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Saturday, August 27, 2011

Iphone Pics of the Week

NYC Earthquake, August 23, 2011, Magnitude 5.8

Pickup Limousine

Cheeseburger in Caseville 2011 

The Good Bike Project, Toronto, ON under attack.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Whistling: A Natural Instrument and The New Trend for Pop Music

Four songs in Billboards Hot 100 for the week of September 3, 2011 use whistling as a compositional strategy for melody.

4. Moves Like Jagger by Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera
7. Pumped Up Kicks by Foster the People
9. Good Life by One Republic
10. I Wanna Go (To Camp by Bravo) by Britney Spears

Whistling is known to improve health as it strengthens lungs and massages organs.

Whistling and Proper Breathing Improves Health?

Angry People = Miserable Lungs

Is this why these songs are so fun? When hear them, do they make you want to whistle along? Does this make you feel good? Do the artists use natural or synthesized whistles in their songs?

Britney's whistle is a sample. It was also used in a 3OH!3 song featuring Katy Perry Starstrukk. It has now also become a widespread ringtone.

Pumped up Kicks whistle is legit. It is infectious and will make you damn healthy as it is hard to stop whistling the tune.

In conjunction with the American talent show The Voice, Maroon 5 and Christina Aguilera performed this song live on the show as the release. The whistle drives the melody. The song is reminiscent of the 1978 Rolling Stones #1 song "Miss You" where the melody is driven by a unique 'woo hoo' composition and not a whistle. The whistle in Moves Like Jagger sounds natural until the end when it skids out.

Ryan Tedder of One Republic says, "We have this REALLY super simple whistle. I hadn't heard a whistle in a song in forever and that's all I kept hearing on the song so I just whistled this melody into the mic and it really is the hook — it's the catchiest part of the song.

If you like to know more about whistling songs, check out this blog:

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Compuware Arena Drive-In Theater, Plymouth, MI

What to do with large parking lots in suburbia, especially when they function only part of the year?

Richard Hollingshead Jr., creator of the drive-in began testing the idea in his driveway in New Jersey in 1932 where the screen was nailed to a tree and the projector sat on the roof of his car. The first drive-in was established in Pennsauken, NJ in 1933. The concept peaked in US in the 1950s and 1960s where over 4,000 drive-ins were established and declined due to the economics of the real estate in the 70s and 80s.

Michigan Drive-Ins Documented

Kudos to Compuware Arena whose large parking lot for the Ontario Hockey League Plymouth Whalers Hockey Team arena double-functions as a drive-in movie theater all summer long since 2004....and the screen only occupies two parking spaces!