From the archives. This week's contestant is Sean Hampton from Round Rock, Texas. This sounds like a repeat from their archives, not just because the bantering about Round Rock, but there's a passage in the arrangement that sounded familiar. Whether I got the hidden song from that -- or because I did recognize it, I don't know. It's well-hidden, but identifiable, I thought, Though the contestant had trouble. I also guessed the composer, and that had nothing to do with remembering it from before.
From the archives. The contestant here is Matthew Johnson from Chattanooga, Tennessee. This Puzzler is a bit of an oddity -- since I got the composer style, but not the song, and it's usually the other way around. And I felt annoyed at that, because it was clear where the hidden song was and sensed I should know it. I did at least guess it when played the second time around, though I'm not sure if composer Bruce Adolphe might have highlighted things a bit. It's definitely a well-known song, but not a wildly-known one.
From the archives, this week's contestant is Andy Zerman from New York, NY. I was pleased, and a bit surprised that I got the composer whose style the song is written in. But I was stumped -- utterly stumped by the hidden song. No clue. Oddly, I thought it might be one of those 'trick songs' that pianist Bruce Adolphe sometimes does, where the song isn't a popular song, but something from the classical world. It wasn't that, but it turns out I had a good reason to think that. (I shall say no more.) Even when he slowed down the song and highlighted it, I didn't know. Only when I started at the main theme and focused on that did I guess it. That one theme, when you know what to listen for, is extremely clear. But the rest is very well hidden. Nice piece, though...
From the archives. This week's contestant is Daniel Swartz from Clark Summit, Pennsylvania. Happily, I actually got the composer style this week. Happily, because I had more trouble with the hidden song. There's a long passage where it's clear Bruce Adolph is playing the hidden tune -- but for the life of me, I couldn't get it. And it's perfectly well-known. And Adolph explains afterwards, most of the song is well-hidden...though the contestant did guess it.
From the archives. Hey, make it a party game to play on New Year's Eve. This week's contestant is Beatrice "Bee" Newman from Kapa'a, Hawaii. The short version is that it was a washout for me. Though I did come close on the composer. My guess was the same as the contestant, composer Bruce Adolphe said "You couldn't have been closer, and it could have been that person, it's that close," but it wasn't. As for the song, it's hugely known, very famous, but wonderfully hidden, so I didn't get it. There's one passage that might make it clear to some, but I just wasn't focusing enough to get it.
From the archives, this week's contestant is Dan Larkin, from Windsor, California. The hidden song should be very easy to guess, I think, and probably pretty early on. There were three composers I thought it might be in the style of. I had one in mind, but changed -- and it was the contestant's guess, as well, but it wasn't that. It also wasn't one of the other two. So, I was wrong. But I should have gotten it. And I think others have a good chance of getting it.
From the archives. This week's contestant is Wiley Newbold from Morgantown, West Virginia. And I wave the white flag. I could hear the hidden song -- and hear it easily. But I just didn't have a clue what it was. Nor did contestant...though he did an admirable job on his own working his way through the possibilities to guess it. And it's a well-known enough song. As for the composer style, I'm sure some will guess it. But it's a style that overlaps with a few people, and I just didn't get it.
From the archives. This week's contestant is Joe Sorenson, from Albuquerque, New Mexico. Happily, I was able to get the hidden composer -- in fact, the hidden song had so much in common at the start with one of the composer's most famous pieces that at first I thought that that was the hidden song. It wasn't, just the composer style. (And in fact, the hidden song turns out to quote a different piece by the composer. Ah, well, at least I got the composer right, whatever the reasoning.) As for the hidden song, it's nicely-hidden, but as I listened on, I felt comfortable with my guess. And was right about that, too. So, a full victory all around! Huzzah.
I'm still in the midst of my convoluted schedule, but I should be back up to speed very soon. In the meantime, I'll pop in with another Piano Puzzler from the archives. Our contestant today is Kelly Furgits of Cleveland, Ohio. I found the hidden tune very-well hidden. But then there was a passage that, to me, leaped out so clearly and at that point became easy to hear. Oddly, the contestant guessed the composer of that hidden tune, but couldn't place the song itself. The composer style came down to two thoughts for me...but alas, I guessed the other one...
From the archives. This week's contestant is Jessie Marshall from Jacksonville, Florida. I was pretty sure I could hear get the hidden song fairly quickly, but it turns out I was wrong. It has a lot of similarities (let's just say they have the same heritage), but I stopped as I soon as I thought I had it. But the song is pretty well-known, so others might be able to get it. It was also easy to get the style of the hidden composer, but alas I couldn't nail it down to who. And I should have, because I like the guy. So, I suspect others will do far better than me this week.
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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