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Emily Grossman

Life Partner

January 14, 2013 at 11:25 AM

Another curious thing happened during the time since I last wrote in October: I fell in love. I know, I'd already previously committed to another, but I guess deep down, I knew I hadn't yet found what I was looking for, and my heart went searching elsewhere for what was lacking in our relationship. Years went by with no luck, yet I continued with compelling persistence. But you can't rush fate, and when the moment is right, you'll meet the One, and there won't be any question about it.

And on 12-12-12, that is exactly what happened. We met in Philadelphia, and it was love at first sound. A 1927 Sannino, he had all the qualities I was looking for, and then some: a crisp and projecting, yet deep and woody thick tone, sensitive responsiveness, great clarity and ease of playing--and something else I can't quite put my finger on, except to call it Magic. As the days passed while I considered our long-term commitment, he and I fell deeper and deeper in love. Our playing chemistry was out of this world; we were already on the same page on so many levels! My throat opened as if to speak, and he stole the words right from my mouth.

But what do you do when you meet the violin of your dreams and he's out of your league? Well, you cry, you pray, you try one thing and then another before you consider dark, criminal behavior, and then, with a little help from loved ones, your dreams come true, and you bring him home.

I own a new violin--or rather, it owns me! January opens a new door, and the possibilities that lay beyond seem endless.


From Tom Holzman
Posted on January 14, 2013 at 2:01 PM
I love a good love story with a happy ending! Enjoy!
From Randy Walton
Posted on January 14, 2013 at 4:48 PM
I'm really happy for you.It is so fulfilling to have an instrument that does what you want it to, and it's very pretty as well. Are you playing restless now?
From Dimitri Musafia
Posted on January 14, 2013 at 5:58 PM
"I own a new violin--or rather, it owns me!"

Sounds like "owning" a cat... are violins somehow feline? They are certainly mysterious enough...

Cheers! Dimitri

From Emily Grossman
Posted on January 14, 2013 at 7:02 PM
Cats, or devils--I'm possessed!

Randy, I've been playing restless for years now, but I ditched the chin rest a couple of months ago. I don't know, I may go back to it, but it's been pretty enjoyable.

From elise stanley
Posted on January 14, 2013 at 8:07 PM
He's truly beautiful ... criminal thoughts come to mind .....

Congrats - and don't worry, my heart is sworn to another...

If our violins could meet I wonder what they would say?

From marjory lange
Posted on January 14, 2013 at 9:32 PM
I'm so happy for you...I remember your upping-and-downing about a violin last year: this decision seems to have been easier? and so clearly right.
From Laurie Niles
Posted on January 14, 2013 at 10:35 PM
It's been seven years, (six paying it off!) and I don't regret getting the violin of my dreams!
From Emily Grossman
Posted on January 14, 2013 at 11:07 PM
Laurie, I actually thought a lot about you during this process, and I went back through your old blogs while I was in decision mode. I don't recall even having to make a decision as to whether or not I wanted this instrument; I can't say I ever really doubted that this was what I wanted. The doubts came from whether or not I could swing it financially. At one point, I didn't think it was possible, and I cried and cried! And then when it became possible again, I didn't even have to think twice. He and I are at the hotel in Anchorage now, getting ready to get down to business, and I couldn't be happier about having him. Saturday's Tchaikovsky will be fantastic!
From Royce Faina
Posted on January 15, 2013 at 11:35 AM
(Sounds like "owning" a cat...)
Hahahahahaha!!!! so true!

Emily; So when will we hear a sound clip?

From David Burgess
Posted on January 15, 2013 at 5:12 PM
Shame on you, and your tawdry violin promiscuity!!!!
From elise stanley
Posted on January 15, 2013 at 7:21 PM
somehow I don't think you would chide her if the new love was Burgess, David... :-\ :p
From Emily Grossman
Posted on January 15, 2013 at 9:59 PM
David, I have such expensive taste, you'd think I'd be a gold digger. But no, my love only bankrupts me!

Royce, we will be recording soon, and I will share--maybe not publicly, but ask me again later... :)

From David Burgess
Posted on January 15, 2013 at 10:31 PM
"somehow I don't think you would chide her if the new love was Burgess, David..."

You bet I would!!!
I'm not above chiding anyone for anything, if I think I know them well enough to believe they can handle it. :-)

From Emily Grossman
Posted on January 15, 2013 at 11:00 PM
Who knows, maybe if I'm made it to Michigan, the ending might have been different;)
From Paul Deck
Posted on January 16, 2013 at 3:49 PM
It's a lovely violin. I see there is a mark where once there was a chin rest. Enjoy it. Remember, this is what money is for. Including other people's money.
From Terez Mertes
Posted on January 16, 2013 at 8:02 PM
Aww, pretty pretty. : )

Like Tom said, nothing like a good love story with a happy ending.

From Emily Grossman
Posted on January 16, 2013 at 8:53 PM
It's more like a happy beginning! :)
From Christina C.
Posted on January 18, 2013 at 8:22 PM
wow! That's amazing. Congrats and what wonderful loved ones you have. I was checking back periodically ever since your post about connecting with a cellist...(missed the one previous to this as I was out of town). I really hope he's still in the picture especially now with your new fiddle?
From Christina C.
Posted on January 18, 2013 at 8:37 PM
ahhh... just read the previous entry that I missed. *Yay!*
From Emily Grossman
Posted on January 19, 2013 at 9:38 AM
So good to hear from you, Christina! I'm pleased to say the cellist and I have been keeping busy with our collaborations. Again, I apologise for the delay in my updates, and I plan to keep you informed this spring as events unfold.

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