The Killers: "Be Still"

A heartfelt ballad from The Killers that is a little off the beaten track and a hidden gem in their ouevre. Dive into two piano solo arrangements by Jennifer Eklund of "Be Still."

The Killers: "Be Still"

About The Killers:

The Killers are an American rock band formed in Las Vegas in 2001 by Brandon Flowers and Dave Keuning. The band’s name comes from a logo on a fictitious bass drum in the music video for the New Order song “Crystal.” Over the years, the band has had several members, but the core lineup includes Mark Stoermer and Ronnie Vannucci Jr. They have released seven studio albums, all of which reached number one on the UK Albums Chart.

Their debut album, “Hot Fuss” (2004), gained international success with hits like “Mr. Brightside” and “Somebody Told Me.” The follow-up, “Sam’s Town” (2006), showed a shift in sound and style. “Day & Age” (2008) continued their success with songs like “Human” and “Spaceman.”

After a hiatus, they returned with “Battle Born” (2012), which featured the hit “Runaways.” Their fifth album, “Wonderful Wonderful” (2017), explored more personal and introspective themes. In 2020, they released “Imploding the Mirage” and “Pressure Machine” in 2021, showcasing their musical evolution.

Throughout their career, the band has received numerous awards, including several Brit Awards and NME Awards. They are regarded as one of the biggest rock bands of the 21st century, with millions of records sold worldwide and successful tours around the globe. The band’s sound has evolved over the years, incorporating various influences and themes, making them a prominent figure in the contemporary rock music landscape.

About “Be Still”:

“Be Still” is a song by the American rock band The Killers, featured on their fourth studio album, “Battle Born,” released in 2012. The track stands out as a poignant and introspective ballad amidst the album’s more energetic and anthemic tracks. “Be Still” showcases Brandon Flowers’ emotive vocals against a backdrop of atmospheric instrumentation, including gentle piano melodies and soaring strings.

Lyrically, “Be Still” conveys a message of hope and resilience in the face of adversity. The song’s lyrics encourage listeners to find solace and strength in moments of turmoil, urging them to persevere through life’s challenges. The chorus, with its repeated refrain of “Be still, be still, be still,” serves as a comforting reminder to remain calm and steadfast, even in the midst of chaos or uncertainty.

“Be Still” is often interpreted as a deeply personal and introspective track, with its themes of perseverance and inner peace resonating with listeners on a profound level. The song’s evocative melody and heartfelt lyrics contribute to its enduring appeal, making it a standout track in The Killers’ discography and a fan favorite among audiences seeking solace and inspiration through music.

1. “Be Still” Intermediate Piano Solo: Full Version

Key features of the intermediate version:

  • Appropriate for intermediates and late intermediates
  • Full song with full lyrics included
  • 8 total pages
  • Run time is approximately 4:40

🧐 Sheet music sneak peek:

2. “Be Still” Intermediate Piano Solo: Abridged Version

Key features of the intermediate abridged version:

  • Appropriate for intermediates
  • Abridged version
  • 5 total pages with partial lyrics
  • Run time is approximately 3:00

🧐 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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