My apologies in advance, but I fear this week’s list may end up alienating your co-workers, annoying many of your friends and antagonizing most of your family.
That’s because this is a list of whistling songs, and you’ll probably drive them all nuts if you go around whistling — or even humming — some of these hypnotic melodies. Many of these are actually wonderful songs, but that doesn’t mean would-be whistlers will be well-received.
So, be forewarned. This, of course, is just a whistling sampler, so feel free to add some more songs in the Comment section below.
We’ll start with — what else? — a Disney classic that lays out a useful (if potentially disruptive) 9-to-5 office philosophy:
And then I’d offer two high-energy instrumentals:
• Don Robertson’s “Happy Whistler,” a song so relentlessly upbeat that folks will instantly ask — or force — you to leave the room.
• Whistling Jack Smith’s infectious “I Was Kaiser Bill’s Batman,” complete with multiple images in this video.
And two powerful movie themes:
Some, as you might expect, ooze happy thoughts:
• Pat Boone’s mega-hit “Love Letters in the Sand.”
• Jack Ross’ “Happy Jose (Ching-Ching).”
• Jimmie Rodgers’ “Tucumcari.” (Well, at least it ends on a happy note!)
A bit downbeat (or worse)
Some, to varying degrees, have sadder messages:
• Gene Pitney’s “Only Love Can Break a Heart.”
• The Weavers’ “Around the Corner,” a downbeat message but with a very up-tempo tune.
Others offer food for thought:
• Roger Whittaker’s “New World in the Morning.”
• Otis Redding’s classic “(Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay.”
• Glenn Yarbrough’s bittersweet “The Honey Wind Blows,” a favorite of mine.
And two way-out ‘Whistles’
Actually, neither of these is a whistling song, but both come from Broadway superstar composers’ musical flops. And both have the word “whistle” in their titles.
• From Stephen Sondheim’s unsuccessful “Anyone Can Whistle,” the best-known song is “Everybody Says Don’t.” It’s performed here by Barbra Streisand as part of a medley, sandwiched between two stage megahits: Sondheim’s “I’m Still Here” and “Don’t Rain on My Parade,” from Barbra’s Broadway debut, “Funny Girl.”