01/07/14 - NNHS Newsletter - Crazy
“Of course I'm crazy, but that doesn't mean I'm wrong.”
Robert Anton Wilson
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
I love this song, but maybe that's because I'm - well, you know, crazy.
BONUS #1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2OVtpnpCOKM - Crazy - Patsy Cline, 1962
BONUS #2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7EYzQG9ICJE - Crazy - Diana Krall, Willie Nelson, and Elvis Costello
|"Crazy" is a
Willie Nelson. It has been recorded by several artists, most notably
Patsy Cline, whose version was a #2 country hit in 1962.
Partly due to the genre-blending nature of the song, it has been covered by dozens of artists in several genres over the years; Nevertheless, the song remains inextricably linked with Cline.
Nelson wrote the song in early 1961; at the time he was a journeyman singer-songwriter who had written several hits for other artists but had not yet had a significant recording of his own. Nelson originally wrote the song for country singer Billy Walker who turned it down for the same reason Roy Drusky turned down I Fall to Pieces the previous year - that it was ``a girl's song. The song's eventual success helped launch Nelson as a performer as well as a songwriter.
Musically the song is a jazz-pop ballad with country overtones and a complex melody. The lyrics describe the singer's state of bemusement at the singer's own helpless love for the object of his affection.
Patsy Cline, who was already a country music superstar and working to extend a string of hits, picked it as a follow up to her previous big hit I Fall to Pieces. "Crazy", its complex melody suiting Cline's vocal talent perfectly, was released in late 1961 and immediately became another huge hit for Cline and widened the crossover audience she had established with her prior hits. It spent 21 weeks on the chart and eventually became one of her signature tunes. Cline's version is #85 on Rolling Stone's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
According to the Ellis Nassour biography Patsy Cline, Nelson, who at that time was known as a struggling songwriter by the name of Hugh Nelson, was a regular at Tootsie's Orchid Lounge on Nashville's Music Row, where he frequented with friends Kris Kristofferson and Roger Miller, both unknown songwriters at that time. Nelson met Cline's husband, Charlie Dick, at the bar one evening and pitched the song to him. Dick took the track home and played it for Cline, who absolutely hated it at first because Nelson's demo "spoke" the lyrics ahead of and behind the beat, about which an annoyed Cline remarked that she ``couldn't sing like that.
However, Cline's producer, Owen Bradley, loved the song and arranged it in the ballad form in which it was later recorded. On Loretta Lynn's album I Remember Patsy Bradley reported that as Patsy was still recovering from a recent automobile accident that nearly took her life, she'd had difficulty reaching the high notes of the song on the original production night due to her broken ribs. So after about four hours of trying, in the days of four songs being recorded in three hours - they called it a night. A week later she came back and recorded the lead vocal we all know in one take.
On the same interview, Loretta remembers the first time Cline performed it at the Grand Ole Opry on crutches, and received three standing ovations. Barbara Mandrell remembers Cline introducing the song to her audiences live in concert saying "All my recent hits have come true in my life. I had a hit out called Tra-La-La Triangle and people thought about me and Gerald and Charlie. I had another hit out called 'I Fall to Pieces' and I was in a car wreck. Now I'm really worried because I have a new hit single out and its called 'Crazy'."
Willie Nelson stated on the 1993 documentary Remembering Patsy that Cline's version of "Crazy" was his favorite song of his that anybody had ever recorded because it "was a lot of magic."
ALSO CRAZY - THE WEATHER:
From www.WRAL.com - 01/07/14, 8:00 AM:
Fayetteville, NC - Weather: Tuesday, 8:00 AM -
13° Feels like 3°
Tuesday 25° - Sunny. Much colder with highs in the mid 20s. Northwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Wind chill values as low as 1 below this morning.
Sunny, breezy and extremely cold. Highs in the lower-mid 20s, with wind chills below zero at times early in the day and dipping into the teens at times in the afternoon. We are expecting some of the coldest afternoon highs we have seen outside of having a snow pack and cloudy skies since January 1994. It is quite unusual for us to remain in the 20s for highs with full sunshine and no snow on the ground. Temperatures will likely remain below freezing at least through Wednesday at lunchtime, when we should see the numbers rise above freezing.
From John Patterson ('59) of TN - 01/07/14, 12:23 AM - "It's Cold!":
|BOY HOWDY! Thanks, John - stay warm!|
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Happy Birthday today to Jimmy Shires ('57) of VA AND Brucey Smith Slama ('57) AND Paige Smith Morahan ('57) AND My Daughter-in-Law, Laura Adams Harty (Cardston HS, Alberta - '95) of AL!
Happy Birthday tomorrow to Mrs. Wilma Salmon Robinson (Warwick HS - '51) of VA AND Dreamadon Dillon Skidmore ('57) AND Sonja Settles Allen ('57) AND Pat Branch Coltrane ('57) AND Bill Collins ('63) AND Ruth Thom Chapman ('63)!
09 - Joan Burcher Green ('57) AND Alvin Blankenship ('63) AND Joe Dickson ('66) of VA;
10 - Peggy Taylor Hudson ('57) AND the late Bob Parrish ('68) (deceased 12 Jan 2013)!
11 - My Brother-in-Law, the late Miles Nowitzky (Granby HS - '50) (d. 07 May 2005) AND Frances Goodson Wang ('65) of MD AND Ron Haney ('65) of VA AND Ron Smith ('65) of VA AND Barbara Dye Hensley ('69) of VA AND FlyLady of NC;
13 - My Grandson, Hunter Huber of AL;
14 - Ronnie Todd
Many Happy Returns to
THIS DAY IN WWII:January 07, 1935 - French Foreign Minister Pierre Laval and Italian Prime Minister Benito Mussolini signed the Franco–Italian Agreement.
January 07, 1940 - The Finnish 9th
stopped and completely destroyed the overwhelming Soviet forces on the
January 07, 1942 - The siege of the Bataan Peninsula began.
January 07, 1945 - British General Bernard Montgomery held a press conference in which he claimed credit for victory in the Battle of the Bulge.
THIS DAY IN 1964:
January 07, 1964 - Actor, producer,
Nicolas Cage was born Nicolas Kim Coppola
Long Beach, California.
Tuesday, January 07, 1964 - Singer and harmonica player (Blues Incorporated) Cyril Davies (b. 23 Jan 1932 in Denham, Buckinghamshire, England) died days before his 32nd birthday. The official cause of death was given as endocarditis, although leukemia is often quoted.
Tuesday, January 07, 1964 - Grand Prix driver and team manager Reg Parnell (b. 02 July 1911 in Derby, Derbyshire, England) died in Derby, Derbyshire, England at the age of 52 of peritonitis after an appendix operation.
From Jay Styles ('68) of VA - 01/06/14 - "Slow Dance":
Thank you, Jay Sweetie!
From the Head Flagtwirler of 1965, Janice McCain Rose of Northern VA - 01/06/14 - "Stamps for Christmas cards":
KNOW ANY BLONDES LIKE THIS???
From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 01/06/14 - "The $5.37 Taco Bell Meal":
|This is too funny, but it
is also sort of sounds familiar!
IN GOD WE TRUST
From George Helliesen ('61) of MI - 12/20/13 - "One Word Essays (#18 in a Series of 28)":
|As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words.
Neat things in life!
May your troubles be less,
May your blessings be more;
May nothing but happiness come through your door!!
Thanks so much, George! These are cool!
From George Helliesen ('61) of MI - 01/04/14 - "Paws for a Smile (#3 in a Series of 17)":
Paws for a smile.......
You can’t help but smile.
AWWW! How adorable! Thanks, George!
Forget Me Not Baby Blanket - "One
look at this Forget Me Not Baby Blanket and you'll remember it forever!
The square motifs make this crocheted pattern unique and fun. Babies
will love staring at this intricate afghan. It's perfect for little ones
who are learning and growing!"
http://www.momsloveofcrochet.com/RainbowDelightBabyAfghan.html - Rainbow Delight Baby Afghan - "Looking for a baby blanket that is full of class and vintage appeal? Make a Rainbow Delight Baby Afghan and see why this easy crochet pattern appeals to everyone. All you need is a Size J hook and pastel variegated yarn."
http://www.naturallycaron.com/projects/picadilly/picadilly_1.html - Kelly Klem's Picadilly Baby Blanket - "This simple crochet pattern makes a great keepsake! Give this Picadilly Baby Blanket at your next baby shower."
BONUS RECIPES (Sorry; not theme-related):http://www.recipelion.com/Casserole-Recipes/Classic-Baked-Goulash/ml/1 - Classic Baked Goulash - "There are a variety of different casserole recipes, but none compare to the simplicity and our tasty Classic Baked Goulash that has been made in households for generations and generations. Easy to make and perfect for a quick weeknight casserole, it's made with ingredients that you most likely have on hand. A budget friendly dish, there's no reason not to make it."
http://www.recipelion.com/Casserole-Recipes/Beyond-Easy-King-Ranch-Casserole/ml/1 -Beyond Easy King Ranch Casserole - "This king of all casseroles gets a punch of great flavor from picante sauce, chili powder and green onions. This Beyond Easy King Ranch Casserole is a flavorful way to use leftover chicken or turkey that will have your family coming back for more! We absolutely love easy casserole recipes for delicious weeknight meals, and this one from Campbell's Kitchen is one of our favorites."
http://www.recipelion.com/Casserole-Recipes/Pennsylvania-Dutch-Ham-and-Noodle-Casserole/ml/1 -Pennsylvania Dutch Ham & Noodle Casserole - "Sure to become a family favorite, this quick cooking casserole recipe combines cubed cooked ham, noodles and tender onions blended with a creamy cheesy sauce. Make this Pennsylvania Dutch Ham & Noodle Casserole for your next family dinner."
"Crazy" midi courtesy of http://country.mididb.com/country/ - 01/04/05
"Crazy" lyrics courtesy of http://www.patsified.com/lyrics.htm - 01/04/05
Flashing Eye clip art courtesy of http://www.animate.netmegs.com/pixs/set_10.html - 01/04/05
Animated Nutsy Smiley courtesy of http://www.hauntedhamilton.com/cgi-bin/scripts/board-image-lister.cgi - 05/04/09
Animated Goofy Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.bravenet.com - 08/12/04
Army Seal clip art
courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06 (still missing...)
Laughing Kitty courtesy of Tom Flax ('64) of VA - 06/03/06
Animated Tiny Birthday Cake clip art courtesy ofSarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!
Animated Navy and Army Flags clip art courtesy of http://www.angelfire.com/ny4/KevsGifsGalore/Patriotic.html - 06/18/03
courtesy of Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 08/28/09
Animated Laughing Jerry courtesy
of Cookie Phillips Tyndall ('64) of VA - 06/14/06
Navy Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/06
Laughing Frog courtesy of
('65) of VA - 07/16/08