Posts Tagged ‘music’

Whistling

May 17, 2010

I don’t know about you, but I get insanely jealous when I hear someone whistling as if it’s the easiest thing in the world. Don’t get me wrong, I know how to carry a tune. But my range is quite narrow, I can’t do cool vibrato shit, I’m incapable of imitating birds, and worst of all, I can’t make one of those loud, shrill, taxi-hailing whistles, regardless of whether or not I include the use of my fingers. For this very reason (and because I’m slightly insane), I have researched whistling to its fullest extent, and still, I haven’t managed to progress to any higher level. But if you’re an expert, maybe you can tell me what I’m doing wrong.

Before we begin, it is important to understand how whistling works. I Wikipediaed it, and it was a little bit too complex for my liking, including terms such as “dorsum,” “alveolar ridges,” and “Helmholtz resonator.” But I plowed through the hardcore vocabulary, clicked on all the hyperlinks, and managed to extract the essence of the article. In plain English: Whistling is difficult as shit and is reserved only for cool people like sailors, God, and the seven dwarves.

Nevertheless, if Dopey and Grumpy can whistle while they work, I sure as shit can do it too! So I continued on the quest for whistling knowledge. For simplicity, I’ll divide my findings and results into three categories.

  1. The bird call. Out of all of them, this is probably the saddest one to watch me try. I’ve read countless articles about adjusting the pitch of the whistle by controlling the stream of air with the tongue and teeth and amount of air in the mouth, but I just can’t do it. This crazy grandpa is fucking good. Then there’s people who instruct you how to clasp your hands together, and blow between the gap created by your thumbs, but that doesn’t work either. It sounds as if I’m blowing air into my hands to keep them warm. Not doing a kookaburra mating call.
  2. The angry New Yorker pedestrian whistle. This is even more difficult than the bird call. It requires like, I don’t know, a magical built-in chamber of loudness in your mouth. If you weren’t equipped with one since birth, it’s nearly impossible to create a sound. And yet, I know so many people who can do it. It makes me want to cry.
  3. The melodic whistle. Words can’t even begin to describe how much I hate people who are good at this, regardless of how annoying it may be.

Basically, I’ve reached the conclusion that I will never be able to become a badass whistler, without the help of stem-cells. But although I’ve accepted my fate, I’m still irrationally optimistic, so if you have any tips or whatever, let me know.

Young Vaughn’s pretty sick

August 2, 2009

Album Artwork

So my friend Young Vaughn, a really talented artist, just released his new album (The New School Cool) and a video for one of his tracks entitled “Loser!” And I think awesome pretty much sums them both up. Click here to download the album for free, and click here to check out Loser! on YouTube.

If you’re into Hip Hop, you won’t be disappointed, and if you’re not into Hip Hop, this guy just might get you hooked.

Soul Meets Body

March 8, 2009

I found this on facebook and decided to give it a try out of boredom/curiosity. The results were kinda creepy, because they actually worked! Most of the time. Check it out:

RULES:
1. Put your iTunes, Windows Media Player, etc. on shuffle.
2. For each question, press the next button to get your answer.
3. YOU MUST WRITE THAT SONG NAME DOWN NO MATTER HOW SILLY IT SOUNDS.
4. Tag 21 friends.
5. Everyone tagged has to do the same thing.
6. Have Fun!

IF SOMEONE SAYS ‘ARE YOU OKAY’ YOU SAY?
Stellar (Incubus)

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOURSELF?
Pool Shark (Sublime)

WHAT DO YOU LIKE IN A GUY/GIRL?
One Year of Love (Queen)

HOW DO YOU FEEL TODAY?
Tumbling Dice (Rolling Stones)

WHAT’S YOUR MOTTO?
Hate It or Love It (The Game feat. 50 Cent)

WHAT DO YOUR FRIENDS THINK OF YOU?
Been Smoking Too Long (Nick Drake)

WHAT DO YOUR PARENTS THINK OF YOU?
Peaceful Easy Feeling (Eagles)

WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT VERY OFTEN?
Losing Hope (Jack Johnson)

WHAT IS 2 + 2?
Track 05 (Eminem)

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR BEST FRIEND?
Smoke Two Joints (Sublime)

WHAT IS YOUR LIFE STORY?
Learning to Fly (Tom Petty)

WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GROW UP?
Blood Sugar Sex Magik (Red Hot Chili Peppers)

WHAT DO YOU THINK WHEN YOU SEE THE PERSON YOU LIKE?
Stick-Shifts and Safety Belts (Cake)

WHAT WILL YOU DANCE TO AT YOUR WEDDING?
Old Love (Eric Clapton)

WHAT WILL THEY PLAY AT YOUR FUNERAL?
Gangsta’s Paradise (Coolio)

WHAT IS YOUR HOBBY/INTEREST??
Runnin’ With the Devil (Van Halen)

WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST FEAR??
Under the Gun (The Killers)

WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST SECRET?
I Can’t Explain (The Who)

WHAT DO YOU WANT RIGHT NOW?
Another Brick in the Wall (Pink Floyd)

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR FRIENDS?
No Surprises (Radiohead)

WHAT WILL YOU POST THIS AS?
Soul Meets Body (Death Cab for Cutie)

Haha, some of these are pretty funny, actually. Others make me sound way more emo than I actually am.


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