|12/29/10 - NNHS Newsletter - Winter Wonderland|
“O Winter! ruler of the inverted year, . . .
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
In view of the unusual weather conditions which are affecting much of the country at the moment, it seemed only natural to repeat the Newsletter theme from exactly four years ago today, as well as just last year:
BONUS #1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ngcAuqshkqE - Winter Wonderland - Ray Conniff Singers
BONUS #2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=laZdtffMevI - Winter Wonderland - Perry Como and Ann Blyth, 1958
BONUS #3 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zifGp5KTBKg - Winter Wonderland - Bing Crosby
BONUS #4 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SHE0Jo82_34 - Winter Wonderland - Doris Day
BONUS #5 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lkFP0VwpPRY - Winter Wonderland - Dean Martin
BONUS #6 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JE8D52xD4uw - Winter Wonderland - Pat Boone
BONUS #7 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XWoMoHez3CY - Winter Wonderland - Elvis Presley
BONUS #8 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FoO12Eew5W0 - Winter Wonderland - Johnny Mathis
BONUS #9 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8hFfU0ldxKY - Winter Wonderland - Eurythmics
BONUS #10 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lHTE_QQOct8 - Winter Wonderland - Jason Mraz
Unless you find this to be one of the top five most annoying holiday songs of all time as reported recently by a news poll I heard, you should be able to find a version there that you remember and enjoy.
My personal candidate for the most obnoxious Christmas song is Feliz Navidad:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMtuVP8Mj4o - Feliz Navidad - Jose Feliciano
It makes me want to throw something.
Every year without fail when this comes on the radio, my sister, Eleanor Buckley Nowitzky ('59) of NC, calls me up to play it to me over the phone, and this year was no exception. Thanks, Eleanor!
|"Winter Wonderland" is a winter song, popularly treated as a
pop standard, written in 1934 by
Felix Bernard (composer) and
Richard B. Smith (lyricist).
Through the decades it has been recorded by over
150 different artists.
Dick Smith, a native of Honesdale, Pennsylvania, was reportedly inspired to write the song after seeing Honesdale's Central Park covered in snow. Mr. Smith had written the lyrics while in the West Mountain Sanitarium, being treated for tuberculosis, better known back then as consumption. The West Mountain Sanitarium is located off N. Sekol Ave. in Scranton, Pennsylvania.
The original recording was by Richard Himber and his Hotel Carelton Orchestra on RCA Bluebird in 1934. At the end of a recording session with time to spare, it was suggested that this new tune be tried with an arrangement provided by the publisher. This excellent "studio" orchestra included many great New York studio musicians including the legendary Artie Shaw. The biggest chart hit at the time of introduction was Guy Lombardo's orchestra, a top ten hit. Singer-songwriter Johnny Mercer took the song to #4 in Billboard's airplay chart in 1946. The same season, Perry Como hit the retail top ten. Como would record a new version for his 1959 Christmas album.
Due to its seasonal theme, "Winter Wonderland" is often regarded as a Christmas song in the Northern Hemisphere, although the holiday itself is never mentioned in the lyrics. There is a mention of "sleigh-bells" several times, implying that this song refers to the Christmas period...
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Happy Birthday today to Roy Tate ('57)!
Happy Birthday tomorrow to William Gwynn ('57) AND Ron Miller ('59) of NC AND (if Plaxo is to be believed) Carole Althaus Tanenhaus ('65) of MD AND Sarah Stewart Vance ('69) of VA!
Happy Birthday this week to:
31 - Pat Floyd Pride ('62) of VA
31 - Pat Floyd Pride ('62) of VA ANDSusie Overton Jones ('63) of VA AND (again, if Plaxo is to be believed) David Rosenwasser ('64) of MO;
01 - Gloria Hand Burns ('57);
04 - Norma Howell Morgan ('57) AND Bill Bost ('61) of NC;
05 - Carolyn McCormick Holmes ('57)AND Cammie Dick Gibson ('57) AND the late Doc Hudson (Warwick HS - '60) of VA!
|Many Happy Returns to You All!|
THIS DAY IN WWII:
THIS DAY IN 1965:
|Wednesday, December 29, 1965 - Filming began on Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey in England.|
From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA - 08/05/10 - "Vote for Grace (REPEATED)":
This is my daughter Laura's dog in a contest to be on the cover of a bag
of dog food.
Vote every day for Grace. Thanks.
Oh, Laura is your daughter, Norris! Well, that makes it all the more important!
Grace was named the September 2010 People's Choice! We only have 3 more days to vote for Grace!
It only takes about two seconds to cast your allotted daily vote)!!!All that is necessary for Dollar to win is that Typhoons do nothing to help Grace!