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Do you like riddles or do they tend to annoy you? I've been playing my little "guess the song" game for several months now. Prior to a Battle of the Bands post I will often drop clues into my posts about what song I'll be using. Most readers ignore my game and don't even bother mentioning it.
In the comments of my most recent clue post my dear blogger friend Stephen T.McCarthy put it this way:
Oh, I have no idea what song you will be using. I've given up trying to guess on that stuffs.
You usually use such obscure songs that I've never even heard of them to begin with. Aside from that, I think you seed your 'Clues Posts' with all kinds of blind alleys and disinfo (i.e., clues meant to make the reader think it's a certain song that it isn't), so guessing what song you will be using is a near impossibility. No one has ever once guessed correctly, so what's the point in trying?
I rarely attempt to figure out what it will be anymore and I just simply wait to see.Mr. McCarthy may be expressing the same sentiments that most other readers have felt about my guessing game. Though actually a few readers in previous Battle clue posts have guessed my songs ahead of time so apparently the guessing is not a "near impossibility". Most of the songs I've used so far have in fact been fairly well known and by artists who if were not well-known, were artists with a certain historical significance in the history of modern music.
Even if a song or an artist is obscure, does this cause you the reader to have no interest and not wish to ever have an interest? Often I'll see a comment to the effect of "I don't like this style of music" or "I could only listen for a few seconds until I couldn't stand it". I guess I can empathize with that sentiment in the sense that if someone pitted song versions in the rap genre I might be tempted not to listen to those. I thought I was putting up some pretty good songs since it's music that I like, but that's a whole different topic that I do plan on addressing in some future post--and not just from the standpoint of music, but all art including books and movies.
Back to the Riddle Topic
So even knowing that the clues and guessing games are not overly popular features I will continue inserting these into blog posts now and then. It might be worth noting that the Battle of the Bands posts are not my most popular either--I just like doing them because they're fun and interesting to me. Part of my reasoning behind the concept of guessing games is that it is a sort of marketing strategy that might encourage readers to want to come back to the Battle of the Bands post to see if they guessed correctly or just to find out what the song is. I'm still in the testing stage I guess.
Riddles, guessing games, and the like are marketing ploys that are often used to get a customer base curious and interested in something that is coming--a new product, movie, television show, etc. They do require thought. If answers were easy then an audience might soon lose interest. That's what I've been experimenting with--marketing, as I so often do. There is a riddle of sorts even in that sentence, but I won't go there.
Instead, I'm sticking with the Battle of the Bands post which will appear tomorrow (Saturday March 15th). I'm going to present a clue in riddle form. This will be very obvious, but maybe only obvious after you've seen my next Battle of the Bands song pick. Here is the riddle:
The song was not written by a queen
And the song is not about a king.
It could have been sung by Summer despite its winter theme
Since the setting seems like disco before disco was the thing.
Part of this clue is very obvious if you think about it. I'll admit that the song is relatively obscure but you'll find a lot of modern music connections regarding the song related to my contest of the two versions I will present.
Do you think events like guessing games and riddles are fun? What obscurities do you like to talk about on your blog? Can you guess the riddle or any part of it?