05/14/19 - 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 twenty-one years ago today at the age of 85.
BONUS - 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...
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 (d. 06/16/10); David Whitley ('67) of VA;
|Many Happy Returns to You All!|
THIS DAY IN WWII:
May 14, 1940 -
Rotterdam was bombed by the
May 14, 1940 - The Netherlands surrendered to Germany.
THIS DAY IN 1969:
|May 14, 1969 - Actress Cate Blanchett was born Catherine Elise Blanchett in Ivanhoe, Victoria, Australia.|
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!
|Thank you, Joan!|
From My Friend, Ann, of MO - 05/12/19, 12:32 AM:
is hysterical; I just keep looking at it and laughing and laughing!
The boy is absolutely right, though. Whatever would possess anyone to believe that the contamination of a nasty tomato could be removed so easily? Try as you might, there will always remain some disgusting bit of pulp or juice or those obscene seeds! Tomatoes should have the common decency to turn themselves into catsup or lasagna or something edible before coming near real food.
Once I saw someone bite into a ripe tomato as though it were an apple, with the expected result that it sprayed its nastiness all over his face! BLUCHH! I was so traumatized I had to go to bed for a week.
From Me ('65) of NC - 05/13/19:
“More basses, because you are so far away.”
(18 Nov 1899 - 12 Mar 1985)
BONUS MY WAY CROCHET PATTERN:
Fedora "My Way" Hat, Part One
BONUS MY WAY KNIT PATTERN:
Knitting My Way to My Happy Place
- "The subway delays were making my neck hot. I unzipped
my jacket and pressed a coldish hand against my throat. We’d been underground,
immobile, for what was now 10 minutes and my toe was tapping fast—a nervous
tic—on the inside of my snow boot. Next to me a woman sighed deep and looked at
her watch for what felt like the fifth time in a minute. It was rush hour and
the thing about rush hour is that you really are rushing: to home, away from
work, to family, or friends, or a couch. To leave behind the stress of a day
before you have to return to it tomorrow. I cursed the conductor and the train
system and New York City. I shook a fist in the air, but only in my head. Spite
can feel nice, momentarily, but it doesn’t do much. So, instead, I pulled out my
BONUS MY WAY RECIPES:
Jacques Pépin: More Fast Food My Way
From www.ajokeaday.com - 05/13/19:
I recently ran into an old student of mine, who
said, “I always liked you. You never had favorites."
DATES TO REMEMBER:
http://www.nnhs65.com/requests-prayers.html - updated 04/26/19
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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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!
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
Laughing Mouse clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 11/07/07
Laughing Kitty courtesy of Tom Flax ('64) of VA - 06/03/06
Animated Rolling on the Floor
Laughing Smiley clip art courtesy of Jerry ('65) and Judy Phillips ('66) Allen
of VA - 08/13/10
Girl courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 03/12/08
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
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