12/24/12 - NNHS Newsletter
Happy Christmas Eve!
“And Mary said, My soul doth magnify
- Luke 1: 46-49
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
Ever since I was a child, Christmas Eve has been one of my favorite days of the year, even more so than Christmas Day. I hope yours is a blessed one.
BONUS #1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FwWL8Y-qsJg - Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
BONUS #2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSZg6sQ5J2k - Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring - The Edinburgh Singers
BONUS #3 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iPeVIuRjUi4 - Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring - Celtic Woman
BONUS #4 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NfEXVMNY_sI - Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring - Joel Hastings, piano
BONUS #5 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5dC-LFe_WM - Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring - pipe organ
BONUS #6 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AkTKhnoBDto - Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring- elpols, guitar
BONUS #7 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DzXtTdsJLtQ - Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring - Well, this is... um.... different.....
|Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring is the most common English
title of the 10th
movement of the
Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147 composed by
Johann Sebastian Bach. A transcription by the English pianist
Hess (1890–1965) was published in 1926 for
piano solo and in 1934 for
The British organist
Peter Hurford made his organ transcription for the chorale movement
as well. Today, it is often performed at wedding
ceremonies as well as during Christian festive seasons like
Resurrection Sunday slowly and reverently. This is however,
apparently in defiance to the effect suggested by Bach in his original
for voices with
continuo. Written during his first year in
Germany, this chorale movement is one of Bach's most enduring works.
Much of the music of Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben comes from Bach's Weimar period. This earlier version (BWV 147a) lacked the recitatives, but included the opening chorus and the four arias incorporated into the later version. For Leipzig, Bach added three recitatives and the celebrated chorale movement which concludes each of the two parts.
Although it is the 32nd surviving cantata that Bach composed, it was assigned the number BWV 147 in the complete catalogue of his works. Bach wrote a total of 200 cantatas during his time in Leipzig, largely to meet the Leipzig Churches' demand for about 58 different cantatas each year.
Contrary to the common assumption, the violinist and composer Johann Schop, not Bach, composed the movement's underlying chorale melody, Werde munter, mein Gemüthe; Bach's contribution was to harmonize and orchestrate it. The frequent use of arrangements of the piece in modern weddings is in no way related to its scope or Bach's intent for it. Rather, it was one segment of an extended, approximately 20-minute treatment of a traditional Church hymn, as is typical of cantatas of the Baroque period...
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Happy Christmas Eve Birthday today to James Gay ('57) AND Ann W. Hutcheson ('57) AND Sandye Jordan Murray ('67) of VA!!
Happy Christmas Day Birthday tomorrow to Patsy Bloxom Meider ('57) of NC AND Doug Dickinson ('69) of VA!
Happy Birthday this week to:
27 - Anita Morgan Becker ('66) of VA;
29 - Roy Tate ('57);
30 - William Gwynn ('57) AND Ron Miller ('59) of NC AND (if Plaxo is to be believed) Carole Althaus Tanenhaus ('65) of MD AND Joyce Tedder Rossman ('68) of PA AND Sarah Stewart Vance ('69) of VA;
31 - Pat Floyd Pride ('62) of VA AND Susie Overton Jones ('63) of VA AND (again, if Plaxo is to be believed) David Rosenwasser ('64) of MO!
Many Happy Returns to You All!
THIS DAY IN WWII:
December 24, 1939 - Pope Pius XII made a Christmas Eve appeal for peace.
December 24, 1941 - Hong Kong fell to the Japanese Imperial Army.
December 24, 1941 - Kuching was conquered by Japanese forces.
December 24, 1942 - Jean François Darlan, French admiral and collaborator in the Vichy government, was assassinated in Algiers by French monarchist, Fernand Bonnier de La Chapelle.
December 24, 1943 - U.S. General
Dwight D. Eisenhower became the
Supreme Allied Commander.
December 24, 1944 - A German submarine torpedoed the Belgian transport ship S.S. Leopoldville with 2,235 soldiers aboard. About 800 American soldiers died. The soldiers were crossing the English Channel to be reinforcements at the battle that become known as the Battle of the Bulge
THIS DAY IN1962:
|Monday, December 24, 1962 - It was Christmas Eve then, too, but apparently nothing else momentous happened that day. We went to see my grandmother in Richmond, and I remember that I was wearing a pale blue Dacron dress and silver-tone earrings and brooch with two shades of blue rhinestones - which I still have. Here I am wearing the same dress on Mother's Day of 1961. As Dave Barry would say, "I am not making this up."|
From Butch Ragland ('63) of CO - 12/23/12 - "NNHS News Letter":
|Good Morning Carol,
I am writing again to support keeping the Memorial Editions of the News Letter! I realize it is a great deal of work but find this the only outlet that many of us who live outside our Virginia homeland have for keeping updated on our old friends and classmates!
Thanks again for the many long hours you put it on the News Letter and don't forget to contact me anytime you need assistance in keeping your computer and website up and running!
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to you and all of our Typhoon Family, and others who now follow the News Letter from other schools!
God Bless Everyone!
Butch Ragland, NNHS '63
Thank you so much for your repeated kindnesses toward me, Butch! We'll be keeping the Memorial Editions. I've always considered it an extreme honor and privilege to be able to make them. I just had come to feel that they were not of value to as many people as I had hoped and perhaps had outlived their time.
Merry Christmas and the Happiest of New Year's to you and Ethel!
From Brenda Amos Williams ('62) of VA - 12/23/12 - "Merry Christmas ++++++++++++++++++++":
I will be making a conscious effort to wish
a Merry Christmas this year ...
My way of saying that I am celebrating
The birth Of Jesus Christ.
So, I am asking my email buddies,
if you agree with me, to please do the same.
And if you'll pass this on to
Your email buddies, and so on... maybe we can prevent one more
American tradition from being lost in the sea of "Political Correctness".
In GOD we TRUST
Thanks so much, Brenda! Having wished one another Happy Hanukkah, Good Yule, and even Happy Festivus at the appropriate times this year as well because we like to celebrate everything together as one big happy Typhoon Family, it's time for Merry Christmas!
From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 12/22/12 - "NEW CHRISTMAS SONG....one of the best!":
|Beautiful story and song..
About the Song
http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=OExXItDyWEY&vq=medium - OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO
|WOWZERS! Thank you so much, Dools!|
BONUS CHRISTMAS STORY:
"The Story of Silent Night"Father Joseph Mohr sat at the old organ. His fingers stretched over the keys, forming the notes of a chord. He took a deep breath and pressed down. Nothing. He lifted his fingers and tried again. Silence echoed through the church.
Father Joseph shook his head. It was no use. The pipes were rusted, the bellows mildewed. The organ had been wheezing and growing quieter for months, and Father Joseph had been hoping it would hold together until the organ builder arrived to repair it in the spring. But now, on December 23, 1818, the organ had finally given out. St. Nicholas Church would have no music for Christmas.
Father Joseph sighed. Maybe a brisk walk would make him feel better. He pulled on his overcoat and stepped out into the night. His white breath puffed out before him. Moonlight sparkled off the snow-crusted trees and houses in the village of Oberndorf. Father Joseph crunched through the snowy streets to the edge of the little Austrian town and climbed the path leading up the mountain.
From high above Oberndorf, Father Joseph watched the Salzach River ripple past St. Nicholas Church. In the spring, when melting snow flowed down the mountains and the river swelled in its banks, water lapped at the foundation of the church. It was moisture from the flooding river that had caused the organ to mildew and rust.
Father Joseph looked out over the Austrian Alps. Stars shone above in the still and silent night.
Silent night? Father Joseph stopped. Of course! "Silent Night!" He had written a poem a few years before, when he had first become a priest, and he had given it that very title. "Silent Night."
Father Joseph scrambled down the mountain. Suddenly he knew how to bring music to the church.
The next morning, Father Joseph set out on another walk. This time he carried his poem. And this time he knew exactly where he was going -- to see his friend Franz Gruber, the organist for St. Nicholas, who lived in the next village.
Franz Gruber was surprised to see the priest so far from home on Christmas Eve, and even more surprised when Father Joseph handed him the poem.
That night Father Joseph and Franz Gruber stood at the altar of St. Nicholas Church. Father Joseph held his guitar. He could see members of the congregation giving each other puzzled looks. They had never heard a guitar played in church before, and certainly not during midnight mass on Christmas Eve, the holiest night of the year.
Father Joseph picked out a few notes on the guitar, and he and Franz Gruber began to sing. Their two voices rang out, joined by the church choir on the chorus. Franz Gruber's melody matched the simplicity and honesty of Father Joseph's words.
When the last notes faded into the night, the congregation remained still for a moment, then began to clap their hands. Applause filled the church. The villagers of Oberndorf loved the song! Father Joseph's plan to bring music to St. Nicholas Church had worked.
A few months later, the organ builder arrived in Oberndorf and found the words and music to "Silent Night" lying on the organ. The song enchanted him, and when he left, he took a copy of it with him.
The organ builder gave the song to two families of traveling singers who lived near his home. The traveling singers performed "Silent Night" in concerts all over Europe, and soon the song spread throughout the world.
Today, cathedral choirs and carolers from New York to New Zealand sing the simple song that was first played in a mountain church in Austria on Christmas Eve nearly 200 years ago.
-- By Dick Smolinski
BONUS CHRISTMAS CROCHET PATTERNS:
June Gilbank's Candy Cane - "This
candy cane crochet pattern is so fast and simple, it’ll take no time to
whip up enough to decorate your Christmas tree!"
http://www.bhg.com/christmas/crafts/crochet-mitten-gift-topper/ - Mitten Gift Topper - "A simple single crochet pattern makes these mini mittens a holiday delight."
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/quick-and-easy-christmas-ornament - Roswitha Mueller's Quick and Easy Christmas Angels
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/candy-cane-christmas-ornament Doni Speigle's Candy Cane Ornament - "Stitch a batch of candy canes for Christmas! Quick and easy to make. Can be used as ornament, or package decoration."
BONUS CHRISTMAS RECIPES:http://www.cooks.com/rec/view/0,2322,159189-239200,00.html - Pineapple Brown Sugar Glaze For Ham - I've used this recipe for forty-eleven years now, and I'm actually making it today for my Christmas Eve Dinner ham!
From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA
Stokes ('65) of VA
- 12/04/12 - "Live Like Someone
Left the Gate Open (#20 in a Series of 23)":
"Enter the Pearly Gates"
Three men die in a car accident on Christmas Eve. They all find themselves at the pearly gates waiting to enter Heaven. On entering they must present something relating or associated with Christmas.
The first man searches his pocket, and finds some Mistletoe, so he is allowed in.
The second man presents a cracker, so he is also allowed in.
The third man pulls out a pair of stockings.
Confused at this last gesture, St. Peter asks, "How do these represent Christmas?"
Answer... "They're Carol's."
Thursday, January 3, 2013 - The NNHS Class of 1955 holds
Lunch Bunch gatherings on the first Thursday of every month
at Steve & John's Steak House on Jefferson Avenue just above
Denbigh Boulevard in Newport News at 11:00 AM. The luncheon
is not limited to just the Class of '55; if you have friends
in that year, go visit with them.
3. Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 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.
http://www.nnhs65.com/requests-prayers.html - updated 12/17/12
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NNHS CLASS OF '65 WEB SITE:
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Please find a few minutes of your busy
schedule to support
Thank you so much!
Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309
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of Man's Desiring
Jesus bleibet meine Freude,
meines Herzens Trost und Saft,
Jesus wehret allem Leide,
er ist meines Lebens Kraft,
meiner Augen Lust und Sonne,
meiner Seele Schatz und Wonne;
darum lass' ich Jesum nicht
aus dem Herzen und Gesicht.
(from BWV 147, Chorale
movement no. 10)
(from BWV 147, Chorale movement no. 6)
Jesu, joy of man's desiring,
Holy Wisdom, Love most bright;
Drawn by Thee, our souls, aspiring,
Soar to uncreated light.
Word of God, our flesh that fashion'd,
With the fire of life impassion'd,
Striving still to truth unknown,
Soaring, dying, round Thy throne.
Through the way where hope is guiding,
Hark, what peaceful music rings!
Where the flock, in Thee confiding,
Drink of joy from deathless springs.
Theirs is beauty's fairest pleasure;
Theirs is wisdom's holiest treasure.
Thou dost ever lead Thine own
In the love of joys unknown.
"Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" midi courtesy of http://www.classicalmidiconnection.com/cmc/xmas.html - 12/22/07
"Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" German and English lyrics courtesy of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jesu,_Joy_of_Man's_Desiring -12/23/07
Image of Simon Dewey's "His Name Shall Be called Wonderful" courtesy of http://www.whatsaiththescripture.com/Jehovah/Glory_Majesty_Christmas.html - 12/22/07
Brown Carved Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.wtv-zone.com/nevr2l82/bars36.html - 10/10/05
Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of
Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of
VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!
Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06 (still
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
Marine Corps Seal clip art
courtesy of the late
Herbert Hice of MI
- one of my
Famous Marines who served in the South
Pacific during WWII.
Thanks again, Herbie!!
Navy Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/06
Animated Ringing Christmas Bell clip art (designed by Art Holden) courtesy of http://www.animationfactory.com - 12/08/05
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