Listener Q&A: Nirvana, P!nk, Jethro Tull, Radiohead

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By Kirk Hamilton. Discovered by Player FM and our community — copyright is owned by the publisher, not Player FM, and audio is streamed directly from their servers. Hit the Subscribe button to track updates in Player FM, or paste the feed URL into other podcast apps.

Kirk opens up the Strong Songs mailbag to answer your questions about Marty McFly's musical instructions, Ian Anderson's flute style, Kurt Cobain's guitar tone, how to count songs by P!nk and Radiohead, and what to do if you play an "unsexy" instrument.

REFERENCED ON THIS EPISODE:

  • Back to the Future, a 1985 movie that you've probably seen
  • "Johnny B. Goode" by Chuck Berry, 1958
  • "Walk Me Home" by P!nk
  • "Where the Boys Are" performed by Connie Francis, 1960
  • "Come as You Are" by Nirvana from Nevermind, 1991
  • "Cross-Eyed Mary" by Jethro Tull from Aqualung, 1971
  • "Money For Nothing" by Dire Straits from Brothers in Arms, 1985
  • "Pyramid Song" by Radiohead from Amnesiac, 2001

PYRAMID SONG COUNTING BREAKDOWN:

Keyboard (eighth notes): [(3 3 4 3 3) + (3 3 4 3 3)] x 2 = 64 eighth notes, aka 32 beats

Drums (quarter notes): [(3 2 3) + (3 2 3)] x 2 = 32 quarter notes, aka 32 beats

Kirk also made this ludicrous infographic: https://twitter.com/kirkhamilton/status/1164239460604641280

Other links:

The Wikipedia entry for the Mere-Exposure Effect: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mere-exposure_effect

OUTRO SOLOIST: Dan Nervo

No new outro soloist this episode - we're re-sharing a guitar solo by the fantastic Dan Nervo. Dan plays guitar all around the San Francisco Bay Area in bands like Neon Velvet, and also teaches private guitar lessons. Hit him up if you want to get really good at guitar: https://www.facebook.com/DanNervoGuitarLessons/

NEWSLETTER/MAILING LIST

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STRONG PLAYLISTS

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