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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.

    "Satisfied" from Hamilton (Updated!)

    "Satisfied" from Hamilton (Updated!)

    A toast to the groom! To the bride! To knowing you'll always regret the sacrifice you made for your sister!
    In this updated 2019 episode, Kirk takes a dive into Lin-Manuel Miranda's epic Broadway musical Hamilton, focusing on Renée Elise Goldsberry's first act showstopper, "Satisfied."
    Regret tinges an otherwise joyous day as Angelica Schuyler remembers the night she met Alexander Hamilton, fell in love with him, and quickly realized they could never be together. It's a heady mix of complex rhyme schemes, powerhouse vocals, and musical character motifs so densely interwoven that it's hard to keep track of them all.
    (Note: This is an updated version of an episode that originally ran on May 1, 2019. It includes a new intro and outro, a couple of small editing tweaks, the show's current theme music, a new aside about Angelica's introduction to Alexander, and some added mentions of Alex Lacamoire, Hamilton's fabulous musical director.)
    Artist: Renée Elise Goldsberry, Lin-Manuel Miranda
    Album: Hamilton (Original Broadway Cast Recording), 2015
    Composed by: Lin-Manuel Miranda
    Listen/Buy: Apple Music | Amazon | Spotify
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    ALSO FEATURED:
    Tracks from The Hamilton Instrumentals, 2017
    Listen/Buy: Apple Music | Amazon | Spotify
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    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 contributes to an array of interesting projects and experiments. Find more at his website, http://www.robreich.com/.
    '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 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 patrons! You all make this show happen. For more information on how to become a patron, go here: https://Patreon.com/StrongSongs
    STRONG SONGS JUNE 2020 WHOLE-NOTE PATRONS
    AccessViolation
    Aidan Coughlan
    Andre Bremer
    Anne Britt
    Bill Rosinger
    CALEB ROTACH
    Chad Barnard
    Christer Lindqvist
    Craig J Covell
    Dan Apczynski
    Dave Florey
    David Zahm
    Doug Paton
    Erin
    Glenn
    Jeanneret Manning Family Four
    Kyle Starr
    Mark Schechter
    Matt Butler
    Merlin Mann
    Mickey Clark
    Narelle Horn
    Nathaniel Bauernfeind
    R Watson
    Robert Paul
    Ryan Torvik
    Simon Cramp
    Viki Dun
    STRONG SONGS JUNE 2020 HALF-NOTE PATRONS
    Adam Conway
    AJ Schuster
    Albukitty
    Alexander Geddes
    Alexander Polson
    Amanda Furlotti
    Andrew Baker
    Andrew Lee
    Arjun Sharma
    Bill Fuller
    Bill Thornton
    brant brantphillip
    Brendon Oliver-Ewen
    Brett Douville
    Brian Amoebas
    Briony Leo
    Brooke Wilford
    Caro Field
    Chas Lednicky
    Chris Brown
    Clare HOLBERTON
    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
    Forrest Chang
    Gavin Doig
    Geoff Golden
    Georgia Livesay
    Gerry Nelson
    Jaehoon Jeong
    Jake Tinsley
    James Johnson
    Jarrod Schindler
    Jeffrey Olson
    Jenifer Carr
    Jennifer Bush
    Jeremy Dawson
    Joe C
    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
    Latifah Makuyi
    Leigh Sales
    Malory
    Mark Haberlen
    Mark Perry
    Mark Steen
    Markus Koester
    Matt Be

    • 49 min
    "Kiss" by Prince

    "Kiss" by Prince

    You don't have to be beautiful, rich, OR cool to appreciate Prince - you just need a little extra time, a pair of ears, and a pulse.
    It's finally time to talk about the Purple One on Strong Songs, specifically his 1986 chart-topper "Kiss." How did a song that was originally written for a standard band become so stripped-down and distinct? Why do those vocal and guitar parts work so well? And who was responsible for some of the sounds and styles Prince was channeling when he recorded it?
    All that and more, on this episode.
    Artist: Prince
    Album: Parade (1986)
    Written by: Prince
    Listen/Buy: Apple Music | Amazon | Spotify
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    ALSO FEATURED:
    "Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag" by James Brown, 1965 "I Got the Feelin'" by James Brown, 1968 "Say Man" by Bo Diddley, 1959 "Manic Monday" by Prince (!) performed by The Bangles on Different Light, 1986 “Addicted to Love” by Robert Palmer from Riptide, 1985 “Rock Me Amadeus” by Falco from Falco 3, 1985 “West End Girls” by the Pet Shop Boys from Please, 1984 “Johnny B. Goode” by Chuck Berry, 1958 “St. Louis Blues” by W.C. Handy performed by Bessie Smith, 1929 “Make Me Feel” by Janelle Monae from Dirty Computer, 2018 A 2013 Sound on Sound interview with "Kiss" producer David Z: https://www.soundonsound.com/people/prince-kiss Update 6/24: A couple listeners pointed out that Prince actually *wrote* The Bangles' "Manic Monday," which is too fun of a fun-fact not to mention on the episode.
    OUTRO SOLOIST: Sam Howard

    This episode's outro soloist is bassist Sam Howard. Sam lives in Nashville, TN, where he performs and tours with all kinds of artists. Sam played all the way through the Strong Songs outro, so keep an ear out for his playing mixed under the horns on the way out. You can find out what Sam's up to at his website, https://samhowardmusic.com.
    TRY YOUR OWN OUTRO SOLO

    You can download a solo-free version of the Strong Songs outro music to play around with, if you'd like. It's on Kirk's Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/kirkhamilton/strong-songs-outro-music-no-solo
    There's also a chart, here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1nklRY_xAGon5ljriyxu45lKQ762W6Yv3/view?usp=sharing
    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 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 patrons! You all make this show happen. For more information on how to become a patron, go here: https://Patreon.com/StrongSongs
    STRONG SONGS JUNE 2020 WHOLE-NOTE PATRONS
    AccessViolation
    Aidan Coughlan
    Andre Bremer
    Anne Britt
    Bill Rosinger
    CALEB ROTACH
    Chad Barnard
    Christer Lindqvist
    Craig J Covell
    Dan Apczynski
    Dave Florey
    David Zahm
    Doug Paton
    Erin
    Glenn
    Jeanneret Manning Family Four
    Kyle Starr
    Mark Schechter
    Matt Butler
    Merlin Mann
    Mickey Clark
    Narelle Horn
    Nathaniel Bauernfeind
    R Watson
    Robert Paul
    Ryan Torvik
    Simon Cramp
    Viki Dun
    STRONG SONGS JUNE 2020 HALF-NOTE PATRONS
    Adam Conway
    AJ Schuster
    Albukitty
    Alexander Geddes
    Alexander Polson
    Amanda Furlotti

    • 56 min
    Q&A: Tricky Counting, Straight Saxes and Transposing Horns

    Q&A: Tricky Counting, Straight Saxes and Transposing Horns

    On this Strong Songs mailbag episode, Kirk answers your most pressing questions on subjects ranging from horn transposition, to why audiences have a hard time clapping on 2 and 4, to what the heck that sound is on the bridge to "Every Little Thing She Does is Magic."
    DISCUSSED ON THIS EPISODE:
    “Thunderstruck” by AC/DC from The Razors Edge, 1990 “Roll” by Fatai from Undone - EP, 2015 “Take My Breath Away” by Berlin from Count Three & Pray, 1986 “We Will Rock You” by Queen from News Of The World, 1977 ‘Every Time We Say Goodbye” by Cole Porter, sung by Ella Fitzgerald “Horsepower” by Justice from Audio, Video, Disco, 2011 “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen as sung by Rufus Wainwright “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic” by Sting and the Police from Ghost in the Machine, 1981 “You Don’t Know What Love Is” as played by Sonny Rollins from Saxophone Colossus, 1956 “Desafinado” by Antonio Carlos Jobim feat. Stan Getz from Getz/Gilberto, 1964 “Home Fries” by Joshua Redman from Freedom in the Groove, 1996 “Children Go” by Chris Potter from Traveling Mercies, 2002 “3-in-1 Without The Oil” by Rahsaan Roland Kirk from Domino, 1962 “Singin’ the Blues” by the Original Dixie Jazz Band, feat. Frankie Trumbauer on C Melody Sax, 1920 “Lingus” by Snarky Puppy feat. Cory Henry from We Like It Here, 2014 “Warriors” by Aaliyah Rose from She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, 2019 “What Have We Done” by Shook Twins from Some Good Lives, 2019 BLACK LIVES MATTER
    As Kirk mentioned on the show, below are some things to read and watch to learn more about America's shameful history of systemic racism. Just three things, actually:
    The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander, which should be required reading in all U.S. high schools - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_New_Jim_Crow An excellent new NPR video explaining the history of the New York Cabaret Card, which was used by the NYPD to discriminate against black jazz musicians: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AUFWf-63kNk&feature=emb_logo Wesley Morris's 2019 Times essay about white appropriation of black American music: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/08/14/magazine/music-black-culture-appropriation.html There's a huge number of additional articles, books, and videos a person could check out to better educate themselves about this often overwhelming subject. But if you listen to this show and are looking for somewhere to start, start with those three.
    OUTRO SOLOIST: You?
    A bunch of listeners have requested a solo-free version of the Strong Songs outro music to play around with. So, now there is one!
    You can find it on Kirk's Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/kirkhamilton/strong-songs-outro-music-no-solo
    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)
    S

    • 1 hr
    "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

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
852 Ratings

852 Ratings

Puttens ,

Smart and fun

New appreciation for songs I love and finding new music to listen to

PFun ,

Unabashedly positive and unironic

I came to Strong Songs late, but it’s quickly become one of my favorites. As I was (joyfully) working through the backlog, I mulled whether or not to do a full review. Then I heard the host, Kirk Hamilton, speaking about a line from ELO’s “Mr. Blue Sky,” say “It’s so unabashedly positive and unironic, and I just love it so much.” As he said it, I thought: THAT’S WHAT I FEEL ABOUT THIS PODCAST!

Kirk loves doing this. You can hear the smile on his face as he geeks out about music and lyrics. It’s infectious and a perfect balm to the vagaries and anxieties of life. We need more earnest people sharing their excitement. Thank you, Kirk!

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Is this real life? Is this just fantasy?

I hope it’s real life because I’m a huge fan of this podcast. Started listening to satisfy my obsession with all things music and because I just can’t listen to all the garbage in the news. Fascinating the way he breaks down the songs and the stories behind the songs. Brilliant.

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