Taking the Whistle to New Heights!

As some of you are unfortunate enough to have experienced (and the rest of you blessed!) I picked up a new hobby while on sabbatical…

Yes, I bought myself a Penny Whistle (or Irish Whistle as they are often called) while on sabbatical, in Seattle if you really must know.

Audiences everywhere have been mesmerized by the beautiful music I can now produce. So far I can play the theme from Titanic and Lord of the Rings (Hobbit’s Song) as well as several hymns such as “Hallelujah, What a Savior”, “O For a Thousand Tongues”, “This is my Father’s World”, “Amazing Grace” and “Jesus Loves Me.” It is tricky to find songs that can be played within a range of only 8 notes, but it is a lot of fun. I have since ordered four more on ebay so that I can have different keys and tone quality. My goal is for Pastor Tim to let me play during the worship service during the offertory.

I have also discovered that a wonderful way to relax and de-stress is to play the Penny Whistle while riding on a 5 foot unicycle. It really calms your nerves… though it does tend to make your wife more nervous. I highly recommend unicycling and whistling… it could change your life! I have seen a great reduction in my migraines since I began Penny Whistling… and I think it just might be the whistle-therapy! If you would like to see your stress reduced and peace and tranquility enter your life and those around you, search ebay today for a Penny Whistle, and let the beautiful music begin.

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Karl Bastian is the founder of Kidology.org, the creator of ToyboxTales.com, and the author of OrderoftheAncient.com. His personal website is Kidologist.com He is Big Kid with a passion for equipping and encouraging those who minister to children.


  1. Oh no you don’t. The world will not be a better place if everyone buys a penny whistle. I think I would lose my mind, or at least invest in some VERY high quality ear plugs. Lord have mercy on me, please help Karl misplace all 5 of his Penny Whistles. Amen.

  2. Jumpin gee wilikers I’m not alone Praise God !!!!!!!!!

    I must confess I too am in the children’s ministry and am an avid Tin whistler. Yes I’ve said it. I like my whistle and am fond of the fipple. My wife too would prefer I stop buying whistles. (have you tried the Low-D lately?) I don’t have a unicycle but I do yodel and am pretty good with the animal imitation. Yeah I know there is not a lot in common with the two but I was going for the similar oddity angle.

    I thank God for your resources and be assured when you get to heaven you’ll be amazed at how many kids your life and stand has effected through helping other teachers.

    God Bless & Rock on with your good self

    Celina, Ohio

  3. Enoch Homer, Alaska

    Welcome to the whistle world… I started on a little 20$ tin whistle and have moved on to a low d whistle, i can guarantee that your wife will be more receptive to the low d, mine sure is. I love to play hymns and ancient celtic music, check out http://www.thewhistleshop.com they have a decent selection of whistles and music. good luck with the winning of your wife to whistle music :) low d will help. God bless and keep up the airy airing of your airs :P

  4. where can i get the notes to play the hobbits song from lord of the rings?? please!!!!!

  5. NO NOTES! I totally just play by ear. (which might be why my ear hurts after awhile) hahahaha

  6. he plays by ear… i play by mouth… :P

  7. by the way… if you know any links to places i can get tabs for praise whistling i would greatly apreaciate it. my email is Ardeaherodias@hotmail.com

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