This week's contestant is Deb Anderson from Robbinsdale, Minnesota. The hidden song should be pretty easy. The composer style, too -- but for me, it was a guess of one of a few, and I guessed wrong.
This week's contestant is Kristen Zoetewey from Grand Rapids, Michigan. I had an odd result from the contest. When it finished, I had no clue. And yet I should have guessed the composer style because I like the composer a a lot. But no. As for the hidden song, I also had no clue -- though about the 3-minute mark there was a passage that sounded familiar, but I just couldn't place it. And even pianist Bruce Adolphe acknowledged that this was a difficult one, well-hidden. As he was talking though, it clicked in -- and before he even got to playing the piece again, I guessed it.
As we head into the Fourth of July holiday, we gave our operators the evening off, so here's a bonus Piano Puzzler. This bonus contestant (though he may not think of himself that way...) is William White from Portland, Oregon. I got the hidden song pretty quickly, though it may not be terribly familiar to everyone, but it's not an unknown song. As for the composer style, it's one of those I just toss coins in the air and guess -- though as the contestant was analyzing how he came to his guess, his words suggested another composer to me, so I switched moments before he made his guess...and that was it.
This week's contestant is Eli Robbins from Peachtree City, Georgia. I was able to get the composer style quite easily, which is rare for me. Both the contestant and host Fred Child were stumped as for the hidden song -- as was I. That's because it is SO well-hidden. With a hint and bringing it out more the second go-round, the contestant got it -- but I still couldn't hear it. Only when composer Bruce Adolphe played it all through for a third time, was I able to focus it on it.
From the archives, this week's contestant is David Hempling. from San Francisco. What I wrote previously was "It's a very easy hidden song to get. As for the hidden composer style, it's clear after hearing the answer, but I didn't find it typical for that composer so I missed it."
This week's contestant is Cayce Wilkinson from Council Bluffs, Iowa. I didn't have a clue on the hidden song (as neither did the contestant or host Fred Child), though did at least get it on the second pass when pianist Bruce Adolphe brought the song out more. And it was totally stumped on the composer style, with only a few possibilities in mind...but then near the very end I made one different guess -- and was right.
From the archives. This week's contestant is William Beyer from Des Moines, Iowa. The hidden song is extremely easy, and most people should not only get it, but get it quickly. The composer style though is one of those where I can throw a dart among several people and hope for the best. In fact, the contestant, who from his analysis of musical styles was clearly very knowledge, and he had a great deal of difficulty, though eventually got it (albeit it with a a few descriptive clues). So, I took a total guess to the one I thought it might be closest to -- and was wrong.
This week's contestant is Mike Freiberg from Golden Valley, Minnesota. The hidden song is extremely easy, and most people I think will get it about five seconds in, after a very sleight introduction. And it's obvious throughout, not especially hidden. As for the composer style, I had a pretty definitive guess early on and was right. So -- I got both, huzzah. I think most have a good chance, as well.
From the archives, this week's contestant is Sara Tillotson from Tulsa, Oklahoma. As I wrote previously, at first, I was able to pick out the hidden song by focusing on the proper hand which was playing the tune, though eventually it became perfectly clear without that. As for the composer style, I didn't have a clue -- the same as the contestant. To my surprise, my one offbeat guess was bizarrely close. I wouldn't have ever gotten it, though. It's tough. But perhaps you can get the era and type of music.As
This week's contestant is Walt Warren from Wheeling, West Virginia. I had a pretty good guess for the composer style -- the same one as Mr. Warren, and Bruce Adolphe said it was very close and could almost have been the right answer. But alas, I was wrong. As for the hidden song -- I could hear it, and even was pretty sure I recognized it and where it might be from...but I just couldn't get it. But I don't feel badly because not only did Walt Warren not get it, but neither did host Fred Child. In fact, Fred didn't get it even after Bruce Adolphe gave some clues and the first world of the title. And when getting the answer, cried out, "Who would get that?!"
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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