Strong Songs

is creating podcasts about music

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The cornerstone of swing. This tier is for folks who just want to kick in a little bit each month to help out.

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Strong and steady; the lifeblood of the beat. This tier gets you access to the basic Patreon feed and, hopefully, the motivation to start practicing that guitar you've been neglecting.

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Big and warm; just two per bar. This tier gets you access to the Patreon feed, a 10% discount in the Strong Songs Store, and your name listed in the show notes of every episode I publish while you're a backer. 
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About Strong Songs

Who are you? What’s this “Strong Songs” show all about?

Hi! My name’s Kirk. I’m a musician, writer, and teacher. Strong Songs is a podcast I make that’s basically about how…. music… is good. That pretty much sums it up.

Each episode takes a well-known song and pulls it apart to figure out how it works. I re-create sections of the song on my own, work out the theory behind the chords and melodies, and break down the songwriting techniques used by the composers, all with the goal of helping people hear their favorite music in a new way.

Why should I back this project?

I’ve been making Strong Songs since 2018 and it’s been a blast. The show has been (and will remain) completely free, but as it’s become more popular, I’ve found myself putting more and more time into it.

Each episode takes me multiple days to complete: there's pre-production, learning the song, writing out the episode, then recording, mixing, editing, listening back, and so on. For me to continue dedicating as much time as I think Strong Songs deserves, I need it to generate some income. I don’t want to move to a pure subscription model and I’m not really interested in reading ads on the show, so Patreon seems like the way to go.

What kinds of Patreon rewards are you offering?

All patrons get access to the Strong Songs Patreon Discord, where you can talk music with other listeners, participate in weekly listening clubs, that kind of thing. Every few months I do a patrons-only Q&A video where I answer patron-submitted questions about how I make the show, talk more in-depth about my process, do studio tours and session breakdowns, that kind of thing. I'm planning four of those for 2021. Higher tiers will get your name included in the show notes of episodes you've backed, and will also get a small discount on the Strong Songs Merch store. All backers, regardless of tier, will be signed up for my newsletter. And everyone will get my sincere gratitude for helping me make Strong Songs as good as it can be!

How often do you publish?

I publish every other Wednesday, which basically comes out to two episodes per month. That means your monthly pledge will support the creation of two episodes. I also run the occasional bonus episode during off weeks. In 2021, I'll be running interview episodes during the month of July (rather than standard episodes), and will take a break for the month of December, though I'll still run a Patreon Q&A video that month. I publish the show via RSS to a number of popular podcast destinations like Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, and Stitcher.

I subscribe to Strong Songs but can't back the Patreon; what am I missing out on?

If you already subscribe and for whatever reason can’t become a Patreon backer, you still get every episode of the show. The only things you won't get are the posts I write here for each episode, access to the patrons Discord, and the Q&A videos I make, which are mostly focused how I produce the show itself. I don't do Patreon-exclusive podcast episodes, and really want to keep Strong Songs as accessible as possible.
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