Kaufman's Musical Offering
Kaufman on 10/01/2006
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This is the fourth edition of a 'Community Quiz' game.
Quiz authors who chose to take part in this game create quizzes with "A Musical Offering" in the title. No one knows what the others will come up with, so it is a game for both authors and quiz takers.
All of them appear in the 'Community Quizzes' category. You are encouraged to take all of the quizzes in this group, compare them, rate them and send comments to the authors
As you can see, this is a wordy description. If you want to jump down to the bottom and just read the last paragraph, which has the key instructions, I won't be insulted. But the background is kind of fun.
My introduction to the term "A Musical Offering" was through Douglas Hofstadter's "Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid." That's a book you'll either love, or you'll hate. I loved it. In it I learned that "A Musical Offering" was the title of a piece J.S. Bach wrote for the King.
So I'm supposed to write a fugue or something? It won't be pretty, and it will be hard to translate to a quiz. "What note comes next?" Ain't gonna cut it. So I guess I have to create and offer to the site the kind of music within my realm of competence.
That turns out pretty much to be the same kind of stuff Weird Al Yankovic does, only he gets paid for it. And what better a theme than the recent gathering of Sploofusers in Chicago.
I therefore offer you ten pieces of music, sung to the tune of familiar songs (from the sixties to the eighties, as it turns out), chronicling in chronological order some of the events that befell or were witnessed by some or all of us. Your mission in each case: Identify the artist or band whose song I've ripped off and coated with new lyrics. Be sure to print the answer page at the end, so you can sing along afterwards.
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