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Music: it's good. On each episode of Strong Songs, host Kirk Hamilton takes listeners inside a piece of music, breaking it down and figuring out what makes it work.

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Music: it's good. On each episode of Strong Songs, host Kirk Hamilton takes listeners inside a piece of music, breaking it down and figuring out what makes it work.

    "Stolen Moments" by Oliver Nelson

    "Stolen Moments" by Oliver Nelson

    Jazz is all about the contrast between the individual and the collective, and few recordings embody that as beautifully as "Stolen Moments," the opening track from Oliver Nelson's 1961 hard-bop record The Blues and the Abstract Truth.
    On this episode, Kirk dives deep into Nelson's classic tune, starting with his dense horn arrangement, then considering the three improvised horn solos as distinct creations that reflect the at-times wildly different ambitions of each individual player. Also, there's jazz flute.
    Written by: Oliver Nelson
    Performed by: Freddie Hubbard (tpt.), Eric Dolphy (alto/flute), Oliver Nelson (tenor), George Barrow (bari), Bill Evans (piano), Paul Chambers (bass), and Roy Haynes (drums).
    Album: The Blues and the Abstract Truth (1961)

    Listen/Buy: Apple Music | Amazon | Spotify
    ALSO FEATURED/DISCUSSED:
    “Moanin” by Bobby Timmons, played by Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers on Moanin', 1959 (rec. 1958)
    “So What” by Miles Davis from Kind of Blue, 1959
    “Hoe Down” and “Butch and Butch” by Oliver Nelson from The Blues and the Abstract Truth, 1961
    “Hyperballad” by Björk from Post, 1995
    “Tutti Frutti” by Little Richard, 1955
    “Kiss” by Prince from Parade, 1986
    “Give Me One Reason” by Tracy Chapman from New Beginning, 1995
    “Blue 7” by Sonny Rollins from Saxophone Colossus, 1956
    “Giant Steps” by John Coltrane from Giant Steps, 1960
    OUTRO SOLOIST: Kirk Hamilton
    Kirk is the host of Strong Songs. He lives in Portland, Oregon, where he likes to play the drums. He thinks he's getting good but he can handle criticism.
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    "Cameo Lover" by Kimbra

    "Cameo Lover" by Kimbra

    Open up your heart! Open up your heart! Open up your heart, let Kimbra pull you out!
    On this episode, Kirk goes for a swim in the extra-buoyant waters of Kimbra's 2011 pop stomper "Cameo Lover." It's an intricate musical narrative told through shifting time-feels, retro drum beats, leaping vocals, and sneaky key changes, and it's just the song to raise our spirits after a long, dark winter.
    Written by: Kimbra Johnson
    Album: Vows (2011)

    Listen/Buy: Apple Music | Amazon | Spotify
    ALSO FEATURED/DISCUSSED:
    “Somebody That I Used to Know” by Gotye from Making Mirrors, 2011
    “Settle Down,” “Plain Gold Ring” and “Sally I Can See You” by Kimbra (Plain Gold Ring by George Stone) from Vows, 2011
    “In My Bones” by Jacob Collier from Djesse Vol. 3, 2020
    “Be My Baby” by Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich, and Phil Spector as performed by The Ronettes, 1963
    OUTRO SOLOIST: Dan Nervo

    This episode's outro soloist is the fantastic Dan Nervo. Dan plays guitar in the San Francisco Bay Area in bands like Neon Velvet, and also teaches private guitar lessons. Hit him up if you want to get good at guitar: https://www.facebook.com/DanNervoGuitarLessons/
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    The Mysteries of Music, with Carmen Staaf

    The Mysteries of Music, with Carmen Staaf

    What's this? A bonus episode of Strong Songs on an off week??
    Indeed it is! For this episode of Strong Conversations (working title), Kirk hopped on a call with New York pianist Carmen Staaf to talk about the fundamental elements of music, learning to sing as an instrumentalist, teaching jazz and ear training, her collaborations with vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater and drummer Allison Miller, and the similarities between jazz and chess.
    Learn more about Carmen at her website: https://www.carmenstaaf.com/
    Check out her music here: https://carmenstaaf.bandcamp.com/
    ALSO REFERENCED IN THIS CONVERSATION:
    “Blackbird” by Paul McCartney, performed by Carmen Staaf on Eye to Eye, 2020 “Saint James Infirmary” by Don Redman/Irving Mills performed by Dee Dee Bridgewater on Dee Dee’s Feathers, 2015 Alexander Technique: https://alexandertechnique.com/ “Take The ‘A’ Train” by Duke Ellington sung by Ella Fitzgerald on Ella Fitzgerald Sings: The Duke Ellington Songbook, 1957 “I’ve Got The World on a String” by Harold Arlen performed by Sarah Vaughn with the Oscar Peterson Trio on How Long Has This Been Going On, 1978 “‘Round Midnight” by Thelonious Monk performed by Betty Carter on ‘Round Midnight, 1963 “Weightless” and "MLW" by Carmen Staaf and Allison Miller from Science Fair, 2018 “Congratulations and Condolences” by Allison Miller’s Boom Tic Boom from Glitter Wolf, 2019 Kathak dance performed by Meghranjani Medhi: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ZmCmQjoehw The Harmonic Experience by W.A. Matthieu: https://www.amazon.com/Harmonic-Experience-Harmony-Natural-Expression/dp/0892815604 “Nuclear Fusion” by King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard from Flying Microtonal Banana, 2017 “Does math actually exist?” - a good question tbh “Syl-O-G**m” by Mary Lou Williams from Zoning, 1974 “Spain” by Chick Corea and Joaquin Rodrigo from Light as a Feather, 1973 “Gentleman” by Féla Kuti from Gentleman, 1973 STRONG MERCH
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    "Wuthering Heights" by Kate Bush

    "Wuthering Heights" by Kate Bush

    Heathcliff! It's us, it's Strong Songs, we've come home!
    The time has come for a deep dive into the music of the great Kate Bush, and what better song to analyze than her breakthrough 1978 hit, "Wuthering Heights." This song has it all - odd phrasing, shifting key centers, soaring vocals, character narration, an epic guitar solo, a red dress, and a celesta.
    Written by: Kate Bush
    Album: The Kick Inside (1978)

    Listen/Buy: Apple Music | Amazon | Spotify
    ALSO FEATURED/DISCUSSED:
    “James and the Cold Gun” and “The Man with the Child in His Eyes” by Kate Bush from The Kick Inside, 1978 “Sat In Your Lap” and “The Dreaming” by Kate Bush from The Dreaming, 1982 “Running Up That Hill” by Kate Bush from Hounds of Love, 1985 Richard Buskin's 2004 Sound on Sound article about the writing and recording of "Wuthering Heights" - https://www.soundonsound.com/techniques/classic-tracks-kate-bush-wuthering-heights The 1886 remake/remix of "Wuthering Heights" Kate Bush's iconic Red Dress music video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BW3gKKiTvjs Noel Fielding's incredible live reenactment of the Red Dress video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=du4uH1fC9B8 A demonstration of the bell tree: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rhStPnEcXrk “The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky from The Nutcracker Suite, 1892 performed by the Vienna Philharmonic, 1999 “Starman” by David Bowie from The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, 1972 “Mr. Blue Sky” by Electric Light Orchestra from Out of the Blue, 1977 Correction 3/23/21: The glissando in the intro/post-chorus is now correctly identified as being played on a bell tree, rather than a glockenspiel or the celesta.
    OUTRO SOLOIST: Charles McNeal

    Charles McNeal is a killin' Oakland-based sax player who plays all over the bay area. He's also a master jazz transcriber, and has chronicled tons of great solos. You can find him playing out in a variety of bands and settings; the best way to keep up with his music is to subscribe to his YouTube channel or follow him on Instagram @charlesonsax2 - https://www.instagram.com/charlesonsax2
    NEW MUSIC VIDEO!

    Kirk just finished a new music video - it's a multi-instrumental arrangement of "Greenpath" from the video game Hollow Knight. It features 18 different instruments, including solos on tenor sax and wine glasses.
    You can watch the whole thing on YouTube: https://youtu.be/eIVtGlcpZS0

    You can also listen on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/kirkhamilton/greenpath-from-hollow-knight-multi-instrumental-arrangement
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    Cross-Rhythms, Concept Albums & Dream Songs

    Cross-Rhythms, Concept Albums & Dream Songs

    Time for the first Q&A episode of Strong Songs year three!
    On this episode, Kirk digs into the mailbag for your questions on Jack White's guitar tone, Shabaka Hutchings' sax sound, 70s kitsch jazz, concept albums, drummers learning mallet instruments, Celtic sounds, "saving" jazz, and SOPHIE. Also, a listener shares a song that came to him in a dream.
    REFERENCED ON THIS EPISODE:
    “O Superman” by Laurie Anderson from Big Science, 1982 “Let Down” by Radiohead from OK Computer, 1997 “Icky Thump” by The White Stripes from Icky Thump, 2007 “Summon the Fire” by The Comet is Coming from Trust In The Lifeforce of the Deep Mystery - 2019 “Mrs. Bluebeard” by They Might Be Giants from I Like Fun, 2018 “Tank!” by Yoko Kanno from the Cowboy Bebop Soundtrack, 1998 “The Zodiac” by David Lindup, “Funky Fanfare” and “Party Time” by Keith Mansfield, “Water Sports” by James Clarke, “Organ Mania” by Alan Hawkshaw and Keith Mansfield, all from the KPM 1000 Library Series “Astoria,” “This Means War” and “Burning Up” by Marianas Trench from Astoria, 2015 “Mébh’s Tune” by Kíla and “Wolfwalkers Theme” by Bruno Coulais from the Wolfwalkers soundtrack “Song for my Father” by Horace Silver from Song For My Father, 1965 “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number” by Steely Dan from Prezel Logic, 1974 “Layer Cake” by Shoji Meguro from Persona 5, 2016 “Sonic 2: Aquatic Ruin Zone” arrangement by Carlos Eiene: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eC60qFBZSGg “Is it Cold In The Water?” by SOPHIE from Oil of Every Pearl’s Un-Sides, 2017 OUTRO SOLOIST: Rob Reich

    This episode's outro soloist is the wonderful bay area pianist/accordionist Rob Reich. He's got a bunch of albums you can check out and has been doing some really cool new stuff during Covid times. Find more at his website, http://www.robreich.com/.
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    "Babylon Sisters" by Steely Dan

    "Babylon Sisters" by Steely Dan

    Here comes that Santa Ana wind again, blowing us right into the slightly skewed world of Steely Dan.
    It was never a question whether Strong Songs would do a Steely Dan episode, it was more a question of which song to focus on. In the end, Kirk chose "Babylon Sisters," a culmination of the band's incredible 1970s run that exemplifies Fagen and Becker's brand of pristine, laser-focused groove. It's also arguably the definitive recording of Bernard Purdie's signature Purdie Shuffle.
    Written by: Walter Becker and Donald Fagen
    Album: Gaucho (1980)

    Listen/Buy: Apple Music | Amazon | Spotify
    ALSO FEATURED/DISCUSSED:
    “Sloop John B,” Bahamian folk song as recorded by The Beach Boys on Pet Sounds, 1966
    “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone” by The Temptations from Law of the Land, 1972
    “Cousin Dupree” by Becker/Fagen from Two Against Nature, 2000
    “Reelin' in the years” by Donald Fagen from Can’t Buy a Thrill, 1972
    “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number” by Fagen/Becker from Prezel Logic, 1974
    “Black Friday” by Becker/Fagen from Katy Lied, 1975
    "Peg," "Aja," and "Home at Last" by Becker/Fagen from Aja, 1977
    “Sing Sing Sing (With a Swing)” by Louis Prima performed by the Benny Goodman Orchestra, 1936
    “Cissy Strut” by The Meters from The Meters, 1969
    "Rosanna" by David Paich as recorded by Toto on Toto IV, with Jeff Porcaro on drums (and Tom Scott on alto sax!) Rob Brown’s Purdie Shuffle tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g41Ab8iDaD0
    OUTRO SOLOIST: Kyle Molitor

    Kyle is a Portland-based trombonist who plays in all sorts of bands, and was also featured on the year three Strong Songs theme msuic. Find him on Instagram @tbonemolitor and check out his latest single here: https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/kylemolitor/the-jazz-feat-toranpetto
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    Kirk has condensed his Strong Songs picks into a single new list, which you can find on Spotify and Apple Music, and YouTube Music.
    SUPPORT STRONG SONGS ON PATREON!
    Strong Songs' Patreon supporters are the ones who make this thing happen. Thank you all so much! For more on how to support the creation of Strong Songs, go here: https://Patreon.com/StrongSongs
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    Christopher McConnell
    Joshua Jarvis
    Rick Klaras
    Niko
    Laurie Acreman
    Ken Hirsh
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    Nathaniel Bauernfeind
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    Jeanneret Manning Family Four
    Matt Butler
    Doug Paton
    Robert Paul
    R Watson
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    Sami Samhuri
    Craig J Covell
    AccessViolation
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    Glenn
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    Mark Schechter
    Dave Florey
    Dan Apczynski
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    David Noah
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    Richard Cambier
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    Jason Pratt
    John Hargis
    Stewart Oak
    Caroline Miller
    Abbie Berg
    Sam Norton
    Nicole Schleicher
    D. Belew
    Dermot Crowley
    Achint Srivastava
    Ryan Rairigh
    Michael Berman
    stephen matthews
    Bridget Lyons
    Melody Valdez
    Olivia Bishop
    Jeremy Schwartz
    John Gisselq

    • 59 min

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If you’ve ever wondered why your favourite song makes you feel a certain way, or why Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody doesn’t have a usual layout, or thought “what on earth is that alien-sounding siren at the end of Heart’s Barracuda?”, or even wondered why Steely Dan puts you on edge, then this is the podcast for you! Kirk Hamilton is a musician himself, so he does a wonderful job of explaining what makes a strong song. Whether it’s a guitar solo, a horn line, or even a Nintendo gaming console, Kirk pulls apart each song and explains each part of it in depth. When you’ve listened to one of these podcasts, you won’t be able to stop coming back for more!!!

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If you’re fascinated by music.....

Kirk explains what’s actually musically going on in a series of successful songs. Talented, knowledgeable & infectiously enthusiastic. Pick an episode about a song you love & find out why you love it!!

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