This week: Chicago singer/songwriter/violinist Andrew Bird performs Dec. 21-22 at the Museum of Contemporary Art. He’s known for whistling in his songs.
The question: Do you enjoy musical use of whistling, or does it drive you nuts?
I enjoy it:
Would the Scorpions’ monster rock ballad "Winds of Change" take you to the "magic of the moment” without the legendary whistling? Uh, no. There's no wind. There'd be no change. Just like the cowbell, we need more whistling! Of course, what we really need are artists that master the craft and know exactly how and when to use it. Andrew Bird has found that perfect balance, using the whistle as an extension of his string section to add a bit of quirk to create his signature sound. – Mike Rich