Back to a point thrillhouse brought up, or at least said in effect that nowadays who wants to wait to download an hour long symphony? This , I think, unearths another important point that should be brought up when considering the seemingly precarious state of c.m. today. We live in busy times where the majority of people want their entertainment wrapped up conviently as if it were fast-food from Mc Donalds. Our way seems lit up with the insatiable light of impatience,which leaves one totally blind to anything that doesn't temporarily surfeit the confining and insatiable appetite of impatience. It's a hasty, vicious circle, where love's impatience is as a fever, longing still for that which longer nurses the disease, feeding on that which further preserves the ill. Amid this type of atmosphere, who would want to sit down and actually listen to the forty cerebral minutes of Brahms' second symphony?<BR> Yet, ironically, I thinks it's this, the very enenmy of c.m., that gives c.m. the prized warmth and abundant strength it has in the hearts of its avid followers. C.m. to me represents a dearth where the scarcity of the thing makes the music deeply prized and cherished by those few that devotedly follow it. And so, to me, the seemingly precarious state of c.m. is in effect nothing more than a resplendant reflection not of its weakness, but of its enduring strength. Sincerely, jrs.