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Artist of the Week V – Quiz #18

Exceptional Artist of the Week V Series logo by Sarca @ caughtmegaming

2021 Artists of the Week (so far):

Bruno Mars, Stone Temple Pilots, Carole King, 2Pac, “Weird” Al Yankovic, Sonic Youth, Lady Gaga, Lionel Richie, Kings of Leon, Kenny Rogers, Nina Simone, Alice in Chains, Neil Diamond, Cher, Nine Inch Nails, Phil Collins, Curtis Mayfield

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My thanks to all who have participated in the “Artist of the Week” quizzes so far.

Congrats to all those who correctly identified Curtis Mayfield last week.

The results after 17 weeks (as of Monday evening – results submitted after that time will be added to next week’s spreadsheet):

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after 17

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Ready for Quiz #18?

Are you Mr. Know It All / Miss Independent?!

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Quiz Rules/Format
(Same as last year, feel free to skip to the quiz if you know the rules already)

Your Task: Name the mystery Artist, ideally with as few clues as possible.

Correctly guess the artist on the first clue? 500 points.

After scrolling down to the second clue? 400 points.

Still don’t know after the fifth clue? 0 points, but a crisp high-five for participating.

I’ll use google translate to put the correct answer at the bottom in Arabic (if you read Arabic, that’s fantastic, but no cheating by reading ahead!) and you can translate it back to the language of your choice to confirm your answer.

In the comments, please enter your POINTS earned (not the artist name) and I’ll keep track of the running totals in a spreadsheet.

In addition to eternal bragging rights, the winner at the end of the year may even get something as prestigious as a digital certificate.

Here goes!

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Artist of the Week #18
Record POINTS Earned (Not Artist Name) in the comments
(scroll down for additional clues)

For:

500 points………………..American singer-songwriter, born in Texas in 1982.

She won the first season of American Idol and is the name exclaimed by Steve Carrell in the photo below:

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400 points……………….Didn’t get the name on the first clue?

Even if you feel Low during A Moment Like This, no need to Walk Away: as this artist advised (through song), What doesn’t kill you makes you Stronger!

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300 points……………………She currently hosts her own Daytime TV Talk Show & serves as a coach on The Voice.

Here’s the thing, we started out friends with 2 photo clues.

I’m so moving on (yeah yeah) to photo clue #3!

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200 points……………….She also provides the voice of Delta Dawn (The Queen of the Country Trolls) in the animated 2020 film, Trolls World Tour

As a final word equation, she shares a first name with Ms. Ripa (from “Live with Regis & _______”) and her last name is a combination of Mr. Kent and the star at the center of our Solar System.

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100 points………………..The artist is K______ C_____________

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Answer: كيلي كلاركسون

(Please post your points earned in the comments section)

Thanks for playing!

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Verbalize the Positive

Spring!

Yes – The Yes Album (1971), Fragile (1971), Close to the Edge (1972)

[Albums 897 – 899 / 1001]

In a Baseball batting order, batters 3, 4, and 5 are often referred to as the “heart of the order.”

The lead-off hitter is important of course, as their job is to get things going, to get on base.

The 2nd batter aims to advance the runner.

Batters 3, 4, and 5?

They’re expected to produce, to bring ’em home.

Rewinding to the early ’90s Toronto Blue Jays, you had Roberto Alomar (or Paul Molitor) / Joe Carter / John Olereud as the heart of the order.

It doesn’t get much better than that!

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Rewinding to the early 70s, you have a ridiculously productive year and a half or so by the band Yes.

While I understand that their 1969 eponymous debut was important in terms of getting things started and its 1970 follow-up (Time and a Word) helped move the band forward, Yes really hit their stride on albums 3,4, and 5.

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Their 3rd album, The Yes Album, is their Robbie Alomar/Paul Molitor: Gold-Glove level dependable & could play with speed.

As demonstrated here by drummer Bill Bruford & guitarist Steve Howe, notably on the album bookends, Yours is No Disgrace & Perpetual Change.

And as the first Yes album on the 1001 list, it provided an opportunity for listeners to Catch the Taste!

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Their 4th album, Fragile, is their Joe Carter.

Maybe the batting average wasn’t as high as the #3 or #5 hitters, but is irrefutably responsible for some iconic moments.

Whereas “touch ’em all Joe” will remain an unforgettable call from the 1993 World Series, I won’t soon forget Chris Squire’s relentlessly strong bassline to Roundabout, nor the 3-part mid-song vocal harmonies from South Side of the Sky.

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Finally, their 5th album, Close to the Edge, is their John Olereud.

Perhaps without as many home runs or as much flash as the previous batters, he went on lengthy hitting streaks & continues to hold a team record .363 Batting Average.

And though Close to the Edge may not have had the flair or the individual powerhouse tracks of some of their previous efforts, the title track represented the lengthiest track in their catalogue at the time and the album as a whole continues to represent the group at their commercial peak.

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Verbalize the Positive

I look forward to seeing if the rest of the Yes discography lines up with the rest of the 1993 Blue Jays batting order, I’m hoping Relayer will line up neatly with Tony Fernandez!

Artist of the Week V – Quiz #17

Exceptional Artist of the Week V Series logo by Sarca @ caughtmegaming

2021 Artists of the Week (so far):

Bruno Mars, Stone Temple Pilots, Carole King, 2Pac, “Weird” Al Yankovic, Sonic Youth, Lady Gaga, Lionel Richie, Kings of Leon, Kenny Rogers, Nina Simone, Alice in Chains, Neil Diamond, Cher, Nine Inch Nails, Phil Collins

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My thanks to all who have participated in the “Artist of the Week” quizzes so far.

Congrats to all those who correctly identified Phil Collins last week.

The results after 16 weeks (as of Friday evening – results submitted after that time will be added to next week’s spreadsheet):

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after 16

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Ready for Quiz #17?

Keep on Keeping on!

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Quiz Rules/Format
(Same as last year, feel free to skip to the quiz if you know the rules already)

Your Task: Name the mystery Artist, ideally with as few clues as possible.

Correctly guess the artist on the first clue? 500 points.

After scrolling down to the second clue? 400 points.

Still don’t know after the fifth clue? 0 points, but a crisp high-five for participating.

I’ll use google translate to put the correct answer at the bottom in Arabic (if you read Arabic, that’s fantastic, but no cheating by reading ahead!) and you can translate it back to the language of your choice to confirm your answer.

In the comments, please enter your POINTS earned (not the artist name) and I’ll keep track of the running totals in a spreadsheet.

In addition to eternal bragging rights, the winner at the end of the year may even get something as prestigious as a digital certificate.

Here goes!

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Artist of the Week #17
Record POINTS Earned (Not Artist Name) in the comments
(scroll down for additional clues)

For:

500 points………………..American artist, born in Chicago in 1942 (died in 1999).

He is a double-inductee in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame: both for his work as a socially conscious solo artist & as a member of the Doo-wop / Gospel / Soul / R&B group, The Impressions.

His vocals were usually sung in the falsetto register & he tuned his guitar to match the black keys on a piano, or an open F-sharp tuning!

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400 points……………….Though he played a variety of styles, he would likely be considered a Progressive Soul Artist.

He has a pair of compelling albums on the 1001 list: the soundtrack to the film Super Fly (1972) and There’s No Place Like America Today (1975).

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300 points……………………Puzzle #2:

________ Joseph + ( month shown below + ________ of Dreams )

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200 points………………..Puzzle #3:

Jamie Lee ___________ + Baker _____________

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100 points………………..The artist is C________ M___________

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Answer: كورتيس مايفيلد

(Please post your points earned in the comments section)

Thanks for playing!

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Verbalize the Positive

The soundtrack to Super Fly, so vivid, it feels like I saw the film!

Roxy Music – For Your Pleasure (1973) and Country Life (1974) & Brian Eno and David Byrne – My Life in the Bush of Ghosts (1981)

[Albums 894 – 896 / 1001]

I’m always intrigued by what happens after a formidable musical pair goes their separate ways.

Can they ever reach higher heights independently than they did collaboratively?

In this case, Roxy Music’s first two albums (the 1972 self-titled debut & the 1973 follow-up, For Your Pleasure) featured both Bryan Ferry and Brian Eno. Both team-efforts were deemed 1001-list worthy.

Though Eno left the group after For Your Pleasure, neither Br(y)(i)an would be away from the 1001 list for too long: Roxy Music’s Country Life would make the cut, as would many other Eno-solo & Eno-produced albums.

Not to mention the 1981 David Byrne/Brian Eno collaboration, My Life in the Bush of Ghosts.

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“I will still tell you one thing, we’re better together”
– Jack Johnson, Better Together

Are the Br(i)(y)ans better together?

Perhaps early Roxy Music adopters would say so and they’re likely not incorrect.

However, I will still tell you one thing that I appreciate: their independent ventures don’t sound like watered-down versions of the first 2 Roxy Music albums.

For Your Pleasure might be my favourite of these albums, but Country Life is probably more consistent and My Life in the Bush of Ghosts is likely the most innovative.

So while it’s possible that they’re best together, it’s better that they went in different directions when they separated.

And it’s best that they still had enough in common so that a 3-circle Venn Diagram was still possible!

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Verbalize the Positive

If both spellings are included, I imagine Bryan / Brian (Eno, Ferry, Wilson, Adams, May, Bell, Johnson, Jones…) would easily be a Top 5 Musical First Names contender!

Artist of the Week V – Quiz #16

Exceptional Artist of the Week V Series logo by Sarca @ caughtmegaming

2021 Artists of the Week (so far):

Bruno Mars, Stone Temple Pilots, Carole King, 2Pac, “Weird” Al Yankovic, Sonic Youth, Lady Gaga, Lionel Richie, Kings of Leon, Kenny Rogers, Nina Simone, Alice in Chains, Neil Diamond, Cher, Nine Inch Nails

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My thanks to all who have participated in the “Artist of the Week” quizzes so far.

Congrats to all those who correctly identified Nine Inch Nails last week.

The results after 15 weeks (as of Thursday morning – results submitted after that time will be added to next week’s spreadsheet):

after 15

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Ready for Quiz #16?

Do You Remember?

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Quiz Rules/Format
(Same as last year, feel free to skip to the quiz if you know the rules already)

Your Task: Name the mystery Artist, ideally with as few clues as possible.

Correctly guess the artist on the first clue? 500 points.

After scrolling down to the second clue? 400 points.

Still don’t know after the fifth clue? 0 points, but a crisp high-five for participating.

I’ll use google translate to put the correct answer at the bottom in Arabic (if you read Arabic, that’s fantastic, but no cheating by reading ahead!) and you can translate it back to the language of your choice to confirm your answer.

In the comments, please enter your POINTS earned (not the artist name) and I’ll keep track of the running totals in a spreadsheet.

In addition to eternal bragging rights, the winner at the end of the year may even get something as prestigious as a digital certificate.

Here goes!

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Artist of the Week #16
Record POINTS Earned (Not Artist Name) in the comments
(scroll down for additional clues)

For:

500 points………………..English artist, born in 1951.

In the Beginning of his career, he was the drummer of a progressive rock band, with a pair of 1970s albums on the 1001 list…

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400 points……………….and between his work with that group (Genesis) & his mega-selling solo albums? 

But Seriously, he seemed to have an Invisible Touch when it came to hit-making in the 80s!

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300 points……………………Is there a more iconic drum fill than his “magic break” from In The Air Tonight?

Oh Lord!

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200 points………………..Puzzle Clue, #2:

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100 points………………..The artist is P____ C_________

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Answer:  فيل كولينز

(Please post your points earned in the comments section)

Thanks for playing!

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Verbalize the Positive

To quote Patrick Bateman, Sussodio, great, great song, personal favourite!

Expected vs. Actual Enjoyment

[Albums 885 – 893 / 1001]

Of the 9 (!) albums to be discussed in this 9-for-the-price-of-1* review, my actual statistical enjoyment level was about the same with each.

However, my overall impressions were likely quite different.

And I believe that is based on my expectations going in.

Which led to 1 of 3 scenarios, as shown graphically!

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Scenario 1: As Expected
The Stranglers, Rattus Norvegicus (1977), Buzzcocks, Another Music in a Different Kitchen (1978), and The Damned, Machine Gun Etiquette (1979)

I often talk to my students about the importance of under-promising & over-delivering.

For example, if I say that I’ll have the tests marked by Thursday and I end up having them finished by Wednesday, prepare the ‘World’s Greatest Teacher’ coffee mug!

However, if I say that I’ll have the tests marked by Wednesday and it takes me until Thursday?

That would make me the ‘goat’ – and not in a G.O.A.T./Greatest-of-All-Time kind of way.

But what if I promise Thursday and I keep my promise?

Expectations are managed & met.

And kudos to The Stranglers / Buzzcocks / Damned for doing just that with their albums on the 1001 list.

Punk &/or Rock from the late 70s?

I knew I was going to like it.

And I did!

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Scenario 2: Mismanaged Expectations
The Cure, Pornography (1982), Happy Mondays, Bummed (1988), and My Bloody Valentine, Isn’t Anything (1988)

I adore The Cure.

Or at least, I live for just about every note of music released by Robert Smith & co. between 1985-2000.

But The Cure pre-’85/post-’00?

I keep expecting that it’s going to be at the same ridiculously elevated level…and it never quite is.

Of course, that doesn’t mean it’s completely without merit.

In fact, when compared to the rest of music that I’ve ever heard in my lifetime, it’s probably as strong or stronger than the vast majority.

However, knowing what their ceiling is…

For some reason, I never learn and I keep expecting to hear something different.

It’s like re-watching a vintage sports game, hoping for a different ending – this time they’ll call that Gretzky high-stick for sure!

And though I haven’t been listening to Happy Mondays / My Bloody Valentine for nearly as long, there’s a similar issue of expecting perfection and getting most of the way there.

Again, I’m totally responsible for my own mismanaged expectations; there Isn’t Anything quite like feeling Bummed when you don’t love a record that you like! 

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Scenario 3: Pleasant Surprises
John Martyn, Solid Air (1973), Gary Numan, Pleasure Principle (1979), and The Triffids, Calenture (1987)

Finally, with some albums, you don’t expect the world.

And the world ends up delivering a pleasant surprise.

Back in the day, out of principle, I wouldn’t have derived an ounce of pleasure from Gary Numan’s synthesizers. But this year, it turned out that it was up my alley.

I thought John Martyn may have benefitted from some felicitous timing when I explored One World (in the pre-pandemic days, driving to Toronto to visit friends); but as it turns out, even when such Toronto-drives are not possible, he proved to be similarly, if not even more, effective on Solid Air.

Finally, when I first heard the name ‘The Triffids,’ I initially thought of the line ‘a trifle unnecessary’ from Wayne’s World 2, and wondered if this album would be somewhat inconsequential as well. 

I’ve since learned that ‘Calenture’ is a type of heat stroke or fever, a ‘Triffid’ is a fictional carnivorous plant species, and most importantly, I was pleased to discover that Calenture by The Triffids is far from unnecessary!

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Verbalize the Positive

A tip of the hat to my friend, Deke, for his positive spin with these multi-review posts: it’s not that I’m trying to get through the book quickly, it’s about providing good 9-for-the-price-of-1 value!

Barry Adamson – Moss Side Story (1989) & Oedipus Schmoedipus (1996)

[Albums 883 & 884 / 1001]

Did you have a surprise favourite class back in the day?

A couple jump to mind for me: Grade 13/OAC English & a Music Theatre course in University.

In OAC English, we studied Oedipus Rex.

And I’m glad we did because I think I appreciated the play a lot more that way than if I’d merely attempted to go through it by myself.

In the University Music Theatre course, we spent a fair bit of time with West Side Story.

Once again, I’m grateful for that time spent as it was neat exploring the play in more detail and learning more about the context.

As it so often does, in both cases, a knowledgeable & enthusiastic teacher made all the difference; since my OAC English teacher & University Music Theatre prof were so keen about their respective plays, their positive energy was contagious.

I imagine the same would also be true for Barry Adamson’s Moss Side Story & Oedipus Schmoedipus.

It’s one thing to casually listen to them independently, but I could picture my appreciation being enhanced through a more in-depth study.

So if you happen to know of any knowledgeable & enthusiastic instructors leading a Barry Adamson appreciation course in the not too distant future, sign me up!

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Verbalize the Positive

Happy April Break!

Artist of the Week V – Quiz #15

Exceptional Artist of the Week V Series logo by Sarca @ caughtmegaming

2021 Artists of the Week (so far):

Bruno Mars, Stone Temple Pilots, Carole King, 2Pac, “Weird” Al Yankovic, Sonic Youth, Lady Gaga, Lionel Richie, Kings of Leon, Kenny Rogers, Nina Simone, Alice in Chains, Neil Diamond, Cher

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My thanks to all who have participated in the “Artist of the Week” quizzes so far.

Congrats to all those who correctly identified Cher last week.

The results after 14 weeks (as of Monday evening – results submitted after that time will be added to next week’s spreadsheet):

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Ready for Quiz #15?

You could have it all!

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Quiz Rules/Format
(Same as last year, feel free to skip to the quiz if you know the rules already)

Your Task: Name the mystery Artist, ideally with as few clues as possible.

Correctly guess the artist on the first clue? 500 points.

After scrolling down to the second clue? 400 points.

Still don’t know after the fifth clue? 0 points, but a crisp high-five for participating.

I’ll use google translate to put the correct answer at the bottom in Arabic (if you read Arabic, that’s fantastic, but no cheating by reading ahead!) and you can translate it back to the language of your choice to confirm your answer.

In the comments, please enter your POINTS earned (not the artist name) and I’ll keep track of the running totals in a spreadsheet.

In addition to eternal bragging rights, the winner at the end of the year may even get something as prestigious as a digital certificate.

Here goes!

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Artist of the Week #15
Record POINTS Earned (Not Artist Name) in the comments
(scroll down for additional clues)

For:

500 points………………..American band, formed in Cleveland, Ohio in 1988 (and inducted to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland 32 years later).

They have one album on the 1001 list, The Downward Spiral (1994)…

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400 points……………….although the lead singer, Trent Reznor, has had anything but a Downward-Spiralling career trajectory: he went from a Grammy-winning Industrial band to winning an Academy Award for his Social Network score!

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300 points……………………3-word band name (with a palindromic acronym), as shown below:

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200 points………………..Puzzle #2

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100 points………………..The artist is N____ I_____ N______

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Answer: تسعة بوصة المسامير

(Please post your points earned in the comments section)

Thanks for playing!

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Verbalize the Positive

Head Like a Hole, solid track!

Artist of the Week V – Quiz #14

Exceptional Artist of the Week V Series logo by Sarca @ caughtmegaming

2021 Artists of the Week (so far):

Bruno Mars, Stone Temple Pilots, Carole King, 2Pac, “Weird” Al Yankovic, Sonic Youth, Lady Gaga, Lionel Richie, Kings of Leon, Kenny Rogers, Nina Simone, Alice in Chains, Neil Diamond

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My thanks to all who have participated in the “Artist of the Week” quizzes so far.

Congrats to all those who correctly identified Neil Diamond last week.

The results after 13 weeks (as of Wednesday evening – results submitted after that time will be added to next week’s spreadsheet):

after 13

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Ready for Quiz #14?

Say What’s On Your Mind!

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Quiz Rules/Format
(Same as last year, feel free to skip to the quiz if you know the rules already)

Your Task: Name the mystery Artist, ideally with as few clues as possible.

Correctly guess the artist on the first clue? 500 points.

After scrolling down to the second clue? 400 points.

Still don’t know after the fifth clue? 0 points, but a crisp high-five for participating.

I’ll use google translate to put the correct answer at the bottom in Arabic (if you read Arabic, that’s fantastic, but no cheating by reading ahead!) and you can translate it back to the language of your choice to confirm your answer.

In the comments, please enter your POINTS earned (not the artist name) and I’ll keep track of the running totals in a spreadsheet.

In addition to eternal bragging rights, the winner at the end of the year may even get something as prestigious as a digital certificate.

Here goes!

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Artist of the Week #14
Record POINTS Earned (Not Artist Name) in the comments
(scroll down for additional clues)

For:

500 points………………..American artist, born in 1946 in California, birth surname Sarkisian.

She is one Tony Award away from joining the exclusive ‘EGOT’ club (after winning a Best Actress Oscar for a 1987 film, a Best Dance Recording Grammy for a hit single released in 1998, and an Emmy in 2003…

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400 points……………….The Emmy was for her Farewell Tour & the Oscar was for Moonstruck.

Despite having a really powerful contralto voice, would you Believe she won a Grammy for a song with ‘Auto-Tune’d vocals?

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300 points……………………Known as the “Goddess of Pop,” she shares a name with / inspired the name of Alicia Silverstone’s character in Clueless (and If I Could Turn Back Time, I wouldn’t change a thing about this film, as if!)

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200 points………………..Alternatively, she was the latter part of the ‘I Got You Babe‘ duo, as shown below:

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100 points………………..The artist is C____

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Answer:  شير

(Please post your points earned in the comments section)

Thanks for playing!

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Verbalize the Positive

She was memorable in Moonstruck!

Artist of the Week V – Quiz #13

Exceptional Artist of the Week V Series logo by Sarca @ caughtmegaming

2021 Artists of the Week (so far):

Bruno Mars, Stone Temple Pilots, Carole King, 2Pac, “Weird” Al Yankovic, Sonic Youth, Lady Gaga, Lionel Richie, Kings of Leon, Kenny Rogers, Nina Simone, Alice in Chains

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My thanks to all who have participated in the “Artist of the Week” quizzes so far.

Congrats to all those who correctly identified Alice in Chains last week.

The results after 12 weeks (as of Friday evening – results submitted after that time will be added to next week’s spreadsheet):

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after 12 weeks

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Ready for Quiz #13?

I am…I said!

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Quiz Rules/Format
(Same as last year, feel free to skip to the quiz if you know the rules already)

Your Task: Name the mystery Artist, ideally with as few clues as possible.

Correctly guess the artist on the first clue? 500 points.

After scrolling down to the second clue? 400 points.

Still don’t know after the fifth clue? 0 points, but a crisp high-five for participating.

I’ll use google translate to put the correct answer at the bottom in Arabic (if you read Arabic, that’s fantastic, but no cheating by reading ahead!) and you can translate it back to the language of your choice to confirm your answer.

In the comments, please enter your POINTS earned (not the artist name) and I’ll keep track of the running totals in a spreadsheet.

In addition to eternal bragging rights, the winner at the end of the year may even get something as prestigious as a digital certificate.

Here goes!

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Artist of the Week #13
Record POINTS Earned (Not Artist Name) in the comments
(scroll down for additional clues)

For:

500 points………………..Singer-songwriter, born in America, or more specifically, on Brooklyn Roads in 1941.

Over the years, he has continued to Serenade listeners, recording & releasing more than 30 studio albums; so depending on your Moods, there’s likely one that’s Just For You!

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400 points……………….In addition to enjoying success while performing his own material, he also wrote many songs that were huge hits for other artists, including I’m a Believer (The Monkees), Red Red Wine (UB40), and Girl, You’ll Be a Woman Soon (Urge Overkill)

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300 points……………………Though he was a skilled lyricist, his most famous lyrics are likely “Bah bah bah!”

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200 points………………..Puzzle #2

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100 points………………..The artist is N____ D__________

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Answer: نيل الماس

(Please post your points earned in the comments section)

Thanks for playing!

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Verbalize the Positive

So good, so good!