From the archives. This week's contest is Christina Stone of Houston, Texas. The hidden song is pretty clear, but as much as could tell I should know it, I just didn't guess it. And yes, I knew it, and should have gotten it. But I did at least get the composer style.
From the archives. This week's contestants are Nancy Parton and Ron Morebello from San Diego, California. At least I got the composer style, but didn't have a clue on the hidden song -- which is really deeply hidden. I was even listening in the right place for it, but couldn't hear it. I even listening closely when pianist Bruce Adolph said where to listen, and I had been listening there, and he slowed to down to be more clear. Zero idea. Even when he gave the answer and I listened again, I had a hard time picking it out. But...it's guessable, because the contestants got it on the second time around. Not me...
From the archive. This week's contestant is Mirabai Knight from New York, New York. At first, I thought I knew the hidden song right off, but then it went off into a different direction. And in fact, the contestant had the same guess. But then halfway through I figured it out right and got it. And the contestant's guess on composer style was mine, too -- and wrong. But close. In fact, the correct answer was my first thought. So...yep, I should have stuck with my instinct. Especially since it quotes a well-known piece.
This week's contestant is Lauren Cason from Greer, South Carolina. You're on your own with this one. It's not a style of music most people are terribly familiar with, I think. I took a stab, but was wrong. But the contestant and even Fred Child were stumped, too, until a barrel of clues came in. And even at that, Ms. Cason -- a piano teacher -- only threw out a guess and was right. As for the hidden song, I heard about four that I thought it might be. I picked one without the greatest confidence, but actually got it. (For as difficult as it was, there is an amusing method to composer Bruce Adolphe's madness on this one.) But even Fred said that this was "this is one of the hardest Piano Puzzlers we've had in a while."
This week's contestants are Peter and Mary-Bess Staffel from Bethany, West Virginia. This is an oddity: although I got both parts, it was touch-and-go that I would. I could tell the composer of the hidden song right away, but it took me a short while to "sing through" the song to get the title, but I did get it. It's well known, but might not be so for everyone. And the composer style was very guessable...but...it came down to two possibilities who overlap a bit. But I guessed right.
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...
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.
From the archives. This week's contestant is Rainer Klaus of Madison, Alabama. The hidden song is hidden with good humor, but it's eventually guessable. The composer style was one that I thought I came close to, but I was wrong, and probably should have gotten it.
This week's contestant is Lessa Virnya from Syracuse, NY. The composer style came down to two people in my mind...and to my surprise and pleasure, I guessed it correctly. As for the hidden song, it too seemed to be between two songs, as far as I could make things out, and though both the contestant and host Fred Child couldn't get it...huzzah, I was right, again.
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. The composer style came down to two composers...and I guessed the wrong one. Actually, it turned out to be someone else entirely, though 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.