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Arnim Sommer Songs and the concepts in them broken down in an easy listening style. Sometimes connections to other songs that contain the same concept. Great! 2019-04-25


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  Strong Covers, Vol. 3

For the third edition of Strong Covers, Kirk takes on two famous covers of two equally famous songs: Jimi Hendrix's 1968 cover of Bob Dylan's "All Along the Watchtower," and The White Stripes' early 2000s cover of Dolly Parton's "Jolene."Written by: Bo...
  Kirk Hamilton author

  "Águas de Março (The Waters of March)" by Antônio Carlos Jobim & Elis Regina

Kirk digs into the work of master composer Antônio Carlos Jobim via his timeless 1974 duet with Elis Regina on his song "Águas de Marçco," known Stateside as "The Waters of March." He's joined by special guest Frederico Barros, Professor of Musicology ...
  Frederico Barros, Kirk Hamilton author

  "Black Hole Sun" by Soundgarden

Turns out some songs stand on their own, however memorable-slash-horrifying their music video might have been.Written by: Chris CornellProduced by: Michael BeinhornAlbum: Superunknown (1994)Listen/Buy via SongwhipALSO DISCUSSED:"Spoonman" and "The Day ...
  Kirk Hamilton author

  "In Your Eyes" by Peter Gabriel

Strong Songs Season Six kicks off with a widely requested classic: Peter Gabriel's 1986 yearner "In Your Eyes." Because why hire one rhythm section when you can hire two for twice the price?Written by: Peter GabrielProduced by: Daniel LanoisAlbum: So (...
  Kirk Hamilton author

  Some Bonus Beatles Covers

On this bonus episode from May 2022, Kirk goes through a handful of other covers of the three Beatles songs he recently discussed on the show."Gotta Get You Into My Life" by Paul McCartney/Lennon-McCartney as covered by Cliff Bennett and the Rebel Rous...
  Kirk Hamilton author

  Season Six Announcement!

Kirk shares some details about the upcoming season of Strong Songs, which kicks off on February 9 in early access, and on February 23 in the main feed.SUPPORT STRONG SONGS:Beome a patron: a one-time donation: Paypal 
  Kirk Hamilton author

  The Genius of Sonny Rollins (and Max Roach)

(Originally recorded in May 2022) There's always more to say about Sonny Rollins, so Kirk shares a few of his other favorite Sonny moments, along with some additional love for Max Roach's drumming on Saxophone Colossus.REFERENCED:"St. Thomas" and "Blue...
  Kirk Hamilton author

  Weird Al For Nothin' And Your Jokes For Free

Weird Al has been writing songs and recording parodies for four decades, and his musical footprint is unfathomably wide. In this minisode, originally released in October 2022, Kirk gets into a few things he didn't have room for in the main feed episode...
  Kirk Hamilton author

  How Clyde Stubblefield Evolved Funk Drumming

Recorded in August 2022 as an addendum to the main feed episode "Strong Grooves, Volume 1," special guest Russ Kleiner takes Kirk through the evolution of James Brown drummer Clyde Stubblefield's playing from 1967 to 1970.FEATURED/DISCUSSED:"Cold Sweat...
  Kirk Hamilton author

  The Band: The Last Waltz

For the Season Five finale, Kirk takes a look at The Band and Martin Scorsese's beloved 1978 concert film The Last Waltz - "The beginning of the beginning of the end of the beginning."Featuring music by The Band: Robbie Robertson, Rick Danko, Levon Hel...
  Kirk Hamilton author