Strong Songs

Strong Songs

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.

October 06, 202100:55:4251 MB

"Love Will Never Do (Without You)" by Janet Jackson

They said it couldn't last, so we had to prove them wrong... by making an episode of Strong Songs all about Janet Jackson, Jimmy Jam, and Terry Lewis.

September 21, 202100:55:0950.49 MB

"September" by Earth, Wind & Fire

Ba de ya! Say that you remember! Ba de ya! Dancing in September!

September 08, 202101:01:2456.22 MB

Clave, Chorus & "Careless Whisper"

Well, look at that - it's a mailbag episode! Kirk answers your questions on Bo Diddley, Minecraft, The Supremes, chorus guitar, XTC, Parquet Courts, and the mystery of the "Careless Whisper" sax solo.

August 25, 202100:59:1954.31 MB

"Fingertips" by They Might Be Giants

Kirk picks apart not one, not two, but twenty one micro-songs by the great They Might Be Giants.

August 11, 202100:56:1951.56 MB

"Scenes from an Italian Restaurant" by Billy Joel

A bottle of red... a bottle of white... whatever kind of mood you're in, we're talking Billy Joel tonight!

July 28, 202101:15:2068.98 MB

The Producer's Philosophy, with Brian Bender

Kirk sits down with producer, composer, and master mixer Brian Bender to talk about the state of the recording art.

July 14, 202101:18:1371.6 MB

The Music All Around Us, with Imogen Heap

Kirk sits down for a conversation with singer, composer, and music technologist Imogen Heap.

June 30, 202101:00:4755.65 MB

Strong Covers, Vol. 1

It's time for Strong Songs to talk about some Strong Covers! On this episode, Kirk tackles four famous covers, comparing each with the original while trying to suss out what makes a great cover in the first place.

June 16, 202100:55:4451.03 MB

Ska Horns & Madonna Melodies

Mailbag time! We've got listener questions about Madonna earworms, National piano parts, Breath of the Wild music, online vocal teachers, the French horn, The Lemon Twigs, and much more.

June 02, 202100:59:4254.65 MB

"You've Got a Friend" by Carole King

Winter, spring, summer, or fall... all you have to do is call, and Strong Songs will be there with an in-depth analysis of one of the most influential songwriters of the 20th century.