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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.

    "Chicago" by Sufjan Stevens

    "Chicago" by Sufjan Stevens

    D, A, C, G. Four chords, placed end to end, repeated over and over again.
    On this episode, Kirk takes a deep dive into Sufjan Stevens's "Chicago," the centerpiece of his brilliant 2005 album Illinois. It's a towering construction supported by four chords, with building blocks of vibraphones, wurlitzers, strings, and choral harmonies.
    D, A, C, G. Eyes on the road; all things go.
    Artist: Sufjan Stevens
    Album: Illinois (2005)
    Written by: Sufjan Stevens
    Listen/Buy: Apple Music | Amazon | Spotify
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    ALSO FEATURED:
    "The Bird Women of Golden Gate Park" by Kirk Hamilton from The Exited Door, 2009 "Supernova" by Meklit from When The People Move, The Music Moves Too (2017) "Come on! Feel the Illinoise!" by Sufjan Stevens from Illinois, 2005 "X. Section 8" by Steve Reich from Music for 18 Musicians, 1978 "Clocks" by Coldplay from A Rush of Blood to the Head, 2002 OUTRO SOLOIST: Kirk Hamilton

    Kirk is, well, the host of Strong Songs. He decided to finally record an outro solo at the start of 2020. He's playing tenor sax, and there's actually a video of him recording the solo here: https://twitter.com/kirkhamilton/status/1214319584959877123
    STRONG TWEETS
    You can now follow Strong Songs on Twitter at @StrongSongs. So, do that! http://twitter.com/strongsongs
    NOW ON SPOTIFY
    Strong Songs is now on Spotify! You can find the show here: https://open.spotify.com/show/5umVTiMQIg2bDpTZaHZqbI?si=mNYpIYq2TqaXSSeUv_JRdQ
    'GRAM BY 'GRAM

    If you're interested in occasional music and Portland-related photos and videos, as well as teases for upcoming Strong Songs episodes, follow Kirk on Instagram @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://tinyletter.com/KirkHamilton
    STRONG PLAYLISTS
    Kirk has condensed his Strong Songs picks into a single new list, which you can find on both Spotify and Apple Music.
    You can also find a recent playlist Kirk specifically designed for listening while staying home and not spreading viruses on Spotify, Apple Music, and Google Play (thanks Thomas for making that last one)
    SUPPORT STRONG SONGS ON PATREON!
    Thank you to all of Strong Songs's Patreon patrons! It has been really incredible to see people signing up to support the show. For more information on how to do that, go here: https://Patreon.com/StrongSongs
    MAY 2020 WHOLE NOTE PATRONS
    AccessViolation
    Aidan Coughlan
    Andre Bremer
    andrew walters
    Anne Britt
    Bill Rosinger
    CALEB ROTACH
    Chad Barnard
    Christer Lindqvist
    Craig J Covell
    Dan Apczynski
    Dave Florey
    David Zahm
    Doug Paton
    Erin
    Glenn
    Jared Norris
    Jeanneret Manning Family Four
    Kyle Starr
    Mark Schechter
    Matt Butler
    Merlin Mann
    Mickey Clark
    Nathaniel Bauernfeind
    R Watson
    Robert Paul
    Ryan Torvik
    Simon Cramp
    Steve Philpot
    Viki Dun
    MAY 2020 HALF NOTE PATRONS
    AJ Schuster
    Albukitty
    Alexander Polson
    Amanda Furlotti
    Andrew Baker
    Andrew Lee
    Arjun Sharma
    Bill Fuller
    brant brantphillip
    Brendon Oliver-Ewen
    Brett Douville
    Brian Amoebas
    Briony Leo
    Brooke Wilford
    Caro Field
    Chas Lednicky
    Chris Brown
    Clare HOLBERTON
    Clint Johnston
    Cyrus N. White
    Darryl Stewart
    Dave King
    David Stroud
    David Zucker
    Dhu Wik
    Diane Turner
    Duncan
    Earl Lozada
    Eero Wahlstedt
    Elliot Jay O'Neill
    Emily Williams
    FlSHBONES
    Forrest Chang
    Gavin Doig
    Georgia Livesay
    Gerry Nelson
    Jaehoon Jeong
    Jake Tinsley
    James Johnson
    Jarrod Schindler
    Jeffrey Olson
    Jenifer Carr
    Jennifer Bush
    Jeremy Dawson
    John and Sharon Stenglein
    Jon O’Keefe
    Jonathan Daniels
    Juan Carlos Montemayor Elosua
    Judith Stansfield
    Judy Chapple
    Jules Bailey
    Justin Liew
    Justin McElroy
    Kate Albury
    Kendra Reid
    Kevin Morrell
    Kevin Pennyfeather
    Leigh Sales
    Malory
    Mark Haberlen
    Mark Perry

    • 57 min
    The Magic of Sound, with Dallas Taylor

    The Magic of Sound, with Dallas Taylor

    On this Patreon-funded bonus episode, Kirk is joined by Dallas Taylor, sound designer and host of the fabulous sound-focused podcast Twenty Thousand Hertz.
    The two of them talk about what makes a great recording, the ineffable energy of live music, the history of the Roland TR-808 drum machine, album mastering and the "Loudness Wars" of the 1980s and 90s, how music can take you back to certain times in your life, and the merits of listening to albums on vinyl. They also nerd out pretty hard about Hamilton.
    FEATURED & DISCUSSED:
    Episodes of Twenty Thousand Hertz on the Roland TR-808, Mastering and "The Loudness Wars," and the audio design of Hamilton “Sinnerman” by Nina Simone from Pastel Blues, 1965 Whitney Houston's legendary performance of  “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the 1991 Super Bowl “Brand New Funk” by DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince from He’s The DJ, I’m The Rapper, 1988 “Bad Guy” by Billie Eilish from When We Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, 2019 The 2008 Universal studio fire that destroyed countless master recordings from countless major artists “Black Sabbath” by Black Sabbath from Black Sabbath, 1970 Various songs by Lin Manuel-Miranda from Hamilton, 2015 “Such Great Heights” by The Postal Service from Give Up, 2003 “Everything in its Right Place” by Radiohead from Kid A, 2000 “Roulette Dares (The Haunt Of)” by The Mars Volta from Deloused in the Comatorium, 2003 “So What” by Miles Davis from Kind of Blue, 1959 LISTEN TO TWENTY THOUSAND HERTZ:
    It really is a great podcast, and if you like Strong Songs you will almost certainly like it, too. You can find the show on all podcast platforms and on its website, https://www.20k.org/.
    THANK YOU, STRONG SONGS PATRONS!
    This episode was made possible by all of Strong Songs's backers on Patreon. Not only do you all make it possible to dedicate extra time to bonus episodes like this one, you make the show itself happen. So, thank you!
    If you want to support Strong Songs, go to: https://Patreon.com/StrongSongs
    MAY 2020 WHOLE NOTE PATRONS
    AccessViolation
    Aidan Coughlan
    Andre Bremer
    andrew walters
    Anne Britt
    Bill Rosinger
    CALEB ROTACH
    Chad Barnard
    Christer Lindqvist
    Craig J Covell
    Dan Apczynski
    Dave Florey
    David Zahm
    Doug Paton
    Erin
    Glenn
    Jared Norris
    Jeanneret Manning Family Four
    Kyle Starr
    Mark Schechter
    Matt Butler
    Merlin Mann
    Mickey Clark
    Nathaniel Bauernfeind
    R Watson
    Robert Paul
    Ryan Torvik
    Simon Cramp
    Steve Philpot
    Viki Dun
    MAY 2020 HALF NOTE PATRONS
    AJ Schuster
    Albukitty
    Alexander Polson
    Amanda Furlotti
    Andrew Baker
    Andrew Lee
    Arjun Sharma
    Bill Fuller
    brant brantphillip
    Brendon Oliver-Ewen
    Brett Douville
    Brian Amoebas
    Briony Leo
    Brooke Wilford
    Caro Field
    Chas Lednicky
    Chris Brown
    Clare HOLBERTON
    Clint Johnston
    Cyrus N. White
    Darryl Stewart
    Dave King
    David Stroud
    David Zucker
    Dhu Wik
    Diane Turner
    Duncan
    Earl Lozada
    Eero Wahlstedt
    Elliot Jay O'Neill
    Emily Williams
    FlSHBONES
    Forrest Chang
    Gavin Doig
    Georgia Livesay
    Gerry Nelson
    Jaehoon Jeong
    Jake Tinsley
    James Johnson
    Jarrod Schindler
    Jeffrey Olson
    Jenifer Carr
    Jennifer Bush
    Jeremy Dawson
    John and Sharon Stenglein
    Jon O’Keefe
    Jonathan Daniels
    Juan Carlos Montemayor Elosua
    Judith Stansfield
    Judy Chapple
    Jules Bailey
    Justin Liew
    Justin McElroy
    Kate Albury
    Kendra Reid
    Kevin Morrell
    Kevin Pennyfeather
    Leigh Sales
    Malory
    Mark Haberlen
    Mark Perry
    Mark Steen
    Markus Koester
    Matt Betzel
    Matt Gaskell
    Melanie Stivers
    MH
    Michael Blackwell
    michael bochner
    Michael Flaherty
    Miriam Juskowicz
    Mueller
    Nate from Kalamazoo
    Nicholas Schechter
    Peter Scott
    Queen Latifah
    Richard Toller
    Robbie Ferrero
    Sam Fenn
    Shane DeLeon
    Sheilah
    SP
    Stephen
    Steven Craig Maron
    Steven Maron
    Stuart Terry
    SUELLEN MOORE
    Tanner Morton
    Tom Clewer
    Tom Coleman
    Tom Lauer
    Toni Isaacson
    Wayne Marsh

    • 1 hr 10 min
    "Walking on Broken Glass" by Annie Lennox

    "Walking on Broken Glass" by Annie Lennox

    Are you living in an empty room, with all the windows smashed? Then this is the podcast episode for you.
    It's time for a deep dive into Annie Lennox's 1992 pop banger "Walking on Broken Glass," with all its syncopated pianos, string section interludes, ever-changing backup vocals, and tasty guitar cameos. Won't you pick the pieces up?
    Artist: Annie Lennox
    Album: Diva (1992)
    Written by: Annie Lennox
    Listen/Buy: Apple Music | Amazon | Spotify
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    ALSO FEATURED:
    "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" by The Miami Sax Quartet from Four of a Kind, 2013 “Why" and "Little Bird" by Annie Lennox from Diva, 1992 "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" by Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart from the Eurythmics album Sweet Dreams, 1983 "Like a Prayer" by Madonna from Like a Prayer, 1989 "You Can Call me Al" and "Graceland" by Paul Simon from Graceland, 1986 "New Slang" by the Shins from Oh, Inverted World, 2001 OUTRO SOLOIST: Galen Clark
    This episode's outro soloist is the one and only Galen Clark. Galen plays keyboard and organ and acts as bandleader for the soul jazz group Trio Subtonic; you can find playing regularly around Portland, Oregon and occasionally on tour. Find more information at their website, https://www.triosubtonic.net.
    STRONG TWEETS
    You can now follow Strong Songs on Twitter at @StrongSongs. So, do that! http://twitter.com/strongsongs
    'GRAM BY 'GRAM

    If you're interested in occasional music and Portland-related photos and videos, as well as teases for upcoming Strong Songs episodes, follow Kirk on Instagram @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://tinyletter.com/KirkHamilton
    STRONG PLAYLISTS
    Kirk has condensed his Strong Songs picks into a single new list, which you can find on both Spotify and Apple Music.
    You can also find a recent playlist Kirk specifically designed for listening while staying home and not spreading viruses on Spotify, Apple Music, and Google Play (thanks Thomas for making that last one)
    SUPPORT STRONG SONGS ON PATREON!
    Thank you to all of Strong Songs's Patreon patrons! You make it possible for each episode of this show to get the time and attention it deserves. If you want to support Strong Songs, go here: https://Patreon.com/StrongSongs
    MAY 2020 WHOLE NOTE PATRONS
    AccessViolation
    Aidan Coughlan
    Andre Bremer
    andrew walters
    Anne Britt
    Bill Rosinger
    CALEB ROTACH
    Chad Barnard
    Christer Lindqvist
    Craig J Covell
    Dan Apczynski
    Dave Florey
    David Zahm
    Doug Paton
    Erin
    Glenn
    Jared Norris
    Jeanneret Manning Family Four
    Kyle Starr
    Mark Schechter
    Matt Butler
    Merlin Mann
    Mickey Clark
    Nathaniel Bauernfeind
    R Watson
    Robert Paul
    Ryan Torvik
    Simon Cramp
    Steve Philpot
    Viki Dun
    MAY 2020 HALF NOTE PATRONS
    AJ Schuster
    Albukitty
    Alexander Polson
    Amanda Furlotti
    Andrew Baker
    Andrew Lee
    Arjun Sharma
    Bill Fuller
    brant brantphillip
    Brendon Oliver-Ewen
    Brett Douville
    Brian Amoebas
    Briony Leo
    Brooke Wilford
    Caro Field
    Chas Lednicky
    Chris Brown
    Clare HOLBERTON
    Clint Johnston
    Cyrus N. White
    Darryl Stewart
    Dave King
    David Stroud
    David Zucker
    Dhu Wik
    Diane Turner
    Duncan
    Earl Lozada
    Eero Wahlstedt
    Elliot Jay O'Neill
    Emily Williams
    FlSHBONES
    Forrest Chang
    Gavin Doig
    Georgia Livesay
    Gerry Nelson
    Jaehoon Jeong
    Jake Tinsley
    James Johnson
    Jarrod Schindler
    Jeffrey Olson
    Jenifer Carr
    Jennifer Bush
    Jeremy Dawson
    John and Sharon Stenglein
    Jon O’Keefe
    Jonathan Daniels
    Juan Carlos Montemayor Elosua
    Judith Stansfield
    Judy Chapple
    Jules Bailey
    Justin Liew
    Justin McElroy
    Kate Albury
    Kendra Reid
    Kevin Morrell
    Kevin Pennyfeather
    Leigh Sales
    Malory
    Mark Haberlen
    Mark Perry
    Mark Steen
    Markus Koester
    Matt Betzel
    Matt Gaskell
    Melani

    • 59 min
    "Last Goodbye" by Jeff Buckley

    "Last Goodbye" by Jeff Buckley

    The bells in the church tower chime, so it's time to grab our Telecasters and talk about Jeff Buckley.
    Specifically, it's time for a deep dive into Buckley's "Last Goodbye," one of the centerpiece songs on his sole studio album, Grace. There'll be spacious drums, grand basslines, spiraling string parts, alternative guitar tunings, and of course, loads of beautiful singing.
    Artist: Jeff Buckley
    Album: Grace (1994)
    Written by: Jeff Buckley
    Listen/Buy: Apple Music | Amazon | Spotify
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    ALSO FEATURED:
    “Mojo Pin,” "Grace," "Hallelujah" and "Corpus Christi Carol" all from Grace, 1994 “Unforgiven (Last Goodbye)” from Live at Sin-é, 1993 OUTRO SOLOIST: Dan Nervo

    Dan plays guitar all around the San Francisco Bay Area in bands like Neon Velvet, and also teaches private guitar lessons - in fact, he taught Kirk some of the guitar parts for "Last Goodbye" back in the day. Hit him up if you want to get really good at guitar: https://www.facebook.com/DanNervoGuitarLessons/
    'GRAM BY 'GRAM

    If you're interested in occasional music and Portland-related photos and videos, as well as teases for upcoming Strong Songs episodes, follow Kirk on Instagram @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://tinyletter.com/KirkHamilton
    STRONG PLAYLISTS
    Kirk has condensed his Strong Songs picks into a single new list, which you can find on both Spotify and Apple Music.
    You can also find a recent playlist Kirk specifically designed for listening while staying home and not spreading viruses on Spotify, Apple Music, and Google Play (thanks Thomas for making that last one)
    SUPPORT STRONG SONGS ON PATREON!
    Thank you to all of Strong Songs's Patreon patrons! You are all incredible. If you want to support Kirk making the show (and also see a new behind-the-scenes video about how he makes it), go here: https://Patreon.com/StrongSongs
    APRIL 2020 WHOLE-NOTE PATRONS
    AccessViolation
    andrew walters
    CALEB ROTACH
    Chad Barnard
    Clint Johnson
    Craig J Covell
    Dan Apczynski
    Dave Florey
    Glenn
    Jared Norris
    Mark Schechter
    Merlin Mann
    R Watson
    Ryan Torvik
    Viki Dun
    APRIL 2020 HALF-NOTE PATRONS
    AJ Schuster
    Albukitty
    Alex Singer
    Alexander Polson
    Amanda Furlotti
    Andre Bremer
    Andrew Baker
    Andrew Lee
    Arjun Sharma
    Bill Thornton
    brant Phillip
    Brett Douville
    Brian Amoebas
    Brooke Wilford
    Chas Lednicky
    Chris Brown
    Christer Lindqvist
    Cyrus N. White
    Darryl Stewart
    Dave King
    David Stroud
    DuncannLL
    Earl Lozada
    Eero Wahlstedt
    Elliot Jay O'Neill
    Emily Williams
    FlSHBONES
    Forrest Chang
    Gavin Doig
    Gerry Nelson
    Jacob Dye
    Jaehoon Jeong
    James Johnson
    Jeffrey Olson
    Jenifer Carr
    Jennifer Bush
    Jeremy Dawson
    John and Sharon Stenglein
    Jon O’Keefe
    joujou
    Juan Carlos Montemayor Elosua
    Judith Stansfield
    Jules Bailey
    Justin Liew
    Justin McElroy
    Kate Albury
    Kevin Morrell
    Kevin Pennyfeather
    Leigh Sales
    Mark Steen
    Markus Koester
    Matt Betzel
    Matt Gaskell
    Max Schechter
    Melanie Stivers
    Michael Blackwell
    michael bochner
    Miriam Juskowicz
    Mueller
    Nate from Kalamazoo
    Nicholas Schechter
    Richard Toller
    Robbie Ferrero
    Robert Paul
    Sam Fenn
    samuel gardner
    Shane DeLeon
    SP
    Tanner Morton
    Tom Clewer
    Tom Lauer
    Toni Isaacson
    Wayne Marsh

    • 59 min
    Q&A: Devo, AC/DC, and a Mystery Solved

    Q&A: Devo, AC/DC, and a Mystery Solved

    It's time for another Strong Songs listener Q&A, as Kirk goes into the mailbag to answer your most burning musical questions.
    How does Devo make 11/8 time sound so smooth? What makes one song sound like a train, while another one sounds like a pack of horses? Why does the turnaround of Janelle Monáe's "Make Me Feel" sound so odd? What kinds of effects did Michael Brecker use on his saxophone? How does AC/DC's Angus Young rock the intro to "Thunderstruck" so hard? Those questions and many more... on this ep.
    FEATURED ON THIS EPISODE:
    "Me, Myself, I" by Joan Armatrading from Joan Armatrading, 1980 “Blockhead” by Devo from Dusty Now for the Future, 1979 “Funky Sea, Funky Dew” by Michael and Randy Brecker from Heavy Metal Be-Bop, 1978 “We Built This City” by Starship from Knee Deep in the Hoopla, 1985 “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” by Iron Butterfly from In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida, 1978 “Thunderstruck” by AC/DC from The Razors Edge, 1990 “Where The Streets Have No Name” by U2 from The Joshua Tree, 1987 “Make Me Feel” by Janelle Monáe from Dirty Computer, 2018 “Wheel In The Sky” by Journey from Infinity, 1978 “Last Train Home” by Pat Metheney from Still Life (Talking), 1987 “Graceland” by Paul Simon from Graceland, 1086 “Cissy Strut” by The Meters from The Meters, 1960 “In Case You Don’t Live Forever” by Ben Platt from Sing To Me Instead, 2019 “Joy Spring” by Clifford Brown from Clifford Brown & Max Roach, 1954 “Ghost Catching” and “Professor Elvin Gadd” by Chad York and Darren Radtke from Luigi’s Mansion 3, 2019 Reference to Ezra Klein's recent podcast episode about "Social Solidarity" Reference to the incredible Reply/All episode "The Case of the Missing Hit" Note: An earlier version of this episode incorrectly stated that Ben Platt wrote Dear Evan Hansen, which was in fact written by Justin Paul and Benj Pasek, with book by Steven Levenson. Platt starred as Evan Hansen in the original cast.
    OUTRO SOLOIST: Kyle Molitor

    Kyle is a Portland-based trombonist who plays in all sorts of bands, and the dude can really get it done. Find him on Instagram @tbonemolitor and find his upcoming shows on his website: https://klmolitor.wixsite.com/tbone
    'GRAM BY 'GRAM

    If you're interested in occasional music and Portland-related photos and videos, as well as listening recommendations and teases for upcoming Strong Songs episodes, follow Kirk on Instagram @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://tinyletter.com/KirkHamilton
    STRONG PLAYLISTS
    You can find playlists containing every Strong Song as well as all of Kirk's weekly music picks from his other podcast, Kotaku Splitscreen, on both Spotify and Apple Music.
    You can also find a new playlist Kirk specifically designed for listening while staying home and not spreading viruses on Spotify, Apple Music, and Google Play (thanks Thomas for making that last one)
    SUPPORT STRONG SONGS ON PATREON!
    Thank you to all of Strong Songs's Patreon patrons; you rule. If you want to support Kirk making this show, do so here: https://Patreon.com/StrongSongs
    APRIL 2020 WHOLE-NOTE PATRONS
    AccessViolation
    andrew walters
    CALEB ROTACH
    Chad Barnard
    Clint Johnson
    Craig J Covell
    Dan Apczynski
    Dave Florey
    Glenn
    Jared Norris
    Mark Schechter
    Merlin Mann
    R Watson
    Ryan Torvik
    Viki Dun
    APRIL 2020 HALF-NOTE PATRONS
    AJ Schuster
    Albukitty
    Alex Singer
    Alexander Polson
    Amanda Furlotti
    Andre Bremer
    Andrew Baker
    Andrew Lee
    Arjun Sharma
    Bill Thornton
    brant Phillip
    Brett Douville
    Brian Amoebas
    Brooke Wilford
    Chas Lednicky
    Chris Brown
    Christer Lindqvist
    Cyrus N. White
    Darryl Stewart
    Dave King
    David Stroud
    DuncannLL
    Earl Lo

    • 1 hr 4 min
    "So What" by Miles Davis

    "So What" by Miles Davis

    On this episode, Kirk dives in to one of the most influential jazz recordings of all time. (For real this time.)
    As the lead track on Miles Davis's landmark album Kind of Blue, "So What" signaled a new era in jazz harmony, composition, and improvisation. This episode will get into what that actually means, how the tune works, and why the seven musicians who played on Kind of Blue were each such a crucial part of the album's magic.
    Artist: Miles Davis
    Album: Kind of Blue (1959)
    Written by: Miles Davis
    Listen/Buy: Apple Music | Amazon | Spotify
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    ALSO FEATURED:
    “Will O’ the Wisp” by Miles Davis and Gil Evans from Sketches of Spain, 1960 “Seven Steps to Heaven” by Victor Feldman/Miles Davis from Four And More (Live), 1966 “Giant Steps” by John Coltrane from Giant Steps, 1960 “Resolution Pt. 2” by John Coltrane from A Love Supreme, 1965 “This Here” By Cannonball Adderley from The Cannonball Adderley Quintet in San Francisco, 1960 “Mercy Mercy Mercy” by Josef Zawinul from Mercy, Mercy, Mercy, 1966 “Autumn Leaves” by by Joseph Kosma, performed by the Bill Evans Trio on Portrait in Jazz, 1959 “Dancing in the Dark” by Dietz/Schwartz, performed by the Bill Evans Trio on Trio 64, 1964 “No Blues” by Miles Davis performed by Wes Montgomery and the Wynton Kelly Trio on Smokin’ at the Half Note, 1965 “Donna Lee” by Charlie Parker/Miles Davis recorded by the Charlie Parker Quintet, 1947 “I Wish” by Stevie Wonder from Songs in the Key of Life, 1976 “Excursions” by A Tribe Called Quest from The Low End Theory, 1991 “Rimshot [Intro]” by Erykah Badu from Erykah Badu: Live, 1997 Discussion of Miles: The Autobiography by Miles Davis and Quincy Troupe, 1990 Discussion of Ascension: John Coltrane and his Quest by Eric Nisenson, 1995 The Strong Songs Kind of Blue Playlist
    Kirk made a new playlist of the recordings discussed on this episode, in the hopes that it would give a sense of how the seven musicians on Kind of Blue went on to make all kinds of great music as bandleaders. It's in chronological order, so don't put it on shuffle. Unless, you know, you want to.
    Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/1X2ETUpsFfH03FHOZDCiic?si=UHahG4EcRcSQ_tBlpzSakA
    Apple Music: https://music.apple.com/us/playlist/strong-songs-kind-of-blue-playlist/pl.u-mJy8DG8t1g8Ka
    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
    'GRAM BY 'GRAM

    If you're interested in occasional music and Portland-related photos and videos, as well as teases for upcoming Strong Songs episodes, follow Kirk on Instagram @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://tinyletter.com/KirkHamilton
    STRONG PLAYLISTS
    You can find playlists containing every Strong Song as well as all of Kirk's weekly music picks from his other podcast, Kotaku Splitscreen, on both Spotify and Apple Music.
    You can also find a new playlist Kirk specifically designed for listening while staying home and not spreading viruses on Spotify, Apple Music, and Google Play (thanks Thomas for making that last one)
    SUPPORT STRONG SONGS ON PATREON!
    Thank you to all of Strong Songs's Patreon patrons; you all are the best. If you want to support Kirk making the show, do so here: https://Patreon.com/StrongSongs
    APRIL 2020 WHOLE-NOTE PATRONS
    AccessViolation
    andrew walters
    CALEB ROTACH
    Chad Barnard
    Clint Johnson
    Craig J Covell
    Dan Apczynski
    Dave Florey
    Glenn
    Jared Norris
    Mark Schechter
    Merlin Mann
    R Wat

    • 59 min

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