11/17/16 - NNHS Newsletter - I Say a Little Prayer
one is a firmer believer in the power of prayer than the devil;
- Guy H. King
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
Here's a nice peaceful golden oldie for you. I don't know about you, but I myself could do with a few peaceful feelings right about now, and I'm sure we could all use a few prayers as well.
BONUS - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kafVkPxjLYg - I Say a Little Prayer - Dionne Warwick, 1967
|"I Say a Little Prayer" (sometimes erroneously rendered as "I
Say a Little Prayer for You") is a song
Burt Bacharach and
Dionne Warwick, originally peaking at number four on the U.S.
Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart in December 1967.
Intended by lyricist Hal David to convey a woman's concern for her beau who's serving in Vietnam, "I Say a Little Prayer" was recorded by Dionne Warwick in a 9 April 1966 session. Although Bacharach's recordings with Warwick typically took no more than three takes (often only taking one), Bacharach did ten takes on "I Say a Little Prayer" and still disliked the completed track feeling it rushed. The track went unreleased until September 1967 when it was introduced on the album The Windows of the World which largely consisted of older material; it was Scepter Records owner Florence Greenberg rather than Bacharach who wanted "I Say a Little Prayer" added to that album.  from which it had a single release in October 1967 as the intended B-side of the newly recorded track "(Theme from) Valley of the Dolls": however the brisk sound of "I Say a Little Prayer" which Bacharach disliked proved to be the comeback sound for Warwick as "I Say a Little Prayer" became the original favored side reaching #4 that December on the Billboard Hot 100 - Warwick's first Top Ten appearance since "Message to Michael" in the spring of 1966 - and also #8 on the Billboard R & B Chart and #4 on the Canadian Charts. "(Theme from) Valley of the Dolls" would become a hit subsequent to the success of "I Say a Little Prayer" reaching #2 in February 1968: Warwick's "I Say a Little Prayer"/"(Theme from) Valley of the Dolls" single would receive gold certification from the RIAA for sales of a million units becoming the only certified gold single of the first phase of Warwick's career.
"I Say a Little Prayer" b/w "(Theme from) Valley of the Dolls", became one of the most successful double-sided hits of the Rock era. Like several Bacharach compositions, both sides contains passages written in unusual time signatures. The verses of "Prayer" are constructed of 2 successive measures of 4/4, a measure of 10/4 (using 4/4 + 2/4 + 4/4), and 2 final measures of 4/4. The chorus is in 11/4 (using 4/4 + 3/4 + 4/4).
"Hear my prayer, O Lord, give ear to my supplications: in thy faithfulness answer me, and in thy righteousness."
1. From Candy Hixson Whitley (Ferguson HS - '68) of VA - 11/15/16, 1:02 PM:
|Would appreciate thoughts
and prayers for my sweet monster-in-law, as she calls herself.
She has dementia but I am happy to say to those of you who have known Mary Whitley (mother of David Whitley - '67 - of VA), she still retains her wicked and hilarious sense of humor. Very late Saturday night she fell at the nursing home and broke her hip. She had surgery around noon Sunday. She came through it very well. What recovery lies ahead, I'm not sure. She's not very aware right now, don't know a release date from Riverside. She is 87 but in better shape than I am at 66. She did all the walking and water classes I didn't do for many years and still has continuing to walk the halls of James River. I don't want her to suffer through Rehabilitation although I'm sure they'll be gentle considering her circumstances....
Oh, NO! Thank you, Candy!
2.From Butch Ragland ('63) of CO - 11/16/16, 7:46 AM:
|I am happy to
report that my wife, Ethel, came through her knee replacement
surgery without any problems and may be ready for rehab by later this
afternoon! A minor problem had been expected but once our surgeon got in
there, he found that all was OK! This is a great answer to prayer for
this old man! Thanks to each of you for your prayers! God Bless each of
GREAT! Thank you for this super news, Butch!
Happy Birthday today to Ronald Creech ('57) AND Wayne Gaskill ('63)!
Happy Birthday this week to:
21 -June Veneris Collie (Hampton HS - '62) of VA AND Jimmy Hines ('64) of VA AND the late Rose Woodard Groff ('65) (deceased 10/14/84);
23 - Sandra Ray ('61) of VA AND John Howard ('66) of VA AND Peggy Cooke Wolfley ('71) of VA AND the late Fayetta Covert Stansbury (NNHS / Ferguson HS - '72) (deceased 06/03/10);
24 - Sharon Hilsdon Bryant ('68) of VA!
Many Happy Returns, One and All!
THIS DAY IN WWII:
November 17, 1939
November 17, 1939 - NineCzech students were executed as a response to anti-Nazi demonstrations prompted by the death of Jan Opletal. In addition, all Czech universities were shut down and over 1200 Czech students sent to concentration camps. Since this event, International Students' Day is celebrated in many countries, especially in the Czech Republic.
November 17, 1941 - Joseph C. Grew, U.S. ambassador to Japan, cabled the U.S. State Department that he had heard that Japan had prepared a plan to attempt a surprise attack at Pearl Harbor. The attack was "planned, in the event of trouble with the United States."
|Thursday, November 17, 1966 - Basketball player and manager
Alvin Patrimonio was born Alvin Vergara Patrimonio in the
Thursday, November 17, 1966 - Singer-songwriter and guitarist Jeff Buckley was born Jeffrey Scott Buckley in Orange, California. On 29 May 1997, while awaiting the arrival of his band from New York, he drowned during a spontaneous evening swim, fully clothed, in the Mississippi River near Memphis, Tennessee when he was caught in the wake of a passing boat; his body was found on 04 June 1997. He was 30 years old.
From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 09/08/16 - "Spectacular Pictures (#17 in a series of 40)":
Here are several really nice
photos to enjoy.
WOWZERS! Thank you, Billy!
BONUS NOVEMBER DECORATING IDEA:
http://www.squidoo.com/easy-baby-crochet-hat-patterns - Easy Baby Hat Patterns
|BONUS THANKSGIVING RECIPE: