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Nov 27, 2019

Strong Songs is one year old! In honor of that anniversary, Kirk takes a look back on the year that was, sharing musical highlights from each of the show's 20 single-song episodes.

SCHEDULING NOTE: Strong Songs will be off in December, and will return for Year Two on January 8, 2020. If you're a patron over on Patreon, that means you won't be charged for the month of December.

That also makes December a great month catch up on episodes you may have missed, share the show with your friends, listen to Year One playlists, and enjoy a hopefully very musical holiday season.

SONGS DISCUSSED:

  • "Africa" by Toto from Toto IV, 1982
  • "You Can Call Me Al" by Paul Simon from Graceland, 1986
  • "Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)" by Beyoncé from I Am... Sasha Fierce, 2008
  • "I Wish" by Stevie Wonder from Songs in the Key Of Life, 1976
  • "Thriller" by Michael Jackson from Thriller, 1982
  • "Dancing Queen" by ABBA from Arrival, 1976
  • "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen from A Night At The Opera, 1975
  • "Let It Go" from Frozen, 2013
  • "Moanin'" by Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers from Moanin', 1959
  • "Mr. Blue Sky" by Electric Light Orchestra from Out Of The Blue, 1977
  • "Satisfied" by Lin-Manuel Miranda from Hamilton, 2015
  • "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" by Elton John from Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, 1973
  • "Tightrope" by Janelle Monáe from The Archandroid, 2010
  • "Barracuda" by Heart from Little Queen, 1977
  • "Paranoid Android" by Radiohead from OK Computer, 1997
  • "Like a Prayer" by Madonna from Like a Prayer, 1989
  • "Think" by Aretha Franklin from the Blues Brothers soundtrack, 1980
  • "Kiss From a Rose" by Seal from Seal II, 1994
  • "Making Christmas" by Danny Elfman from The Nightmare Before Christmas, 1993
  • "I Will Always Love You" by Dolly Parton from Jolene, 1974, and as performed by Whitney Houston on The Bodyguard soundtrack, 1992

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YEAR ONE PLAYLISTS

You can find new playlists with these 20 songs on Apple Music: https://music.apple.com/us/playlist/strong-songs-year-1/pl.u-V9D7gaGiJ7o0a

and Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5d9ym1sUymGoySMXOw3zbZ?si=knUCLdHHTQ2lTIQq-uXYmQ

OUTRO SOLOIST: All Of Them!

Thanks to all of the outro soloists we've featured over the past few months: BJ Cord, Galen Clark, Rob Reich, Dan Nervo, Sam Howard, and Steve Pardo. We'll feature plenty more great soloists in Year Two.

SOCIAL MEDIA ALERT

You can find Kirk on Twitter @kirkhamilton, and if you're interested in occasional music and Portland-related photos and videos, follow him 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

In addition to the year-one playlists above, you can find bigger 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.

STRONG SONGS ON PATREON!

The biggest of all thank-yous to all of Strong Songs's Patreon backers. Hundreds of people have supported the show since the Patreon launched over the summer, and you've made it possible for Strong Songs to be what it is. For Year Two, we're adding a smaller "Eighth-Note" tier for those of you who just want to kick in a little bit, since a few folks have asked for that.

Find out more here: https://Patreon.com/StrongSongs

NOVEMBER 2019 WHOLE-NOTE PATRONS

andrew walters
CALEB ROTACH
Chad Barnard
Dan Apczynski
Dave Florey
Glenn
Jared Norris
Mark Schechter
Merlin Mann
Ryan Torvik

NOVEMBER 2019 HALF-NOTE PATRONS

Alex Singer
Alexander Polson
Amanda Furlotti
Andre Bremer
Andrew Baker
Andrew Lee
Arjun Sharma
Bill Thornton
Brett Douville
Brian Amoebas
Brooke Wilford
Chas Lednicky
Chris Brown
Cyrus N. White
David Stroud
Earl Lozada
Eero Wahlstedt
Elliot Jay O'Neill
Emily Williams
FlSHBONES
Forrest Chang
Jaehoon Jeong
James Johnson
Jasmine Fellows
Jeffrey Olson
Jennifer Bush
John and Sharon Stenglein
Jon O'Keefe
joujou
Juan Carlos Montemayor Elosua
Jules Bailey
Justin Liew
Justin McElroy
Kate Albury
Kevin Morrell
Kevin Pennyfeather
Kingy
Matt Gaskell
Max Schechter
Melanie Stivers
Michael Blackwell
Miriam Juskowicz
Molly
Mueller
Nate from Kalamazoo
Nicholas Schechter
Richard Toller
samuel gardner
Shane DeLeon
Shaun Wiese
SP
Tanner Morton
Tim
Tom Clewer
Tom Lauer

Thanks everyone for listening - see you in 2020!