How They Met: True Stories of the Power of Serendipity in Finding Lasting Love

How They Met: True Stories of the Power of Serendipity in Finding Lasting Love

by David Friedman


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Find hope with this collection of true stories of lasting romance

The surprising beginnings of true love: You never know when it might happen: love might be right around the corner, down the block, or across the aisle from you on your next flight. Stories of how people met are endlessly fascinating and they remind us that we all need to be ready for anything, including meeting the love of your life when you least expect it.

Healing stories of serendipitous romance: After a bad break up, composer and beloved songwriter David Friedman embarked on a decade-long journey collecting couple’s stories of “how they met” as a therapeutic project. What Friedman learned was utterly surprising―there was always an element of serendipity, planning had nothing to do with it. Along the way, what started out as a path to moving forward became a mission to better understand matters of the heart.

Romantic biographies and real-life relationships: In this study of true romance, Friedman talks to people from every walk of life, from devout churchgoers to same sex couples to celebrities. Among others, How They Met shares the moving stories of how Lucie Arnaz met her famous mate, Lawrence Luckinbill, and the unexpected story of Kathie Lee and Frank Gifford’s friendship turning to romance.

How They Met gives readers:

  • Real life stories that will give hope to even the most heart broken.
  • A truly diverse set of stories that shows the universality of true love.
  • A close-up look at the romances and relationships of famous couples.

This collection of true stories will have you believing that love will find YOU – perhaps when you least expect it!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781633536777
Publisher: Mango Media
Publication date: 07/31/2018
Pages: 242
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

With multi-platinum recordings, Broadway shows, Disney Animated Films, Television scores and a teaching and lecturing career that spans the nation, David Friedman is truly someone who has made a major mark. From We Can Be Kind to Listen to My Heart, Help is on the Way, We Live on Borrowed Time, Trust The Wind and I'll Be Here With You, David has written songs of inspiration, love and hope that take on new emotional meaning in these challenging times. After spending several years conducting musicals on Broadway, including Grease, Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Song and Dance, David went to Hollywood where he was the Conductor and Vocal Arranger on such Disney classics as Beauty & The Beast, Aladdin, Pocahontas and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. This led to David's writing music and lyrics for Disney's Aladdin and the King of Thieves and a 13 year stint as Music Supervisor and Vocal Arranger of Broadway's Beauty & The Beast. David's songs have been sung and recorded by luminaries such as Diana Ross Barry Manilow Allison Krauss, Petula Clark, Laura Branigan, Kathie Lee Gifford, Jason Alexander, Lucie Arnaz, Laurie Beechman, Lainie Kazan, Leslie Uggams and many others. David is a regular guest on the Today Show on NBC, writing a new song each month based on stories submitted by viewers, for the Everyone Has a Story series. David has written hundreds of songs with Kathie Lee Gifford, and they have co-written and co-produced 2 Children’s CD’s, One of them has just become a Children’s Musical called Party Animals,, produced at the Tampa Bay Center for the Performing Arts. David also co-wrote the score to the Broadway-bound musical “Saving Aimee” with Kathie Lee and David Pomeranz. David's songs have been used to raise money for charitable organizations ranging from Duke Children's Hospital to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and Birmingham’s Summerfest School for the Performing Arts. His song "Help Is On The Way" has been the theme song of the Equity Fights AIDS Easter Bonnet Competition for the past 15 years.

Table of Contents

Dedication 5

You're Already There 12

Author's Foreword 14

The Stories 17

Pooper Scooper Romance 18

"Maid" for You 18

She Listened to the Fortune Teller 19

A Foolhardy Trip and a Missed Train 20

Midnight Snack in the Pickle Section 20

They Didn't Let a Little Attitude Stop Them 21

Jewish Mother Knows Best 22

Recipe for Love-Depression, Eating Disorder, Bad Hair, Apathy 24

Love at First Sight 27

Heartbreaks in Common Brought Them Together (Very Slowly) 28

Dancing in the Automat 29

Take My Brother, Please!!! 30

"Hey Minister! Who's the Babe in the Pew?" 30

Obligated to Meet 31

If It's Meant to Be, It's Meant to Be 32

It Took Five Disasters to Bring Them Together 38

Office Romance 40

Two Bar Stories 42

He Went to That Party He Didn't Want to Go To 42

Good Morning Heartache 44

An Angel in Canine Form 45

Don't Assume 49

She Didn't Catch the Bouquet, But She Did Catch a Husband 50

The Direct Approach 55

I will NEVER Marry Another Actor 61

The Play's the Thing 64

"Lamp Man" 68

The Bumpy Road to Love (and the Coincidences That Kept Them on It) 69

Stars Collide 79

"Coincidence is God's Way of Remaining Anonymous" 80

Six Previous Marriages, A Little White Lie, and a Lousy Apartment 83

A Pair of Panties is the Reason They're Married Today 85

Sue & Kenro 87

After Great Loss Comes Great Love 90

He Used the Right Word 97

The Bartender Had His Eyes Open 99

Let's Get You Out of Those Wet Clothes 100

Come Fly with Me 102

Never Talk to Strangers (or You Might Meet the Love of Your Life) 104

Snap Decisions 106

They Met the "Old Fashioned" Way (Through Personal Ads) 109

I'll Show You How It's Done! 113

Paying for It 114

Sometimes Ya Gotta Take Risks 117

"Dun!" 119

Twelve Steps to Finding Love 121

The Guru's Spiritual Advice - "Join a Dating Service!" 125

She Went to Texas and Came Home with a Russian 127

The "Chorus Boy" and the "Leading Lady" 130

"Would It Be So Bad for You to Pursue This?" 132

"You're Marrying the Wrong Guy!" 143

It's NEVER Too Late for Love 146

The Sailor of Her Dreams 152

Her Resistance Was No Match for His Persistence 168

All It Took Was One Piano Lesson 177

Overnight Success! 178

How She Met Her Mother 180

Ya Gotta Kiss a Lot of Frogs! 183

The Black Belt and the Garbage Man 189

The Walls He Had to Break Through Were His Own 199

Literally a Dream Come True 205

You Can't Fight the Truth (or a Tight Pair of Tennis Shorts) 208

Friends First 227

Author's Afterword 233

Order your Companion CD 236

About the Author 240

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

"Life-changing lessons of love." - Louise Harmon, author of Happiness A to Z

"Reading this book and listening to the companion CD will fill your heart with the endless possibilities of love that are always available to us all."―Kathie Lee Gifford

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