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Aug 7, 2019

It's time for something a little different, as Kirk takes a look at the theme songs from some of the most beloved animated TV shows of all time.

This super-sized episode focuses on five different pieces of music, each of which is the theme for a different animated show. It's a ton of music in a variety of styles, full of frantic key shifts, earwormy melodies, bodacious drum fills, and a surprising number of saxophone solos.

The songs, in order:

  • "The Simpsons Theme" by Danny Elfman, 1989
  • "Duck Tales" by Mark Mueller, 1987
  • "Rescue Rangers" by Mark Mueller, 1989
  • "A Cruel Angel's Thesis" from Neon Genesis Evangelion, by Hidetoshi Satō, Neko Oikawa, and Toshiyuki Omori, 1995
  • "Tank!" from Cowboy Bebop, by Yoko Kanno, 1998

ALSO FEATURED:

  • "Maria" from West Side Story's 2009 Broadway cast recording, by Leonard Bernstein
  • The Batman: The Animated Series theme by Danny Elfman
  • "The Disney Afternoon Theme" and "Monkey In Your Tank" performed by The Disney Afternoon Studio Chorus
  • "A Cruel Angel's Thesis: Bike Horn Cover" by Alex Small-Butera on YouTube
  • "Front Burner" arranged by Sammy Nestico for the Count Basie big band
  • "Cat Blues" and "Sax Quartet" from the Cowboy Bebop soundtrack, both by Yoko Kanno

OUTRO SOLOIST: Rob Reich

This episode's outro soloist is the fantastic bay area pianist/accordionist Rob Reich. Rob performs all over the place with a bunch of different groups, and is a total pleasure to see play. He's got a bunch of albums you can check out and contributes to an array of interesting projects (Live silent-film scores! Circus music!) and experiments. Find more at his website, http://www.robreich.com/.

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AUGUST 2019 WHOLE-NOTE PATRONS

Caleb Rotach
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