Strong Songs

By Kirk Hamilton

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Subscribers: 1823
Reviews: 18
Episodes: 155

Ben
 May 26, 2024
This is the podcast I have been looking for! I wanted something that went deep into music, and song, and this is so it!!

bubi
 Mar 22, 2024
thank you kirk for this podcast, it is a lifechanger for me! wow wow wow! you rock! super dude! hey everybody listen to this podcast. ciao.


 Sep 8, 2022

Johanna
 Jun 20, 2022
Kirk's enthusiasm for the music is infectious. I have listened to music I wouldn't otherwise have encountered, and I'm listening more closely.

Beth
 May 22, 2022
Versatile, knowledgeable, never condescending, never needlessly complicated, absolutely enchanting and full of positivity! great podcast!!!

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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.

Episode Date
"Limb by Limb" by Phish
May 17, 2024
"Heart of Glass" by Blondie
May 03, 2024
"The Way" by Meshell Ndegeocello
Apr 19, 2024
Strong Covers, Vol. 3
Apr 05, 2024
"Águas de Março (The Waters of March)" by Antônio Carlos Jobim & Elis Regina
Mar 22, 2024
"Black Hole Sun" by Soundgarden
Mar 08, 2024
"In Your Eyes" by Peter Gabriel
Feb 23, 2024
Some Bonus Beatles Covers
Feb 09, 2024
Season Six Announcement!
Feb 02, 2024
The Genius of Sonny Rollins (and Max Roach)
Jan 26, 2024
Weird Al For Nothin' And Your Jokes For Free
Jan 12, 2024
How Clyde Stubblefield Evolved Funk Drumming
Dec 29, 2023
The Band: The Last Waltz
Dec 15, 2023
Phish, Evanescence, and a Taylor Swift Dispute
Dec 01, 2023
Strong Solos, Vol. 2: Electric Guitar-aloo
Nov 17, 2023
The Music of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom
Nov 03, 2023
A Little Extra Zelda
Oct 27, 2023
Belle & Sebastian's Very Good Chord Progression
Oct 20, 2023
The Four Electric Guitars
Oct 06, 2023
John Williams' Star Wars Legacy, with Dan Golding
Sep 22, 2023
Counterpoint, Chaka Kahn, & Peter Gabriel
Sep 08, 2023
"Soul Vaccination" by Tower of Power
Aug 25, 2023
"Killing Me Softly With His Song," as sung by Lauryn Hill, Roberta Flack, & Lori Lieberman
Aug 11, 2023
"Everybody Wants to Rule the World" by Tears For Fears
Jul 28, 2023
An Operatic Odyssey, with Luigi Boccia
Jul 14, 2023
Season 5 Announcement!
Jul 13, 2023
"You're The Voice" by John Farnham, Live in Sydney
Jun 30, 2023
"The Chain" and "Dreams" by Fleetwood Mac [Recast]
Jun 16, 2023
"Wedding Song" from Hadestown [Recast]
Jun 02, 2023
The Light and Dark of Music, with Lily E. Hirsch
May 26, 2023
"Chicago" by Sufjan Stevens [Recast]
May 19, 2023
"Hyperballad" by Björk [Recast]
May 05, 2023
The Music of The Legend of Zelda [Recast]
Apr 21, 2023
"God Only Knows" by The Beach Boys [Recast]
Apr 07, 2023
Talking Heads: Stop Making Sense [Recast]
Mar 24, 2023
"Paranoid Android" by Radiohead [Recast]
Mar 10, 2023
"Sinnerman" by Nina Simone [Recast]
Feb 24, 2023
From Bach to Miles Davis, with Emily Reese
Feb 17, 2023
"Kiss" by Prince [Recast]
Feb 10, 2023
"Walking on Broken Glass" by Annie Lennox [Recast]
Jan 27, 2023
"Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen [Recast]
Jan 13, 2023
"Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)" by Kate Bush
Dec 30, 2022
The Music of Star Wars: Andor
Dec 16, 2022
Year Four, In Review
Nov 18, 2022
Pink Floyd: The Dark Side of the Moon
Nov 04, 2022
"The Biggest Ball of Twine in Minnesota" by "Weird Al" Yankovic
Oct 21, 2022
Singing Drummers & Jazz Flute
Oct 07, 2022
Strong Grooves, Vol. 1 (feat. Russ Kleiner)
Sep 23, 2022
"Jesus, Etc." by Wilco
Sep 09, 2022
Lofi Beats & The Circle of Fifths
Aug 26, 2022
"Help Me" by Joni Mitchell
Aug 12, 2022
A Jazz Mystery, Solved
Jul 29, 2022
The Music of Final Fantasy VII
Jul 15, 2022
"Wuthering Heights" by Kate Bush [Recast]
Jul 01, 2022
"Silent All These Years" by Tori Amos
Jun 17, 2022
Three to Tango, with Alex Krebs and Andrew Oliver
Jun 03, 2022
Strong Solos, Vol. 1
May 20, 2022
"Wichita Lineman" by Jimmy Webb & Glen Campbell
May 06, 2022
Robot Composers & Horror Music
Apr 22, 2022
The Music of The Legend of Zelda
Apr 08, 2022
Mario Kart & That 'Musical' Sound
Mar 25, 2022
"Just What I Needed" by The Cars
Mar 11, 2022
Story of a Session Guitarist, with Andrew Synowiec
Feb 25, 2022
Strong Covers, Vol. 2
Feb 11, 2022
Funky Drummers, Cheap Guitars & Sting
Jan 28, 2022
"Blood and Thunder" by Mastodon
Jan 14, 2022
Year Three, In Review
Nov 17, 2021
Singing Like A Star, with Eric Vetro
Nov 10, 2021
Talking Heads: Stop Making Sense
Nov 03, 2021
Metroid Music, Bond Themes & Jazz Philosophy
Oct 20, 2021
"Love Will Never Do (Without You)" by Janet Jackson
Oct 06, 2021
"September" by Earth, Wind & Fire
Sep 21, 2021
Clave, Chorus & "Careless Whisper"
Sep 08, 2021
"Fingertips" by They Might Be Giants
Aug 25, 2021
"Scenes from an Italian Restaurant" by Billy Joel
Aug 11, 2021
The Producer's Philosophy, with Brian Bender
Jul 28, 2021
The Music All Around Us, with Imogen Heap
Jul 14, 2021
Strong Covers, Vol. 1
Jun 30, 2021
Ska Horns & Madonna Melodies
Jun 16, 2021
"You've Got a Friend" by Carole King
Jun 02, 2021
"New Born" and "Micro Cuts" by Muse
May 19, 2021
"Nessun dorma" by Giacomo Puccini (Aria Code)
May 14, 2021
Strung Beats, Jazz Battles & The Notes You Don't Play
May 05, 2021
Explaining Musicals, with Lindsay Ellis
Apr 30, 2021
Sidechain Compression & Saxophone Traffic Cones
Apr 21, 2021
"Stolen Moments" by Oliver Nelson
Apr 07, 2021
"Cameo Lover" by Kimbra
Mar 24, 2021
The Mysteries of Music, with Carmen Staaf
Mar 17, 2021
"Wuthering Heights" by Kate Bush
Mar 10, 2021
Cross-Rhythms, Concept Albums & Dream Songs
Feb 24, 2021
"Babylon Sisters" by Steely Dan
Feb 10, 2021
"Hide and Seek" by Imogen Heap
Jan 27, 2021
"Space Oddity" and "Starman" by David Bowie
Jan 13, 2021
Year Two, In Review
Nov 25, 2020
"A Day in the Life" by The Beatles
Nov 11, 2020
Microtones, Minimalism & the Bebop Scale
Oct 28, 2020
Strong TV Songs: HBO Edition
Oct 14, 2020
"Hyperballad" by Björk
Sep 30, 2020
Good Synths, Bad Acoustics & Moana
Sep 16, 2020
"The Chain" and "Dreams" by Fleetwood Mac
Sep 02, 2020
"Wedding Song" from Hadestown
Aug 19, 2020
Muppet Whistles, Throat Singing & Steely Dan
Aug 05, 2020
"No One Knows" by Queens of the Stone Age
Jul 22, 2020
"4'33" by John Cage (Twenty Thousand Hertz)
Jul 15, 2020
"World 1-1" from Super Mario Bros.
Jul 08, 2020
"Satisfied" from Hamilton (Updated!)
Jul 01, 2020
"Kiss" by Prince
Jun 24, 2020
Tricky Counting, Straight Saxes & Transposing Horns
Jun 10, 2020
"Chicago" by Sufjan Stevens
May 27, 2020
The Magic of Sound, with Dallas Taylor
May 20, 2020
"Walking on Broken Glass" by Annie Lennox
May 13, 2020
"Last Goodbye" by Jeff Buckley
Apr 29, 2020
Devo, AC/DC, and a Mystery Solved
Apr 15, 2020
"So What" by Miles Davis
Apr 01, 2020
April Makes Fools of Us All
Apr 01, 2020
"God Only Knows" by The Beach Boys
Mar 18, 2020
A Playlist For Trying Times
Mar 13, 2020
"Sinnerman" by Nina Simone
Mar 04, 2020
Muse, Mars, and a Mystery
Feb 19, 2020
"Toss a Coin to Your Witcher" from The Witcher
Feb 10, 2020
"Tom Sawyer" by Rush
Feb 05, 2020
Rhythm + Harmony = Music
Jan 29, 2020
"Lovefool" by The Cardigans
Jan 22, 2020
"Stairway to Heaven" by Led Zeppelin
Jan 08, 2020
Year One, In Review
Nov 27, 2019
"I Will Always Love You" by Dolly Parton
Nov 13, 2019
"Making Christmas" from The Nightmare Before Christmas
Oct 30, 2019
"Kiss From a Rose" by Seal
Oct 16, 2019
Fiddle Battles and Bad Sax
Oct 02, 2019
Secrets of a Great Band Director, with Janis Stockhouse
Sep 25, 2019
"Think" by Aretha Franklin
Sep 18, 2019
"Like a Prayer" by Madonna
Sep 04, 2019
Pyramid Song, Nirvana & Marty McFly
Aug 21, 2019
Strong TV Songs: Animated Edition
Aug 07, 2019
"Paranoid Android" by Radiohead
Jul 24, 2019
"Barracuda" by Heart
Jul 10, 2019
"Tightrope" by Janelle Monáe
Jun 26, 2019
"Tiny Dancer" and "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" by Elton John
Jun 12, 2019
Hamilton, Hozier, Multiphonics & Modes
May 29, 2019
Tool, Game of Thrones & More Cowbell
May 15, 2019
Five Albums That Shaped Me
May 08, 2019
"Satisfied" from Hamilton
May 01, 2019
"Mr. Blue Sky" by Electric Light Orchestra
Apr 17, 2019
"Moanin'" by Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers
Apr 03, 2019
Syncopation, Subdivision & The Four Chords
Mar 21, 2019
"Let It Go" from Frozen
Mar 06, 2019
"Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen
Feb 20, 2019
"Dancing Queen" by ABBA
Feb 06, 2019
The Beatles, Brubeck, Bond and Beyond
Jan 23, 2019
"Thriller" by Michael Jackson
Jan 09, 2019
"I Wish" by Stevie Wonder
Dec 26, 2018
"Single Ladies" by Beyoncé
Dec 12, 2018
"You Can Call Me Al" by Paul Simon
Nov 28, 2018
"Africa" by Toto
Nov 18, 2018
Trailer
Nov 14, 2018