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04/05/19 - NNHS Newsletter - Willow Weep for Me

Willow, in thy breezy moan,
I can hear a deeper tone;
Through thy leaves come whispering low,
Faint sweet sound of long ago--
Willow, sighing willow!

Felicia D. Hemans, Willow Song

(25 Sept 1793 - 16 May 1835)

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 Ann Ronell, who also wrote the lyrics. The song form is AABA and it is written in 4/4 time.[1] 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.[2] 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.[3]

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".[2] 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).[1] 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.[1][4] Notable recordings continued from the early 1950s, following the success of Stan Kenton's 1950 release (with vocal by June Christy) of the song.[1][2]

"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."


   Happy Birthday tomorrow to  Gerald Leonard ('66) of VA AND 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!

April 05, 1818 - In the Battle of Maipú, Chile's independence movement, led by Bernardo O'Higgins and José de San Martín, won a decisive victory over Spain, leaving 2,000 Spaniards and 1,000 Chilean patriots dead.


April 05, 1941 - German commandos secured docks along the Danube River in preparation for Germany’s invasion of the Balkans.

April 05, 1942 - The Japanese 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 of Kleisoura 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 of Bornholm, Denmark after an 11 month occupation.


April 05, 1969 - Vietnam War: Massive antiwar demonstrations occurred in many U.S. cities.

April 05, 1969 - Basketball player Dinos Angelidis was born Konstantinos Angelidis in Vienna, Austria.

April 05, 1969 - Cyclist Viatcheslav Djavanian was born in Gyumri, Armenia.

April 05, 1969 - Footballer Pontus Kåmark was born in Västerås, Västmanlands län, Sweden.

April 05, 1969 - Swimmer Pavlo Khnykin was born in Yekaterinburg, Sverdlovsk, Russian SFSR.

April 05, 1969 - Footballer and manager Tomislav Piplica was born in Bugojno, SFR Yugoslavia.

April 05, 1969 - Writer and journalist Ravindra Prabhat was born in Mahindwara, Sitamarhi, Bihar, India.

April 05, 1969 - Actor and director Alberto Bonucci (b. 19 May 1918 in Campobasso, Italy) died in Rome, Italy at the age of 50.

April 05, 1969 - Novelist and 48th President of Venezuela, Rómulo Gallegos (b. Rómulo Ángel del Monte Carmelo Gallegos Freire on 02 Aug 1884 in Caracas, Venezuela), died in Caracas, Venezuela at the age of 84.

April 05, 1969 - SS officer Ain-Ervin Mere (b. 22 Feb 1903 in Vändra, Governorate of Livonia, Russian Empire) died in Leicester, England at the age of 66.

From My Friend, Susan, of NC -

“Keep trying. Keep trusting. Keep believing. Keep growing. Heaven is cheering you on, today tomorrow, and forever.”

- Jeffrey R. Holland, April 03, 2016
(b.  03 Dec 1940)

   Thanks so much, Susan!

From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 03/09/18:

   Thank you again, Joan!

From My Friend, Tina, of PA - 04/04/19:


Come learn of Jesus Christ from Living Prophets of God in our day—as they speak during General Conference (April 6 & 7, 2019). The beautiful music and inspiring messages always provide an uplifting experience.

For more details, see here.

   SUPER! Thank you, Tina!


 From Charlie Snead ('64) of NC - 04/04/19, 8:01 AM:


Never hurts to offer reminders.

   NO INDEED! Thank you so much, Charlie!


From the Head Flagtwirler of 1965, Janice McCain Rose of Northern VA - 04/04/18:


ABSOLUTELY! Thank you, Janice!


 From Alice Menin Daniels ('62) of Northern VA - 04/02/19, 6:58 PM:

   OOH! Thank you, Alice!

“The notes are right, but if I listened they would be wrong.”

- Eugene Ormandy, conductor
(18 Nov 1899 - 12 Mar

 From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 03/19/19, 10:31 AM - "Flowers (#5 in a Series of 21)":
Happy Spring!

"Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul."
~ Luther Burbank

   OOH, PRETTY! Thank you, Shari!



Willow Square


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."


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.



From - 04/04/19:

A wife served some homemade cinnamon rolls for breakfast and waited eagerly for her husband’s reaction.

When none was immediately forthcoming, she asked, “If I baked these commercially, how much do you think I could get for one of them?”

Without looking up from his newspaper, he replied, “About ten years.”


1. Every Tuesday, 7:30 AM - Male grads meet at Angelo's Restaurant on J. Clyde Morris Boulevard for breakfast and camaraderie.

2. Wednesday, May 08, 2019 -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.
3. Friday, August 2, 2019 - Sunday, August 4, 2019 - The NNHS Class of 1969 will hold their 50-Year Reunion at the Marriott at City Center in Newport News. Open to ALL Typhoons! The entire weekend - Friday night re-meet and re-greet with hor d’oeuvres served, a Saturday night dinner and dance and a Sunday morning breakfast - is $100 per person. CONTACT: Jean Baker Howell at for registration forms.

4. Friday, October 11, 2019 - Saturday, October 12, 2019 - The NNHS Class of 1964 will hold their 55-Year Reunion at the Holiday Inn Newport News - City Center (formerly the Omni). SEE:; CONTACT: David Spriggs at

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 01/08/19

BLOG: - updated 03/13/11

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

                          Love to all, Carol





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

"Never underestimate
the power of a drop
in the bucket."


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Willow Weep for Me

Written by
Ann Ronell
(28 Dec 1906 or 1908 - 25 Dec 1993)
, 1932

Willow weep for me
Willow weep for me
Bend your branches green along the stream that runs to sea
Listen to my plea
Hear me willow and weep for me

Gone my lovers dream
Lovely summer dream
Gone and left me here to weep my tears into the stream
Sad as I can be
Hear me willow and weep for me

Whisper to the wind and say that love has sinned
Left my heart a-breaking, and making a moan
Murmur to the night to hide its starry light
So none will see me sighing and crying all alone

Weeping willow tree
Weep in sympathy
Bend your branches down along the ground and cover me
When the shadows fall, hear me willow and weep for me

Oh, Weeping willow tree
Weep in sympathy
Bend your branches down along the ground and cover me
When the shadows fall, hear me willow and weep for me

"Willow Weep for Me" midi courtesy of - 04/04/07

"Willow Weep for Me" lyrics courtesy of

Image of Weeping Willow (Salix babylonica) courtesy of - 04/05/07

Animated Tree clip art used to form Divider Lines courtesy of - 04/05/07

Animated Tiny Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!

Animated Laughing Smiley courtesy of Janice McCain Rose ('65) of VA - 02/07/07
Thanks, Janice!

Bright Idea clip art (designed by Heather) courtesy of - 10/30/12

Jeffrey Holman's Image "A Drop in the Bucket" courtesy of  - 05/23/16

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