The Whistling Song for the Day

 

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I remember watching ‘The Good Life’ and was fascinated by Tom’s chirpy little whistle. Every time I’d finished watching an episode, I never hummed that catchy theme tune at the start afterwards. I’d always whistle that little trill. Even though he may not have whistled it in a ‘just watched’ episode. Years and years later, I came across a Richard Briers interview. He divulged that the tune was from the song Somewhere over the Rainbow. I was gobsmacked. How come I never realised? The bit that goes:

’If happy little bluebirds fly beyond the rainbow, Why oh why can’t I?’

Why hadn’t I realised? He whistles half of it. Omits the ending. Which would have made the penny drop. Strange. It’s an incomplete tune for what he dreams and hopes will become a complete lifestyle. Does he have reservations, nerves, it may collapse, fail. Doubts? Worriesome thoughts that they may not ultimately succeed. So he stops half way through unintentionally without realising why. Why that tune? It was certainly linked to his lifestyle choices I’d like to believe. It was his choice for inclusion in the sitcom. Not John Esmonde and Bob Larbey, the writers. An inner psychological inclusion, brought out in melody/lyric form, of his wishes to escape the normality and everyday trudge of life. I’d whistle that little ditty all day long.

I often whistle a song which pops into my head, from out of nowhere, during the day and suddenly realise it’s linked to my situation at the time. A scenario that has just happened or thoughts to what may be experienced later. Usually the sentiment comes from one line of lyric. Not the overall meaning of the song. A line of tune that stabs at that moment in time. If I’m experiencing abdominal discomfort from surgery I once had? Nilsson’s ‘Coconut’ song pops into my head. Every time. A couple of days ago I kept humming, whistling and singing  ‘Follow the Sun’ by the Beatles after a hard day at work? ‘One day, you’ll look, to see I’ve gone, for tomorrow may rain so….I’ll follow the sun’. Escaping the job.

I don’t go around whistling outright. Loud, get on your nerves whistling. Usually alone in a task and not a true whistle. Why? Because I can’t whistle anymore. I’ve lost the capability. Gone forever. Wind with slight gentle rasp whistle inclusion is my extent nowadays. No loud volume. Just hushed and self healing noise for the mind.

Today? This is my whistling song for the day. I thought of Slim Whitman through a process of thoughts that began with an alien film we watched last night on Netflix. Well ‘Extinction’ wasn’t an alien film, but it made you think it was at the start. SPOILER. It was humans dressed like aliens. Then the Tim Burton film ‘Mars Attacks’ came into my head. And what kills the Tim Burton comic yet hostile aliens? Slim Whitman’s music. I was very offended! Slim Whitman is one of a few singers that can make me cry. You’d think a voice as pure as his would be clinically and emotionally sterile. No way. Emotion in the voice is portrayed in many ways.

Lyrical content can hit a spot inside your mind that blows you away. I remember sitting in my car, tears rolling down my cheeks when I heard a Morrissey song. ‘Please, please, please, let me get what I want’ and it caught me at a low ebb.

‘See the life I’ve had…..can make a good man….bad’. THAT line.

Oh! Sorry got diverted. Back again to today? ‘Rose Marie’, is a beautiful song. Just a heartfelt love story of one’s feelings of another. I was fascinated by the Andy Kaufman rendition. The presented imagery and initial laughter. Then the song begins and blows the whole comic experience apart. Suddenly, the song becomes everything. No more laughter. Just the song and it’s sentiment. Andy Kaufman genius. Read into this little story what you will. He’s done this for a reason. And you can enquire into your own analysis.

Back to ‘Whistling’. So…….I sat there one morning with my brothers old guitar from the 1980s. A cheap little affair with his original strings on it. And sat looking at the childrens’ goldfish. I thought of them whistling their own song for the day. And I quickly wrote and whistled this little tune. I’d forgotten all about it. Made me laugh at the timing when the fish at the end kisses stone.

 

So. Nice links below to get you whistling. Mind you. Some are pretty sinister. Wild child? Never heard of them until I began looking for this whistling topic through links on the internet. What a great band! I tapped into about half a dozen of their songs on YouTube. I reckon I’ll buy a few of their CDs.

First link below is pretty neat with lots of whistling song links.

http://www.song-bar.com/song-blog/while-you-work-songs-with-whistling

These are direct to: American Horror Story……..very uncomfortable, but absolutely worth watching.

 

6 Comments

  1. Wow, the mention of Slim Whitman took me back a few decades. However, I have to admit that apart from the Beatles = real favourites because of the melodies and some lyrics – no other name rang any bell with me. Maybe because I’ve never whistled!

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    1. I love both Slim Whitman and the Beatles. The other links in this blog aren’t all time favourites. Just ones with whistling inherent. John Lennon’s ‘Jealous Guy’ reminds me of my brother who was killed in a car crash when he was 20. Bryan Ferry from a band called Roxy Music covered the song. It used be be played in our house as we were youngsters. When the whistling happens in this song, it brings back massive memories. I reckon a whistled tune has a very strange phenomena about it. Roger Whittaker s the ultimate in this. He finds in between notes that a voice couldn’t capture easily. And….as a songwriter, if a song I write can be whistled? Then I feel I have a proper tune. Like the Whistling Goldfish song. I never wrote words to that tune. It popped into my head within seconds and came out all in one piece. A simple Am, Dm, C to E chords too. Recently though, because I wrote the blog, I’ve written an extra to it. A sung verse with completely different tune. The whistle bit is now a strange chorus. Very basic, but good fun.

      By the way Roger, I get my Crossover back next week. Exciting. At some point, when I feel she can perform longer journeys and behave, I’m coming up Yorkshire ways. Want to revisit Robin Hood Bay Area again. Loved it there.

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  2. What a thrill it will be to get him back. If you do go to Robin Hood’s Bay it will not be too far out of your way to call on us (Ilkley is the best known town close to us) and you will be very welcome.

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    1. That sounds like a great plan. It won’t be in the near future, but will visit there sometime this year hopefully. Haven’t got ‘week’ holidays until next year. Used up most of my allocation. But long Friday to Monday weekends will cope with travelling that far. Will need to feel comfortable with long distances initially with the dub though. So will take a month or two to seek it’s temperament for hiccups. Thanks for the consideration. Lovely gesture.

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  3. I still whistle like an chirpy Tom whilst working and walking to the next task, his and many other tunes including a good few you have mentioned. Maybe I will whistle one of your tunes one day 🙂

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