Monday, June 23, 2014


Good Morning, Class of '64
Whispers - Tina Bohlman
Silence on a hill where the path
ended and then the forest below
moving in one long whisper
as evening touched the leaves.

William Stafford
As I lay me down to sleep, this I pray: 
that you will hold me dear. 
Though I'm far away I whisper 
your name into the sky, 
and I will wake up happy.
Ah! you are so great, and I am so small,
I tremble to think of you, World, at all;
And yet, when I said my prayers to-day,
A whisper inside me seemed to say,
"You are more than the earth, 
though you are such a dot;
You can love and think, 
and the earth cannot!
William Brighty Rands
Sharing Secrets, Afternoon Tea - John O'Brien
The Third Twenty
Top 100 Instrumentals of the Fifties

41. Rebel Rouser - Duane Eddy (6) 1958 
42. Pretend - Ralph Materie (6) 1953 
43. Caravan - Ralph Materie (6) 1953
44. Blue Tango - Hugo Winterhalter (6) 1952
45. Tea For Two Cha Cha - Tommy Dorsey (7) 1958
46. Ruby - Les Baxter (7) 1953
47. Hot Toddy - Ralph Flanagan (7) 1953
48. Whispering - Les Paul (7) 1951
49. Moritat - Dick Hyman Trio (8) 1956
50. Song For A Summer Night - Mitch Miller (8) 1956 

51. Melody of Love - David Caroll (8) 1955 
52. Peter Gunn - Ray Anthonty (8) 1959
53. Lady of Spain - Les Paul (8) 1952

54. The Velvet Glove - Hugo Winterhalter (8) 1953
55. Only You - Frank Pourcel (9) 1959
56. Forty Miles of Bad Road - Duane Eddy (9) 1959
57. Blue Tango - Guy Lambardo (9) 1952
58. Nola - Les Paul (9) 1950
59. Vanessa - Hugo Winterhalter (9) 1952 

60. Near You - Roger Williams (10) 1958

Whispering Heart - Pino
None of us will ever accomplish 
anything excellent or commanding 
except when he listens to this whisper
 which is heard by him alone.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Rebel Rouser - 61
The tune was loosely based on the gospel
song When the Saints Go Marching In.
It charted #6 on Billboard Hot 100.
Duane Eddy had sold 12 million records by 1963.
He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
in 1994, and the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum
in 2008.

Duane Eddy - 1958
One whisper, added to a thousand others,
becomes a roar of discontent.

Julie Garwood
Forgotten Facts About George Washington - Norman Rockwell
Whispering - 68
Whispering was first published in 1920.
Reached #7 on the charts for Les Paul.
Les Paul was one of the pioneers of the
solid-body electric guitar,
which made the sound of rock and roll possible.
He is one of a handful of artists with a permanent,
stand-alone exhibit in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
He is the only person to be included in both the
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and
the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

Les Paul - 1951
...the heart's not an organ but 
a whisper in your head ...
 John Geddes
  A Familiar Rain
Sharing Secrets - Diane Leonard

Moritat - 69
A song composed for the music drama
Die Dreigroschenoper, or, as it is known
in English, The Threepenny Opera.
Over a 50-year career, Dick Hyman has been 
a pianist, organist, arranger, music director, 
and as a composer. His versatility in all of these 
areas has resulted in over 100 albums recorded 
under his own name and many in support 
I can hear your whisper and distant mutter.
I can smell your damp on the breeze and in 
the sky I see the halo of your violence. 
Storm I know you are coming.
Robert Fanney
Secrets - Karl Witkowski

 Peter Gunn - 72
Reached #8 on Billboard's pop chart.
Ray Anthony was considered one of the
most modern of the big band leaders.
He was honored with a star on the
Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Ray Anthony
It was the kind of conversation 
you could only hold in whispers.
Aimee Bender
  The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake
Confidences - Pons Arnau Francisco

Forty Miles of Bad Road - 76
Charted #9 on
the Billboard Hot 100
Duane Eddy
Heaven, envious of our joys, is waxen pale;
And when we whisper, then the stars fall down
To be partakers of our honey talk.

(Dido, Queen of Carthage 4.4.52-54)
Christopher Marlowe
Whispering Noon - Sir Lawrence Alma Tadema
Near You - 80
Near You was published in 1947.
Charted on the Billboard Hot 100
singles chart, peaking at number ten.
Roger Williams
A secret is not something unrevealed,
but something told privately,
in a whisper.

Marcel Pagnol
Sharing Secrets - Donald Zolan
...God and your heart both whisper -
incline your ear -
don't just learn from your head...

John Geddes
A Familiar Rain

Sister's Secrets - Laurie Pace
A loud voice cannot compete
with a clear voice,
even if it's a whisper.

Bary Neal Kaufman
Juicy - John Morgan
The old, like children, talk to themselves,
for they have reached that hopeless wisdom
of experience which knows that though one
were to cry it in the streets to multitudes,
or whisper it in the kiss to one's beloved,
the only ears that can ever hear one's
secrets are one's own!

Eugene O'Neill
Whispering to Grandma - Hermann Werner

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