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Ok, I'll admit it-I'm not a real big fan of whistlers. I don't know who is to blame, Guns and Roses on "Patience," or the Scorpions on "Winds of Change." Maybe it's because there's nothing worse when mixing sound, than hearing someone blow dry air into a microphone while they cheat and whistle a lead because they were playing solo.  With this said, I must admit if I HAVE to listen to someone whistle, Andrew Bird knows how to do it right! He has perfected it. This man has amazing talent, and admitted to learning nearly everything by ear. He plays guitar, violin, mandolin, and glockenspiel. His style reminded me a bit of David Byrne. The thing that really stood out to be about Andrew Bird was...his EYES! He had very deep and piercing eyes, that had me wondering what all was going on inside his brain while he was so very quiet. It seemed most likely some kind of brilliance. He has solo albums, live albums, and albums with Bowl of Fire.  Andrew's live performance is amazing. He works heavily with loops, and rarely is any song performed the same way twice. He had an amazing and artistic setup of speakers on stage at the Knitting Factory. The main speakers looked like flowers. It was very unique and impressive. For sound geeks, check out the design of his custom tour speakers. If you have not seen him, you simply must. Hear his song Fitz and the Dizzyspells.

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