Feb 5, 2020
A modern day warrior's mean, mean stride; today's Strong Song has mean, mean pride!
Yes, it's time for Kirk to tackle a song by the legendary Canadian rock trio Rush, and what better song than "Tom Sawyer"? Of course, what starts with Tom doesn't end there, as Kirk takes a broader look at Rush's musical legacy, with extra attention for the band's legendary drummer Neil Peart, who tragically died last month.
It's a longer-than-usual episode covering a variety of topics, from odd meter counting; to "kite and anchor" solos; to drum snobs; to just what kind of person spends 30 years conquering the world of rock drumming, only to seek out a new teacher and reinvent himself.
Album: Moving Pictures (1981)
Written by: Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart
Lyrics by: Neil Peart and Pye Dubois
Note: This episode has been updated to correct the pronunciation of Neil Peart's last name, which, as it turns out, is pronounced "Peert" and not "Pert."
OUTRO SOLOIST: BJ CORD
This episode's outro soloist is BJ Cord, a fantastic trumpet player based in Portland who recorded this, the first-ever Strong Songs outro solo. BJ works at Monette trumpets making some of the most beautiful horns in the world, and is a regular presence on their Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/monettetrumpets
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FEBRUARY 2020 WHOLE-NOTE PATRONS
Craig J Covell
FEBRUARY 2020 HALF-NOTE PATRONS
Cyrus N. White
Elliot Jay O'Neill
John and Sharon Stenglein
Juan Carlos Montemayor Elosua
Nate from Kalamazoo