05/14/15 - NNHS Newsletter - My Way
"I would like to be remembered as a man who had a wonderful time
Francis Albert Sinatra
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
If today you have noticed that Frank Sinatra is on your mind, there's a very good reason for that. The Chairman of the Board, Ol' Blue Eyes himself, died seventeen years ago today at the age of 85.
BONUS - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sEbgB6X6S5c - I Did It My Way - Frank Sinatra
|My Way" is a song popularised by
Frank Sinatra. Its lyrics were written by
Anka and set to music based on the
French song "Comme
d'habitude" composed in 1967 by
Claude François and
Jacques Revaux, with lyrics by Claude François and Gilles Thibault.
Anka's English lyrics are unrelated to the original French song. Anka is
credited as a co-composer of "My Way" because he wrote entirely new
lyrics to the original Claude François/Jacques Revaux music. "My Way" is
often quoted as the most
covered song in history.
The lyrics of "My Way" tells the story of a man who is nearing death. He is comfortable with and takes responsibility for how he dealt with all the twists of his life while maintaining a respectable degree of integrity.
Paul Anka heard the original 1967 French pop song, Comme d'habitude (as usual) performed by Claude François, while on holiday in the south of France. He flew to Paris to negotiate the rights to the song. In a 2007 interview, he said: "I thought it was a bad record, but there was something in it." He acquired publishing rights at no cost and, two years later, had a dinner in Florida with Frank Sinatra and "a couple of Mob guys" at which Sinatra said: "I'm quitting the business. I'm sick of it, I'm getting the hell out."
Back in New York, Anka re-wrote the original French song for Sinatra, subtly altering the melodic structure and changing the lyrics:
Anka finished the song at 5am. "I called Frank up in Nevada - he was at Caesar's Palace - and said, 'I've got something really special for you.'" Anka claimed: "When my record company caught wind of it, they were very pissed that I didn't keep it for myself. I said, 'Hey, I can write it, but I'm not the guy to sing it.' It was for Frank, no one else." Despite this, Anka would later record the song in 1969 (very shortly after Sinatra's recording was released), in 1996 (as a duet with Gabriel Byrne, performed in the movie Mad Dog Time), and in 2007 (as a duet with Jon Bon Jovi).
Frank Sinatra recorded his version of the song on December 30, 1968, and it was rush-released in early 1969. It reached #27 in the U.S. In the UK, the single achieved a still unmatched record, becoming the recording with the most weeks inside the Top 40, spending 75 weeks from April 1969 to September 1971. It spent a further 49 weeks in the Top 75 but never bettered the #5 slot achieved upon its first chart run...
http://www.sinatrafamily.com/ - This assignment come with a built-in bonus or two of its own.....
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Birthday today to
Johnnie Bateman ('70) of VA!
Happy Birthday this week to:
17 -Don Coffey ('54) of VA AND the late Susan Whitt Vest ('66) of VA (deceased 06/16/10);
|Many Happy Returns to You All!|
May 14, 1940 -
Rotterdam was bombed by the
May 14, 1940 - The Netherlands surrendered to Germany.
TODAY IN 1965:
|Friday, May 14, 1965 - Author Eoin Colfer was born in Wexford, Ireland.|
From My Friend, Susan, of NC - 05/13/15:
|“When it comes to hating, gossiping, ignoring, ridiculing, holding grudges, or wanting to cause harm, please apply the following: Stop it! It’s that simple.”|
Thanks so much, Susan!
From Mayim Bialik (North Hollywood High School, CA - '93) of CA - 05/13/15 - "The First Thirty Days of Mourning My Father":
- The First 30 Days of Mourning My Father
My father died last month.
Thank you so very much for sharing this with us, Mayim! We always like to hear of the experiences and practices of others, and these are particularly valuable, especially right now when so many of us are mourning someone ourselves.
I was greatly impressed by this Orthodox tradition, as it reminds everyone to "please be gentle" with us while we are grieving. So often during this time of mourning we who are not Orthodox find others seem to expect us to simply carry on as though nothing has happened - but it has.
From My Friend, Susan, of NC - 05/13/15 - "5 Things Happy People Do Before Getting Out of Bed Every Morning":
- 5 Things Happy People Do Before Getting Out of Bed Every Morning by
Thank you so much, Susan! This must explain why I'm so happy!
I always, always do #1, 2, and 4; I try to remember to do #3; and, uh, I actually never considered doing #5.....
Four out of five's not too bad, though, right??
From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 05/13/15:
AMEN! Thank you, Joyce!
From My Friend, Evelyn Dudzinski Griffis (Mars Hill HS, PA - '75) of NY - 05/13/15 - Stop Complaining!"
you so much,
Just think how much more pleasant everyone's life would be if we all adopted this practice - because who among us actually enjoys listening to a constant harangue of complaints??
I personally would rather scrub toilets with a toothbrush - it's exhausting!
From Bobby Callis ('64) of WV - 05/13/15:
From Jimmy Hines ('64) of VA -
|Works for me! Thank you, Jimmy!|
Gunter (Ferguson HS - '66) of VA -
“More basses, because you are so far away.”
(18 Nov 1899 - 12 Mar 1985)
BONUS MY WAY CROCHET PATTERN:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8PZCoJ7_2D0 -Crochet Fedora "My Way" Hat, Part One
BONUS MY WAY RECIPES:
http://www.kqed.org/w/morefastfoodmyway/recipes.html - Jacques Pépin: More Fast Food My Way
From www.ajokeaday.com - 05/13/15:
After a woman's car had leaked motor oil on her
cement driveway, she bought a large bag of cat litter to soak it up.
|DATES TO REMEMBER:|
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 - 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
2. Wednesday, July 8, 2015 - 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.
3. Friday and Saturday, October 16 and 17, 2015 - The NNHS Class of 1965 will hold its 50-Year Reunion at the Marriott at City Center, 740 Town Center Drive, Newport News. Friday night will be open to all graduates of NNHS; Saturday night will be reserved for 1965 Class members and their guests. CONTACT: Lynn Walker Brothers @ firstname.lastname@example.org or Pauline Collins Shofner @ email@example.com.
http://www.nnhs65.com/requests-prayers.html - updated 05/11/15
http://nnhs.wordpress.com/ - updated 03/13/11
Love to all, Carol
Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309
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3. Just mail it directly to my home. Thanks!
My WayWords by Paul Anka;
And now, the end is near;
And so I face the final curtain.
My friend, I'll say it clear,
I'll state my case, of which I'm certain.
I've lived a life that's full.
I've traveled each and ev'ry highway;
And more, much more than this,
I did it my way.
Regrets, I've had a few;
But then again, too few to mention.
I did what I had to do
And saw it through without exemption.
I planned each charted course;
Each careful step along the byway,
But more, much more than this,
I did it my way.
Yes, there were times, I'm sure you knew,
When I bit off more than I could chew.
But through it all, when there was doubt,
I ate it up and spit it out.
I faced it all and I stood tall;
And did it my way.
I've loved, I've laughed and cried.
I've had my fill; my share of losing.
And now, as tears subside,
I find it all so amusing.
To think I did all that;
And may I say - not in a shy way,
No, oh no, not me,
I did it my way.
For what is a man, what has he got?
If not himself, then he has naught.
To say the things he truly feels;
And not the words of one who kneels.
The record shows I took the blows -
And did it my way!
Yes, it was my way.
"My Way" midi courtesy of http://wsdiyana.tripod.com/midi.html - 05/14/08
"My Way" lyrics courtesy of http://www.lyricsfreak.com/f/frank+sinatra/my+way_20056378.html - 05/14/08
First Frank Sinatra Image courtesy of http://studentweb.hunter.cuny.edu/~cderoma/ - 05/14/08
Second Frank Sinatra Image courtesy of http://www.javno.com/en/bestseller/clanak.php?id=102268 - 05/14/08
Gold Scroll Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.wtv-zone.com/nevr2l82/bars17.html - 03/21/06
Animated Tiny Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of
VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!
Marine Corps Seal clip art courtesy of the late
Air Force Seal clip art courtesy of
http://www1.va.gov/opa/feature/celebrate/milsongs.htm - 07/07/06
Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06 (still missing...)
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
Navy Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/06
Animated Hiding Mallard (by AF Artist - Josh Doohen) courtesy of http://www.animationfactory.com - 05/15/08
Laughing Jerry courtesy of Cookie Phillips Tyndall ('64) of VA - 06/14/06
Ferguson High School's Anchor clip art courtesy of
Steve Silsby (FHS - '72) of NC
Dancing Snoopy courtesy of Billy Turner ('65) of TX - 11/26/08
Thanks, Billy Turner!
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