As a kid I was a crazy fanatic of the game show, Name That Tune, and it always upset me that they never had young contestants. I am sure that show is a part of the reason that I became such a sponge for all types of music at a young age--because I wanted to beat the adults that actually got on the show-- and that love for music has continued through adulthood, along with the desire to kick ass on a show that was unfortunately cancelled 20 years ago.
Yesterday I was working on photo edits of 2 recent shoots, while listening for the first time to Raising Sand, the new Robert Plant/Alison Krauss work of art (produced by the legendary T-Bone Burnett) on my iTunes, when the first couple notes of the next song start up and I thought, "hmm, this one is oddly Maroon 5-ish".
Then, I clicked over to look at iTunes and realized that I had already finished listening to Raising Sand, and the song playing was in fact from the new Maroon 5 album! It seems that I can still Name That Tune in 2 notes, even when I think I'm listening to another band altogether, and that's good news because it looks like MTV/VH1 might be making YET ANOTHER one of my dreams come true:
MTV to play 'Name' game
In an unprecedented move, MTV Networks is developing a new take on "Name that Tune" that will play across its three music-centric cablers: MTV, VH1 and CMT. Basic format of the musical quizzer will remain the same across the MTV universe, but each net will produce original episodes modified to match the musical tastes of its respective target audience. That means MTV viewers will see contestants trying to identify tunes by T-Pain or Timbaland, while players on the CMT: Country Music Television version might attempt to guess a song by Shania Twain or Carrie Underwood.
"The play-along element of the show was so strong that it has to remain the same," said Graden. "There's something about hearing a melody and that great rush you get when you know what the song is."