May 27, 2020
D, A, C, G. Four chords, placed end to end, repeated over and over again.
On this episode, Kirk takes a deep dive into Sufjan Stevens's "Chicago," the centerpiece of his brilliant 2005 album Illinois. It's a towering construction supported by four chords, with building blocks of vibraphones, wurlitzers, strings, and choral harmonies.
D, A, C, G. Eyes on the road; all things go.
Artist: Sufjan Stevens
Album: Illinois (2005)
Written by: Sufjan Stevens
OUTRO SOLOIST: Kirk Hamilton
Kirk is, well, the host of Strong Songs. He decided to finally record an outro solo at the start of 2020. He's playing tenor sax, and there's actually a video of him recording the solo here: https://twitter.com/kirkhamilton/status/1214319584959877123
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MAY 2020 WHOLE NOTE PATRONS
Craig J Covell
Jeanneret Manning Family Four
MAY 2020 HALF NOTE PATRONS
Cyrus N. White
Elliot Jay O'Neill
John and Sharon Stenglein
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Nate from Kalamazoo
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