- NNHS Newsletter -
“This is Christmas: not the tinsel, not the
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
Today's Newsletter's theme is one of my very favorites. I memorized all three verses when I was five years old. A couple of years later I taught myself the alto part as well. Back in the early '80s when we and our (then) five little boys went on trips in our 1973 Chevrolet Caprice Estate station wagon, we would sing Christmas carols (summer OR winter!) at the top of our lungs as we drove down the highways. We always began with this one - all three verses.
I hope you'll enjoy all seven versions I selected - my gift to you:
BONUS #1 - O Come All Ye Faithful - King's College Choir, 1983
BONUS #2 - O Come All Ye Faithful - Anne Murray
BONUS #3 - O Come All Ye Faithful - Libera, December 25, 2007
BONUS #4 - O Come All Ye Faithful - Casting Crowns, 2008
BONUS #5 - O Come All Ye Faithful - Celtic Woman, 2009
BONUS #6 - O Come All Ye Faithful - Josh Groban, 2010 (no video, just that gorgeous baritone voice)
BONUS #7 - O Come All Ye Faithful - The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra, 2012
|"Adeste Fideles" is a Christmas carol
which for some time has been attributed to
John Francis Wade in the English-speaking world.
However, many other possible authors exist.
The original four verses of the hymn were extended to a total of eight, and these have been translated into many languages. The English translation of "O Come, All Ye Faithful" by the English Catholic priest Frederick Oakeley is widespread in most English speaking countries.
Besides John Francis Wade, the tune has been purported to be written by several musicians, from John Reading and his son to Handel and even Gluck, including the Portuguese composers Marcos Portugal or the king John IV of Portugal himself. Thomas Arne, whom Wade knew, is another possible composer. There are several similar musical themes written around that time, though it can be hard to determine whether these were written in imitation of the hymn, the hymn was based on them, or they are totally unconnected.
The earliest existing manuscript shows both words and tune. John Francis Wade included it in his own publication of Cantus Diversi (1751). It was published again in the 1760 edition of Evening Offices of the Church. It also appeared in Samuel Webbe's An Essay on the Church Plain Chant (1782).
From Jimmy Dick ('65) of FL - 12/03/18, 5:16 PM, 12/05/18, 7:43 PM AND 12/19/18, @ 4:40 PM:
|So, today I got the diagnosis of
a writer's biggest nightmares: "Carpal Tunnel Syndrome." I had noticed
some problems recently and finally my wife convinced me to the to a good
specialist. But the good news is I can still write, I just have to
follow a few precautions. Thank goodness and right now I'll celebrate
with all of you...
Tests are done, blood tests and nerve tastes and I am blessed by good doctors. Get all results next Monday and probably surgery but compared to others with life threatening issues it is nothing. And I appreciate all your thoughts and prayers as they mean a lot...
Been a busy day and I'm too tired to really write, but I wanted to... let those of you who follow me know that my doctor says after the surgery on my hand next Friday I'll be able to type. He'll fit me with a covering bandage that will leave my fingers and thumb free and since I have an ergonomic keyboard it will work. He's a good man and I told him he didn't want to see me anytime when I can't write. That and coffee are a daily requirement.
EXCELLENT NEWS, Jimmy! We'll add you and your surgeon to our Prayer Roll anyone, because... that's what we do!
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Happy Birthday today toEllen Carney Manson ('63) of SC!
Happy Birthday tomorrow to Ray Stinnette ('63) of VA!
Happy Birthday this week to:
22 - Kitty Norman Haskins ('57) of VA AND Elliott Schlosser ('63) AND Dottie Pegram Daniels (NNHS / George Washington HS - '64) of WV AND Harry Barritt ('64) of VA AND Dale Mueller ('64) of VA AND Bill Rash ('67) of VA;
23 - Tom Flax ('64) of VA AND Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA AND Holly Hill Campbell (Hampton Roads Academy - '72) of VA;
24 - James Gay ('57) AND Ann W. Hutcheson ('57) AND Malcolm Davis ('65) of VA AND Sandye Jordan Frost ('67) of NC;
25 - Patsy Bloxom Meider ('57) of NC AND Doug Dickinson ('69) of VA;
27 - Gary Farnsworth ('58) of NV AND Anita Morgan Becker ('66) of VA!
Many Happy Returns, One and All!
THIS DAY IN WWII:
December 20, 1942 -Japanese air forces bombed Calcutta, India.
THIS DAY IN 1968:
|Thursday, December 20, 1968 - The
Zodiac Killer killed Betty Lou Jenson and David Faraday in
Thursday, December 20, 1968 - Novelist, short story writer, and Nobel Prize laureate John Steinbeck (b. John Ernst Steinbeck, Jr. on 27 Feb 1902 in Salinas, California) died of heart disease and congestive heart failure in New York City, New York at the age of 66.
From My Friend, Daniel, of UT - 12/19/14:
|“I greet you at this
Christmas Season, in love and fellowship, and with a prayer that our
Eternal Father will look down upon you in mercy and pour out His
bounteous blessings upon you.
“In these times when iniquity abounds, when there are great tribulations on the earth, when there are wars and rumors of wars, we are all in need, as never before, of the guiding and preserving care of the Lord. . . .
“. . . I now pray that at this Christmas Season, and at all times, we may center our faith in the Son of God and gain for ourselves that peace which passeth understanding.”
Joseph Fielding Smith
Thanks so much, Daniel!
From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 12/20/18:
|Thank you, Joan!|
From Jimmy Dick ('65) of FL - 12/20/18, @ 5:45 AM:
We have heavy rain all day on this
December 20th and I know it means a rough slog in the barn. But
I am anything but gloomy because I will have the use of my bad
hand even right after surgery........for typing, no lifting. Oh,
I can figure out a way to deliver the feed and store it, but I
could never figure out a way to do what I truly love, WRITE,
without my hands for I'm not a guy who can operate with the
"recording thing." So the stories, books and snippets will keep
on coming and doing so will always keep me upbeat and cheerful,
positive and smiling, no matter what the weather may do...
Thank you, Jimmy! Merry Christmas!
is hard. After all, it kills you.”