- NNHS Newsletter - Edelweiss
“I will be the gladdest thing
Edna St. Vincent Millay,
“Afternoon on a Hill”
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
Today's Newsletter theme is a first for us here together.
BONUS #1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sFHujvkacNY - Edelweiss - Bill Lee dubbing for Christopher Plummer
BONUS #2 - http://vimeo.com/4143597 - Edelweiss - actual voice of Christopher Plummer with Charmian Carr
"Edelweiss" is a show tune from the 1959 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical The Sound of Music. It is named after the edelweiss, a white flower found high in the Alps. It is sung by Captain Georg Ludwig von Trapp and his family during the concert near the end of Act II as a defiant statement of Austrian patriotism in the face of the pressure put upon him to join the navy of Nazi Germany. In the 1965 film adaptation, the song is also sung by the Captain earlier in the film as he rediscovers music and a love for his children.
While The Sound of Music was in tryouts in Boston, Richard Rodgers felt Captain von Trapp should have a song with which he would bid farewell to the Austria he knew and loved. He and Oscar Hammerstein II decided to write an extra song that Captain von Trapp would sing in the Kaltzberg Festival (Salzburg Festival in the film) concert sequence towards the end of the show. As they were writing it, they felt that this song could also utilise the guitar-playing and folk-singing talents of Theodore Bikel, who created the role of Captain von Trapp on Broadway. The Lindsay and Crouse script provides a metaphor of the edelweiss flower, as a symbol of the Austria that Captain von Trapp, Maria and their children knew would live on in their hearts despite the Nazi annexation of their homeland. As such, the metaphor of this song builds on an earlier scene when Gretl presents a bouquet of edelweiss flowers to Elsa Schraeder during her visit to the von Trapp household. Rodgers provided a haunting waltz-time melody to the simple lyric that Hammerstein wrote about the appearance of the edelweiss flower. This song turned out to be one of the most beloved songs in the musical, and also one of the best-loved songs of Rodgers and Hammerstein.
This song was the last song that Rodgers and Hammerstein wrote together; Hammerstein was suffering from stomach cancer, which would take his life nine months after The Sound of Music opened on Broadway.
Although the stage production uses the song only during the concert sequence, Ernest Lehman's screenplay for the film adaptation uses the song twice. Lehman created a scene that makes extra use of the song. This scene, inspired by a line in the original script by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, calls for Captain von Trapp to sing this song with his children in their family drawing room and rediscover the love he felt for them. Lehman also expanded the scope of the song when it was sung in the Salzburg Festival concert scene so that Captain von Trapp and his family would call the crowds to join in the song with him, in defiance of the Nazi soldiers posted around the arena. It is interesting to note that one of the Nazi commandants is shown singing in a baritone, revealing that he cares more for Austria than for the Reich.
The great popularity of the song has led many of its audience to believe that it is an Austrian folk song or even the official national anthem. The New York Times and The Guardian have both reported that Ronald Reagan had it performed for an emissary of Austria when he visited the United States, believing it to be their national anthem. However, Austria's official anthem is "Land der Berge, Land am Strome" and the anthem used before the Anschluss was "Sei gesegnet ohne Ende". The edelweiss is a popular flower in Austria and was featured on the old 1 Schilling coin. It can also now be seen on the 2 cent Euro coin. The flower is protected in Austria and illegal to pick. An "edelweiss" is also worn as a cap device by certain Austrian Army and all German Gebirgsjäger  (Mountain Troopers, literal translation Mountain Hunters) Units.
There is similar confusion about another song co-authored by Hammerstein, "Ol' Man River" from the musical Showboat, which is widely misbelieved to be a Negro spiritual. The similarity in misconception about the two songs has been noted by two writers, both of whom see it as as tribute to Hammerstein's talents. Alyson McLamore in her book Musical theater: an appreciation writes "The last song to be written for the show was "Edelweiss," a tender little homage to a native flower of Austria that has the effect of authentic Austrian folksong, much as "Ol' Man River" struck listeners as a genuine African American spiritual" Hugh Fordin in his biography of Oscar Hammerstein speaks of "the ability of the authors to simulate the quality of an authentic folk song..."Ol' Man River" had the ring of a black laborer's song...Thirty years later "Edelweiss was widely believed to be an old Austiran song, though Oscar...composed it for the Sound of Music."
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Happy Birthday today to Johanne Coates Richardson ('57) AND Steve Kiger ('66) of VA!
Happy Birthday tomorrow to Chuck Anspach ('60) of NC!
Happy Birthday this week to:
18 - Eileen Rash Vaught ('57)
Saunders (Hampton HS - '64) of VA;
21 -Carol Collier Sparrow ('63) of VA;
22 - Bruce Sims ('56) of VA AND Carolyn Clark Wilt ('57) AND Sandra Sherman Filippo ('57) AND Rochelle Spooner ('63) of NY!
|Many Happy Returns to You All!|
THIS DAY IN THE WAR BETWEEN THE STATES:
January 16, 1821 - John Cabell Breckinridge was born near Lexington, Kentucky.
January 16, 1854 - Kentucky Senator Dixon offered an amendment to the Kansas-Nebraska Act repealing the Missouri Compromise.
January 16, 1857 - George McClellan resigned from the U. S. Army.
January 16, 1861 - The Crittenden Compromise died on the floor of the Senate.
From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA - 01/15/11 - "2011 NOVENA":
Look at this closely:
You were chosen to receive this novena.
The moment you receive it, say:
Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven, give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.
GOD WANTED ME TO TELL YOU, It shall be well with you this coming year.
For all of 2011, all your agonies will be diverted and victory and prosperity will be incoming in abundance. Today God has confirmed the end of your sufferings, sorrows and pain because HE that sits on the throne has remembered you. He has taken away the hardships and given you JOY. He will never let you down . . .
I knocked at heaven's door this morning, God asked me, "My child! What can I do for you?"
And I said, "Father, please protect and bless the person reading this
message . . . . "
|Thank you, Norris Sweetie!|
From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 01/15/11 - "Dolphin and Dog - Lets Be Friends":
If a dolphin and a dog can be friends, why can't we? From the movie 'Zeus and Roxanne' (1997). Music: 'Song of the Seas' by Vangelis
Movie synopsis: Zeus the pooch and Roxanne the dolphin are able to communicate with one another. Working together they change the life of those around them. PS: The dog is a Portuguese Podengo. Around the 15th century, the breed was used aboard ships to catch vermin. They traveled everywhere with the Portuguese - they even sailed with the ships of Christopher Columbus.
|OH, WOW! This does give you a good case of the warm fuzzies, doesn't it?!? Thank you, Dearest Judy!|
From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 01/15/11 - "Satan":
|A few minutes before the church
services started, the congregation was sitting in their pews and
talking. Suddenly, Satan appeared at the front of the church.
Everyone started screaming and running for the front entrance, trampling each other in a frantic effort to get away from evil incarnate.
Soon the church was empty except for one elderly gentleman who sat calmly in his pew without moving, seemingly oblivious to the fact that God's ultimate enemy was in his presence..
So Satan walked up to the man and said, 'Do you know who I am?'
The man replied, 'Yep, sure do.'
'Aren't you afraid of me?' Satan asked.
'Nope, sure ain't,' said the man.
'Don't you realize I can kill you with one word?' asked Satan.
'Don't doubt it for a minute,' returned the old man, in an even tone.
'Did you know that I can cause you profound, horrifying AGONY for eternity?' persisted Satan.
'Yep,' was the calm reply.
'And you are still not afraid?' asked Satan.
'Nope,' said the old man.
More than a little perturbed, Satan asked, 'Why aren't you afraid of me?'
The man calmly replied, 'Been married to your sister for 48 years.
From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA - 01/15/11 - "A Real Man's Best Friend....":
|A real woman is a man's best
friend. She will never stand him up and never let him down. She will
reassure him when he feels insecure and comfort him after a bad day. She
will inspire him to do things he never thought he could do; to live
without fear and forget regret. She will enable him to express his
deepest emotions and give in to his most intimate desires. She will make
sure he always feels as though he's the most handsome man in the room
and will enable him to be the most confident, sexy, seductive and
No-- wait... Sorry... I'm thinking of whiskey. It's whiskey that does all that @#$%. Never mind.
Thanks, Norris Sweetie - you baaad!
From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 01/15/11 - "First Senior Moment":
First Senior Moment Ever Recorded
|Thanks again, Joyce!|
From http://www.SelfGrowth.com - 01/12/11 - "An Article on Letting Go":
Letting Go and Moving Forward
By Karim Hajee
Let's face it. Many of
us choose to hang on to things that at some point have hurt us, angered
us, made us feel sad, or depressed us. If we choose to hang on to them,
we will never move forward and we could even create physical or medical
damage to our bodies. To prevent this from happening we need to let
go...but no one really tells you how to let go and move forward. Sure
it's easy to say: "Just let go, move forward, forget about it, just let
go." But that really doesn't work. I'm about to show you how to let go
and start moving forward.
|DATES TO REMEMBER:|
1. Friday, January 28,
2011 - Tidewater Friends of Folk Music Coffeehouse - 7:00 PM Wesley United
Methodist Church, 2510 N. Armistead Avenue, Hampton, VA 23666 - SEE:
2. Thursday, February 3, 2011 - The NNHS Class of 1955 holds Lunch Bunch gatherings on the first Thursday of every month at Steve & John's Steak House on Jefferson Avenue just above Denbigh Boulevard in Newport News at 11:00 AM. The luncheon is not limited to just the Class of '55; if you have fiends in that year, go visit with them.
3. Wednesday, February 9, 2011 - The NNHS Class of June 1942 meets at noon on the second Wednesday of every other month for a Dutch treat lunch at the James River Country Club, 1500 Country Club Road. PLEASE JOIN THEM. Give or take a few years makes no difference. Good conversation, food and atmosphere. For details, call Jennings Bryan at 803-7701 for reservations.
4. Wednesday, April 13, 2011 - The NNHS Class of June 1942 meets at noon on the second Wednesday of every other month for a Dutch treat lunch at the James River Country Club, 1500 Country Club Road. PLEASE JOIN THEM. Give or take a few years makes no difference. Good conversation, food and atmosphere. For details, call Jennings Bryan at 803-7701 for reservations.
5. Saturday, April 30, 2011 - The NNHS Class will have a Luncheon. Team Leaders are Mickey Marcella (firstname.lastname@example.org - 757-249-3800), Betty Hamby Neher (email@example.com - 757-898-5099), and Dr. Harry Simpson (firstname.lastname@example.org - 804-694-0346). - CLASS OF 1954 6. Saturday, July 9, 2011 (6:30 PM to 11:30 PM) - The Class of 1971 will hold its 40-Year Reunion at Newport News Marriott at City Center, 740 Town Center Drive, Newport News. For details, contact Richard Rawls at Richard@Rawls.com - CLASS OF 1971
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Y'all take good care of each other! TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!
Love to all, Carol
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Music by Richard Rodgers (28 June 1902 - 30 Dec 1979)
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II (12 July 1895 - 30 Aug 1960)
The Sound of Music,
Every morning you greet me
Small and white clean and bright
You look happy to meet me
Blossom of snow may you bloom and grow
Bloom and grow forever
Bless my homeland forever.
CAPTAIN, MARIA, THE CHILDREN AND CHORUS:
Small and white clean and bright
You look happy to meet me
Blossom of snow may you bloom and grow
Bloom and grow forever
Bless my homeland forever
"Edelweiss" midi courtesy of http://alien98.tripod.com/show.htm - 01/18/11 (sic)
"Edelweiss" lyrics courtesy of http://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/r/rodgers_and_hammerstein/edelweiss.html - 01/18/11 (sic)
Image of Edelweiss courtesy of - http://ubiquitous-ly.com/tag/ideas/ - 01/18/11 (sic)
Flower Bar 59 Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.angelfire.com/pa/FlaminJune/Flowerlines4.html - 01/19/11 (sic)
Animated Tiny Birthday Cake clip art
Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of
VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!
Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of
Replaced courtesy of http://www.hamptonhigh1964.com - 02/17/09
Animated Rolling Cat clip art courtesy of http://www.cybergata.com/anim.htm - page 14 - 11/14/09
Animated Laughing Frog courtesy
of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon of VA - 05/31/08
Rolling on the Floor
Laughing Smiley clip art courtesy of Jerry ('65) and Judy Phillips ('66) Allen
of VA - 08/13/10
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