04/05/18 - NNHS Newsletter - Willow Weep for Me
“Willow, in thy breezy
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
It's a real toss-up which of these three artists has the loveliest version of this song.
BONUS #1 - Willow Weep for Me - Julie London, 1962
BONUS #2 - Willow Weep for Me - Frank Sinatra
BONUS #3 - Willow Weep for Me - Ella Fitzgerald
|"Willow Weep for Me" is a popular song composed in 1932 by
Ronell, who also wrote the lyrics. The song form is AABA and it is
written in 4/4 time.
It is mostly known as a
jazz standard, having been recorded first by
Ted Fio Rito (with vocal by
Muzzy Marcellino) in October 1932 and by
Paul Whiteman (with vocal by
Irene Taylor) the following month. Both were hits in December 1932.
It was a Top 40 hit for the British duo
Chad & Jeremy in 1964; the song was released on their Yesterday's
Gone album and reached No. 15 on the
Billboard Hot 100 and No. 1 on the
Adult Contemporary chart.
One account of the inspiration for the song is that, during her time at , Ronell "had been struck by the loveliness of the willow trees on campus, and this simple observation became the subject of an intricate song". The song was not initially accepted by publishers, for several reasons. First, the song is dedicated to George Gershwin; a dedication to another writer was disapproved of at the time, so the first person presented with the song for publication, Saul Bornstein, passed it to Irving Berlin, who chose to accept it. Other reasons stated for its slow acceptance are that it was written by a woman and that its construction was unusually complex for a composition that was targeted at a commercial audience (i.e. radio broadcast, record sales and sheet music sales). An implied tempo change in the fifth bar, a result of a switch from the two quavers and a quaver triplet opening in each of the first four bars to just four quavers opening the fifth, then back to two quavers and a quaver triplet opening the sixth bar, which then has a more offset longer note than any of the previous bars, was one cause of Bornstein's concern. Notable recordings continued from the early 1950s, following the success of Stan Kenton's 1950 release (with vocal by June Christy) of the song.
|"We're in an energetic cocktail-hour press reception in Manhattan
during the JVC Jazz Festival. Providing background music an excellent
but unannounced jazz trio plays Willow Weep for Me.
"'Did you hear the rumour about that tune?' Dan Morgenstern asks me. Had I heard ten rumours about the song there would only be one wise answer. 'No?'
"Dan is a rich fund of knowledge about jazz and about Manhattan. Odds-on he's going to tell me something new.
'Ann Ronnell, the composer, was seeing George Gershwin regularly when she wrote Willow Weep for Me,' says Dan. 'The story is that George actually wrote it, and made her a present of the copyright.'
"Who knows? With all that motivic repetition, the melody contains enough Gershwin thumb prints to give credence to the anecdote."
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Birthday tomorrow to
Gerald Leonard ('66) of VA
Aaron (Hank) Smith ('69)!
Happy Birthday this week to:
07 - Marc Snyder ('65) of NC;
09 - Denise Roane (Hampton HS - '71) of VA;
10 - The late Dale Parsons, Sr. (June '48) (d. 07 Sept 2016) AND Skip Wood ('65) of NC;
11 - Brownie Shaffer Haracivet ('62) of VA AND Susan Avent Hill ('66) of VA AND Kathy Cooper ('70) of VA;
12 - Harvey Weinstein ('57) AND Richard Rawls ('71) of VA!
|Many Happy Returns to You All!|
200 YEARS AGO TODAY:
THIS DAY IN WWII:
April 05, 1941 - German commandos secured docks along the Danube River in preparation for Germany’s invasion of the Balkans.
April 05, 1942 - TheJapanese Navy attacked Colombo in Ceylon (Sri Lanka). Royal Navy cruisers HMS Cornwall and HMS Dorsetshire were sunk southwest of the island.
April 05, 1943 - American bomber aircraft accidentally caused more than 900 civilian deaths, including 209 children, and 1300 wounded among the civilian population of the Belgian town of Mortsel. The target was the Erla factory one kilometer from the residential area hit.
April 05, 1944 - 270 inhabitants of the Greek town ofKleisoura were executed by the Germans.
April 05, 1945 -Yugoslav partisan leader Josip "Tito" Broz signed an agreement with the Soviet Union allowing "temporary entry of Soviet troops into Yugoslav territory".
April 05, 1946 - Soviet troops left the island ofBornholm, Denmark after an 11 month occupation.
THIS DAY IN 1968:
|Thursday, April 05, 1968 - Singer-songwriter and pianist Paula Cole was born in Rockport, Massachusetts.|
|“Keep trying. Keep
trusting. Keep believing. Keep growing. Heaven is cheering you on, today
tomorrow, and forever.”
Jeffrey R. Holland,
April 03, 2016
Thanks so much, Susan!
From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 08/24/17:
|Thank you again, Joan!|
From the Head Flagtwirler of 1965, Janice McCain Rose of Northern VA - 04/04/18:
ABSOLUTELY! Thank you, Janice!
From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 04/04/18:
YOWZERS! Thank you, Joyce!
|“The notes are right,
but if I listened they would be wrong.”
From Wayne Agee
('58) of FL - 03/09/18 - "I
Can Relate to These!" (#16 in a Series of 20):
BONUS WILLOW SQUARE CROCHET PATTERNTUTORIAL:
BONUS WILLOW KNIT PATTERN:
|Marianna's Willow Baby Hat - "The Willow Baby Hat is a blue beauty perfect for any little bundle of joy in your life. The basket weave detail of this knit baby hat is very striking and the design can be altered to fit most baby's heads. Using DK weight yarn and 4mm needles, you will be able to work up this sweet knit hat pattern in no time. It's important to keep baby's head warm in order to regulate his or her body temperature and this adorable pattern certainly does the trick. Choose the striking blue color or any other hue you desire and have fun making this versatile baby hat knitting pattern."|
BONUS WILLOW CROSS STITCH PATTERNS:
This is insane. I thought there would easily be nine or ten free willow
patterns to share with you. I've searched for at least 30 minutes, and I
can't find any.
I may have to design one myself.....
Weeping Willow by Tereena Clarke - "This counted cross stitch pattern was created from a painting by Claude Monet. Only full cross stitches are used in this pattern." - NOT FREE, BUT USUALLY $9.95, ON SALE NOW FOR $7.96!
Blue Willow - ALSO NOT FREE, BUT ONLY $5.00.
BONUS TEARS RECIPES:
From http://www.ajokeaday.com - 04/04/18:
DATES TO REMEMBER:
PERSONAL WEB SITE: http://www.angelfire.com/weird2/cluckmeat ==============================================
Willow Weep for Me
Written by Ann Ronell (28 Dec 1906 or 1908 - 25 Dec 1993), 1932
"Willow Weep for Me" midi courtesy ofhttp://www.geocities.com/SunsetStrip/Bistro/8270/ - 04/04/07
"Willow Weep for Me" lyrics courtesy of http://www.sing365.com/music/lyric.nsf/Willow-Weep-For-Me-lyrics-Frank-Sinatra/AAB479CB6EA36D564825692000067861
Image of Weeping Willow (Salix babylonica) courtesy of http://www.arborday.org/Trees/TreeGuide/TreeDetail.cfm?ID=30
Animated Tree clip art used to form Divider Lines courtesy ofhttp://www.animationlibrary.com/animation/29909/Tree_shakes/ - 04/05/07
Animated Tiny Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!
Smiley courtesy of Janice McCain Rose ('65) of VA - 02/07/07
Jeffrey Holman's Image "A Drop in the Bucket" courtesy of https://tearsfromalonelygod.wordpress.com/2009/10/08/a-drop-in-the-bucket - 05/23/16