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Feb 19, 2020

It's time for the first Strong Songs listener Q&A of 2020, so let's get into it!

Kirk answers listener questions on topics like Zeppelin and Cake counting, the decline (and rise) of the saxophone, Muse's approach to vocal processing, whether piano is an "easy" instrument, Bruno Mars's musical magpieism, and in a first, a listener's request that Strong Songs help him solve a mystery.

Update 2/25/20: Mystery solved! Fabian's mystery song is "Me, Myself, I" by Joan Armatrading. Thanks to everyone who wrote in with the answer, and thanks as well to Fabian, who did a pretty great job re-creating it from memory.

REFERENCED ON THIS EPISODE:

  • “The Ocean” by Led Zeppelin from Houses of the Holy, 1973
  • “Closer (feat. Halsey)” from Collage - EP by The Chainsmokers, 2016
  • “What’s Up Danger” by Blackway and Black Caviar from the Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse Soundtrack, 2018
  • “Overture” by Martin O’Donnell and Michael Salvatori from the Halo: Reach soundtrack, 2010
  • “Married Life” by Michael Giacchino from the Up soundtrack, 2009
  • “Song For My Father” by Horace Silver from Song for My Father, 1964
  • “So What” and “Freddie Freeloader” by Miles Davis from Kind of Blue, 1959
  • “Shake, Rattle and Roll” by Big Joe Turner from Shake, Rattle & Rock, 1958
  • “Baker Street” by Gerry Rafferty from City to City, 1978
  • “Run Away” by SunStroke Project & Olia Tira, 2010
  • “One Shining Soul” by Joshua Redman from Freedom in the Groove, 1996
  • “Muscle Museum” by Muse from Showbiz, 1999
  • “Nugget” by Cake from Fashion Nugget, 1996
  • “Ain’t That Easy” by D’Angelo and the Vanguard from Black Messiah, 2014
  • “Locked out of Heaven” by Bruno Mars from Unorthodox Jukebox, 2012
  • “Finesse” by Bruno Mars from 24k Magic, 2016
  • “Can’t Stand Losing You” by Sting and the Police from Outlandos D'Amor, 1978
  • “Poison” by Bell Biv DeVoe from Poison, 1990
  • “On Our Own” by Bobby Brown from the Ghostbusters II soundtrack, 1989

OUTRO SOLOIST: Galen Clark

Galen Clark plays keyboard and organ and acts as bandleader for the soul jazz group Trio Subtonic; you can find playing regularly around Portland, Oregon and occasionally on tour. Find more information at their website, https://www.triosubtonic.net.

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