About a week ago we ordered some music books for CC. As part of the program the kids learn to play the tin whistle. At first glance it appears to be nothing more than a kids toy. We are very quickly learning that this is not the case. After looking through the books and the complexity of some of the songs, we decided that this is going to be fun to learn more than what our CC manual has to offer. We read about the history of the tin whistle and that the Clark company, started in 1843, has been making tin whistles continuously this whole time. It is a instrument that can drive me nuts at times but also has something catching to it. Also learned that it is not solely an Irish instrument but that Americans used it for music while marching and to announce various times in the day for the army. We are very much looking forward to learning some Christmas songs to play for the family this holiday season.