WD’s Tunesday: Volume 4 — Name That Tune and Win Awesome Writing Stuff

Enjoy a little piano music from time to time? Who doesn’t? Well I’m trying something fun today as a pick-me-up to try and get your week going. It’s my own crazy variation of NAME THAT TUNE and I’m calling it WD’S TUNESDAY. This is Volume 4. It runs until September 20, 2013.

The rules and the gist are simple. Watch the video below. I play 17 melodies (songs & movie themes) on the piano. You try to name as many of them as you can, and e-mail me your answers to literaryagent at fwmedia dot com. The person who names the most correct answers gets lots of cool writing prizes (see below). It’s a great excuse to call upon friends and relatives to help you ID the songs, as they are from different decades. It’s also a great excuse to blow off whatever dull work you’re doing and listen to music instead. And if you can’t name all 17 songs, feel free to enter anyway! If no one can name all 17, the closest number wins. ALSO: If you can simply name just 8 correctly, you automatically get entered into a drawing to a win a free WD book!

You think you got what it takes? Need a little ivory tickling to liven up your day? Then listen in as I try to do these songs justice on my home piano. Simply click on the video to play. The rules and prizes are below. Good luck! Feel free to share news of the contest






  1. A one-year subscription to WritersMarket.com (value: $50)
  2. A free critique by me of any two of the following: 1) your query letter, 2) your synopsis, 3) your first five double-spaced manuscript pages.
  3. A short, lighthearted “Winner Interview” with you posted on this blog and the WritersDigest.com homepage to get to know you and your writing projects real quick. (Receives 250,000+ page views a month. The interview, naturally, is optional.)
  4. Praise from yours truly as the awesome winner of the Tunesday challenge.


If you can get guess even just 8 of the 17 melodies correctly, send in your entry. While you want to win the grand prize, naturally, it’s still smart to enter because I will be choosing 2 secondary winners at random to win free WD writing books after the contest ends. All you have to do to get entered in the drawing is guess any 8 songs correct.


To enter, email your answers to literaryagent@fwmedia.com. DO NOT LEAVE OFFICIAL ENTRIES BELOW AS COMMENTS — THEY DO NOT COUNT. E-mail is the official way to enter because if you write some of the answers below, you cannot win and people will only steal your answers. I cannot shut off comments for this post, but if you leave a comment that has answers, I will delete it as quickly as I can. That said, feel free to ask questions or talk about anything else in the comments. You can also email me, if need be.


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  • E-MAIL me your answers to compete. That is the only way to officially enter to get the awesome prizes below.
  • Past winners cannot win again.
  • E-mail your answers to literaryagent@fwmedia.com with the word “Tunes” in the subject line.
  • You need to correctly identify the song title in full or at least very close. You do NOT need to correct ID the artist, but feel free to do so.
  • If multiple people are able to guess all 17 melodies, then the first one to do so correctly is the grand-prize winner. So time does factor in. That said, it will be interesting to see if someone guesses all 17 right and how quickly. It is unclear whether speed will be of the essence or if someone will wait a while until they figure out all 17.
  • You are only allowed one entry per person, so make sure you get your guesses right before submitting.
  • If no one guesses all 17 correctly (quite possible), then the person who guesses the most, the soonest, will win.
  • If you can guess 8 correctly, you are automatically entered into a raffle to win a free WD book. So there is value in entering even if some tunes stump you.
  • The song choices vary a lot, and I tried to make this somewhat difficult. I highly encourage you to call upon relatives/friends/coworkers of different ages to help you decipher these tasty licks.
  • Contest is over at EOD, Sept. 20, 2013. I will then review all submitted emails and announce winners 1) on this post, 2) in a new post, and 3) by a personal notification via email to the winners.
  • Contest is open to all persons worldwide not working for F+W Media, or directly related to someone who works at F+W media. Questions? Leave them in the comments below. Good luck!


  1. See Volume 1 of Tunesday here (guitar).
  2. See the answers revealed for Volume 1.
  3. See Volume 2 of Tunesday here (guitar again).
  4. See the answers revealed for Volume 2.
  5. See Volume 3 of Tunesday here (piano).
  6. See the answers revealed for Volume 3.

You can see all posts related to past editions of Tunesday (including the interviews with past winners) on my Music category page of the blog here.

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2 thoughts on “WD’s Tunesday: Volume 4 — Name That Tune and Win Awesome Writing Stuff

  1. fotogrllt

    Would love to name the tunes but when I click on the videos they do not play. Instead, it opens to a new screen. Is there a reason why it will not open. In addition to my being a writer, I also had four years of musical training and still play a clarinet.


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