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February 5, 2008


This is me:


Gold and Silver waltz by Franz Lehar


Shakespeare wrote:  If music be the food of love, play on, give me excess of it.


I wrote:  In beautiful music there is no sin, only beauty and happiness.


From a very early age, I wanted to play the violin and become a conductor.  But my parents could not afford to buy me a violin or pay music lessons for me.  So, I never played the violin and did not become a conductor.


But I spent hours, in my house, standing near the record player and conducting the music with a stick.


And when I went to parties at my relatives’ place, for Christmas, New Year and for Birthdays, the music that was always played at that time, was the music of the Strauss family and that of Franz Lehar, especially the waltzes.


Instead of dancing with the pretty girls, I stood all night near the record player, conducting the music.  I was not at all shy; I just had to do it.


This passion for conducting has never left me.  I am still doing it today, when I watch music on the television or my music DVDs.


When I am conducting these beautiful waltzes, I am truly lost to the world, and see only beauty and happiness.


Two of my favourite waltzes are:  The Blue Danube by Johan Strauss and Gold and Silver waltz by Franz Lehar.


About a year ago, I had a pen pal from Sweden.  One day she told me that her aunt was getting married.  Of course I did not know the aunt and she knew nothing about me.  Do you know what I did?


I asked my pen pal to tell her aunt about me and told her that I wish her all the happiness in the world and suggested to her that she should play, at the reception, for the first waltz, the Gold and Silver waltz by Franz Lehar.   It is such a romantic and elegant waltz and I thought that having this particular waltz at her wedding, would bring her and her new husband so much joy and happiness.


My pen pal’s aunt agreed to play this music as the first waltz at her wedding reception if she could find the CD.  Obviously, she did not have it.


As I did not have that particular CD myself, I searched for it on the Internet in all the big stores I could find.  I found the CD in Paris.  I immediately ordered it and asked it to be sent to my pen pal.  I then sent an email to my Pen pal telling her that she would soon received a CD from me and that she should give it to her aunt.


Alas, the CD got to her too late, a few days after the wedding, so she could not play it on her wedding day.  Nevertheless, she got a present from me.


You may think that I am naïve to do something like that; especially when I never knew my pen pal’s aunt and that she did not know anything about me.


To me, it does not matter if I know someone personally or not; I do wish people to be happy in their lives regardless, whether I know them personally or not.  And if I can contribute something, however trivial, to cause them to be happy, I would do it with tears in my eyes, tears of happiness.  Why shouldn’t I?


Now, I still have an ambition, that to conduct a full orchestra in the Gold and Silver waltz by Franz Lehar, which I would dedicate to everyone in our world, to wish them all happiness in their lives.


I am still praying for this wish to come true; perhaps one day it will.


The moral here, is that, I only wish people, everyone in our world, to be happy in their lives, regardless if I know them personally or not.


Am I being naïve?  I don’t think so.  Why shouldn’t I wish everyone on this earth to be happy?


France Chorley


Would anyone care to be my pen pal?  If so, please be nice and write to me on my email address, which is: Gabrielfc@inbox.com


Thank you.

11:07 AM Aug 27 2009


Saudi Arabia

Mr. Chorley,

I was just touched by your words of searching for true friendship that seems nonexistent in this world.

I really wish that you meet all your wishes 

It is obvious that you carry a pure soul inside

Have a good day!


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