Badly Drawn Boy: "Silent Sigh"

Explore three piano solo arrangements of Badly Drawn Boy's "Silent Sigh" featured in the film "About a Boy."

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Badly Drawn Boy: "Silent Sigh"

About Badly Drawn Boy:

Badly Drawn Boy is the stage name of British musician and singer-songwriter Damon Gough. He rose to prominence in the early 2000s with his debut album, “The Hour of Bewilderbeast,” which won the Mercury Prize for Album of the Year in 2000. Born on October 2, 1969, in Dunstable, Bedfordshire, England, Gough grew up in nearby Bolton.

Badly Drawn Boy’s music is characterized by its eclectic mix of indie rock, folk, and experimental pop, often featuring intricate arrangements and introspective lyrics. Gough’s distinctive voice, combined with his unconventional song structures and use of instrumentation, has earned him a dedicated following.

“The Hour of Bewilderbeast” remains Badly Drawn Boy’s most acclaimed work, featuring singles like “Once Around the Block” and “Disillusion.” The album showcases Gough’s talent for crafting melodic, emotionally resonant songs that explore themes of love, loss, and self-discovery.

In addition to his solo work, Badly Drawn Boy has contributed music to soundtracks, including the film “About a Boy,” for which he received a nomination for the Ivor Novello Award for Best Original Film Score in 2003. He has released several albums since his debut, including “Have You Fed the Fish?” (2002), “One Plus One Is One” (2004), and “Born in the U.K.” (2006).

Throughout his career, Badly Drawn Boy has continued to experiment with his sound, incorporating elements of electronic music, orchestration, and storytelling into his work. Despite experiencing ups and downs in his personal life and musical career, he remains a respected figure in the indie music scene, known for his creativity, authenticity, and emotional depth.

About “Silent Sigh”:

“Silent Sigh” is a song by British musician Badly Drawn Boy, featured on the soundtrack of the 2002 film “About a Boy,” which is based on the novel of the same name by Nick Hornby. The song serves as the opening track of Badly Drawn Boy’s second studio album, “About a Boy: The Soundtrack,” released in 2002.

“Silent Sigh” reflects the introspective and contemplative mood of the film and its protagonist, played by Hugh Grant. The song features Badly Drawn Boy’s trademark blend of indie rock and folk, with acoustic guitar, gentle percussion, and understated vocals. Lyrically, the song explores themes of loneliness, self-discovery, and the search for meaning in life.

The track gained significant attention due to its inclusion in “About a Boy” and helped to further establish Badly Drawn Boy’s reputation as a talented songwriter and musician. It captures the essence of the film’s narrative and emotional depth, providing a fitting introduction to both the soundtrack album and the story it accompanies on screen.

1. “Silent Sigh” Intermediate Piano Solo: Full Version

Key features of the intermediate full version:

  • This is the full version of the song that tracks with the soundtrack version
  • 6 total pages with lyrics
  • Run time is approximately 4:20

🧐 Sheet music sneak peek:

2. “Silent Sigh” Intermediate Piano Solo: Abridged Version

Key features of the intermediate abridged version:

  • This is an abridged version with thinner textures and a simplified ending
  • 5 total pages with lyrics
  • Run time is approximately 4:00

🧐 Sheet music sneak peek:

3. “Silent Sigh” Easy Piano Solo

Key features of the easy piano version:

  • This is an abridged version that hits all the main parts of the song
  • 3 total pages with lyrics
  • Run time is approximately 3:10

🧐 Sheet music sneak peek:

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Jennifer Eklund
Written by Jennifer Eklund
Jennifer Eklund holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in music from California State University, Long Beach. She is an avid arranger, composer, and author of the Piano Pronto® method books series as well as a wide variety of supplemental songbooks. She is also a Signature Artist with with a large catalog of popular music titles for musicians of all levels.


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