Thursday, October 23, 2008

An interesting musical tidbit: can one whistle and be angry at the same time?

A couple of nights ago I was speaking to a lovely group of people about music and healthcare, supportive counseling and death and dying. One member of the audience shared with us that she had been told once that if one whistles, it is impossible to get really angry. I thought this was such an interesting concept that I've looked all over the internet to see if I could find any information that might support this idea and I cannot. HOWEVER, I did find something else that's kind of fun; when I was a child my mother used to talk a lot about a piece called "The Whistler and His Dog" and she could actually whistle it for me. Apparently, back in the 1950's, whistling was quite a highly-valued skill and there are actually lots of records of people whistling everything from hymns to Christmas Carols! Enjoy this little YouTube excerpt of "The Whistler and His Dog," and by all means don't let it get you angry!!

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