LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
After six months of Music & Vision, Keith Bramich and I are
a touch punch drunk. Nothing serious and certainly nothing contagious. The
cause is a combination of goodwill from readers and the generosity of our
contributors, who work so hard and enthusiastically to keep this show on
the road day after day.
There are many ideas, like balloons, sailing around waiting for the right
moment to snatch up for action. One of them will be unveiled next week,
and is special because two arts are combined. Micky Shine is known on the
internet, and certainly in South Dakota where he lives on the Cheyenne River
Sioux Reservation. He's a musician, but we know him for his pictures inspired
by music. We have designed an open-ended series to show a variety of his
pictures, sometimes accompanied by suitable music from the work of new composers.
Micky Shine will provide brief introductions to his paintings, and a
longer introductory piece for the first day to explain his work and visionary
ideas. We are keenly aware of entering a controversial area, but who really
prefers the safety of inertia? The human mind needs to explore its surroundings,
whether they be physical or spiritual.
Shine's Musical Perspectives will not reach its potential until
a regular feedback from readers reaches us. Our prediction is that a generous
response could well prove to be shrewd and enlightening, as much for the
artist as we ourselves.
Whilst I'm in full flood, I must again invite readers to interact more
frequently with our magazine by raining letters upon us (after all, there's
no cost but time on the net), outlining ideas, and submitting articles if
there's an irrepressible urge to write about music. Just do it, and leave
the rest to our judgement. We delight in chewing things over. You have nothing
to lose by contacting us, and we are masters of diplomacy.
Having now commenced the technological trail by including music extracts
for record reviews, we see this as a mere beginning towards increasing use
of net facilities as technology provides the means. Again, if you feel that
we are too timid in this direction, write and insist that we make amends.
One very strong plea from us: please read this through at least twice
and then do something about it. Our second plea is straightforward: please
do not throw the keyboard through the computer screen as a reaction to this
letter. We are not insured for readers' engendered by our suggestions.
Basil Ramsey, July 3rd 1999