lucky you - your browser doesnt play annoying midis

Provide free mammograms!
01/16/14 - NNHS Newsletter - Edelweiss

“I will be the gladdest thing
Under the sun!
I will touch a hundred flowers
And not pick one.” 

- Edna St. Vincent Millay, “Afternoon on a Hill” 
(28 Feb 1892 - 19 Oct 1950)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   I love this song.

BONUS - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sFHujvkacNY - Edelweiss - Bill Lee dubbing for Christopher Plummer


From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edelweiss_%28song%29

"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,[1] 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.[2] 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.[3] 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 [4] (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.[5] 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"[6] 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."[7]


THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:

     Happy Birthday today to   Johanne Coates Richardson ('57) AND Howard Smith ('63) of VA  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) AND    F.A. Saunders (Hampton HS - '64) of VA;

20 - Ware Morrison ('63) 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;

23 -     Chandler Nelms (Hampton HS - '63) of MD!
 
   Many Happy Returns to You All!

http://www.nnhs65.com/Happy-Birthday.html 


THIS DAY IN WWII:

January 16, 1944 - Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower took command of the Allied invasion force in London.

January 16, 1945 - Adolf Hitler moved into his underground bunker, the so-called Führerbunker.


THIS DAY IN 1964:

Thursday, January 16, 1964 - Hello, Dolly! (musical) starring Carol Channing opened on Broadway, beginning a run of 2,844 performances.

Thursday, January 16, 1964 - Pop singer, composer and showman Deyan Nedelchev was born Deyan Angelov Nedelchev in Ruse, Bulgaria


   From F.A. Saunders (Hampton HS - '64) of VA - 01/15/14 - "Last chance to vote for my recipe":

The deadline for casting your vote for my recipe to win Dr. Fuhrman's contest and win a Vitamix is tomorrow so please go to the following link and "like" the recipe on facebook. I thank you for helping me win this. Pass the link to your friends and ask them to like it too. I will let you know if I won. Fingers are crossed guys, come on, we can do it :)))

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10153716115635360

  
COOL! Best wishes, F.A.!


    From Jimmy Smith ('62 / '63) of VA - 01/15/14 - "MUST SEE & HEAR THE COOLEST JUKE BOX EVER":

THE COOLEST JUKE BOX EVER

http://www.1959bhsmustangs.com/VideoJukebox.htm

   This is so nifty! Thanks, Jimmy!


BONUS EDELWEISS CROCHET PATTERN:

http://melibondre.com/blog/?p=3031



      
From George Helliesen ('61) of MI - 12/20/13 - "One Word Essays (#26 in a Series of 28)": 

  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!

Tradition
 


       From George Helliesen ('61) of MI - 01/04/14 - "Paws for a Smile (#12 in a Series of 17)":

  Paws for a smile.......

You can’t help but smile.

     AWWW! How adorable! Thanks, George!

 

 
 


FINALLY:

From http://www.ajokeaday.com - 01/15/14:

A Taliban was sitting in a cave when  over a dune he heardthe voice of one American solider: "One American solider is better then 10 Taliban fighters," so the Taliban angry sent over ten of his high-ranking soldiers. After a lot of gun fire and yelling and screams of agony the Taliban heard the voice again.

"One American solider is better then 100 Taliban fighters."

So the Taliban sent over 100 of his highest ranked soldiers sure of victory. After a lot of gun fire and yelling and screams of agony the Taliban heard the voice again.

"One American solider is better then 1000 Taliban fighters."

So the Taliban sent his toughest, meanest, personal guards over the dune. After hundreds of bullets fired, and explosions and the screaming and crying, it was over. The Taliban, now wondering what happened, went over the dune.

There he found a wounded Taliban solider who said, "Don't send anymore men! It's really a trap! There are really two of them!"


DATES TO REMEMBER:

1. Thursday, February 6, 2014 - 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 friends in that year, go visit with them.

2. Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - 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.  


PRAYER ROLL:

http://www.nnhs65.com/requests-prayers.html - updated 01/13/14

BLOG:

http://nnhs.wordpress.com/ - updated 03/13/11



Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309
915-780-3048
 


THREE WAYS TO DONATE:  

1. Visit the main page (http://www.nnhs65.com), scroll halfway down, and click on the Pay Pal Donate Button (nnhs65@gmail.com);

2. Go to www.PayPal.com, log in, select "Send Money (Services) to nnhs65@gmail.com; or

3. Just mail it directly to my home. Thanks!    
             


 Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol

==============================================

NNHS CLASS OF '65 WEB SITE: http://www.nnhs65.com

PERSONAL WEB SITE: http://www.angelfire.com/weird2/cluckmeat

==============================================



Edelweiss

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, 1959
 

CAPTAIN:
Edelweiss, Edelweiss
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
Edelweiss, Edelweiss
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
Edelweiss, Edelweiss
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 courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!

Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of http://www.geocities.com/agent99bm/ - 10/02/05
Replaced courtesy of
http://www.hamptonhigh1964.com - 02/17/09

Marine Corps Seal clip art courtesy of the late Herbert Hice of MI - one of my Famous Marines who served in the South Pacific during WWII.
Thanks again, Herbie!!

Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06 (still missing...)
Thanks, Al!
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
Thanks, Norm!

Back to NNHS Newsletters - 2014

Return to NNHS Class of 1965