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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.

    Strung Beats, Jazz Battles & The Notes You Don't Play

    Strung Beats, Jazz Battles & The Notes You Don't Play

    The Strong Songs mailbag has gotten pretty overstuffed lately, so Kirk decided to take another crack at it. That means it's time for more of your musical questions!
    On this episode, we bounce around between the best songs for performing CPR, country music multiphonics, Noname's strung beats, the slide saxophone, Stevie Nicks guitar tones, Roxanne syncopation, how to find a voice teacher, whether competition is good for music, and what it means when people say jazz is about "the notes you don't play."
    REFERENCED ON THIS EPISODE:
    “Stayin Alive” by the Bee Gees from the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack, 1977 “Another One Bites the Dust” by Queen from The Game, 1980 “Freight Train” by Alan Jackson from Freight Train, 2010 “Something” by Lalah Hathaway and Snarky Puppy from Family Dinner, 2013 “Sunny Duet (feat. theMIND)” and “Yesterday” by Noname from Telefone, 2016 “Waves” by J Dilla from Donut, 2006 “Swamp Thing” by Hiatus Kayote from Choose Your Weapon, 2015 Frédéric Couderc on the slide saxophone playing “Come Sunday” by Duke Ellington: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vjnrM3GZMS8 “Edge of Seventeen” by Stevie Knicks from Bella Donna, 1981 “Bring on the Night” by The Police from The Police, 1979 “Roxanne” by The Police from Outlandos d’Amor, 1978 “The Eternal Triangle,” by Sonny Stitt from Sonny Side Up, 1957 “You Don’t Know What Love Is” by Raye and DePaul, recorded by Sonny Rollins on Saxophone Colossus, 1956 “So What” by Miles Davis from Kind of Blue, 1959 OUTRO SOLOIST: Erik Elligers
    Erik is a Connecticut-based multi-instrumentalist and music educator. He plays saxophone with the New London Big Band and sings and plays guitar for the fabulous band Goodnight Blue Moon - check them out, you won't regret it: https://www.goodnightbluemoon.com/
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    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 and Apple Music, and YouTube Music.
    SUPPORT STRONG SONGS ON PATREON!
    Thank you so much to all of Strong Songs' Patreon supporters - you are all the best. For more on how to support the creation of this show, go here: https://Patreon.com/StrongSongs
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    Explaining Musicals, with Lindsay Ellis

    Explaining Musicals, with Lindsay Ellis

    If an emotion is too big for talking, you sing. If it's too big for singing, you dance. And if it's too big for dancing, well, you just gotta podcast!
    Writer, podcaster, and video essayist Lindsay Ellis knows a thing or two about outsized Broadway emotions—in addition to her many other pursuits, she's created a whole side endeavor talking about them on her musical theater podcast, Musicalsplaining. Ellis guested on last year's Strong Songs episode about Hadestown, and it seemed only natural to have her back for a longer conversation about musical theater.
    Back in March, she and Kirk hopped on Zoom and chatted about the first musicals they loved, why musicals resonate with teens, how Hadestown's visual design helps tell a story, and just what the deal is with Andrew Lloyd Webber.
    CHECK OUT LINDSAY'S WORK
    Lindsay's bestselling debut novel Axiom's End is now available, and her second one is on the way. She's a prolific video essayist, and has made some terrific videos about Lord Andy himself. She's also a co-host on the Musicalsplaining podcast.
    REFERENCED ON THIS EPISODE:
    “All I Ask of You (Reprise),” and “Point of No Return” from The Phantom of the Opera (Original London Cast) by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Charles Hart, 1987 “Cool” by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim from West Side Story, New Broadway Cast Recording, 2009 “Dead Mom” by Eddie Perfect performed by Sophia Anne Caruso from the Beetlejuice OCR, 2019 "Non-Stop” by Lin-Manuel Miranda from Hamilton, 2015 “Heaven on their Minds” by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice from Jesus Christ Superstar, original concept album, 1970 “The Club” by Lin-Manuel Mirands from In The Heights, 2008 “Any Way the Wind Blows,” “Come Home With Me,” “Chant,” and “Wedding Song” by Anäis Mitchell from Hadestown, 2019 An offhand joke about “The Phantom of the Mall” which is an actual 1989 movie “Willkommen” by Kander, Ebb and Masteroff performed by Alan Cumming in the 1998 version of Cabaret "Man of Constant Sorrow,” trad. American Folk first published by Dick Burnett, performed by Dan Tyminski and the Soggy Bottom Boys in O Brother, Where Art Thou, 2000 “Blinding Lights” by The Weeknd from After Hours, 2020 STRONG MERCH
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    STRONG PLAYLISTS
    Kirk has condensed his Strong Songs picks into a single list, which you can find on Spotify and Apple Music, and YouTube Music.
    SUPPORT STRONG SONGS ON PATREON!
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    Sidechain Compression & Saxophone Traffic Cones

    Sidechain Compression & Saxophone Traffic Cones

    Mailbag time!
    Kirk peruses the Strong Songs inbox to answer your questions about jazz drum solos, practicing with play-a-longs, Tame Impala tunes, saxophones with traffic cones, vocal technique, sidechain compression, and several very tricky rhythms.
    REFERENCED ON THIS EPISODE:
    “Tubes” by Moon Hooch from their NPR Tiny Desk live concert: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwBhxBBa7tE “Strangers” by The Kinks from Lola vs. Powerman and the Moneygoround, Pt. 1, 1970 “Tubular Bells” by Mike Oldfield from Tubular Bells, 1973 “In The Moonlight” by Pearl Jam from Last Dogs, 2003 “Good Time Boys” by the Red Hot Chili Peppers from Mother’s Milk, 1989 "One Night in Bangkok" performed by Murray Head from Chess, 1984 “Jackson Cannery” by Ben Folds Five from Ben Folds Five, 1995 “La Donna È Mobile” by Giuseppe Verdi from Rigoletto, as performed by Luciano Pavarotti with the London Philharmonic The excellent documentary Twenty Feet From Stardom "You & Me" by Flume from Flume, 2012 “Elephant” by Tame Impala from Lonerism, 2012 “Bird Calls” by Charles Mingus from Ah Um, 1959 “Giant Steps” by John Coltrane recorded by Jamey Aebersold for Volume 28, John Coltrane, 1983 “The Days of Wine and Roses” by Johnny Mercer recorded by Jamey Aebersold from Volume 40, ‘Round Midnight, 1987 OUTRO SOLOIST: Carlos "Insaneintherainmusic" Eieine
    Carlos Eiene is a prolific multi-instrumentalist and YouTube creator who's done some extremely fun jazz arrangements of great video game music, among other things. You can find him on most social media as some variant of @insaneintherainmusic, and on his website at https://www.insaneintherainmusic.com/.
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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!
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    "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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    Kirk has condensed his Strong Songs picks into a single new list, which you can find on Spotify and Apple Music, and YouTube Music.
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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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    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!
    This bonus episode was made possible by Strong Songs' wonderful Patreon backers. For more on how to become a patron and support the show, go here: https://Patreon.com/StrongSongs
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elizascyular✌️ ,

Awesome podcast

When my dad saw the Satisfied episode I basically screamed! Me and my friends Kadence and Rooney LOVE musicals soooo much! I’m planning to be a Broadway star when I grow up!

PS can you do an episode for A Little Fall of Rain from Les miserable?✌️

AJDP in LA ,

Loving what I’m hearing

It’s a pleasure to hear someone take a deep dive into the music I love.
To hear Kirk breakdown “Stolen Moments,” which I have loved for decades, made me hear it with new ears.

I am excited to hear more!

Thank you!

Spazz7890 ,

What fun!

I stumbled across this podcast and it’s such a kick! I am not a musician, and I know basically nothing about music. I love hearing Kirk explain why songs sound as great as they do - what’s playing and how and why it makes a difference. It is a joy to hear someone who knows music exult in the beauty and power of a great song.

It’s also been really fun learning the names of amazing musicians I didn’t know about before. I only knew the band and the front person (or 2) connected with it. Then down the rabbit hole I go to see who they are/were and other work they’ve done! Thanks for all the work that goes into making this.

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