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Aug 21, 2019

Kirk opens up the Strong Songs mailbag to answer your questions about Marty McFly's musical instructions, Ian Anderson's flute style, Kurt Cobain's guitar tone, how to count songs by P!nk and Radiohead, and what to do if you play an "unsexy" instrument.

REFERENCED ON THIS EPISODE:

  • Back to the Future, a 1985 movie that you've probably seen
  • "Johnny B. Goode" by Chuck Berry, 1958
  • "Walk Me Home" by P!nk
  • "Where the Boys Are" performed by Connie Francis, 1960
  • "Come as You Are" by Nirvana from Nevermind, 1991
  • "Cross-Eyed Mary" by Jethro Tull from Aqualung, 1971
  • "Money For Nothing" by Dire Straits from Brothers in Arms, 1985
  • "Pyramid Song" by Radiohead from Amnesiac, 2001

PYRAMID SONG COUNTING BREAKDOWN:

Keyboard (eighth notes):
[(3 3 4 3 3) + (3 3 4 3 3)] x 2 = 64 eighth notes, aka 32 beats

Drums (quarter notes):
[(3 2 3) + (3 2 3)] x 2 = 32 quarter notes, aka 32 beats

Kirk also made this ludicrous infographic: https://twitter.com/kirkhamilton/status/1164239460604641280

Other links:

The Wikipedia entry for the Mere-Exposure Effect: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mere-exposure_effect

OUTRO SOLOIST: Dan Nervo

No new outro soloist this episode - we're re-sharing a guitar solo by the fantastic Dan Nervo. Dan plays guitar all around the San Francisco Bay Area in bands like Neon Velvet, and also teaches private guitar lessons. Hit him up if you want to get really good at guitar: https://www.facebook.com/DanNervoGuitarLessons/

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AUGUST 2019 WHOLE-NOTE PATRONS

Caleb Rotach
Chad Barnard
Dan Apczynski
Dave Florey
Glenn
Sara Walsh

AUGUST 2019 HALF-NOTE PATRONS

Alexander Polson
Andre Bremer
Andrew Lee
Arjun Sharma
Bill Thornton
Brett Douville
Brian Amoebas
Chas Lednicky
Earl Lozada
Emily Williams
FlSHBONES
Forrest Chang
Jaehoon Jeong
James Johnson
Jasmine Fellows
Jeff Dixon
Jeffrey Olson
John and Sharon Stenglein
Jon O’Keefe
joujou
Justin Liew
Justin McElroy
Kevin Morrell
Kevin Pennyfeather
Kyle Simons
Max Schechter
Melanie Stivers
Michael Blackwell
Mueller
Nate from Kalamazoo
Nicholas Schechter
Nick Clements
Ravy Vajravelu
Richard Toller
Shane DeLeon
Tim
Tom Clewer
Tom Lauer