11/27/11 - NNHS Newsletter
Eddie Rabbitt's 70th Birthday
“Country music is Irish music.
Appalachian music was brought over by the Scotch
DearFriends and Schoolmates,
Ah, goody - another birthday celebration!
BONUS - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mMZ4amjbqhU - Eddie Rabbitt - I Love a Rainy Night
|"I Love a Rainy Night" is a
rock song by
Eddie Rabbitt. It reached number one on the
Billboard Hot 100,
Hot Country Singles, and
Adult Contemporary Singles charts in 1981. The song succeeded
Dolly Parton's song "9 To 5" at the #1 position on the
Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart - the last time that pop chart
featured back to back country singles in the number one position...
According to music historian Fred Bronson, "I Love a Rainy Night" was 12 years in the making. Rabbitt had a collection of old tapes he kept in the basement of his home. While rummaging through the tapes one day in 1980, he heard a fragment of a song he had recorded one rainy night in the late 1960s.
"It brought back the memory of sitting in a small apartment, staring out the window at one o'clock in the morning, watching the rain come down," wrote Bronson in The Billboard Book of Number One Hits. "He sang into his tape recorder, 'I love a rainy night, I love a rainy night.'"
Upon rediscovery of the old lyrics, Rabbitt completed the song (with help from frequent songwriting partners Even Stevens and David Malloy) and recorded it.
The end result included vivid descriptions of a man's fondness for thunderstorms and the peace it brings him ("I love to hear the thunder/watch the lightnin' as it lights up the sky/you know it makes me feel good") and a renewed sense of hope the storms bring ("Showers wash all my cares away/I wake up to a sunny day").
The song's other mark of distinction is its rhythm pattern of alternating finger snaps and hand claps, which was included with the help of percussionist Farrell Morris. Morris — according to "The Billboard Book of Number One Country Hits" — mixed two tracks of each to complete the record.
"I Love a Rainy Night" came in the midst of Rabbitt's peak popularity as a crossover artist. The follow-up to "Drivin' My Life Away" (No. 1 country, No. 5 Hot 100), the song was Rabbitt's only Hot 100 No. 1. However, he would continue having crossover success with the follow-ups "Step by Step" and "You and I" (the latter a duet with Crystal Gayle).
On Billboard's Hot Country Singles chart, it was his eighth out of 17 career chart toppers, spanning from 1976 through 1990.
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Birthday today to
Gayle Fallin Harris ('57)
Domi O'Brien ('64) of NH!
Happy Birthday this week to:
29 - Jimmy Key ('57) AND Randy Bearor ('64) of VA;
30 - Rip Collins ('65) of TN AND Sandi Bateman Chestnut ('65) of VA;
01 - My Daughter of Other Parents, Megan Fulmer Mansfield (Marshall HS, TX - 2002) of NC;
02 - Ann Lillaston Wilson ('57) AND Jimmy McDonald ('57) AND George Konstant ('65) of VA;
03 - The late Barbara Nell Howard Floyd ('67) (deceased 10/01/88);
04 - William D. Dangler ('57) of VA AND Howard Williamson (Hampton HS - '63) of VA!
Many Happy Returns, One and All!
TODAY IN THE WAR BETWEEN THE STATES:
Wednesday, Nov. 27,
From Fred Field (June '45) of CA - 11/26/11, 11:44 AM - "RE: Shackelford Auto":
Hello Carol, 11-26-11Thank you, Fred!
Re: Shackelford Auto:
See my input in http://www.nnhs65.com/10-06-10-NNHS-Te-Deum-Laudamus.html
Someone suggested searching for J. C. Holloway, Jr. possibly in Mobile, AL. I haven't followed up on this. Would like to hear about any contact with him.
Fred W. Field
Loma Linda & Fullerton, CA
From Mike Leonard ('68) of VA - 11/25/11, 12:49 PM - "RE: Shackelford Auto":
In response to the request for pictures of Shackelford Auto Company, I
was able to come up with a couple of ads from peninsula telephone
directories. Sadly, no photos but will pass along a scan of the ads. One
is from the 1945-1946 directory and the other is from June 1956.
Thanks for all you do and be
June 1956 Peninsula
Thank you so much, Mike! I have added these treasures to our permanent archive:
From Trent Sturgis of VA - 11/26/11 - "RE: Shackelford Auto":
you so much for helping me out. I greatly appreciate everything that you
and your friends did for me. I will print these out for my family and me
to share. Great find and I really appreciate it.
From Me ('65) of NC - 12/26/11 - "My New 33" Tall Indoor Snowman!":
|For the Christmas season, I really wanted a gigantic snowman to hang on the wall over the loveseat in my hearth room. This Jolly Snowman stocking design by Cylinda Mathews (which I thought I shared earlier, but apparently only imagined that part!) was just perfect, except it was only 16" tall.|
By using a large hook and three strands of yarn held together with one of thread, I was
able to increase his height to 33". Because of those
modifications, I had to crochet his eyes (rather than buying squiggle
eyes). Then for contrast, I added an orange carrot nose, gave him
three crocheted coal buttons, and I crocheted his cheeks rather than
using felt circles.
To give homage to my 35-year old interest in crochenitting, and to reinforce a red and white crochenitted stocking hanging nearby (Christmas Stockings), I replaced Cylinda's beautiful crocheted lacy red thread scarf with a crochenitted hunter green and white yarn one.
Finally I added Suzetta Williams' Holly Embellishment (see the Newsletter of 11/23/11) to his hat band:
Now I have exactly what I wanted all along!
From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 11/26/11 - "NAILS IN THE FENCE":
|NAILS IN THE FENCE
Make sure you read all the way
down to the last sentence (most importantly the last sentence).
The days passed and the young boy
was finally able to tell his father that all the nails were gone. The
father took his son by the hand and led him to the fence. He said, "You
have done well, my son, but look at the holes in the fence. The fence
will never be the same. When you say things in anger, they leave a scar
just like this one. You can put a knife in a man and draw it out. But It
won't matter how many times you say I'm sorry, the wound will still be
there. A verbal wound is as bad as a physical one."
Thank you, Dools!
From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 11/26/11 - "Happy Cows on Thanksgiving!":
|Do you think that the cows
like jazz, or are they just looking for a handout???
Check out this video!
This is just crazy! Thanks again, Dools!
From http://www.FlyLady.net - 11/26/11 - "Morning Musing: Reducing Stress":
One of the things that I do to take care of me is not ever getting in a hurry. I know that this does not seem like much, but slowing down keeps me calm.
Stress is one of causes chronic illness. When I take care of me and relieve stress by not getting in a hurry, I am on a road to wellness not illness. Little things like relieving stress, taking my vitamins, getting the proper rest and drinking my water help keep me healthy.
Everything I do in my life brings me joy. If it doesn't I discard it as if it were clutter. Clutter takes all forms! It invades our homes, our minds and our way of life. Learning how to weed out the clutter in our homes is just the beginning to finding our wings to FLY!
As the clutter leaves our homes, we find clear spaces. These open areas help us to slow down and enjoy the calm. Less clutter more peace!
We have a tendency to want it all fixed now. You joined our group looking for a way to get your home in order. The problem with wanting it now is that we are impatient. That means we are in a hurry. Hurry causes stress and stress produces more CHAOS and Clutter! Back on that vicious cycle; It is time for us to jump off of this not so Merry-go-round!
So how do we do this? I feel that the key to our new mode of transportation is taking care of ourselves. I know you don't believe me when you first join, but please don't get in a hurry. It takes time to give birth to a new life. I like to think that we are pregnant and in a few months we will have a newborn.
Your new life starts with nurturing yourself; eventually it will become a way of life. Start by practicing with us this week. You may find that you really enjoy it and when you take care of you; your home will almost take care of itself. I promise! This really does happen!
Are you ready to FLY?
P.S. This week I practiced what I have preached for years. I took three days to prepare our Thanksgiving dinner. I used my Holiday Control Journal to help me remember everything. I had my grocery list there, my cooking schedule and all my recipes. I did two things different this year and they was a huge success.
We got a testimonial about cooking the turkey the day before, slicing it up, putting it in a pan, pouring a little turkey broth over it and sealing it up in aluminum foil. I tried it! All I had to do was put it in the oven the next day to heat up. I also made the rolls on Tuesday. I allowed them to rise and cooked six pans of rolls. They were those aluminum foil cake pans with lids. They stored well and I was able to share the leftovers with my guests. All the pots and pans were washed before our guest got here.
I did something different with our clean up too. I took my time. I washed all my glasses and silverware. Then I put new dishwater in the sink and washed the china and serving dishes. I allowed it all to dry overnight.
Then on Friday Morning as I was watching the Hallmark Channel; during the commercials I would put things away. The kitchen was beautiful by 1:00pm. I kept up the commercial cleanups and decluttered a couple of drawers and washed some new dessert plates and cups for Christmas.
Over all this was the least stressful holiday dinner I have ever cooked. Even Robert noticed how laid back we all were.
CROCHET AND CROSS STITCH PATTERNS:
http://www.ajokeaday.com - 11/26/11:
|A passerby noticed a couple of city workers working along the city
sidewalks. The man was quite impressed with their hard work, but he
couldn't understand what they were doing.
Finally, he approached the workers and asked, "I appreciate how hard you're both working, but what the heck are you doing? It seems that one of you digs a hole, and then the other guy immediately fills it back up again.
One of the city workers explained, "The third guy who plants the trees is off sick today."
|DATES TO REMEMBER:|
1. Thursday, December 1, 2011 - 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
2. Wednesday, December 14, 2011 - 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.
3. Thursday, January 5, 2012 - 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.
4. Saturday, January 7, 2012 - 11:00 AM - The NNHS Breakfast Bunch will host a Breakfast Bunch Brunch at the Warwick Restaurant, 12306 Warwick Boulevard, (across from CNU) Newport News, Virginia 23606. "Please come join them for a Dutch Treat Brunch featuring a lot of 'War Stories' and maybe a lie or two. Everyone is welcome so bring your wife, husband, boy friend, girl friend, class mate, school friend or whomever you choose." Please RSVP to Bill Roady at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at 757-595-0716 so they have a head count.
http://www.nnhs65.com/requests-prayers.html - updated 10/22/11
http://nnhs.wordpress.com/ - updated 03/13/11
Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309
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I Love a Rainy Night
Written and recorded by Eddie Rabbitt (27 Nov 1941 - 07 May 1998), 1980
"I Love a Rainy Night" midi (Sequenced by Lacey J) courtesy of http://www.ajsmidi.com/allsongs_1/rainy_n.html - 11/28/11 (sic)
"I Love a Rainy Night" lyrics courtesy of http://www.allthelyrics.com/lyrics/eddy_arnold/anytime-lyrics-221810.html - 11/26/11 (sic)
FirstImage of Eddie Rabbitt courtesy of http://www.ajsmidi.com/allsongs_1/rainy_n.html - 11/28/11 (sic)
Second Image of Eddie Rabbitt courtesy of http://www.allmusic.com/artist/eddie-rabbitt-p1775 - 11/28/11 (sic)
Animated Musical Divider Line clip art courtesy of - well, I cannot seem to located that information at the moment.....
Animated Tiny Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 08/31/05
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!
Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of
Replaced courtesy of http://www.hamptonhigh1964.com - 02/17/09
Navy Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/06
Animated Frosty clip art courtesy of http://www.always-safe.com/merrylittle.html - 12/08/04
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