Sunday, June 15, 2008

The Clip That Was An Ad

Jessica, a long distance session mate, said she was going to record some clips of my whiste for me. I was expecting some sound clips, but got three video ad's instead. Thanks Jessica!

Monday, June 9, 2008

And the winner is...

Congratulations Matahari!!! The judges have been haggling over the merits of the various entries, and finally have declared Matahari the winner of the Happy Birthday contest.

It was not an easy selection as every entry showed style and flair. Matahari's use of ornamentation on the basic tune exemplified creative whistle playing and thus was named the winner.

Thanks to everyone who entered. I do appreciate the time you took to work up and submit your clips. I had fun listening to them as they arrived. I will post the five tunes on for the use of the Internet in general when they are searching for a little tune to send someone for their birthday.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Creating Joy

I often get e-mails from customers telling me of their experience with my whistles. This is one of the best parts about making whistles. It gives me a great feeling to be bringing so much joy to so many people. But sometimes I wonder if joy might not be a zero-sum game. Could it be that to get more joy you must take joy from others? No, joy can increase globally I am sure. But locally, maybe it varies...

"Carey, you'll never know how pleased I am with your whistle! I take it with me from one end of the house to the other and play very often. Margie hates you and does not even know you (LoL). I told her last night that I was looking into bagpipes next and she said if I was serious she'd take up the Tuba."

From reading on-line forums and personal experience it's clear there is something about a high whistle playing Irish tunes. I suspect it would not matter so much if the whistle were playing popular show tune or whatever, the high sound can grate on people. Some people more than others, as I have heard of some spouses and neighbors who encourage the whistle player. But more often not. If you have an "Every" whistle, be sure to use the tone ring when others who might object are around. Oh, and fasten your seat belt when you get in the car too.