- NNHS Newsletter - Bastille Day
“No dictator, no invader, can hold an imprisoned population
J. Michael Straczynski
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
Are you hearing the strains of La Marseillaise yet?
My mama, the late Maxine Frix Buckley (John Marshall HS - '25) (19 May 1908 - 15 Feb 1999), used to sing me the first verse of La Marseillaise every July 14. Unfortunately, I thought the title alone (much like the German umlauted "u") was virtually impossible for all but natives of the language to learn, so I never bothered to memorize the anthem myself. Add that to my list of life's regrets.
BONUS #1 - La Marseillaise, French National Anthem (French / English translations - complete with errors)
BONUS #2 - La Marseillaise, Roberto Alagna
BONUS #3 - La Marseillaise, Mireille Mathieu
BONUS #4 - La Marseillaise - Clip from Casablanca (1942) **** - At the behest of Victor Laszlo (Paul Henreid), the French resist the Nazis with an emotional rendition of La Marseillaise to drown out a group of German soldiers singing Die Wacht am Rhein.
"La Marseillaise" ("The [Song] of Marseille"; French pronunciation: [la maʁsɛˈjɛz]) is the national anthem of France. It was written and composed by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle in 1792 and adopted in 1795 as the nation's first anthem. It is also the first example of the European march style of anthem.
Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle wrote "La Marseillaise" in Strasbourg on 25 April 1792. Its original name was "Chant de guerre pour l'Armée du Rhin" ("War Song for the Army of the Rhine") and it was dedicated to Marshal Nicolas Luckner, a Bavarian-born French officer from Cham. It became the rallying call of the French Revolution and received its name because it was first sung on the streets by volunteers (fédérés) from Marseille upon their entry into Paris on 30 July 1792 after a young volunteer from Montpellier called François Mireur had sung it at a patriotic gathering in Marseille and the troops adopted it as the marching song of the National Guard of Marseille. A newly graduated medical doctor, Mireur later became a general under Napoléon Bonaparte and died in Egypt at 28.
The song's lyrics reflect the invasion of France by foreign armies (from Prussia and Austria) which was ongoing when it was written; Strasbourg itself was attacked just a few days later. The invading forces were repulsed from France following their defeat in the Battle of Valmy.
"La Marseillaise" was screamed during the levée en masse and met with huge success.
The Convention accepted it as the French national anthem in a decree passed on 14 July 1795, making it France's first; but it was then banned successively by Napoleon I, Louis XVIII, and Napoleon III, only being reinstated briefly after the July Revolution of 1830. During Napoleon I's reign Veillons au Salut de l'Empire was the unofficial anthem of the regime and during Napoleon III's reign Partant pour la Syrie. During the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries "La Marseillaise" was recognised as the anthem of the international revolutionary movement and in 1871, it was adopted by the Paris Commune. Eight years later in 1879, it was restored as France's national anthem, and has remained so ever since.
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Birthday tomorrow to
Carol Smith Saunders ('63)
Robert Fulcher ('64) of VA!
Happy Birthday this week to:
16 - the Cutest Girl in the Class of '65, Dianne Adams Puckette of VA;
18 - Bill Queensberry ('57) ANDMary Ellen Brewer ('57)! 19 - The late Dale Chestnut (Nakina HS, NC - '54) (d. 07/15/19) AND Mannie Smith ('57) AND Sylvia Midgett Mullins Brown ('70) of VA;
20 - Harlan Hamby ('57) AND Alan Jecmenek of TX;
Many Happy Returns, One and All!
THIS DAY IN 1970:
July 14, 1970 - Actor Preston Foster (b. Preston Stratton Foster on 24 Aug 1900 in Ocean City, New Jersey) died in La Jolla, California at the age of 69 following what The New York Times described as "a long illness"..
grateful heart is a beginning of greatness. It is an expression of
humility. It is a foundation for the development of such virtues as
prayer, faith, courage, contentment, happiness, love, and well-being.”
-James E. Faust
(31 July 1920 - 10 Aug 2007)
Thanks so much, Susan!
From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 07/14/17:
|Thank you, Joan!|
From Alton Jones ('66) of FL and NC - 07/13/20, 8:49 AM:
|Thank you, Alton!|
From My Cousin,
Jean Atkinson Mallory (Warsaw
HS / Rappahannock HS / John Marshall HS - '65)
of VA - 07/13/19:
Thank you, Jean!
We've long since established that I am weird, but I distinctly remember believing this same principle as a two-year-old, long before I had been taught any religious doctrine other than that found in my mama's frequent lullabies. I know many if not most people disagree with me, but I still basically believe that there is more that unites us than separates us in our beliefs; these things usually just carry different names.
From Carlene Matthews Vannoy ('60 / '64) of VA - 07/11/16:
“Even Napoleon had his Watergate.”
(12 May 1925 - 22 Sept 2015)
|BONUS BASTILLE DAY CROCHET PATTERNS:|
It’s Bastille Day. Crochet Something! - "Signet Ring"
Macarons, S'il Vous Plait - Surprise surprise, I am better at making crochet macarons than the real-deal edible versions. Not macarOOns mind you, but the delicate French macaron, an almond-based meringue sandwich cookie. (It feels demeaning to call it a “cookie”). I have baked chocolate and pistachio macarons, but they didn’t quite turn out perfectly, the meringue tops and bottoms falling a little flat. Since making them and tasting various macarons in New York, I always meant to design a crochet version…."
BONUS BASTILLE DAY KNITTING:
Bastille Day – Knitting in 18th Century France
BONUS BASTILLE DAY RECIPES:
Bastille Day Recipes
- "Vive la France! Instead of storming a
Parisian prison, march into that kitchen and get cooking... Liberté,
Égalité, Fraternité - And Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner: cook up a feast
worthy of King Louis XVI, but attainable to everyone of course! "
Quiche Lorraine - "It's a delicious way to start a meal!"
Bastille Day Recipes - "Fine Cuisine with Art Infusion - 'To cook is to create. And to create well... is an act of integrity, and faith.' "
A little boy thanked his grandfather for the set of drums
he bought him for his birthday. “They’re the best present I’ve ever had,” he
said. “They’ve already earned me $80.”
“Wow!”’ said the grandfather. “You must have learned to play them really well!”
“Not really,” said the boy. “But Mom gives me $5 not to play them during the day, and Dad gives me $5 not to play them in the evening.”
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