March 2, 2006
Whistle while you Work
My growing list of useless talents includes being able to whistle and hum at the same time. I can also do this in parts. My voice takes on the main melody, and my whistling takes the descend part. Alternatively, voice takes alto and whistling takes melody. I’ve always been good at immediately singing/whistling/playing by ear, and so doing an impromptu four-part harmony with others is easy peasy lemon squeezy.
Not many people can whistle, and well, at that. In fact, there is an art to whistling. Which is why whenever I find a gem of a whistler, I mentally keep the person in mind. Because who knows, one day we might be able to form a whistling choir, like Lip Service of Brown University in the US of A. While individual whistlers exist, whistling choirs are still very much unheard of. I wonder whether it would even be appreciated in any circle.
One difficulty that would be faced: everytime someone makes a little joke, the entire performance would break down. Whistling requires much focus and concentration, and I suppose facial muscles would be highly toned by the time the choir rehearses and performs.
Imagine a four-part, SATB whistling choir of fifty (numbers are important here, since whistles aren’t as powerful as say, trombone. But you knew that) on stage, a capella or perhaps accompanied by a quiet plucking guitar or keyboard.
A friend and I recently whistled a whole series of pop songs together, in part. It sounded beautiful. I wonder how it would sound in an entire choir.
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