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?!"
The guest this week is Roger Reynolds from Ashland, Virginia. I got the hidden song almost immediately, and it's one of the least-hidden songs that Bruce Adolphe has done, so I suspect most people will get it. I have a feeling that the reason it's so poorly hidden is because it overlaps not not a composer style, but an existing piece of music. Alas, as absolutely familiar and recognizable as that music is...I just couldn't name it.
This week's contestant is Sarah Painting from South Hadley, Massachusetts. I got the hidden song pretty quickly, which is a good thing because it gets pretty well-hidden further on. As for the composer style, I could make out a particular quote but just couldn't put the name to the music -- which is a shame because he was the first name I came up with and then veered away to someone else. Silly me.|
This week's contestant is Marc Loudon from New Orleans, Louisiana. And it's a lovely piece which...well, I missed both. I'm sure that many people will get the composer style, but I just focused on a different composer and wrongly stuck with that. As for the hidden song, after the contestant guessed it right off (as he did with the composer style) and Bruce Adolphe played the piece again, I could hear it clearly, so I suspect others will, too.
From the archives. As I wrote last time around -- 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. 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.
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.