It appears yet again that our very existence is threatened by
the determination of tyrants dissatisfied with anything less
than the domination of others. As old as the hills, this aggression
is in direct opposition to the desire of the overwhelming majority
for a peaceful life in which we enjoy living in harmony
with family, friends, and the rest of the world.
What we can realistically do, either in opposition or in efforts
towards peaceful coexistence, has been extensively tried down
the ages with varying degrees of both success and failure. As
a musician and, hopefully, law-abiding citizen, my optimism
can falter in the face of centuries riddled with the agonies of
bloodshed. But none of us can afford this weakness.
For us music lovers, the delights we enjoy are supreme, the
qualities beyond compare. It therefore remains our challenge to
demonstrate these wonders amongst all who will take note
and help them to savour the miracles of music.
Copyright © 8 July 2003 Basil Ramsey,
Eastwood, Essex, UK