Why don't people whistle anymore? Issues Beyond Palo Alto, posted by Whistle ??, a resident of the Palo Verde neighborhood, on Jan 23, 2011 at 3:49 pm
I heard something we don't hear very much anymore today. I heard someone tunefully whistling a happy tune while he was going about his business. This used to be a common thing but it struck me that it rarely happens nowadays. Is it because we are less happy? Is it because we carry our music around on ipods and don't need to make music for ourselves? Or is it because we are afraid of offending those who may hear it?
I remember being taught to whistle by my father on one of those long car trips as a child. The car was filled with hilarity by the whole family trying to whistle as we whiled away the miles. We had a radio in the car, but no tapes, cds or ipods so we had to make our own amusement. We also had silly song competions and played games.
Posted by Evolution, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Jan 24, 2011 at 10:51 am
Palo Altans are too busy to whistle. Kids don't even have much free time these days, and when they do, they are Facebooking or Twittering. Whistling is usually for people who are relaxed and satisfied. Not common here with the ADD environment.
Posted by McNulty, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on Jan 26, 2011 at 12:27 am
I whistle constantly, but mostly when I'm alone. Fact is, I'm too good of a whistler. If people heard me, they'd start wanting me to perform at their weddings, parties, etc. That would lead to concerts, TV, etc and I don't need that much pressure in my life.