06/28/16 - NNHS Newsletter -
“Keep your face always toward the sunshine -
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
Could you go anywhere in 1958 without hearing this song?!?
BONUS #1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-DVi0ugelc
- Nel blu di pinto di blu (Volare) - Domenico Modugno, 1958
BONUS #2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mkWhkKVvqHU - Nel blu di pinto di blu (Volare) - Dean Martin
"Nel blu dipinto di blu" ("I paint the sky with blue"), popularly known as "Volare" (Italian for the infinitive form of the verb "to fly"), is Domenico Modugno's signature song.
Modugno's recording became the first Grammy winner for the Grammy Award for Record of the Year and Grammy Award for Song of the Year in 1958. It is the only foreign-language recording to achieve this honor. It spent five non-consecutive weeks atop the Hot 100 in August and September 1958 and was Billboard's number-one single for the year. It is one of only three one-hit wonders to become single of the year in the history of the Hot 100 (followed by "Stranger on the Shore" by Acker Bilk in 1962 and "Bad Day" by Daniel Powter in 2006).
Written by Domenico Modugno (music and lyrics) and Franco Migliacci (lyrics), "Nel blu dipinto di blu" was presented by Domenico Modugno and Johnny Dorelli at the 1958 Sanremo Music Festival, winning the contest and achieving instant popularity. It was then chosen to represent Italy at the 1958 Eurovision Song Contest, where it came third.
The song is a ballad in a dramatic chanson style, in which Modugno describes the feeling he has, which resembles flying when with his lover. The song opens with a surreal prelude which the cover versions often left out: "Penso che un sogno così non ritorni mai più. Mi dipingevo le mani e la faccia di blu; poi d'improvviso venivo dal vento rapito, e incominciavo a volare nel cielo infinito." ("I think that a dream like that will never return; I painted my hands and my face blue, then was suddenly swept up by the wind and started to fly in the infinite sky.")
The English lyrics were written by Mitchell Parish. Alternative English lyrics were written in 1958 by Dame Gracie Fields, and they were used in most concerts she performed in from then until her death in 1979. She often changed the words to suit her performance and age.
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
THIS DAY IN WWII:
THIS DAY IN 1966:
Tuesday, June 26, 1966 - Painter and illustrator Peeter Allik was born in Põltsamaa, Estonia.
Tuesday, June 26, 1966 - Singer and songwriter Bobby Bare, Jr. was born Robert Joseph Bare, Jr. in Nashville, Tennessee.
Tuesday, June 26, 1966 - Actor and screenwriter John Cusack was born John Paul Cusack in Evanston, Illinois.
Tuesday, June 26, 1966 - Actress Mary Stuart Masterson was born in Manhattan, New York City, New York.
Tuesday, June 26, 1966 - Actress Sara Stewart was born Sara Scott Griffith in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Tuesday, June 26, 1966 - The 21st Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey, Mehmet Fuat Köprülü, (b. 05 Dec 1890) died.
“Complaining not only ruins everybody else's day, it ruins the
complainer's day, too. The more we complain, the more unhappy we get.”
(b. 02 Aug 1948)
From My #2 Son, Brent Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '90) of TX - 06/24/16 - "New Scout Patches!":
Joe and Jim with their new patches on their scout uniform. We had to get
Joe a brand new shirt because the old from one of his brothers was too
far gone to trade out patches.
Joe is ready to head off to camp for next week. Jim will have to wait till next year. But he did go to Webelos Woods up in Utah before he came back to El Paso, so that is good Scout fun!
|Friday, June 24, 2016 - El Paso, TX|
|Jim (b. 11 Sept 2005) and Joe (b. 12 Aug 2003) Harty|
Great job, eva'body! Ah, if only I had a dollar for all those scout patches I sewed on over the years!
FOR THE ARCHIVE:
From Butch Ragland
('63) of CO - 06/25/16 - "
(Hampton HS - '55)":
NNHS CLASS OF '65 WEB SITE: http://www.nnhs65.com
PERSONAL WEB SITE: http://www.angelfire.com/weird2/cluckmeat
Music by Domenico Modugno (09 Jan 1928 - 06 Aug 1994), 1958
and Franco Migliacci
“Nel blu dipinto di blu” midi courtesy of
http://rosemck1.tripod.com/jukebox-1950s.html - 06/27/10
Animated Tiny Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of
VA - 08/31/05
Navy Seal clip art courtesy of
http://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/06
Hillsboro High School's Topper (Band Version) clip art courtesy of
Laughing Jester Smiley clip art courtesy of Bill Hobbs
('66) of Northern VA - 10/06/09
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