Aloha, from the archives. This week's contestant is Steven Buchtal from Honolulu, Hawaii. I think it's gettable. The song is nicely hidden, but well-known and becomes fairly recognizable. The composer style should be clear, because of the piece of music it's based on, though whether people know who wrote it is another matter...
Yesterday, I posted a video I'd come across (I'm a little late to the party...) by a fellow who gives himself the name of Randy Raindow. As I said, the song parody itself was not only good, but he put together an impressive and fun video production on top of it.
He's been doing this for a while, and has a whole portfolio of songs, so I thought I'd post another one to give you an even further sense. This is a parody of the song, "Those Were the Good Old Days," from the musical Damn Yankees, with a score by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross. I always thinks it helps a parody when you know what it's parodying, so if you don't already know the original song, here it is -- with Ray Walston as The Devil wistfully reminiscing of better (or rather, worse...) times.
And here is Randy Rainbow's parody. Once again, he has an especially-elaborate production to support his song. Whereas yesterday's piece may be a better all-around video, there's something about this parody that I think I enjoy even more. Besides which, the comic timing is wonderful, aAnd there's a joke at the 1:45 mark that I find a hoot, all the more so for its subtlety.)
I came across the parody song last night by a fellow named "Randy Rainbow." Yeah, I'm going to guess that's not his real name. Though I'm surprised he's using a pseudonym because not only is the parody quite good, but the production of the video is absolutely wonderful and joyfully clever.
The song is to the tune of "You Can't Stop the Beat" from the musical, Hairspray, written by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. This version is called, "You Can't Stop His Tweets."
If you don't know the original, here it is from the film. No need to watch the whole thing (since it runs almost nine minutes...), though it's a lot of fun, but enough to get an idea of it.
And here is Randy Rainbow's version --
Every once in a while, I think in order for there to be a better society, it's important that I periodically post a song from Sara Niemietz. It's been too long, so this then is one of those times. While I think she does an especially great job interpreting other people's songs, especially old ones (particularly those where she joyously fronts on occasion for the Postmodern Jukebox), giving them her own interpretation, she's also a talented songwriter on her own, and here's another of her original works. It's called, "Out of Order."
This week's contestant is Ted Fisher from Belgrade, Serbia. The fellow is a foreign service officer serving in the embassy there, so hopefully he still has that job by the time this aired -- which I assume is the case since I haven't heard of any State Department controversies in the past three days. As for the composer style, it came down to two who always are so similar to me...and I guessed the wrong one. As did the contestant initially. With the hidden song, know that only afterwards does pianist Bruce Adolphe say, "I should have mentioned beforehand that there are two hidden songs in there," and then plays it again. It seemed odd the first time around, and that explains it. I did get one of the tunes very clearly the first time around, and figured that was the answer, not knowing I was supposed to guess two. Listening the second time through, I recognized the song, but couldn't name it.
This week, the contest is Joseph Gewirtz of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. For the longest time, while I could tell where the hidden song was, I just couldn't nail it -- and then finally did. (It was quite clear, needless to say, when later played a second time.) My guess for the composer style was not only one of Mr. Gewirtz's guesses, but was born the same year as the composer who was the correct answer, and also the same year a third even-more renowned composer. And all three wrote in somewhat the same style. The correct answer though is the least-famous of the three.
And to help honor the occasion, here are the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and their conductor Riccardo Muti (in a Cubs jersey, mind you) playing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.” I think this was done in honor of last year’s World Series since it was posted by the CSO on November 6, 2016. Also adding to the last-minute sense of quickly throwing this together is that the musicians are in street clothes -- though many are wearing Cubs paraphernalia or Cubbie blue.
What I particularly like about this, regardless of who'sperforming, is that It's a fun arrangement, too, not trying to overwhelm such a small, charming song with full orchestral bombast, but arranged with an almost old-timey feel. And maestro Muti seems to be having a good time with it all.
From the archives. This week's contestant is Stacy Fahrion from Denver, Colorado. The hidden song was on the tip of my tongue, and I knew I knew it, but I just couldn't place it. And then I did. Some will likely get it far earlier than I did, because the tip of their is much clearer. As for the composer style, it's one of those styles I just don't know well enough and mix-and-match about four or five different people. So, I didn't get it.
This is a terrific video put out yesterday by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Ben Platt (who won a Tony Award for starring in in the Tony Award-winning Best Musical, Dear Evan Hansen). It's all part of a fund-raising effort on behalf of "March for Our Lives."
What they did as a mash-up. They took the song "The Story of Tonight" from Hamilton and "You Will Be Found" from Dear Evan Hansen and figured out a wonderful way to edit (and perform) them together, calling it "Found/Tonight" -- all the better since the songs have a resonance to the issue at hand. Adding a nice touch, they begin by singing the other's song. And then it all blends from there.
Given that this is to raise money, I'm a bit surprised that they didn't display a website at the end, but for those interested it's here.
From the archives. This week's contestant is Ray Lancaster from Columbia Hill, South Carolina. I got the hidden song pretty quickly, and then it becomes very clear. Guessing the composer style came down to being between two composers...and I guessed the wrong one. Actually, it turned out to be someone else entirely, so I was completely wrong, though it was from the same country as my guess -- if that counts for anything, which it really doesn't.
Robert J. Elisberg is a two-time recipient of the Lucille Ball Award for comedy screenwriting. He's written for film, TV, the stage, and two best-selling novels, and is a regular columnist for the Huffington Post and the Writers Guild of America. Among his other writing, he has a long-time column on technology (which he sometimes understands), and co-wrote a book on world travel. As a lyricist, he is a member of ASCAP, and has contributed to numerous publications.
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