In the opening months of a new year some of us have inclinations
toward making fresh starts, whether with systems or some aspect of
our own procedures. But much of this burst of energy gets reduced,
and often drastically. As a person who usually falls for this
temptation, I confess that it lasts but only a short while before
diehard habits creep back, and the tried and trusted method
is back in operation. Yet it works because some new aspect has
peeled away from the rest, and often improves the system as a whole.
And it certainly helps us to ponder rather than merely read.
For most of my life I have found the need to curb impatience for
floating new ideas. Within music I was seeking new publications in my
areas of interest from my teens onwards, no doubt fuelled by my first
job as a junior in the stately London showroom of music publisher Novello.
Hence was entrenched my incessant curiosity for the latest 'off the press'.
The most dramatic change came in my sight reading, which was a dubious
development for a youngish lad as most music through my fingers was now
'tried' with less regard for accuracy than advisable. I overcame this, but the
pleasure of trying the new has stayed with me ever since.
I will not agree to a possibility that my musical perceptions were damaged
for I have always enjoyed the matter of assessing my feelings about quality
and originality. But music has remained a scintillating art penetrating my mind
to an extreme that exceeds all other activities that come my way.
So, my experiences will have similarity with those of thousands of our
readers. I hope that you will be tempted to write to us, but please remember
that brevity generally aids clarity. Don't be inhibited, write as you feel about
your experiences of music and its significance.
We would like to publish your views, so please take action before other matters
put this one out of your mind. Publication can give you a wide audience.
Copyright © 5 February 2005 Basil Ramsey,