April 20, 2011


Put Your Lips Together and Blow? Not Necessarily

Luke Janssen wants to make whistling cool again.

Sitting in a chair in his Williamsburg apartment, Mr. Janssen, who is from England, whistled along to a blues song as he strummed his guitar. But his is no ordinary warble. In fact, Mr. Janssen, 35, is considered one of the world’s best whistlers. And he may also be one of the more controversial.

The palate style is a rarity, and Mr. Janssen’s almost freakish ability to make notes soar and tremolo has earned him respect among many of whistling’s cognoscenti. It also won him a big-screen TV in his first ever whistling contest in 2005 in Sydney.


But the style also has its detractors among purists who say it doesn’t belong where the pucker style has long prevailed.

See the story and a sweet video feature over at The New York Times.

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Blogger K. Janke said...

I too would like to see whistling make a comeback.
I think the problem is people who can't whistle excercising their liberties.
Thus, whistling (now) = annoying.
I propose a clampdown and subsequent pardons issued only to licensed and registered whistlers.
(I also want to put a pun in here about Whistler's mother.)

April 22, 2011 at 10:59 PM 
Blogger Fr. Mark Perkins said...

I don't know. Who was that guy who could really whistle and displayed it with all its trills and thrills in Saga regularly? Not charming.

To wit: ...a display of virtuosity forgivable only in the men's room, and not, as some of the salesmen seemed to think, in the relative silence of working areas, where people froze, hate exuding from suspended Razor Points, as the whistler passed..

April 24, 2011 at 1:39 AM 

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