Cross-Rhythms, Concept Albums & Dream Songs
Strong SongsFebruary 24, 2021
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Cross-Rhythms, Concept Albums & Dream Songs

Time for the first Q&A episode of Strong Songs year three!

On this episode, Kirk digs into the mailbag for your questions on Jack White's guitar tone, Shabaka Hutchings' sax sound, 70s kitsch jazz, concept albums, drummers learning mallet instruments, Celtic sounds, "saving" jazz, and SOPHIE. Also, a listener shares a song that came to him in a dream.


  • “O Superman” by Laurie Anderson from Big Science, 1982
  • “Let Down” by Radiohead from OK Computer, 1997
  • “Icky Thump” by The White Stripes from Icky Thump, 2007
  • “Summon the Fire” by The Comet is Coming from Trust In The Lifeforce of the Deep Mystery - 2019
  • “Mrs. Bluebeard” by They Might Be Giants from I Like Fun, 2018
  • “Tank!” by Yoko Kanno from the Cowboy Bebop Soundtrack, 1998
  • “The Zodiac” by David Lindup, “Funky Fanfare” and “Party Time” by Keith Mansfield, “Water Sports” by James Clarke, “Organ Mania” by Alan Hawkshaw and Keith Mansfield, all from the KPM 1000 Library Series
  • “Astoria,” “This Means War” and “Burning Up” by Marianas Trench from Astoria, 2015
  • “Mébh’s Tune” by Kíla and “Wolfwalkers Theme” by Bruno Coulais from the Wolfwalkers soundtrack
  • “Song for my Father” by Horace Silver from Song For My Father, 1965
  • “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number” by Steely Dan from Prezel Logic, 1974
  • “Layer Cake” by Shoji Meguro from Persona 5, 2016
  • “Sonic 2: Aquatic Ruin Zone” arrangement by Carlos Eiene:
  • “Is it Cold In The Water?” by SOPHIE from Oil of Every Pearl’s Un-Sides, 2017


This episode's outro soloist is the wonderful bay area pianist/accordionist Rob Reich. He's got a bunch of albums you can check out and has been doing some really cool new stuff during Covid times. Find more at his website,


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