Towards Better Democracy

Good words, well written, better the world. Good literature betters the world immeasurably.

A word of thanks

I unfailingly take an opportunity every once in a while to acknowledge those who have recently joined as followers and those who continue to follow. And all those who visit the site from all corners of the world. I am grateful to all of  you.

I began this blog in 2010 as a vehicle for political expression. In particular, I felt that there was a need to draw attention to, and provide a platform for, those in the Middle East who were calling for democracy. Those who were struggling and risking their lives to bring the political form under which most of us live and take for granted failed to bring aboard the middle classes in those countries and, as a result, their efforts were in vain, at least for the present. But dictatorships become sclerotic and die out. That generation who fought so valiantly for freedom in their countries may live to see the fruition of this. One very much hopes so.

The blog lay quiescent for a number of  years. I felt I had nothing to say. Then, in 2016, I began to put music up on the site. A wide range of music, as those of  you follow and visit know. There are gaps, since not all of us can like everything, nor should we.

It never occurred to me, when I started doing this, that there would an audience for music simply found on the web and placed on a blog. What encourages me most is that so many of you are attracted to what is nominally difficult music and, by and large, minority taste.

If any of  you have found music on this site that you, as a result, adopted as your own, then what a gift for me. I don’t know, of course, if this is true but I hope it is.

Contrary to the political writing where there was an intense debate in the comments columns, the music postings have drawn little comment and I am glad of this. To me this shows a seriousness with which visitors and followers take the music; it deserves no less.

I don’t much comment on the music posting, despite some encouragement to do so, since I think the music speaks for itself. I don’t care to take a historical bent or didactic one. There are countless books available for those who wish to read on the music posted.

One stands out above others and that is The Rest is Noise by Alex Ross. His is unlikely to be bested any time soon.

Again, thank you all. This site, I am glad to say, has an absence of noise.

Malcolm D B Munro
Sunday 25 June, 2017

As a footnote, I would add that this blog is not a suitable for my art work. That can be found at:




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