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Do You Like To Whistle?


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Do you enjoy whistling a tune or even a symphony?

Do you prefer to whistle rather than sing?

Do you often find yourself whistling without realizing you were?

When do you whistle?

I just read something disturbing about whistling. “The only person who enjoys the sound of whistling is the whistler.”

Do you agree?

Let’s talk about whistling.🎶😀


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Hi @Judith

That’s an interesting topic to start the day!

I am not a good whistler. My whistles are very weak and I can’t produce many notes with them. But I like to hear if someone else whistles a very nice tune or song (not a symphony though!).

Since my whistles are weak, I prefer singing.

I’m not an avid whistler, so not much. But yes, many people whistle beautiful tunes without realizing, and it’s amazing to listen to them!

I only try whistling, since I can’t produce tunes. But yes, sometimes I do it to myself, just for fun.

I think that the whistler definitely enjoys whistling. And some people may find whistling rude. So from that perspective, some may not enjoy others whistling. But I think that if we put that thought aside and just listen to it as a form of art (music), we can appreciate it a lot more. It is quite a talent to be able to whistle in proper tune and produce music simply by whistling! I think some artists have even released albums on whistling, though I’m not sure.

Thanks!

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the wild west of north America, is the background for a lot of the so called spaghetti-Western movies by Sergio Leone, who used to call a special singer for his soundtracks arranged by Ennio Morricone, based on whistle-singing -- the singer was Alessandro Alessandroni

@Archisha Bhar our main topic was whistling (though) 

 

@ATP , you sure know your movies! You gave us an excellent example of whistling’s importance and prominence in the cinema…

...which got me to thinking about famous themes and songs where whistling is an integral part of it…

For TV themes...The Andy Griffith Show’s theme is all whistled.

Famous snippets of popular songs where whistling is important can be found in:

Don’t Worry Be Happy, Sitting on the Dock of the Bay, Rockin’ Robin, Patience.

Any others to add? 

 

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Interesting topic. but I wonder it could be used against me someday. personal info I mean.

I find myself whistling sometimes why not. a known song / but often following the same pattern of playing with words, as I like to play with sounds which follow rhythms, sometimes this is the way I sing especially playing with my animal (lalala)

sometimes I can find so’ else’s whistling annoying as for it may concern with seduction, but other times that may be a characteristic feature of a known person and I personally enjoy it

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@sahelibasu23 you made me think people may whistle their own music:

we recently had a discussion starting with a complain, for the student could not catch up with european music standards, blaming the course was too western-centered -- without considering enough, in my H opinion, that I personally have some trouble too at playing Bach without having ever studied years at a music academy; 

so I imagined you whistling a sitar solo :D  

Do people of the world just whistle their own regional music? Media massification made the same genres spread everywhere, just changing the national language, so it’s a globalization of the whistling too?

 

 

 

    

Whistling can sound beautiful. Listen to Debussy’s Clair de Lune performed by a whistler!

 

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That’s amazing, @Judith. Especially with the piano accompaniment.

@Archisha Bhar , @ATP , you mentioned whistling as a form of communication in addition to a form of music. 

There are places in the world, like Northern Turkey or parts of the Canary Islands where people learn whistling as a language. Because of how spread out the population is, a whistle can travel far. They don’t need cellphones, just their whistles. They sound like songbirds, who probably join their conversations. I have always used a special whistle to call my dogs.

As for Mermaids,you might need to consult with whales or dolphins about this. 🙂

I think most of us have agreed that a beautiful whistle is a significant musical expression.

@Archisha Bhar , @ATP created a better video so I deleted the one I had here.I was just looking to find the music, but his is definitely better.😀

 

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I myself saw old schoolmates reaching important roles. To my point of view, they would be the same person I met, but just in memories. People change (Robin says to Lady Marian)

People don’t have to be famous to get our appreciation. When I search for free software and come accross developers’ project pages, I really admire how they could for ex. combine a passion for music in a coding environment. So I ask to myself how ever can I contribute the same way.

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@Judith By chance I opened a book talking about Oliver Sacks’ experience with cathatony and music in Awakenings, -- Sacks’ is one of my favourite authors the way he deals with how diversity is considered in society. 

So apart from physiological changes that might heavily impact on a person’s life, I think that most of changes depend on the environment a person lives in.

Briefly, if we don’t move, don’t try new things... we don’t discover our reactions -- good or bad. So yes, maybe the ultimate goal is the perfect knowledge of ourselves?

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Yes, @ATP, I completely agree with you that women in those days acted that way. What I meant is that, as you mentioned that after a certain time, someone decided that women had to be the prize for obedience, transforming women in a silent fetish; my “these days” mean the days after women were silenced etc. So that’s the timeline I meant.

Let’s not get derailed from our main topic though, which was music :wink:

 

Here is what the Andy Griffith theme is: The whistling creates that country mood where fishing is all important.

 

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Do you enjoy whistling a tune or even a symphony?

Do you prefer to whistle rather than sing?

Do you often find yourself whistling without realizing you were?

When do you whistle?

I just read something disturbing about whistling. “The only person who enjoys the sound of whistling is the whistler.”

Do you agree?

Let’s talk about whistling.🎶😀

Whistling

What an interesting topic @Judith 

Equally amazing responses @Archisha Bhar  @ATP 

I personally like to whistle and nowadays even try to brush up on the skills by practicing symphonies with it.

Maynot be a pro but not too bad at it though.

I prefer to do it when I am home or with my buddies especially with no strangers around.

It creates unnecessary drama even when it is artistically expressed.

When birds do it, we call it singing !

It is actually a form of communication that still persists in many parts of the world.

The myths and legends of sirens are some of the things that affect the perception of the same across various cultures.

The disturbing trend is the wolf whistles especially guys sending inappropriate vibes with it.

Of Course those sick people enjoy doing it.

With all such things around,I have reached a conclusion and understood the best practice is to choose who you are letting to judge or criticise the choices you make and what you are doing with the abilities you possess and trying to enhance. It's all about the perspective that shapes the mindset of the individuals.

So my message to all would be Just be careful and treasure your skills.Things will surely work out someday,someway.

Regards,

Saheli

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Those some very interesting examples, @Judith and @ATP.

You both are very knowledgeable, I must say :ok_hand_tone2:

@Archisha Bhar, you have also been an integral part of this discussion and very much appreciated! Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

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Thank you so much, @Judith. I’m honoured, and so happy that you appreciate my participation.

I hope more people join in to these discussions; they are really interesting and thought-provoking!

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@Archisha Bhar , you are very kind. It was a pleasure to meet you last week. 🎶😀

Thank you, @Judith.

You are so nice, I did not imagine that until I saw you. I kept telling about you to my mom. Rizvi and I also discussed about that later. You are so friendly and energetic, and I am not flattering, I really want to be like you (because I’m the exact opposite of a cheery and approachable person!).

@Archisha Bhar , thank you so much for this compliment.
I see you as someone so interesting, always willing to engage with others here, with much to add, and contribute to others. I see you as very approachable. It’s easy for me to be cheery about things I enjoy. Coursera has made that easy. Meeting so many wonderful people here, like yourself, being able to learn and think and gain insights, means so much. This is why it is easy for me to be cheery.

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Well, I think music is a universal language, so it’s the same for whistling. What do you say, @ATP?

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That was so inspirational, @Judith. I feel so motivated now!

@ATP , about the meaning of signs…..you’re right, but if you look at the context, you would have a good idea of its meaning. And in today’s online world, if you’re not sure, you can look it up. Just in case you misread the emoji, I found and linked to the intention it was meant for. I was also amazed that this same emoji had been used by white supremacists. But obviously it wasn’t meant in that capacity...and a wolf whistle isn’t meant to relate a beautiful melody, but as a signal for something entirely different. Perhaps most of life is this way...to know the intentions and not overreact to what you might first think. 
 I am super impressed with your knowledge of movies! The whistling video you posted was a pleasure to remember again. My high school friend, Michael Kamin had written the soundtrack to the Robinhood real people movie..the one where the theme song, “Everything I do, I do it for you”.That movie brought him to life and the music was wonderful.

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@Archisha Bhar d e c C G

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@Judith Your video made me think to how animals developed a complex language where we can only see a monotonous verse.

But are mermaids globalized too?  

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Yes, @ATP and @Judith. Whistling also serves as a mode of communication, especially for animals, who do not communicate by “words”.

At the end of the day. I think, whistling is a form of an expression, similar to words, music, poetry, dance, literature, or any other form of expression.

As a matter of fact, the intention behind the action should be looked at, and not only the action itself. If someone is whistling, we need to see if that person is producing a beautiful melody, or teasing and being rude intentionally. This can help us judge the actions properly instead of assuming that whistling (or any other thing) is bad. This is true for anything else you can think of.

What do you think?

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