From the archives. This week's contestant is Brandon Baxter from Hastings, Nebraska, To my surprise, I got the composer style first and pretty quickly -- surprising particularly because it's one of the genres I'm not especially adept at and also there are several composers who overlap for me. I could hear the hidden song, but just couldn't get it...but then about a minute it, I did. What surprised me most of all, though, is not so much that the contestant couldn't get the hidden song, but host Fred Child -- who's usually so good at helping out with that -- not only didn't guess it on the first go-round, but didn't either when Bruce Adolphe played it a second time. Only until Adolphe played it straight through without any composer style getting in the way did Child finally hear it. And the song is a pretty famous standard from The Great American Songbook. There's also a whimsical clue in the hidden song which helped make me sure I was right in my guess.
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, is a regular columnist for the Writers Guild of America and was for the Huffington Post. 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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