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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.

    One Year, Eighteen Songs

    One Year, Eighteen Songs

    As Year Two of Strong Songs draws to a close, it's time to take a look back.
    SCHEDULING NOTE: Strong Songs will be off for the month of December, and will be back for Year Three at the start of January, 2021.
    But before that! Let's go back, back, back in time one hundred years, to the start of 2020.
    SONGS DISCUSSED:
    "Stairway to Heaven" by Led Zeppelin from Led Zeppelin IV, 1971 "Lovefool" by The Cardigans from First Band on the Moon, 1996 "Tom Sawyer" by Rush from Moving Pictures, 1981 "Toss a Coin to Your Witcher" by Sonya Belousova and Giona Ostinelli from The Witcher, 2019 "Sinnerman" as performed by Nina Simone from Pastel Blues, 1965 "God Only Knows" by The Beach Boys from Pet Sounds, 1966 "So What" by Miles Davis from Kind of Blue, 1959 "Last Goodbye" by Jeff Buckley from Grace, 1994 "Walking on Broken Glass" by Annie Lennox from Diva, 1992 "Chicago" by Sufjan Stevens from Illinois, 2005 "Kiss" by Prince from Parade, 1986 "World 1-1" by Koji Kondo from Super Mario Bros., 1985 "No One Knows" by Queens of the Stone Age from Songs for the Deaf, 2002 "Wedding Song" by Anaïs Mitchell from Hadestown (Original Broadway Cast), 2019 "The Chain" and "Dreams" by Fleetwood Mac from Rumors, 1977 "Hyperballad" by Björk from Post, 1995 "A Day in the Life" by The Beatles from Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, 1967 OUTRO SOLOISTS: Kyle Molitor, Luke Price, & Kirk Hamilton
    Not as many new outro soloists this year as in year one, but hey, covid made it hard to record safely. Thanks to Kyle and Luke for joining the cast.
    STRONG MERCH!
    You've still got some gift-buying time before the holidays! Check it out the new Strong Songs Store cool t-shirts, mugs, totes, and more: store.strongsongspodcast.com
    KEEP IT SOCIAL
    You can follow Strong Songs on Twitter @StrongSongs: http://twitter.com/strongsongs
    And you can find Kirk on Twitter @Kirkhamilton and on Instagram at @Kirk_Hamilton: https://www.instagram.com/kirk_hamilton/
    NEWSLETTER/MAILING LIST

    Sign up for Kirk's mailing list to start getting monthly-ish newsletters with music recommendations, links, news, and extra thoughts on new Strong Songs episodes: https://kirkhamilton.substack.com/subscribe
    STRONG PLAYLISTS
    Kirk has condensed his Strong Songs picks into a single new list, which you can find on Spotify, Apple Music, and thanks to listener L.B., it's now on YouTube Music.
    SUPPORT STRONG SONGS ON PATREON!
    Thank you, so much, to ALL of Strong Songs's patrons, and to everyone who has ever been a patron of the show. For more on how to help Kirk make more Strong Songs in 2021, go here: https://Patreon.com/StrongSongs
    NOVEMBER 2020 WHOLE-NOTE PATRONS
    Jeffrey Jue
    Rick Klaras
    Niko
    Laurie Acreman
    Ken Hirsh
    Jez
    Jenness Gardner
    Simon Cammell
    Guinevere Boostrom
    Jill Smith-Moore
    Narelle Horn
    Mickey Clark
    Nathaniel Bauernfeind
    Bill Rosinger
    Anne Britt
    David Zahm
    Erin
    Aidan Coughlan
    Jeanneret Manning Family Four
    Matt Butler
    Doug Paton
    Robert Paul
    R Watson
    Viki Dun
    Christer Lindqvist
    Sami Samhuri
    Craig J Covell
    AccessViolation
    Ryan Torvik
    Merlin Mann
    Fraser
    Glenn
    CALEB ROTACH
    Andre Bremer
    Chad Barnard
    Mark Schechter
    Dave Florey
    Dan Apczynski
    NOVEMBER 2020 HALF-NOTE PATRONS
    Kevin Potter
    M Shane Borders
    Pete Simm
    Shawn McCarthy
    Dallas Hockley
    Jana J
    Terron Ishihara
    Jason Gerry
    Rich Roskopf
    Melissa Gallo
    Joel Stevenson
    Will Dwyer Alethea Lee
    Lauren Reay
    Eric Prestemon
    Erika L Austin
    Cookies250
    Spencer Shirley
    Joshua Jarvis
    Damian Brady
    Angela Livingstone
    Jeffrey C. Yarnell
    David Friedman
    Phillip Dalton
    Christopher Cudnoski
    Mark Edwards
    Randall Browning
    Sarah Sulan
    Diane Hughes
    Kenneth Tiong
    Jo Sutherland
    David Catlett
    Joe Laska
    Michael Casner
    Michael York
    Barb Courtney
    Derek Bender
    Melanie Andrich
    Franco Famularo
    Don Hutchison
    Lowell Meyer
    Etele Illes
    Jeff Almond
    Stephen Tsoneff
    Lorenz Schwarz

    • 57 min
    "A Day in the Life" by The Beatles

    "A Day in the Life" by The Beatles

    Wake up, fall out of bed, and drag a comb across your head, cause Strong Songs is finally doing an episode about The Beatles.
    It's time for Kirk to tackle the fab four, and what better Beatles song to analyze than Lennon and McCartney's two-tune casserole of a closer, "A Day in the Life." Get ready for some lilting Lennon dreamscapes, some meticulous McCartney melodies,  a really big glissando, and an even bigger E chord.
    Written by: John Lennon and Paul McCartney
    Album: Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)
    Listen/Buy: Apple Music | Amazon | Spotify
    ALSO FEATURED:
    "Rhapsody in Blue" by George Gershwin (1924), performed by the New York Philharmonic "Yesterday" by Paul McCartney (Lennon/McCartney), 1966 "Strawberry Fields Forever" by John Lennon (Lennon/McCartney), 1967 "Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)" and "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds" also from Sgt. Pepper's, 1967 The Yoko Ono/John Lennon episode of the excellent podcast You're Wrong About "Mr. Blue Sky" by Jeff Lynne and ELO from Permission To Land, 1977 OUTRO SOLOIST: Steve Pardo
    This episode's outro soloist is the one and only Steve Pardo. Steve is a Nashville, TN based producer, composer, and saxophonist. You can find out more at his website: https://www.stevepardo.com/
    STRONG MERCH!!
    As Kirk mentioned on the episode, the Strong Songs Store is now live! Check it out for some cool t-shirts, mugs, totes, and more: store.strongsongspodcast.com
    KEEP IT SOCIAL
    You can follow Strong Songs on Twitter @StrongSongs: http://twitter.com/strongsongs
    And you can find Kirk on Twitter @Kirkhamilton and on Instagram at @Kirk_Hamilton: https://www.instagram.com/kirk_hamilton/
    NEWSLETTER/MAILING LIST

    Sign up for Kirk's mailing list to start getting monthly-ish newsletters with music recommendations, links, news, and extra thoughts on new Strong Songs episodes: https://kirkhamilton.substack.com/subscribe
    STRONG PLAYLISTS
    Kirk has condensed his Strong Songs picks into a single new list, which you can find on Spotify, Apple Music, and thanks to listener L.B., it's now on YouTube Music.
    SUPPORT STRONG SONGS ON PATREON!
    This whole thing happens thanks to the support of Strong Songs's wonderful patrons. For more on how to help Kirk keep making this show, go here: https://Patreon.com/StrongSongs
    NOVEMBER 2020 WHOLE-NOTE PATRONS
    Jeffrey Jue
    Rick Klaras
    Niko
    Laurie Acreman
    Ken Hirsh
    Jez
    Jenness Gardner
    Simon Cammell
    Guinevere Boostrom
    Jill Smith-Moore
    Narelle Horn
    Mickey Clark
    Nathaniel Bauernfeind
    Bill Rosinger
    Anne Britt
    David Zahm
    Erin
    Aidan Coughlan
    Jeanneret Manning Family Four
    Matt Butler
    Doug Paton
    Robert Paul
    R Watson
    Viki Dun
    Christer Lindqvist
    Sami Samhuri
    Craig J Covell
    AccessViolation
    Ryan Torvik
    Merlin Mann
    Fraser
    Glenn
    CALEB ROTACH
    Andre Bremer
    Chad Barnard
    Mark Schechter
    Dave Florey
    Dan Apczynski
    NOVEMBER 2020 HALF-NOTE PATRONS
    Kevin Potter
    M Shane Borders
    Pete Simm
    Shawn McCarthy
    Dallas Hockley
    Jana J
    Terron Ishihara
    Jason Gerry
    Rich Roskopf
    Melissa Gallo
    Joel Stevenson
    Will Dwyer Alethea Lee
    Lauren Reay
    Eric Prestemon
    Erika L Austin
    Cookies250
    Spencer Shirley
    Joshua Jarvis
    Damian Brady
    Angela Livingstone
    Jeffrey C. Yarnell
    David Friedman
    Phillip Dalton
    Christopher Cudnoski
    Mark Edwards
    Randall Browning
    Sarah Sulan
    Diane Hughes
    Kenneth Tiong
    Jo Sutherland
    David Catlett
    Joe Laska
    Michael Casner
    Michael York
    Barb Courtney
    Derek Bender
    Melanie Andrich
    Franco Famularo
    Don Hutchison
    Lowell Meyer
    Etele Illes
    Jeff Almond
    Stephen Tsoneff
    Lorenz Schwarz
    Becca Sample
    chamomiatea
    Wen
    Jack Sjogren
    Aparajit Raghavan
    Benedict Pennington
    Geoff Golden
    Robyn Fraser
    Alexander Geddes
    Pascal Rueger
    Randy Souza
    Joe C
    Clare Holberton
    Jake Tinsley
    Georgia Livesay
    David Zucker
    Diane Turner
    Tom Coleman
    SUELLEN MOORE
    Judy Chapple
    Stuart Terry
    Mark Perr

    • 58 min
    Microtones, Minimalism & the Bebop Scale

    Microtones, Minimalism & the Bebop Scale

    Mailbag episode! Kirk answers your burning musical questions about songs from Parks & Rec, Black Sails, Lovecraft Country, and What We Do in the Shadows, as well as microtones, minimalist songwriting, the bebop scale, practicing habits, and more.
    REFERENCED ON THIS EPISODE:
    “Parks & Recreation” by Gaby Moreno and Vincent Jones, 2009 “Black Sails” by Bear McCreary, 2014 “You’re Dead” by Norma Tanega from Walking My Cat Named Dog, 1966 “Lonely World” by Moses Sumney from Aromanticism, 2017 A 2018 Refinery29 article by Courtney E. Smith on the gender gap in TV composing “Melting” and "Rattlesnake" by King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard from Flying Microtonal Banana, 2017 “Can I Believe You” by Fleet Foxes from Shore, 2020 “Moon River” by Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer, performed by Jacob Collier on Djesse vol. 2, 2019 “Money” by Pink Floyd from The Dark Side of the Moon, 1973 “Buzzcut Season” by Lorde from Pure Heroine, 2013 “I’m Down” by Paul McCartney recorded by The Beatles, 1965 “Kiss” by Prince from Parade, 1986 “End Credits” by Danny Elfman from The Nightmare Before Christmas, 1993 Twenty Thousand Hertz episodes on The Loudness Wars, Perfect Pitch, and Dies Irae (featuring Kirk!) “American Pie” by Don McLean from American Pie, 1971 "S.O.B." by Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats from their 2015 self-titled album, and live on the BBC, 2015 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/
    KEEP IT SOCIAL
    You can follow Strong Songs on Twitter @StrongSongs: http://twitter.com/strongsongs
    And you can find Kirk on Twitter @Kirkhamilton and on Instagram at @Kirk_Hamilton: https://www.instagram.com/kirk_hamilton/
    NEWSLETTER/MAILING LIST

    Sign up for Kirk's mailing list to start getting monthly-ish newsletters with music recommendations, links, news, and extra thoughts on new Strong Songs episodes: https://kirkhamilton.substack.com/subscribe
    STRONG MERCH!
    Visit the Strong Songs merch store for some very cool t-shirts, mugs, totes, and more: store.strongsongspodcast.com
    STRONG PLAYLISTS
    Kirk has condensed his Strong Songs picks into a single new list, which you can find on Spotify, Apple Music, and thanks to listener L.B., it's now on YouTube Music.
    SUPPORT STRONG SONGS ON PATREON!
    Strong Songs is entirely made possible thanks to the support of the show's wonderful patrons. For more on how to join their ranks, go here: https://Patreon.com/StrongSongs
    OCTOBER 2020 WHOLE-NOTE PATRONS
    Jeffrey Jue
    Bonusround
    Rick Klaras
    Niko
    Laurie Acreman
    Ken Hirsh
    Jez
    Jenness Gardner
    Simon Cammell
    Guinevere Boostrom
    Jill Smith-Moore
    Narelle Horn
    Mickey Clark
    Nathaniel Bauernfeind
    Simon Cramp
    Bill Rosinger
    Anne Britt
    David Zahm
    Erin
    Aidan Coughlan
    Jeanneret Manning Family Four
    Matt Butler
    Doug Paton
    Robert Paul
    R Watson
    Viki Dun
    Christer Lindqvist
    Sami Samhuri
    Craig J Covell
    AccessViolation
    Ryan Torvik
    Merlin Mann
    Fraser
    Glenn
    CALEB ROTACH
    Andre Bremer
    Chad Barnard
    Mark Schechter
    Dave Florey
    Dan Apczynski
    OCTOBER 2020 HALF-NOTE PATRONS
    Rich Roskopf
    Melissa Gallo
    Joel Stevenson
    Will Dwyer Alethea Lee
    Lauren Reay
    Eric Prestemon
    Erika L Austin
    Cookies250
    Spencer Shirley
    Joshua Jarvis
    Damian Brady
    Angela Livingstone
    Jeffrey C. Yarnell
    David Friedman
    Phillip Dalton
    Christopher Cudnoski
    Mark Edwards
    Randall Browning
    Sarah Sulan
    Diane Hughes
    Kenneth Tiong
    Jo Sutherland
    David Catlett
    Joe Laska
    Michael Casner
    Michael York
    Barb Courtney
    Derek Bender
    Melanie Andrich
    Franco Famularo
    Don Hutchison
    Lowell Meyer
    Etele Illes
    Jeff Almond
    Stephen Tsoneff
    Lorenz Schwarz
    Becca Samp

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Strong TV Songs: HBO Edition

    Strong TV Songs: HBO Edition

    The Wildlings are south of the wall, the robots are rising up, Seventh Kavalry's on the move, and two percent of the world's population has vanished. Time for another edition of Strong TV Songs!
    This time around the focus is on HBO, a network that has defined much of the broader TV landscape over the past couple of decades. So let's dig into a bunch of great music from a bunch of good shows, with themes for Dothraki raiders, Alethiometers, robot farmgirls, nuns with guns, monstrous moguls, and lost souls.
    Special thanks to the key of C minor for making this episode possible.
    DISCUSSED ON THIS EPISODE:
    “Woke Up This Morning” by Alabama 3 from Exile on Coldharbour Lane, 1997 “Six Feet Under” by Thomas Newman, 2001 “Deadwood” by David Schwartz, 2004 “Way Down In The Hole” by Tom Waits from Franks Wild Years, 1987. Performed by Waits, The Blind Boys of Alabama, The Neville Brothers, DoMaJe, and Steve Earle “Game of Thrones” by Ramin Djawadi, 2011 "Game of F***in' Thrones" by Anamanaguchi, 2012 “Pacific Rim” by Ramin Djawadi feat. Tom Morello from Pacific Rim, 2013 “Doom Patrol” by Clint Mansell and Kevin Kiner, 2019 “His Dark Materials” by Lorne Balfe, 2019 “Westworld” and “Sweetwater” by Ramin Djawadi, 2016 “Ezio’s Family” by Jesper Kyd from Assassin’s Creed II, 2009 "How The West Was Really Won,” “Nun With a Motherf***ing Gun,” and “Children of Krypton” by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, 2019 “Succession” by Nicholas Britell, 2018 "Kiss from Daddy" by Demi Adejuyigbe, 2019 “The Departure” and “Dona Nobis Pacem” by Max Richter from The Leftovers, 2014 OUTRO SOLOIST: Luke Price
    This episode's outro soloist is Portland fiddle player Luke Price. When he's not working as a side man in a variety of killer bands, Luke joins his wife Rachael to form the excellent songwriting duo DEAN!. You can follow them on Instagram and listen to some of their stuff on their website, wearedean.com.
    KEEP IT SOCIAL
    You can follow Strong Songs on Twitter @StrongSongs: http://twitter.com/strongsongs
    And you can find Kirk on Twitter @Kirkhamilton and on Instagram at @Kirk_Hamilton: https://www.instagram.com/kirk_hamilton/
    NEWSLETTER/MAILING LIST

    Sign up for Kirk's mailing list to start getting monthly-ish newsletters with music recommendations, links, news, and extra thoughts on new Strong Songs episodes: https://kirkhamilton.substack.com/subscribe
    STRONG MERCH!
    Visit the Strong Songs merch store for some very cool t-shirts, mugs, totes, and more: store.strongsongspodcast.com
    STRONG PLAYLISTS
    Kirk has condensed his Strong Songs picks into a single new list, which you can find on Spotify, Apple Music, and thanks to listener L.B., it's now on YouTube Music.
    SUPPORT STRONG SONGS ON PATREON!
    Thank you to all of Strong Songs's Patreon backers - you are amazing, and you make all of this possible. For more on how to support Strong Songs, go here: https://Patreon.com/StrongSongs
    OCTOBER 2020 WHOLE-NOTE PATRONS
    Jeffrey Jue
    Bonusround
    Rick Klaras
    Niko
    Laurie Acreman
    Ken Hirsh
    Jez
    Jenness Gardner
    Simon Cammell
    Guinevere Boostrom
    Jill Smith-Moore
    Narelle Horn
    Mickey Clark
    Nathaniel Bauernfeind
    Simon Cramp
    Bill Rosinger
    Anne Britt
    David Zahm
    Erin
    Aidan Coughlan
    Jeanneret Manning Family Four
    Matt Butler
    Doug Paton
    Robert Paul
    R Watson
    Viki Dun
    Christer Lindqvist
    Sami Samhuri
    Craig J Covell
    AccessViolation
    Ryan Torvik
    Merlin Mann
    Fraser
    Glenn
    CALEB ROTACH
    Andre Bremer
    Chad Barnard
    Mark Schechter
    Dave Florey
    Dan Apczynski
    OCTOBER 2020 HALF-NOTE PATRONS
    Rich Roskopf
    Melissa Gallo
    Joel Stevenson
    Will Dwyer Alethea Lee
    Lauren Reay
    Eric Prestemon
    Erika L Austin
    Cookies250
    Spencer Shirley
    Joshua Jarvis
    Damian Brady
    Angela Livingstone
    Jeffrey C. Yarnell
    David Friedman
    Phillip Dalton
    Christopher Cudnoski
    Mark Edwards
    Randall Bro

    • 1 hr 5 min
    "Hyperballad" by Björk

    "Hyperballad" by Björk

    It's early in the morning; no one is awake. From the top of the mountain, the soft light of dawn comes into view. You take a deep breath, and prepare for a journey with the great genius of musical travel.
    On this episode, Kirk dives into Björk's 1995 electro-pop masterpiece "Hyperballad," paying special attention to how carefully she weaves together music and lyrics to create a sense of space, and thus a feeling of travel.
    Written and produced by: Björk
    Co-produced by: Nellee Hooper
    Album: Post (1995)
    Listen/Buy: Apple Music | Amazon | Spotify
    SPECIAL GUEST: ICELAND
    For the visualization exercise Kirk mentions in the episode, some photos of the Icelandic countryside can be found here and here. Or really anywhere online.
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    OUTRO SOLOIST: BJ Cord
    This episode's outro soloist is BJ Cord, a fantastic trumpet player based in Portland. BJ works at Monette trumpets making some of the most beautiful horns in the world, and is a regular presence on their Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/monettetrumpets
    KEEP IT SOCIAL
    You can follow Strong Songs on Twitter @StrongSongs: http://twitter.com/strongsongs
    And you can find Kirk on Twitter @Kirkhamilton and on Instagram at @Kirk_Hamilton: https://www.instagram.com/kirk_hamilton/
    NEWSLETTER/MAILING LIST

    Sign up for Kirk's mailing list to start getting monthly-ish newsletters with music recommendations, links, news, and extra thoughts on new Strong Songs episodes: https://kirkhamilton.substack.com/subscribe
    STRONG MERCH!
    Visit the Strong Songs merch store for some very cool t-shirts, mugs, totes, and more: store.strongsongspodcast.com
    STRONG PLAYLISTS
    Kirk has condensed his Strong Songs picks into a single new list, which you can find on Spotify, Apple Music, and thanks to listener L.B., it's now on YouTube Music.
    SUPPORT STRONG SONGS ON PATREON!
    Thank you to all of Strong Songs's Patreon backers - you are making all of this happen. For more on how to support Strong Songs, go here: https://Patreon.com/StrongSongs
    SEPTEMBER 2020 WHOLE-NOTE PATRONS
    Rick Klaras
    Laurie Acreman
    Ken Hirsh
    Jez
    Jenness Gardner
    Simon Cammell
    Guinevere Boostrom
    Jill Smith-Moore
    Rachel Rakov
    Narelle Horn
    Mickey Clark
    Nathaniel Bauernfeind
    Simon Cramp
    Bill Rosinger
    Anne Britt
    David Zahm
    Erin
    Aidan Coughlan
    Jeanneret Manning Family Four
    Matt Butler
    Doug Paton
    Robert Paul
    R Watson
    Viki Dun
    Christer Lindqvist
    Sami Samhuri
    Craig J Covell
    AccessViolation
    Ryan Torvik
    Merlin Mann
    Glenn
    CALEB ROTACH
    Andre Bremer
    Chad Barnard
    Mark Schechter
    Dave Florey
    Dan Apczynski
    SEPTEMBER 2020 HALF-NOTE PATRONS
    Jeffrey C. Yarnell
    David Friedman
    Phillip Dalton
    Christopher Cudnoski
    Mark Edwards
    Randall Browning
    Sarah Sulan
    Diane Hughes
    Matt Beams
    Niko
    Kenneth Tiong
    Jo Sutherland
    David Catlett
    Michael York
    Derek Bender
    Melanie Andrich
    Franco Famularo
    Don Hutchison
    Lowell Meyer
    Etele Illes
    Jeff Almond
    Stephen Tsoneff
    Lorenz Schwarz
    Becca Sample
    Wen
    Jack Sjogren
    Aparajit Raghavan
    Benedict Pennington
    Geoff Golden
    Robyn Fraser
    Alexander Geddes
    Pascal Rueger
    Randy Souza
    Joe C
    Latifah Makuyi
    Clare HOLBERTON
    Jake Tinsley
    Georgia Livesay
    David Zucker
    Diane Turner
    Tom Coleman
    SUELLEN MOORE
    Judy Chapple
    Stuart Terry
    Mark Perry
    Malory
    Dhu Wik
    Eric Helm
    Jake Roberts
    Briony Leo
    Bill Fuller
    Jonathan Daniels
    Sheilah
    Steven Maron
    MH
    Michael Flaherty
    Jarrod Schindler
    Zoe Little
    Gerry Nelson
    Albukitty
    Caro Field
    Wayne Marsh
    Judith Stansfield
    Jenifer Carr
    michael bochner
    Duncan
    brant brantphillip
    Leigh Sales
    Markus Koester
    Alexander
    Jeremy Dawson
    Gavin Doig
    Sam Fenn
    Tanner Morton
    AJ Schuster
    Jennifer Bush
    David Stroud
    Amanda Furlotti
    Andrew Baker
    Brooke Wilford
    Cyrus N. White
    Chris Brown
    Mark Haberlen
    Juan Carlos Montemayor Elosua
    Kate Albury
    Matt Gaskell
    Elliot Jay O'Neill
    Jules Bailey
    Eero Wahlste

    • 48 min
    Good Synths, Bad Acoustics & Moana

    Good Synths, Bad Acoustics & Moana

    Mailbag episode! Kirk tackles your questions on subjects ranging from a Warren Zevon piano part, to the unfortunate prevalence of bad acoustics at live shows, to why Moana is such a good movie.
    It's been a rough week; thanks everyone who wrote in.
    DISCUSSED ON THIS EPISODE:
    “Flaming” by Pink Floyd from The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, 1967 “Golden Brown” by the Stranglers, 1981 “Woke Up Today” and “In My Room” by Jacob Collier from In My Room, 2016 “Reckless” by Nate Wood/Four from X.it, 2019 “Stranger Things” by Kyle Dizon and Michael Stein “Succession” by Nicholas Britell “Hillbilly Hare” by Carl Stalling Audio from Hot Fuzz, 2007 “The End of the Tour” by They Might Be Giants from John Henry, 1994 “Dancing Queen” by ABBA from Arrival, 1976 “All Summer Long” by Kid Rock from Rock N Roll Jesus, 2007 “Sweet Home Alabama” by Lynyrd Skynyrd from Second Helping, 1973 “Werewolves of London” by Warren Zevon from Excitable Boy, 1978 The excellent documentary Twenty Feet From Stardom “Gimme Shelter” by the Rolling Stones feat. Merry Clayton from Let It Bleed, 1969 “You Know How We Do It” by Ice Cube from Lethal Injection, 1993 “Nuthin’ but a G thang” by Dr. Dre feat. Snoop Dogg from The Chronic, 1992 “Windows 95 Login” by Brian Eno, 1995 “All Things Considered” by Don Voegeli, arr. Wycliffe Gordon “Good Night Until Tomorrow” by Nobuo Uematsu from Final Fantasy VII, 1997 “Fingertips” by They Might Be Giants from Apollo 18, 1992 "Honey Jar" by The Wood Brothers from Live at the Barn, 2017 “I Am Moana” and “How Far I’ll Go” by Lin Manuel Miranda feat. Auliʻi Cravalho from Moana, 2016 Correction 9/16: A listener pointed out that I failed to mention the explicit "Sweet Home Alabama" reference that comes a bit later in "All Summer Long." I added a mention of it to the episode. - KH
    OUTRO SOLOIST: Kirk Hamilton
    Kirk is the host of Strong Songs. He lives in Portland, Oregon, a charming, smoke-filled city where no one can go outside because the air is poison. He used to play shows around the Pacific Northwest, but since live music can no longer safely exist, he mostly sits at home sipping coffee by the air purifier, thinking "This is fine."
    KEEP IT SOCIAL
    You can follow Strong Songs on Twitter @StrongSongs: http://twitter.com/strongsongs
    And you can find Kirk on Twitter @Kirkhamilton and on Instagram at @Kirk_Hamilton: https://www.instagram.com/kirk_hamilton/
    NEWSLETTER/MAILING LIST

    Sign up for Kirk's mailing list to start getting monthly-ish newsletters with music recommendations, links, news, and extra thoughts on new Strong Songs episodes: https://kirkhamilton.substack.com/subscribe
    STRONG MERCH!
    Visit the Strong Songs merch store for some very cool t-shirts, mugs, totes, and more: store.strongsongspodcast.com
    STRONG PLAYLISTS
    Kirk has condensed his Strong Songs picks into a single new list, which you can find on Spotify, Apple Music, and thanks to listener L.B., it's now on Google Play.
    SUPPORT STRONG SONGS ON PATREON!
    Thank you to all of Strong Songs's Patreon backers - all 1,000 plus of you! You are incredible, and you're making it possible for this show to exist. For more information on how support Strong Songs, go here: https://Patreon.com/StrongSongs
    SEPTEMBER 2020 WHOLE-NOTE PATRONS
    Rick Klaras
    Laurie Acreman
    Ken Hirsh
    Jez
    Jenness Gardner
    Simon Cammell
    Guinevere Boostrom
    Jill Smith-Moore
    Rachel Rakov
    Narelle Horn
    Mickey Clark
    Nathaniel Bauernfeind
    Simon Cramp
    Bill Rosinger
    Anne Britt
    David Zahm
    Erin
    Aidan Coughlan
    Jeanneret Manning Family Four
    Matt Butler
    Doug Paton
    Robert Paul
    R Watson
    Viki Dun
    Christer Lindqvist
    Sami Samhuri
    Craig J Covell
    AccessViolation
    Ryan Torvik
    Merlin Mann
    Glenn
    CALEB ROTACH
    Andre Bremer
    Chad Barnard
    Mark Schechter
    Dave Florey
    Dan Apczynski
    SEPTEMBER 2020 HA

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