although in-person lessons are more enjoyable, my students have embraced the technology and continued with lessons in a way they never would have dreamed of before it became our only option; since April my husband and I have been hosting sing-alongs on Friday nights that wonderful neighbors we hadn’t previously met attend in their cars; some of my students that have been too shy to perform in my in-person piano recitals, have been participating in my video recitals; and I have been writing some fun new music books and reading great new novels (if you love to read, see my reviews of books that feature older adult characters at RipeReads.net!) with my extra time.

I have heard people refer to these positive aspects of our stay-at-home lives as Silver Linings, a term that reminds me of an old standard I love, called Look for the Silver Lining by Jerome Kern and B.G. DeSylva which has been recorded by so many great artists: Tony Bennett, Chet Baker (uptempo), and Judy Garland (she adds the introductory phrases), and contemporary artists Brad Mehldau and Lane Webber.

I have arranged Look for the Silver Lining three ways. On my website you can print the intermediate/advanced arrangement:

PRINT Look for the Silver Lining (interm/adv)

(The above intermediate/advanced arrangement will only be posted through Dec 2021, so print it now!)

My easiest arrangement is here:

And the following arrangement appears at the end of Upper Hands Piano, BOOK 2, and was designed to help you practice your left hand chord inversions:

Finally, below is the original sheet music for those of you who want to explore the 1920 arrangement:

Will you please comment below and tell us your silver linings stories? We can all use the encouragement! If you have lost someone you love, then you will be hard-pressed to see any positives, but I hope that playing this song can help some of you to Look for the Silver Linings in your life.

If you are new to this blog, welcome and thanks for joining us! I give away free sheet music every month, and you might want to check out the list on the right of this post for practice tips, flash cards and other helpful resources. One thing you might explore in 2021 is composing a piece or writing a song! If you have always loved Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue but aren’t able to play the original, check out my intermediate arrangement here! Click the links below to learn more about my Upper Hands Piano books on Amazon.

Many thanks for your support throughout 2020, and here’s wishing you a New Year with renewed good health and happiness. With love and music, Gaili

Gaili Schoen, Author Upper Hands Piano: A Method for Adults 50+ to Spark the Mind, Heart and Soul

8 Replies to “January Free Sheet Music: Look for the Silver Lining”

  1. My 2020 silver lining is that once a week I play scrabble online with my mother and brothers while zooming with the four of us. To say that this brings out all of our lifelong rivalries and competitive issues would be an understatement… But we seem to revel in it and my mom (who needs help with her computer to do it) loves it in spite of the hassle of getting her set up. I also zoom with my kids weekly and I love seeing them interact. Thank you Gaili!

    1. Thanks for sharing that Anna! I have been really enjoying some family Zoom meetings, including a surprise Zoom birthday party! The new technology can be challenging, but its potential to bring people together is amazing!

  2. Thank you for your vibrant arrangement of “Silver Lining”. I’m sure I never heard the song before, and almost passed on it. But I read through it, and your chord separations, sometimes sparse (but necessary) voicings and sustained notes hold-overs give it such delicious tensions which are always resolved. BTW for your “Rhapsody In Blue” second half, I add a layered String Section to the piano (higher-end digital) for an orchestral effect…sounds fine to me!
    Bye and all the best.

    1. Hi Henry- so glad you are enjoying Look for the Silver Lining! I like your use of the word “delicious” and I agree, these jazz chords are very tasty!
      How fun that you are using your digital piano’s sounds to augment your piece. I’m sure it sounds beautiful! Thanks for your comment

  3. I forgot, but would you have a bit of an instrumental intro to “Silver Lining”? If not, I’ll have to try one! Thanks!

    1. For an introduction, use the last 9 measures of the piece from “So al-ways…” for the last measure play the C chord for 2 beats, then play a G or G7 chord for two beats, which will set you up to start form the beginning. You can improvise on the melody in the intro if you would like.”

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