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04/05/16 - NNHS Newsletter - Willow Weep for Me

Willow, in thy breezy moan,
I can hear a deeper tone;
Through thy leaves come whispering low,
Faint sweet sound of long ago--
Willow, sighing willow!

Felicia D. Hemans, Willow Song

(25 Sept 1793 - 16 May 1835)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

    It's a real toss-up which of these three artists has the loveliest version of this song.

BONUS #1 - - Willow Weep for Me - Julie London, 1962

BONUS #2 - - Willow Weep for Me - Frank Sinatra

BONUS #3 - - Willow Weep for Me - Ella Fitzgerald


"Willow Weep for Me" is a popular song composed in 1932 by Ann Ronell, who also wrote the lyrics. The song form is AABA and it is written in 4/4 time.[1] It is mostly known as a jazz standard, having been recorded first by Ted Fio Rito (with vocal by Muzzy Marcellino) in October 1932 and by Paul Whiteman (with vocal by Irene Taylor) the following month. Both were hits in December 1932.[2] It was a Top 40 hit for the British duo Chad & Jeremy in 1964; the song was released on their Yesterday's Gone album and reached No. 15 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 1 on the Adult Contemporary chart.[3]

One account of the inspiration for the song is that, during her time at , Ronell "had been struck by the loveliness of the willow trees on campus, and this simple observation became the subject of an intricate song".[2] The song was not initially accepted by publishers, for several reasons. First, the song is dedicated to George Gershwin; a dedication to another writer was disapproved of at the time, so the first person presented with the song for publication, Saul Bornstein, passed it to Irving Berlin, who chose to accept it. Other reasons stated for its slow acceptance are that it was written by a woman and that its construction was unusually complex for a composition that was targeted at a commercial audience (i.e. radio broadcast, record sales and sheet music sales).[1] An implied tempo change in the fifth bar, a result of a switch from the two quavers and a quaver triplet opening in each of the first four bars to just four quavers opening the fifth, then back to two quavers and a quaver triplet opening the sixth bar, which then has a more offset longer note than any of the previous bars, was one cause of Bornstein's concern.[1][4] Notable recordings continued from the early 1950s, following the success of Stan Kenton's 1950 release (with vocal by June Christy) of the song.[1][2]

"We're in an energetic cocktail-hour press reception in Manhattan during the JVC Jazz Festival. Providing background music an excellent but unannounced jazz trio plays Willow Weep for Me.

"'Did you hear the rumour about that tune?' Dan Morgenstern asks me. Had I heard ten rumours about the song there would only be one wise answer. 'No?'

"Dan is a rich fund of knowledge about jazz and about Manhattan. Odds-on he's going to tell me something new.

'Ann Ronnell, the composer, was seeing George Gershwin regularly when she wrote Willow Weep for Me,' says Dan. 'The story is that George actually wrote it, and made her a present of the copyright.'
"Who knows? With all that motivic repetition, the melody contains enough Gershwin thumb prints to give credence to the anecdote."


     Happy Birthday tomorrow to   Gerald Leonard ('66) of VA AND Aaron (Hank) Smith ('69)!

     Happy Birthday this week to:

07 -     Marc Snyder ('65) of NC;

09 -   Denise Roane (Hampton HS - '71) of VA;

10 -      Dale Parsons, Sr. (June '48) of VA AND    Skip Wood ('65) of NC;

11 -     Brownie Shaffer Haracivet ('62) of VA AND   Susan Avent Hill ('66) of VA AND    Kathy Cooper ('70) of VA;

12 - Harvey Weinstein ('57) AND   Richard Rawls ('71) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns to You All! 


April 05, 1566 - Two-hundred Dutch noblemen, led by Hendrick van Brederode, forced themselves into the presence of Margaret of Parma and presented the Petition of Compromise, denouncing the Spanish Inquisition in the Netherlands. The Inquisition was suspended and a delegation was sent to Spain to petition Philip II.


April 05, 1941 - German commandos secured docks along the Danube River in preparation for Germany’s invasion of the Balkans.

April 05, 1942 - The Japanese Navy attacked Colombo in Ceylon (Sri Lanka). Royal Navy cruisers HMS Cornwall and HMS Dorsetshire were sunk southwest of the island.

April 05, 1943 - American bomber aircraft accidentally caused more than 900 civilian deaths, including 209 children, and 1300 wounded among the civilian population of the
Belgian town of Mortsel. The target was the Erla factory one kilometer from the residential area hit.

April 05, 1944 - 270 inhabitants of the Greek town of Kleisoura were executed by the Germans.

April 05, 1945 - Yugoslav partisan leader Josip "Tito" Broz signed an agreement with the Soviet Union allowing "temporary entry of Soviet troops into Yugoslav territory".

April 05, 1946 - Soviet troops left the island of Bornholm, Denmark after an 11 month occupation.


Tuesday, April 05, 1966 - Guitarist and songwriter (Pearl Jam, Temple of the Dog, Mad Season, and The Rockfords) Mike McCready was born Michael David McCready in Pensacola, Florida.

Tuesday, April 05, 1966 - Public servant John Henry Starling (b. 15 Jan 1833 in Greensborough, Victoria, Australia) died in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia at the age of 83.

From My Friend, Susan, of NC - 04/04/16:

“Keep trying. Keep trusting. Keep believing. Keep growing. Heaven is cheering you on, today tomorrow, and forever.”

- Jeffrey R. Holland, April 03, 2016
(b.  03 Dec 1940)

  Thanks so much, Susan!

    From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 04/04/16:

  SO TRUE! Thank you, Joyce!

“The notes are right, but if I listened they would be wrong.”

- Eugene Ormandy, conductor
(18 Nov 1899 - 12 Mar

From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 04/01/16 - "Senior Mugs" (#5 in a Series of 16):
  GOOD ONE! Thanks, Billy!


This is insane. I thought there would easily be nine or ten free willow patterns to share with you. I've searched for at least 30 minutes, and I can't find any. I may have to design one myself..... -  Tereena Clarke's Weeping Willow - "This counted cross stitch pattern was created from a painting by Claude Monet. Only full cross stitches are used in this pattern." - NOT FREE, BUT USUALLY $9.95, ON SALE NOW FOR $7.96!



From - 04/04/16:

"Daddy, did you know that girls are smarter than boys?"

"No, I didn’t know that."

"See, there you go."


1. Wednesday, May 11, 2016 - 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.

2. Friday and Saturday, September 16 and 17, 2016 - The NNHS Class of 1966 will hold their 50-Year Reunion - OPEN TO ALL CLASSES. Friday Night: Meet and Greet at The Cove Restaurant, City Center, NN. Saturday Night: Marriott Hotel, City Center, NN.

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 04/04/16

BLOG: - updated 03/13/11

   Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER! 
We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol






Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309


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Willow Weep for Me

Written by Ann Ronell (28 Dec 1906 or 1908 - 25 Dec 1993), 1932

Willow weep for me
Willow weep for me
Bend your branches green along the stream that runs to sea
Listen to my plea
Hear me willow and weep for me

Gone my lovers dream
Lovely summer dream
Gone and left me here to weep my tears into the stream
Sad as I can be
Hear me willow and weep for me

Whisper to the wind and say that love has sinned
Left my heart a-breaking, and making a moan
Murmur to the night to hide its starry light
So none will see me sighing and crying all alone

Weeping willow tree
Weep in sympathy
Bend your branches down along the ground and cover me
When the shadows fall, hear me willow and weep for me

Oh, Weeping willow tree
Weep in sympathy
Bend your branches down along the ground and cover me
When the shadows fall, hear me willow and weep for me

"Willow Weep for Me" midi courtesy of - 04/04/07

"Willow Weep for Me" lyrics courtesy of - 04/04/07

 Image of Weeping Willow (Salix babylonica) courtesy of - 04/05/07

Animated Tree clip art used to form Divider Lines courtesy of - 04/05/07

Animated Tiny Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!

Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05
Replaced courtesy of - 02/17/09

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 - 05/29/06

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