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Independent producer Richie Duchon sends an audio postcard from Portland, Maine, where he found a man whistling in the city's old port.


Whistling, for those who do, can fill the gaps in a lazy day. Independent producer Richie Duchon sends an audio postcard from Portland, Maine, where he found one man having a smoke and a whistle on a weekend afternoon in the city's Old Port.

Mr. JEFFREY HANNON: Hi there. My name is Jeffrey Hannon(ph). I live in South Portland, Maine, and I like to whistle.

(Soundbite of Hannon whistling)

Mr. HANNON: I often find that, like, over the course of my day when I'm walking around or whatever, you know, just puttering around doing stuff, I'm not really thinking verbally; I'm just hearing music in my mind. And that's just--it just kind of articulates itself that way. You know what I mean? It's just sometimes you think in terms of verbiage, and sometimes you--one, I think, thinks in terms of notes and sound and that sort of thing, you know. It's just the way I think, I guess.

(Soundbite of Hannon whistling)

Mr. HANNON: I started whistling real young because--and I think this is a kind of generational thing--my father used to whistle all the time, and my grandfather used to whistle. And I think it was more common for people to do that 'cause many times I've had older women, older men, 60s, 70s, and go, `Boy, it's so lovely to hear somebody whistle. You never hear anybody whistle anymore.'

(Soundbite of Hannon whistling)

Mr. HANNON: And my favorite way to whistle, really, is just to freestyle.

(Soundbite of Hannon whistling)

Mr. HANNON: And to me, it's an attempt to do something beautiful, you know, just trying to do something beautiful. Whether you succeed or not is almost immaterial, but at least you tried to create some beauty in the world.

(Soundbite of Hannon whistling)

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