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As a Matter of Fact, I Do Rock the Penny Whistle

Though it may pain my parents who spent all that money on piano and guitar lessons, ever since I used the music store as our regrouping point during our visit to Galway and felt obliged to purchase something for all the trouble we made in said store, the penny whistle has been my instrument of choice.


What do you do to get out of a bad mood?

I annoy people with my penny whistle.

Sorry, Josh.

No, really, what do you do to get yourself out of a bad mood?Β  Don’t just crap on my whistle playing.Β  I know y’all secretly love it.


1 LJ { 10.08.09 at 9:31 pm }

Remind me to get Josh some earplugs, STAT

2 Lavender Luz { 10.08.09 at 9:33 pm }

THIS is why you moved!?

Poor, poor Josh.

3 Lynn { 10.08.09 at 9:42 pm }

Well I thought it was awesome πŸ˜€

4 Io { 10.08.09 at 9:48 pm }

Tell Josh to be glad you didn’t pick up the bagpipes. We have those playing at every big fire department event and I go back and forth between tearing up at the sad music and flinching from the sound of dying cats screaming.
Other than drinking, which doesn’t actually cheer me up, I like to throw on something like ABBA and dance around the living room with my pets.

5 a { 10.08.09 at 9:51 pm }

I’m surprised that thing is still intact. Surely it’s breakable.

I think that you may not have absorbed Ireland into your soul yet.

Dude, I ENJOY my bad moods. I scowl. I fester. Then I pull myself together and get on with my life.

6 Delenn { 10.08.09 at 10:05 pm }

My son has a recorder he could play with you! πŸ™‚ Glad you enjoy it.

7 Kymberli { 10.08.09 at 10:29 pm }

My dog (who only ever barks at the vacuum cleaner and the garbage truck) went T-totally apeshit when I clicked the play button. Heehee.

How do I get out of a bad mood? It depends on the type of mood and the depth of it. Sometimes I have no recourse other than allowing myself to stew in it for a day or so until it runs its course.

Most of the time, Frank realizes I’m in a bad mood before I do, so he does damage control with tea, a bubble bath, and corralling el Cinco so that I can have some uninterrupted quiet time. Have I said before that I love him? Because I totally do.

8 meggowiggle { 10.08.09 at 10:56 pm }

I play the Sims 3. Or eat cheesecake πŸ˜€

9 B { 10.08.09 at 11:09 pm }

I have a habit even more annoying than the penny whistle. I go around telling everyone that I’M IN A BAD MOOD. (It’s very satisfying)

10 Astrid { 10.08.09 at 11:36 pm }

Inspiring. You should have seen the way my dogs looked at my PC while that was playing. Adorable.

11 Mad Hatter { 10.09.09 at 12:13 am }

I swear like a trucker, spend money like a drunken sailor, and eat like a pig. In other words, I become a broke, foul-mouthed drunk-driving , sailing pig in a great new outfit. And that makes me feel much much better.

12 luna { 10.09.09 at 2:38 am }

wow. that is just, wow. and I mean that in a “poor josh” kind of way. between that and “across the universe,” he must REALLY love you.

13 Hevel { 10.09.09 at 3:16 am }

I’m in the process of teaching my boys to play the tin whistle. It’s the funnest instrument and I can turn my CI off any time.

BTW, I was born in Galway. πŸ™‚

14 Circus Princess { 10.09.09 at 3:24 am }

LOL, yeah, that totally rocked!!

15 nh { 10.09.09 at 3:24 am }

You’ve no idea how much I want to phone my Mum up and ask her to find my old tin whistle now!

To get out of a bad mood – it depends; sometimes I walk and walk and walk until it goes. Otherwise play the piano, or eat nice things (cake and biscuits etc)

16 Angie { 10.09.09 at 5:45 am }

Very Irish-y, Mel! Or maybe I should say Irish-ish.

I used to hang upside down to get out of a bad mood, back when I had gravity boots and a chin up bar. Now, I read about gnomes. It’s hard to be grumpy when you read about gnomes.

17 Hope in Briarrose { 10.09.09 at 6:43 am }

I liked it. I played the flute for years. Your not too bad on that penny whistle. πŸ™‚

18 Jane G { 10.09.09 at 6:56 am }

You were in Galway! When? I went to University there. It’s a lovely city, particularly when the rain stays away.

I learned how to play the tin whistle in primary school, as I’d say most Irish kids do. I’d still be able to knock a tune out of it almost thirty years later.

19 Shelli { 10.09.09 at 8:08 am }

I was a flute player as a youth. A bad one.

Perhaps I should have played the penny whistle. You are quite the Artist!

20 Minta { 10.09.09 at 11:10 am }

If I could rock the penny whistle like that, I totally go self hosted and share it with the world, too! Totally worth it. Also, much better way to get out of a bad mood than eating too much sugar, drinking too much wine and playing too many video games πŸ™‚ (or writing long bitchy blog posts)… (all of which I’m known to do!)

21 Erica { 10.09.09 at 11:10 am }

Maybe Josh could pick up the bodhran and you could play together…

If I’m in a bad mood and I’m being good, I bury myself in a novel or play with watercolors. If I’m not being good, I let Ben and Jerry take care of me.

22 Jendeis { 10.09.09 at 12:42 pm }

One word – awesome.

I play my stomach so that I can accompany my vocals with some percussion. πŸ™‚

23 Flying Monkeys { 10.09.09 at 4:37 pm }

Sweet! It totally rocked!
My son wants to play the recorder. One day my husband calls me all excited, on the radio he heard the only song ever created with a part specifically for the recorder. I’m not sure I trust my local DJ’s, I bet there’s more than one or at least a few with substitutions.
Enjoy your whistle!

24 Faereyluna { 10.09.09 at 5:27 pm }

That did rock. I just would like to here the same thing with Josh in the background. Tell him you have to do it for your fans. You don’t want to dissapoint the fans now do you Josh?

25 Kristin { 10.10.09 at 11:22 pm }

That rocked and you rock!

Reading or playing with my craft stuff gets me out of a bad mood every time.

26 Battynurse { 10.11.09 at 2:04 am }

So I’m laughing at the first two comments you received.
You rock the penny whistle. So glad you can post that now.

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