Rob Costlow Piano

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Video: A Day Out

Wed 18th Jun, 2014

A Day Out - This is a beautiful video recently posted on YouTube.


Look Up

Fri 9th May, 2014

Look Up - Love this video! You've probably seen it by now, but such an important message. There is a time for the Web, but more time for life. So happy I didn't have a smartphone during my youth. Aside from all the memories of playing and socializing outdoors with friends, I met a beautiful, smart, and real woman in college because our eyes connected across rooms and we waived at each other... we're celebrating 15 years of marriage this fall.


New YouTube Channel

Sat 19th Apr, 2014

Hi! Subscribe to my new YouTube channel at

More updates, news, and banter coming soon... I've been distracted working on new songs. I have enough now for another full album. I still need to polish the songs up... yet a new recording is inevitable. :)


Christmas and New Year Blessings

Tue 24th Dec, 2013

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! May 2014 be full of blessings for you and yours. 

Download "Not Alone" for free in your file format of choice + receive the sheet music.

...because God said, "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you." ~ Hebrews 13:5

"The only real blind person at Christmas-time is he who has not Christmas in his heart." ~ Helen Keller

"Unless we make Christmas an occasion to share our blessings, all the snow in Alaska won’t make it white." ~ Bing Crosby 

Shower your neighbors and surroundings with love.
An Empty Canvas


Give Thanks

Thu 28th Nov, 2013

I'm thankful for family, friendship, and unconditional love. Happy Thanksgiving!



River City

Mon 4th Nov, 2013

Ready for some drama?! Two of my songs will be featured on the BBC's River City. Be sure to check out episode 8, airing Tuesday, November 19 on the BBC.


Are You Driven? Think Twice...

Sun 21st Jul, 2013

Director / Writer / Producer, Ben Pitterle, recently contacted me to license "Woods of Chaos" for his upcoming Marathon Swimming documentary entitled Driven. Ben showcases the incredible journey of Fiona, Cherie, and Evan as they attempt to swim across the Santa Barbara Channel. I thought " apropos" as the story behind "Woods of Chaos" is about moving on and fighting off (mental) demons, be they discrete or blatant.

"Imagine beginning a 10-hour swim by plunging into pitch black water at 1 AM, offshore of islands where great white sharks are known to feed. Mental demons abound." Welcome to Marathon Swimming... This makes the standard endurance sport look (almost) like child's play.

The documentary is expected to be released this September.


True Gemini - Animated Video

Fri 5th Jul, 2013

I really enjoyed this video... no idea why I hadn't come across it sooner!

Watch it on YouTube...


Happy Fourth of July

Thu 4th Jul, 2013

Have a festive, happy, and safe Fourth of July America! Let freedom ring! Thank you troops and veterans!!

A photo from the fireworks show tonight.
Happy 237th Birthday America!


March Madness

Wed 27th Mar, 2013

I've been meaning to blog regularly, and here I am typing my second post of 2013. Hmm... I do have some solid justification. I shall disclose.

To start, the Indiana Hoosiers (my Alma mater) are hard at work trying to give me and my fellow alumni a nervous breakdown. What a season! It's been 10+ years since I've watched so much basketball. Excited to see how the Hoosiers take on the Orangemen tomorrow night in Sweet 16 action. Go Big Red!

Moving on...

I'm planning a new album! OK, so I've said this a few times the past couple years. :) The fact is I'm putting a little more thought. First, starting with a couple melodies and themes. I can't believe it's been almost 5 years since my last solo album. This time around is a bit different than the last. I'm obviously taking my time with this one. I really want to deliver something more meaningful. For now let's say the project will be more rich, whole, and may take on more than one form. Is that vague enough?

I recently sent my buddy allMeadow a new riff to play around with. I feel it's quit catchy, and we should have a solid remix to share anytime now.

I have been traveling a bit, and was recently down at SXSW (Austin, TX). Good times. This was an educational and networking visit for me. I'd really like to perform the next time around. BTW - Any podcast lovers out there? I got to spend a little time with C.C. Chapman (see photo). He's a truly great guy and long time supporter of my music.

My newly 6-year-old (Madeline) started piano lessons! She's a natural. This girl is going to crush anything that I've accomplished when she comes of age. I mean it. So proud of her! She has a solid contemporary teacher, who will be exploring and instructing beyond classical music. Her mom and I help her practice. I'm trying to keep some distance, so she has no pressure. My reasoning is that any form of art is best delivered with genuine passion.

Before I sign off, I must ask, is it really almost April? The continued cold weather tells me otherwise. You know something is wrong when your 3-year-old tells you "this is the worst spring ever." Yep, this literally (and randomly) came out my Ellie's mouth today. :) The fam and I are hanging out for a few days at our place in Sauk County, Wisconsin. Great place to reflect, relax and get in some quality time together.

Have a great day!

CC Chapman and me

Spring, where are you? I implore you to show your warm face!


New Year, New Memories

Tue 1st Jan, 2013

Happy New Year! 

This photo is of my Grandmother Eleanor, who passed away in 2012. Simply put, great memories remain with me. When I visited her as a child, she always encouraged me to play piano and be creative (and she put up with the crazy noise while I learned the fundamentals). 

If you're reading, I wish you a fulfilling 2013, receive much inspiration and support, and find a way to give from what's been given to you. Live and be well...


"Goodbyes" and "Sleepaway" Sheet Music

Sun 2nd Dec, 2012

Happy first week of December! A couple new items arrived in time for the Holidays. Sheet music for "Goodbyes" and "Sleepaway" is now available in Rob's store!

Gift or get "Goodbyes"
Gift or get "Sleepaway"


Giving (Daily) Thanks

Sun 11th Nov, 2012

This year I'm taking a bit longer to inhale and exhale as the holidays approach. As I fire up the blog editor and begin to document the thoughts on my mind, I'm vowing to truly focus and enjoy each moment with family and friends this season.

Stating the obvious, I often find having no agenda is a great muse to start winding down and focus. That is, going with the flow and clearing my mind to enjoy and take in the moments. (Yes, this is often a longer process for me to begin than I care to admit.) Ultimately, I desire to get to a state of unforced momentum. So I don't miss the little sparks of inspiration...the powerful subtlety and result of a single expression or image.

Around the neighborhood or at work, have you begun to hear "This year flew by...faster than the last."? Like so many of us, I say a comparable statement near the end of every year. Yet, these are the same 365.2 days I had last year, and the year before that, and the year before that... What did I do with each 24 hours? How did I contribute? What was accomplished? How much did I complain? How did I advise? How did I give thanks?

Well, I'm...

- Thankful to our veterans for defending and loving a brave and free nation at all costs. 

- Thankful to my family for their love, patience, and encouragement. 

- Thankful to my fans for providing intense support and inspiration. 

- Thankful to my colleagues and friends for making each day like a baseball practice. We are a team supporting and learning from each other, seeking common goals to keep playing and improving. 

- Thankful (that long ago) my mom and dad exemplified to me the power and meaning of thanks, loving one another, and the ubiquitous mercy and equality bestowed by our maker.

- Thanks be to God for giving us a choice, empowering us, and always being there in the darkness and the light.

Moving forward, I shall do my best to reflect more frequently on this blog. To keep my priorities in check. To center on the good and how I can use it to make tomorrow even better. There is always daily thanks to be had after you see the sun rise...and set. 


Bliss: for my wife, Melissa

Tue 2nd Oct, 2012

"Bliss" Sheet Music by Rob Costlow

Thirteen years ago I performed this song (well, part of it) for the first time to a very beautiful, caring, creative, funny, and intelligent young bride from the Chicago suburbs. Happy anniversary to the love of my life...may true bliss always be with you, Melissa.


One Big Family

Tue 11th Sep, 2012

Desiring peace in memory of the victims and heroes of 9/11. Never forget. We are one big family...


Another First of Firsts

Thu 23rd Aug, 2012

My oldest girl (Madeline) went off to her first day of Kindergarten today. Unbelievable! I was just sitting in the delivery room two seconds ago... The Reconstruction album was inspired by this awesome young lady. In her honor, the album is free for download today. Learn lots baby girl (so studious in your glasses)! Download:

Madeline's first day of Kindergarten! 


The All New RollingNote Piano App

Tue 7th Aug, 2012

RollingNote v1.1.0 is now available! This piano app is for all ages and skill levels, making it fun and easy to learn songs while playing along on your piano or MIDI keyboard.

 RollingNote Piano App >  What's new?

  • In-app song library - including songs by me :)
  • Etudes (and finger hints) for Major Keys including Chords, Scales, Cadences, Inversions and Arpeggios
  • Improved MIDI support

Download it FREE for iPad!


Be Active

Wed 1st Aug, 2012

Even if my blog doesn't always show it, I am consistently active. Suppose I need to document more, eh? :) Regardless, lots going on and many updates to come this fall regarding new music efforts, business ventures, etc. Stay tuned...

"Fresh activity is the only means of overcoming adversity." ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


In Business and in Life...

Fri 8th Jun, 2012

"Do unto others as you would have them do to you." This is one of the oldest notions know to man. And, it's certainly a constant battle for any of us to truly live down on a daily basis. Deceit, selfishness and greed lurks, and sometimes we don't even realize we've violated the notion. Stay awake. Fight the good fight.

In today’s constantly evolving world, survival stems from a meaningful mission, relentless drive, and strong, interconnected relationships.

Support each other. Mentor each other. Love each other.


Happy 3rd Birthday Ellie!

Tue 8th May, 2012

Happy 3rd Birthday to sweet, caring Ellie who isn't happy unless everyone around her is smiling! You're growing up so fast (baby) girl. You and your sister (Madeline) are amazing and bring so much joy.

Ellie loves to swing

"I see who I want to be, in my daughter's eyes." ~ Martina McBride


Until We Meet Again

Sat 14th Apr, 2012

My wife and I named our youngest daughter after amazing Grandma Eleanor. Yesterday at 95 years old, Grandma passed away. She led an incredibly giving, respectful, wise and loving life. She taught me patience, God's word, good health, and always encouraged me (especially my music). So thankful for the time we had with you Grandma. Miss you and love you. Until we meet again...

"Have patience, have patience, don't be in such a hurry."
Grandma Eleanor with baby Eleanor (Ellie)


Introducing the New

Sat 17th Mar, 2012

It's been 10 years since I started recording music (surreal!). I thought it was time for to get a little makeover. I'm looking forward to many more years of creating music. Thanks for all of your support!

Music is a great self-development outlet. For musicians and students of music, the classic instruments are great tools to build character, discipline and creativity. Music is universal. It can turn a bad attitude upside down, take your stress away, make the party, marry two lovers, and be the soundtrack of your life.

"If music be the food of love, play on." ~ William Shakespeare

"One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain." ~ Bob Marley



Fri 9th Mar, 2012

Invisible Children is leading a great mission that needs our support. Despite any controversy you may have heard, this is a true humanitarian effort that needs attention. Stop Joseph Kony. Help end the violence and bring peace. Please share and consider other ways how you can help.

Joseph Kony is the world’s worst war criminal. KONY 2012 is a 24-minute film that explains everything he’s done and how he can be stopped. This year. #KONY2012

Video link:


Learn to Play "I Do" and Other Songs

Tue 14th Feb, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day!

What a great day to officially launch the new project I've been working on, You can play music like never before... Per my last post, RollingNote is an interactive app that teaches anyone (beginner or expert) how to play piano. It is the first piano instruction app to use scrolling notes and progressive levels to teach songs and grade playing in real-time. Via Mac, Windows or iPad, simply follow and play along to songs on a MIDI keyboard or acoustic piano.

In light of Valentine's Day, "I Do" is the first of my songs available on RollingNote. Simply visit to install the Player app and get songs to play. There are many songs to choose from, and much more to come! You can download "I Do" and learn the story behind the song at

Happy playing!


Introducing RollingNote Piano

Fri 20th Jan, 2012

Happy New Year!

I wanted to let you know about a new and unique piano application I have been working on with a friend. It is called RollingNote, and it will help people of all ages and skill levels learn to play piano songs in a meaningful and modern way. It is launching very soon on Mac, Windows and iPad! Be the first to know when it launches by visiting

Note: There will be dozens of songs to select from and more to come (including songs by me and many other contemporary artists). More info below...

RollingNote is a universal app that supports music artists and makes it fun and easy to learn songs while playing along on your MIDI keyboard or acoustic piano. We believe everyone should be able to play piano. Beginner or expert, RollingNote is for the music lover in you.

Smash hit games like Guitar Hero and Rock Band prove that you can have tons of fun simulating instruments... but why stop there?! RollingNote uses the same interactive video game experience to teach you the skills you need and track your progress. Truly experience the joy of piano music.

Piano Instruction Has Evolved
- Learn piano on your own time (and if you take lessons, use as extra support)
- Simple scrolling notes replace sheet music 
- Play the songs you love and discover new music you will love to play

Music Made Flexible
- Choose skill complexity from a progressive selection of song levels
- Preview each song and level to hear how it is intended to be played
- Adjust song tempo to play at your own pace 
- Practice using left, right or both hands

- Grade and score your playing to track progress in real-time
- Share with friends, family and teachers
- Access grades, scores and manage music in your RollingNote app song library

Again, be the first to know when it launches by visiting

Thank you!