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Singing while walking down the street

Dorothy Parshall 28 May 09 - 12:57 AM
katlaughing 28 May 09 - 01:01 AM
Liz the Squeak 28 May 09 - 02:05 AM
Tangledwood 28 May 09 - 03:51 AM
gnomad 28 May 09 - 04:35 AM
MartinRyan 28 May 09 - 05:33 AM
Leadfingers 28 May 09 - 06:52 AM
AllisonA(Animaterra) 28 May 09 - 07:23 AM
Black belt caterpillar wrestler 28 May 09 - 07:38 AM
jacqui.c 28 May 09 - 08:42 AM
Alice 28 May 09 - 09:26 AM
Bill D 28 May 09 - 09:26 AM
Amos 28 May 09 - 10:01 AM
Alice 28 May 09 - 10:51 AM
SINSULL 28 May 09 - 10:57 AM
Dorothy Parshall 28 May 09 - 11:01 AM
Kampervan 28 May 09 - 11:12 AM
Ebbie 28 May 09 - 11:14 AM
Cool Beans 28 May 09 - 11:51 AM
ClaireBear 28 May 09 - 11:57 AM
GUEST,leeneia 28 May 09 - 12:01 PM
katlaughing 28 May 09 - 12:01 PM
GUEST,Kendall 28 May 09 - 12:03 PM
GUEST,Russ 28 May 09 - 12:09 PM
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jacqui.c 28 May 09 - 12:51 PM
Tug the Cox 28 May 09 - 12:54 PM
John on the Sunset Coast 28 May 09 - 01:01 PM
sharyn 28 May 09 - 01:09 PM
VirginiaTam 28 May 09 - 02:20 PM
Cool Beans 28 May 09 - 02:31 PM
TonyA 28 May 09 - 02:40 PM
Dorothy Parshall 28 May 09 - 02:43 PM
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Tangledwood 28 May 09 - 05:39 PM
TonyA 28 May 09 - 05:47 PM
Artful Codger 28 May 09 - 06:08 PM
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Subject: BS: Singing while walking down the street
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 28 May 09 - 12:57 AM

It occurred to me this morning, for the first time ever, that other people do not sing to themselves out loud while walking down the street or the beach, across the parking lot or in the grocery store. They do it in movies but that is supposed to be fantasy.

I've done this all my life but, being rather oblivious, it just never occurred to me that it might be strange. Even when a supervisor at work told me my co-workers might find it peculiar that I walked around the office doing so. I knew they did not mind and that SHE was the one who was a problem.

I do try to do it softly when others are nearby. Got caught Sunday night singing Tula as I walked back to the car after dancing at Folklife - a sweet compliment from the only other person on the street. And let loose on Saturday afternoon as I danced into the post office singing, "Linda, I owe you a song....", came back out, jumped over the bumper strip, clicked my heels and jumped back into the car to hear the rest. This is Whidbey - anything goes, almost. Oh, yeah, I often dance rather than just walk like "normal" people.

So having finally realized that I have only ever encountered one other person and that was in his home, I'm just curious. Is it only me?


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Subject: RE: BS: Singing while walking down the street
From: katlaughing
Date: 28 May 09 - 01:01 AM

You will hear this often around here: "We had a thread about that once, a ways back." No, really we did, only it was more of a lament about how people just don't break out into song any more.

My grandson and I sing every day...quite often it is songs we make up on the spot and it is a blast!


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Subject: RE: BS: Singing while walking down the street
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 28 May 09 - 02:05 AM

I frequently sing whilst walking along the street or sitting at my desk at work, or on the bus, or in the car - and quite often I don't have the radio on or my earphones in!

(I have been known to skip down the street, but that was Ralphie's fault and it only happens occasionally).

I used to sing whilst cycling to work (many many years ago, when a) I could still cycle without falling over and b) I lived in Dorset). I had a week off and the local postman (big rural route) asked if I was alright. On further enquiry, he said he'd been asked by someone on my route to work if he'd seen me on the road at all and that they missed the 'singing cyclist'!

I try to sing under my breath but it doesn't always work.. especially in the car. It's a good indicator of my mental health - if I'm singing along, I'm "happy". When I stop singing, it's time to break out the prozac. The 3 weeks we were in New Zealand, I hardly sang at all; mainly because the local radio there has a play list of 8 records, 2 of which are 'Hotel California' (Bill Bryson, you are SOOO right!) and because I was just too unhappy. Now I'm getting back into routine here, it's sunny, I've cleared the garden, got lots of sewing to get on with and I'm back singing!

LTS


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Subject: RE: BS: Singing while walking down the street
From: Tangledwood
Date: 28 May 09 - 03:51 AM

A singing tutor friend of mine says that is great to sing while walking through the city. Not only does it strengthen your breathing, it ensures that your part of the pavement never gets crowded.


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Subject: RE: BS: Singing while walking down the street
From: gnomad
Date: 28 May 09 - 04:35 AM

I've done it, though it isn't a habit so much as a practising thing. I certainly sing when driving (I almost never have passengers) as UK radio seldom has any music I want to hear, and the speech station can get a bit heavy.

Tangledwood's post made me giggle and recall walking through Leeds a few years ago with the crowd of other office drudges when a tall, gangly, bloke in red velvet appeared and started turning a succession of cartwheels downhill against the flow of suits: he got LOTS of space, but he had a big grin, and even caused a few little ones.


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Subject: RE: BS: Singing while walking down the street
From: MartinRyan
Date: 28 May 09 - 05:33 AM

Some years ago, while still in gainful employment as a college lecturer, I was appointed to a senior management post. It took about two years for me to realise it was a bad mistake - and another two to extract myself from the situation. Anyway... I was about six months in the job when a student remarked to me "You know, Martin, you don't sing in the corridor anymore!"! I was never conscious of so doing - and utterly oblivious of the fact that I'd stopped. If I'd read the symptoms as early as the student had, I might have saved myself some trouble....

Regards


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Subject: RE: BS: Singing while walking down the street
From: Leadfingers
Date: 28 May 09 - 06:52 AM

Its as good a way as any of 'refreshing' the lyrics of a song - New OR old - Especially if you intend singing it that night .
Not so easy to practice the chord run and group arrangement though .


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Subject: RE: BS: Singing while walking down the street
From: AllisonA(Animaterra)
Date: 28 May 09 - 07:23 AM

Dorothy, you are among friends! Of course I sing while walking down the street!

I've just acquired a Subaru wagon, having come to accept that the Honda's clearance is too low for our new 1200-ft dirt driveway. I can't wait to put my favorite bumper sticker on it:
Caution: Driver Singing!

Allison


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Subject: RE: BS: Singing while walking down the street
From: Black belt caterpillar wrestler
Date: 28 May 09 - 07:38 AM

Is it just me, or did there used to be more people singing as they worked?

There seemed to be a thing connecting the British workman and the "pub style" singing, usually in unconnected phrases of a song, perhaps two verses from one and a couple from another, repeated throughout the day.

My theory is that the advent of the cheap radio that workmen bring with them has been killing it.

And whistling!!

Our milkman always used to whistle, and at 5 o' clock in the morning!

The "Just William" books refer to his ear-splitting whistle, with people closing their windows streets away and when I read them as a lad it didn't seem unusual. When did you last hear a young lad whistling a tune?


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Subject: RE: BS: Singing while walking down the street
From: jacqui.c
Date: 28 May 09 - 08:42 AM

I sing whilst walking the dog on the beach. That gives me time to learn the words of a song and to increase breath control. Luckily I can usually get to the beach when it is almost deserted so no funny looks from other people.

Around here I don't walk down the street a lot - no pavements. I sing in the car and around the house, I've usually got a song going round in my head at all times and it can just break out into the air.

I know when I'm a bit down- I don't feel like singing then.


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Subject: RE: BS: Singing while walking down the street
From: Alice
Date: 28 May 09 - 09:26 AM

This should be up in the music threads, not BS.


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Subject: RE: BS: Singing while walking down the street
From: Bill D
Date: 28 May 09 - 09:26 AM

My wife, Ferrara, whose father was from Italy, says that when she visited there, it was quite common to hear people singing as they walked or worked. Different cultures.


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Subject: RE: BS: Singing while walking down the street
From: Amos
Date: 28 May 09 - 10:01 AM

I started singing Tarpaulin Jacket in the office yesterday; the accounts girl was pleasantly surprised and thought it was "kewl"...



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Subject: RE: Singing while walking down the street
From: Alice
Date: 28 May 09 - 10:51 AM

I think I wrote about this years ago in a past thread, but one of the things I noticed while living and traveling in Mexico and Central America was how often I would hear people singing and whistling while they worked or just walking down the street.

When I've had jobs where I could sing while working, I did. It's not always something you can do without disturbing other workers.

Alice


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Subject: RE: Singing while walking down the street
From: SINSULL
Date: 28 May 09 - 10:57 AM

I do on the street (where I get strange looks) and in the office (where they beg me to stop - Cretins)


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Subject: RE: BS: Singing while walking down the street
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 28 May 09 - 11:01 AM

Wow, what nice stuff to wake up to!
I have no luck finding old threads; I did think before hitting BS but life is about choices.
Not singing when not happy - It sure is an indicator. I lost it during the four years after I was environmentally poisoned ('99) and before I de-toxed to recover. Noticed only when it started to come back but it only really came back in Feb when I rediscovered old friends and started listening to music again. Feeling happier = singing more.

Have also noted "theme songs". Living in Edmonton, Alberta, I kept singing, "I wanta go home" and others on that theme. Tired of moving: "Nail your shoes to the kitchen floor..."

Though, often as not, if someone asks, "What was that song?" I look blank and have no idea what I was just singing. When I segued from a friend's rock song to Let It Be, that stopped me in my tracks. (In the middle of a parking lot - but this is Whidbey)

Allison - how 'bout a bumper sticker: Caution Driver NOT Singing." I'm sure that happier drivers are better. But yours might get others singing!   

Jacqui: Hope you get out on that beach and SING!

Reading The Horse Boy yesterday. In the night, a lone horseman went by the camp singing and the Mongolian guide sang back to him - assurance in the night! The next day, the driver sang as they travelled.

So, maybe we could all sing more and a little louder. Isn't there an old song about getting the whole world to sing? It causes us to breathe better and feel better; it could improve the world. Singing people are happier people - and they seem to make others happier also.


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Subject: RE: Singing while walking down the street
From: Kampervan
Date: 28 May 09 - 11:12 AM

I think that the idea of spontaneously singing as you walk along the street or down a corridor at work is fantastic and I might try it, but... what would it sound like if everyone did it?

Could be worse than the traffic!!!


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Subject: RE: Singing while walking down the street
From: Ebbie
Date: 28 May 09 - 11:14 AM

'We're bankers and hippies and government workers here
We're fishers and teachers and pilots of water and air
And great artists and writers, we all make this our home
In the whistlingest, huggingest, happiest town I've known!'

Of course I whistle and sing in Juneau, Alaska.


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Subject: RE: Singing while walking down the street
From: Cool Beans
Date: 28 May 09 - 11:51 AM

I do it, but more often I talk to myself as I walk down the street. Since the advent of cell phones nobody looks at me as if I'm crazy.


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Subject: RE: Singing while walking down the street
From: ClaireBear
Date: 28 May 09 - 11:57 AM

When I was young I seized any opportunity to sing, and I expecially loved to sing whenever I walked (which I did a lot; I think much of my childhood was spent walking the backroads of Santa Clara County). I think when I was a child I used to fantasize about being "discovered" that way. Possible, if only I'd grown up in a place where there was a music biz...

I sing rather loudly, by the way; the lower register notes come out better that way. I usually lowered the volume when I passed a fellow traveler, but not always.

I haven't sung so much lately while walking, because I'm usually trudging somewhere with my son who'd rather play pretending games, and I don't want him to come to hate it when Mama starts singing. But when I'm alone in the car, I sing constantly -- and sometimes even when Martin is along. Once he's through the pretending phase, we'll start doing walking chanteys. I can't wait to teach him harmony.

Claire


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Subject: RE: Singing while walking down the street
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 28 May 09 - 12:01 PM

I sometimes sing softly and I'm not even aware I'm doing it. Recently I was wandering around an Office Depot, looking at various desks and chairs. A man smiled sweetly at me, and I realized I can been singing an old love song.

It was a nice moment.

In the days when I played a radio during housework, I could be singing along with it and not even be conscious that I was singing for quite a while.

However, it's been a long time since there was anything on radio that I could stand to have on in the house.


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Subject: RE: Singing while walking down the street
From: katlaughing
Date: 28 May 09 - 12:01 PM

Dorothy, that looks like a good book. Have you seen the movie?

The other day, my Morgan stopped in the middle of the aisle in a drugstore and started dancing and singing to some pop song they had playing. We had so much fun and he made a lot of folks giggle.

Dorothy, I didn't mean to offend you in any way about previous threads...just a gentle tease. I know how hard it can be to find old threads, even for those of us who have been around here awhile. That said, the OLD THREAD takes a slightly different path and has some interesting things to read, as well.:-)


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Subject: RE: Singing while walking down the street
From: GUEST,Kendall
Date: 28 May 09 - 12:03 PM

I have to clarify what Jacqui said. In America, pavement means any way that is paved. What she means is, we have no sidewalk.The road on which we live is paved.


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Subject: RE: Singing while walking down the street
From: GUEST,Russ
Date: 28 May 09 - 12:09 PM

I sing in the car, I whistle in public. Usually fiddle tunes.

I also have long involved conversations with myself in both situations.

Russ (Permanent GUEST)


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Subject: RE: Singing while walking down the street
From: GUEST,Shimrod
Date: 28 May 09 - 12:44 PM

A small confession ... right, here goes ... I sang to a rabbit today.

I was photographing sedges, speedwells and mouse-ear hawkweed - in one of my favourite spots - when I noticed that a wild rabbit was just a few yards away. So I sang to it - it didn't seem to mind and carried on grazing. Unfortunately, some pollen must have got up my nose because I just had to sneeze - then the rabbit moved a bit further away. I chatted to it for a while but then I had to stand up because my leg had gone to sleep - and the bunny hopped off.

Does this mean that I've gone completely mad now?

The thought of Katlaughing and her grandson singing together made me smile. I love to hear children singing - they are often completely unselfconcious about it.


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Subject: RE: Singing while walking down the street
From: jacqui.c
Date: 28 May 09 - 12:51 PM

Too true Shimrod.

I was in a charity (thrift) shop one day with my grandson, then aged about three.

He had checked out the toys and was sitting in his push chair while I looked at books. all if a sudden a very loud and clear voice was heard throughout the shop, singing "Row, row, row your boat, gently down the stream" on key and in pitch. There were grins from everyone in the shop. Now he's almost nine, sings to himself all the time but won't sing in public. Maybe one day.....


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Subject: RE: Singing while walking down the street
From: Tug the Cox
Date: 28 May 09 - 12:54 PM

Did it all the time wwith my kids when they were little. When we were al abpit 6 it was fine, as they grew older than 6, what was fun now becamr embarraament. If I sing now, even in the car, there;s complaints. Used to dance along the street with them too. Still 6, but have to be on my own to get away with it.


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Subject: RE: Singing while walking down the street
From: John on the Sunset Coast
Date: 28 May 09 - 01:01 PM

Yeah, I do that...whilst walking along, in the supermarket or any shop, in the post office queue, or any old place. I've been known to whistle, too.

The missus is generally embarrassed by it, and I suppose she has good reason! But who cares what she thinks?


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Subject: RE: Singing while walking down the street
From: sharyn
Date: 28 May 09 - 01:09 PM

I used to sing on the street all the time. This thread called my attention to the fact that I haven't been singing as I walk lately, I do sing at my fairly isolated bus stop while waiting for the bus sometimes.


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Subject: RE: Singing while walking down the street
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 28 May 09 - 02:20 PM

My daughters and I sang together all the time, while out doing shopping or at theme parks, wherever. Strangers used to take pictures of Andie, sure she would be famous someday, probably because she would make eye contact, smile and engage passersby.

I sing with TheSilentOne in the car and while we walk in parks, gardens, ruins etc. We sang together walking to and from the Good Intent pub in Rochester this last Sweeps festival.

I learned not to sing at work when I was an editor, because it disturbed colleagues too much.

My mom used to sing when she was fishing. Both sea fishing on public boat or sitting on Aunt Dot's pier on the Chickahominy River. Lovely hearing her voice carrying over the water on a misty morning. She always caught the most fish with least effort and poorest bait and equipment.


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Subject: RE: Singing while walking down the street
From: Cool Beans
Date: 28 May 09 - 02:31 PM

Doo wah diddy diddy dom diddy doo.


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Subject: RE: Singing while walking down the street
From: TonyA
Date: 28 May 09 - 02:40 PM

It must be a mudcat trait. I, too, have never seen anyone else do it, though I myself always sing when walking, bicycling, etc., and also when driving or working unless there's music playing (in which case I'm usually singing along rather than just singing). I even sing in the supermarket, in spite of the anti-music on the PA system.

I sometimes get a negative response to it, usually just a tense question about whether I sing all the time or whether I'm aware that I'm singing. A few weeks ago someone gave me dirty looks to show my singing was disturbing her cel-phone conversation! How's that for irony?


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Subject: RE: Singing while walking down the street
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 28 May 09 - 02:43 PM

In '55 a professor told me he saw me walking down the street talking to myself; oblivious to the idea that this was strange, I asked him what I was talking about. He did not know.
Nice to know cell phones have another use!
kat: No offense taken re "old threads"
   Book is moderately interesting. I will not go to the movie.
Radio: not turned on in years - except to try to hear an interview on Internet. I want to hear what I want to hear.
Whistling is another of my failings: "Whistling girls and cackling hens always come to bad ends" I was told at 18. Well, reckon that was not true either.
I had a black lab who was so sweet, I would sing to him: "A" you're adorable, etc... He would wriggle with delight! Why not the rabbit? I read a news report where a hiker, separated from her group, met a mountain lion on the trail. She sang to it and got past safely.
Sharyn: SING more!
Children singing! At a conference, the kids first, then all ages walked around singing: "I'm unique and irreplaceable (x3) GEE, it's good to be ME!" Fun week!

And if everyone did it????? Maybe it would be a happier world. Maybe we could drown out the traffic noise even. Or just not notice it? Of course, singing different songs in the same house could be interesting, at best.

So, if we are demented, crazy or.... There are enough of us to create a "norm", yes? I intend to sing at least as much with, perhaps, a little less concern about being heard.


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Subject: RE: Singing while walking down the street
From: ClaireBear
Date: 28 May 09 - 02:45 PM

I remember once in high school gym class, I was getting dressed in the locker room and singing as usual. A girl with whom I had truly never exchanged a word turned to me and said, in a soft, friendly voice, "Is it true that you're graduating early?"

"Yes," I answered, pleased that she cared enough to ask.

"GOOD!" she shouted.

Honestly it's a wonder my voice survived high school.


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Subject: RE: Singing while walking down the street
From: GUEST,Dani
Date: 28 May 09 - 03:01 PM

Absolutely!

Ask my kids : )

Dani


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Subject: RE: Singing while walking down the street
From: Tangledwood
Date: 28 May 09 - 05:39 PM

Also from my tutor friend - lip trills are a good warm up technique. It's great to sit waiting at traffic lights going "Brrrrrrrrrr" and watch other drivers' reactions. LOL


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Subject: RE: Singing while walking down the street
From: TonyA
Date: 28 May 09 - 05:47 PM

quote: ....a hiker, separated from her group, met a mountain lion on the trail. She sang to it and got past safely.

I'm continually amazed at how much other creatures respond to our music. Only domesticated animals pay any attention to our speaking voices, except to run away in fear. But birds often approach and join in when I sit outside and sing, and a forest full of cicadas once stopped chirping when they heard me trying to accompany them on a wooden tongue drum, and then came back in thundering force following my rhythm.

Claire, that's a wonderful mean-girl story. Another thing that always amazes me is how little the creatures of our own species respond to our music.


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Subject: RE: Singing while walking down the street
From: Artful Codger
Date: 28 May 09 - 06:08 PM

I sing, hum or whistle frequently throughout the day; my brothers do, too (though our parents don't). I absolutely belt in the shower. I've almost always got a song going through my head. I even wake up remembering not only the tail end of a dream but some background music to it—sometimes it's music I've spontaneously made up!

I've been increasingly inclined recently not to stop humming or singing as I pass someone in public, but rather just to attenuate the volume. Since they've probably heard me as they approach, I rationalize that not stopping makes us both feel slightly less like strangers/intruders.

Though I must admit that I'd rather not hear most other people sing on the streets. The average taste in music is dreadful--we're inflicted with it enough--and my dog can carry a tune better than some folks I've heard.


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Subject: RE: Singing while walking down the street
From: jeddy
Date: 28 May 09 - 06:48 PM

i too sing whilst walking,driving and shopping in the supermarket. most people smile others ignore me but my favourite is when they think i am nuts.

i also talk to my dog when walking and anyone who has a dog knows that they talk back to us. so between the dog and singing or whistling i thought i was a bit of a nutter....until i came here and found sanity, thanks guys


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Subject: RE: Singing while walking down the street
From: Tug the Cox
Date: 28 May 09 - 08:31 PM

When I used to break into song at work, people used to say 'you're happy about something' in a voice that sugested bith disbelief and accusation,. as if it was disloyal to actually enjoy work and life. My favoutite, on entering a room was' Good, Morning. Good morning to you.'


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Subject: RE: Singing while walking down the street
From: Alice
Date: 28 May 09 - 10:01 PM

I can't wash dishes without singing.


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Subject: RE: Singing while walking down the street
From: Crowhugger
Date: 28 May 09 - 10:13 PM

I sing while walking, driving, sitting, but not constantly. Intermittently I guess, often made-up stuff based on what I'm doing or on whatever's running through my head. I do try to keep the volume on the quiet side when in stores or other close quarters. Sometimes I sing whole pre-existing songs, not just made-ups.

~CH~


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Subject: RE: Singing while walking down the street
From: Janie
Date: 28 May 09 - 10:13 PM

For years I would sing or hum as a worked at my desk or walked along the corridors at work. No one seemed to mind, and I wasn't intrusive with it.   I no longer work in an environment where I can do that unself-consciously. Hubby got the dog in the divorce, but before that, I did some of my best singing during the late night 3 mile walk I took with our dog every night through the residential streets of the little town in which I lived.

Silly story that I might have told on myself before.

I used to drive an old Chevette without a radio or cassette player.   Driving home to West Virginia to visit the parents one weekend, I was getting increasingly irritated by a car that kept passing me on the interstate highway, pull over in front of me, and then gradually slow down until I passed it again.

At some point on the 6 hour drive, I realized I was the culprit. I was singing my way home. On the slow tunes, I was slowing down to as low as 45 mph. On faster tunes, I was speeding up to as fast as 75mph.


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Subject: RE: Singing while walking down the street
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 28 May 09 - 10:24 PM

I have a friend who's like you, Janie. Once I was in a caravan of friends driving cars from Arizona to Missouri. In the Rockies around Denver, my friend would speed and slow down for no apparent reason. It turned out she classical music on and was going allegro or andante without realizing it.


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Subject: RE: Singing while walking down the street
From: Joe Offer
Date: 29 May 09 - 02:06 AM

Yeah, I sing while I'm walking down the street, and in the supermarket. I live in a small town and I'm fairly well-known. I think most people say to themselves, "Oh, it's just Joe." Sometimes I get a smile or a nice comment - never anything negative.

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Singing while walking down the street
From: Tangledwood
Date: 29 May 09 - 07:02 PM

At some point on the 6 hour drive, I realized I was the culprit. I was singing my way home. On the slow tunes, I was slowing down to as low as 45 mph. On faster tunes, I was speeding up to as fast as 75mph.

How interesting Janie. Until now I had never realised the cruise control's importance in learning tempo.


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Subject: RE: Singing while walking down the street
From: Gorgeous Gary
Date: 29 May 09 - 07:14 PM

I have a friend who works in San Francisco and sings while walking around downtown (to and from the BART and lunch). Frequently it's songs she is in the middle of composing, or trying to learn.

I know on a couple of occasions she's been tapped on the shoulder by a pedestrian who had wound up following her for several blocks just to see how the song was going to turn out!

-- Gary


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Subject: RE: Singing while walking down the street
From: Artful Codger
Date: 29 May 09 - 07:22 PM

Sounds like a time to hold out the hat.


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Subject: RE: Singing while walking down the street
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 29 May 09 - 08:27 PM

Now that, Gary, is marvelous! Let that be a lesson - Sing out!


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Subject: RE: Singing while walking down the street
From: GUEST,Ana
Date: 30 May 09 - 12:27 AM

Lifts are a really got place for a sneaky blast - you need to keep half an ear on the motor though, because the doors can unexpectedly open. People can be so scared of the unexpected.


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Subject: RE: Singing while walking down the street
From: Jack Blandiver
Date: 30 May 09 - 03:11 AM

For us Feral Folk this is par for the course; my friend Clive, for example, regularly records his superlative singing of traditional songs under an overpass on the tow-path Grand Union Canal in Edinburgh, complete with cylists, dogwalkers & other bemused passers-by. It's the acoustics you see - like me singing up the boat-lake overflow pipes on Fleetwood Beach (check The Great Selkie O' Sule Skerry Here) where I admit there is rather less by the way of human traffic. Even when I'm not recording, I'm singing, especially if the acoustics are good - the piss-reeking stairwells of the Market Carpark in Preston are pretty good - good for Jew's Harps too, a small collection I carry with me everywhere I go. Rachel & I practice our harmonies whilst out walking which is something maybe a little different but in this day and age singing has become a matter of performance rather than pass-time, leading to the sort of self-consciousness that might silence us when we're out and about on our own. Do people sing whilst pottering about in the garden, sowing the Seeds of Love?

Memorably, I once heard a young lady burst into song on the Tyne & Wear Metro as the tram entered Longbenton Station: there's Denton and Kenton - A U Hinney Burd - an' canny Lang Benton - A U A - but she was, I fear, away with the fairies. Needless to say I joined in on the chorus after which she latched onto me for the rest of the day until the effects of the mushrooms she'd been given by friends had worn off. Weird thing was, when I asked her where she'd got the song she said she'd never heard it before, that it was just triggered by the name of the station, which gave me pause to ponder just how deeply embedded these things can be.

Today were off to visit the Viking graves in Heysham, followed on by a jaunt to Morecambe (The Naples of the North according to the postcard on our bathroom wall); now Morecambe is one place one can sing whilst walking down the street and no one will bat an eyelid.

Who'll go to Morecambe? Who'll go to Morecambe?
Who'll go to Morecambe - to Morcambe with me?
I, said the young man in the care of the community,
I'll go to Morecambe, to Morecambe with thee!


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Subject: RE: Singing while walking down the street
From: Willa
Date: 30 May 09 - 09:28 AM

How I relate to most of the comments above. Sing to myself but often find I'm doing it in public. Sing in the car, but in these days of car rage sometimes wonder whether other drivers think I'm mouthing off at them!

It's a great joy at workshops and festivals to realise that there are others who think that sort of behaviour is normal.


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Subject: RE: Singing while walking down the street
From: Marje
Date: 30 May 09 - 12:28 PM

I often hum to myself in public places but am less inclined to sing properly, except at home where anything goes. My daughters were used to me singing around the house, but once when one of them was having a friend come round after school, she said to me, "Mum, I don't think other people's Mums .. you know... sing around the house like you do..."
In other words "Be quiet and don't embarrass me!"

As for the workmen who sing - we used to have a builder who did odd jobs for us, accompanied by his portable radio. He used to have it playing quite softly but from time to time he would suddenly start bellowing a sort of tuneless backing vocal; "Oh Baby! Ooooh, ahhhh, doop-do-doop!" and so on, which caused us some amusement. We also had a window cleaner who listened to music on headphones and emitted similar sounds as he worked, although we couldn't hear the track he was listening to, and could rarely guess what on earth it was.

Marje


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Subject: RE: Singing while walking down the street
From: GUEST,Seamus Kennedy
Date: 30 May 09 - 01:15 PM

I sing, lilt or yodel to myself on the street, AND I whistle a lot.

I was in a supermarket checkout line once whistling Lovesick Blues, and couple behind me complimented me on it and remarked :"You never hear anybody whistling anymore, and everybody used to do it."

So get out there and do it.

Seamus


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Subject: RE: Singing while walking down the street
From: Jack Blandiver
Date: 31 May 09 - 05:22 AM

I hear people whistling all the time around here; it's the only true truly folk instrument! Mostly improvising too... My grandmother could whistle like Ronnie Ronalde whereas I can barely manage a breathy toot.


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Subject: RE: Singing while walking down the street
From: AllisonA(Animaterra)
Date: 31 May 09 - 06:39 AM

Marje, how tactful of your daughter! Mine used to yelp at me: "Mo-o-om! Don't SING!"


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Subject: RE: Singing while walking down the street
From: Crow Sister (off with the fairies)
Date: 31 May 09 - 07:21 AM

Alway's singing. If I go shopping I sing to myself pushing trolly's round supermarkets - usually verses of something I'm learning. Used to dance about a lot to, still do a bit...


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Subject: RE: Singing while walking down the street
From: Bill S from Adelaide
Date: 31 May 09 - 07:26 AM

In Melbourne you need a license to sing in the street but as I have a busking license based on my morris dancing, it allows me not only to sing but to solicit funds to sing somewhere else (over the hills and far way is popular). Incidentally, the rules have changed and there are no group licences any more, each member of the side gets an individual photo license, assuming you pass the audition at Town Hall!
Wassail
Bill


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Subject: RE: Singing while walking down the street
From: Crow Sister (off with the fairies)
Date: 31 May 09 - 07:27 AM

In fact I remember being accused of being 'Mad' by a grumpy old woman once, for minding my own business dancing to no music (I do that at home too) while wandering down the street. Why is it only kids can do that stuff?


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Subject: RE: Singing while walking down the street
From: TonyA
Date: 31 May 09 - 08:36 AM

The same with skipping. Apparently there's a certain age above which you're not supposed to skip in public. But it has practical value as a quicker way to travel than standard walking, so you'd think it would be more common among adults than among children.


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Subject: RE: Singing while walking down the street
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 31 May 09 - 10:15 AM

I come from a Germanic family in the gregarious Midwest (Milwaukee) and we sang just about everywhere -- in the car as a family, around the house, at church, in choir, at school, on the street. (I once won a prize for having sung "Henry the Eighth" a record number of times on my way walking to a WOKY event in West Allis.)

After moving to New England, I discovered co-workers didn't want their concentration (or reveries) disturbed by vocalizations, so I stopped singing and cut back on the humming while at work. I've sung loudly on a deserted Gooch's Beach (Kennebunkport, ME) in the rain on Christmas day, scaring only the gulls (herring and Great Black Back...oh, and maybe some big peeps and little peeps). But I found that if one sang on the street, people would cross to the other side and avoid eye contact. Even humming in stores seemed to be frowned upon.

A few years ago when I was being interviewed (as part of the Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival) by a local reporter who had shown up at the open sing at The Press Room, the reporter waved at the crowd stuffed into the downstairs area all enthusiastically leading songs or at least joining in on the chorus and asked, "Who ARE all these people? How do they know the words?!?" Well, most of them I'd ever seen before at any of our events, and they didn't actually know all the words (although one new sea music enthusiast excitedly sang a song recorded by the Drop Kick Murphys) -- I explained that shantys in particular have choruses that were DESIGNED to be easy to pick up by the crew.

Then I started thinking about it. As a society, we have very few opportunities to sing in public -- singing in the workplace or on the street is frowned upon, singing along at most public performances (save folk) is discouraged. About the only place it's okay is in church (and then carefully scripted). But people LIKE to sing. Sea music especially encourages the audience to join in.

How can we keep from singing?

Linn


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Subject: RE: Singing while walking down the street
From: jeddy
Date: 31 May 09 - 12:56 PM

why don't people want to join in with us when we sing where ever we are. i always thought singing was human nature. it helps folk to bond there is nothing better than being in a room full of people singing together.it helps us to come together as a community.

anyone who has a problem with that, i think isn't really worth knowing.
get used to it and join in or get lost.

if we give in to peer pressure to stop, then it will only get worse, to the stage where you can't laugh or smile in public and then everyone would me miserable.

so carry on bring joy to the world as there is nothing better than someone sing or whistling.


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Subject: RE: Singing while walking down the street
From: melodeonboy
Date: 31 May 09 - 05:44 PM

I know this is not exactly on topic, but I heard this song performed by Pig's Ear at the Pig's Ear Folk Ale festival this afternoon, and I thought it not only a great song, but quite pertinent to the spirit of this thread.

We Will Sing

Though music be the food of love there's some who'd have us starve,
They say we must not sing or dance in pubs or clubs and bars,
For if there be even two would raise their voices to the sky,
Then all must pay their due, or else the law we do defy!
We will sing, we will sing,
And let all your lawyers come prancing,
They'll never stop us dancing,
Let tradition win the day.
For though fools make their rules,
We will always have our say.
We will sing, we will sing, we will sing!
While on terrace and in stand the fans of sport may chant and sing,
In an ale house now, though more polite 'tis deemed a 'wicked' thing!
But in Church the congregation loudly hymn their maker's name,
So why should we need licence from 'above' to do the same?
Oh! Muse, whose inspiration fills my heart with joy and song,
Please tell me how this stupid law can now decide it's wrong,
That when singers and musicians come together in thy name,
And merry make, then each and every one will bear the blame?
When the party of the first part, joins the party of the third,
In the second party's public house, that's fine, …or so I've heard.
But if we should join in song, along with parties one and three,
Then take my word, what 'ere the law, …a PARTY there will be!
The law's an ass, cantankerous, or so I've oft' been told,
And now it's mighty braying sends a shiver through my soul,
But nonetheless I hereby pledge that music MUST be free,
I won't let uncivil servants make a donkey out of me!
I'm sure in time, that we shall find, this shambles is undone,
Like all other legal nonsense just designed to spoil the fun,
And when we, the English people once more have the final word,
Then English songs in English pubs forever shall be heard!


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Subject: RE: Singing while walking down the street
From: Tangledwood
Date: 31 May 09 - 05:45 PM

It's very inconsiderate to sing or whistle in public - how would anybody be able to hear their mobile phones?


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Subject: RE: Singing while walking down the street
From: Commander Crabbe
Date: 01 Jun 09 - 07:37 PM

I burst into song often during the day. I'm even prone to do so at work on Monday mornings just to p**s the miserable buggers off!

CC


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Subject: RE: Singing while walking down the street
From: GUEST,TJ in San Diego
Date: 01 Jun 09 - 07:49 PM

For three years, we had a young lad in our offices who was playing guitar and singing wherever opportunity lay in the evening. He was a rather large and engaging fellow and a bit brash. Daily, as he went from place to place in the building, he would sing - NOT sotto voce - snippets of songs, with occasional departures into what sounded like scat singing, but may have been mumbling. IT DROVE MOST OF US STARK RAVING MAD! His ego overcame all objections.

I often sing in the car or at home, in the shower, etc. I would never inflict my vocalizing on an unsuspecting general public as I walked through a supermarket or office building as this fellow did.
Our man is now back home on the east coast (US) and accosting a new crowd. By the way, he is not without talent - just a bit insensitive.


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Subject: RE: Singing while walking down the street
From: jeddy
Date: 01 Jun 09 - 08:56 PM

well TJ, why did you not ask him to sing something you all knew?
then you could have all joined in. not sure how much work you would have got done but at least you would have had fun trying.


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Subject: RE: Singing while walking down the street
From: GUEST,booklynrose
Date: 01 Jun 09 - 11:49 PM

Here in New York, when I sing while I walk down the street, people don't pay any attention at all. I think it is part of "mind your own business," probably a way to get along with all the people who don't know one another.


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Subject: RE: Singing while walking down the street
From: paula t
Date: 02 Jun 09 - 02:00 PM

When the girls were little, we often sang quite loudly while walking along the street. We also skipped in time or danced (especially to "Lets Go Fly a Kite" from Mary Poppins - Sarah's favourite).I loved it.
We still sing very loudly in the car. Great fun!


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Subject: RE: Singing while walking down the street
From: Artful Codger
Date: 02 Jun 09 - 05:33 PM

Ugh, I hate it when people launch into "sing-along" songs, because they're (by definition) only the tired muck that most people know. Now, if they'd sing a less familiar song with a good rousing chorus...

(My hackles also raise when performers sing oldies but only sing the familiar choruses. It's such a cheat to the listeners.)


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Subject: RE: Singing while walking down the street
From: TonyA
Date: 02 Jun 09 - 09:59 PM

From the song I'm learning today:

"People in cars let the radio do the talking.
But I always find that I'm singin' when I'm walking."

-- The Old Trail by Steve Gillette & Charles John Quarto


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Subject: RE: Singing while walking down the street
From: Ron Davies
Date: 03 Jun 09 - 10:05 PM

It's great so many Mudcatters sing walking down the street, in the office etc.   I also agree with those who believe that non-Mudcatters mostly don't.

What I find intriguing is that even some people who seem passionately interested in vocal music still don't sing when they're not at rehearsal or concert. A friend of mine in the Choral Arts society here (we usually sing in the Kennedy Center--so it's a serious group--said that while he was away on vacation for 5 weeks, he did not sing at all--not even in the shower, he said.

I can't imagine even one day without singing.

I sing all the way to the subway and back every workday. It's 4 long songs or 5 short songs to the subway. And going to the subway I sing according to the weather. If it good weather I sing C & W. Misty or rain--Irish. Real blustery--sea songs.   Unless there is something I'm trying to learn--then I sing that. People probably think I have some sort of Bluetooth or something. Lots of people on the street do listen to their i-Pods, etc.

I really look forward to cold and windy weather so I can belt out   "Once more we sail with a northerly gale through the ice and wind and rain" while climbing a steep hill on the way to the subway.   And when I sing "Rolling Home" (John Tams) I may sing the verse about; "The frost is on the hedgerow/ The icy winds do blow..." several times on the hill until I get a real good gust of wind blowing at me.

When I leave work, I always sing "Bury Me Not On the Lone Prairie"--the version Joe Hickerson does. 9 1/2 verses, and it gets me from my office to the subway.

For the past couple of weeks I sang "Road to Mandalay", getting ready for the party celebrating my stepfather's 95th birthday--since it's one of his favorite songs.   Problem is folk circles--and I--like the tune Peter Bellamy used. But the rest of the world seems to like the Oley Speaks tune--the one Peter Dawson used for his famous recording.   It was not easy trying to suppress the Bellamy tune in order to learn the other one--took quite a few mornings.   And Dawson only did 2 verses. I was determined to do all 6--but I had to have a chorus the other partygoers could sing.   The poem suffered. But I did it at the party--all 6 verses-- and it was well appreciated.   The other one I sang those mornings-- getting ready for the party-- was "As Time Goes By", especially the verse, from 1931,--what most people know is just the chorus.

I also sing in the stairwells at work, since the acoustics are so good--never take the elevator. As well as when I walk around the building.   I don't sing loud in the building except in the stairwell.

A friend of mine and I have written and sung quite a few parodies for retirements etc. And I get asked to do "Monster Mash" every year, and sing "Blue Christmas" for a Christmas party. After hours I once sang "Goodnight Sweetheart" and "Under the Boardwalk" for a woman who wanted to hear them. Some other people in the office sing bits of songs--but don't seem to sing entire songs. As long as your singing doesn't prevent your co-workers from doing their work, seems to me anybody should be able to sing in the office.   Helluva lot better than radios.


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