26 April 2010
Whistle Down The Wind
This week's Take This Tune's selection is "Whistle Down The Wind" from the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical of the same name. The meaning of the title is to whistle for something desired that you probably won't get or you will get it, and it will be in the form of "be careful what you ask for". The term is probably from nautical whistling for a wind when a ship is becalmed and getting too much of a good thing, as in this quote from "Rokeby" by Sir Walter Scott: “How whistle rash bids tempests roar!”
It immediately made me think of two things: First, the times in life when I have done what I call "screaming at the universe". You are hanging on to the end of your rope and the fingers are getting weak. I'm not quite sure what happens next except that up until now, something has always happened, probably because I haven't overused the technique. Whether it is unexpected money, help at the instant needed, or just added strength to get through a very bad something. The other thought was a Garth Brooks song. Sometimes what we want isn't what is in our best interests. If you are really, really lucky, those requests fall on very deaf ears.